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Win tickets to see Willie Nelson

The American country singer is at the Manchester Apollo this June and we're giving away three pairs of tickets

Published on May 20th 2010.

Win tickets to see Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is known to his fans as an adventurous singer/songwriter who isn't afraid to experiment. Speaking about his musical tastes he once said: “The more songs you know, the more musicians you listen to, the more writers you hear, the better equipped you are to decide where you want to go next.

“That’s why I want to listen to everyone and everything and then decide which way I want to go. Then, of course, I might change my mind and go in an entirely different direction. But at least I have all these options.”

The title of Willie Nelson’s latest album and solo debut on Blue Note Records, American Classic, which was released last year, refers as much to the man himself as to the storied Tin Pan Alley repertoire he explores on this elegant new set. While it’s common now for mature pop artists to attempt to put their own stamp on the American Songbook, 77-year-old Nelson practically invented the approach. He set the standard for, well, playing the standards more than thirty years ago with Stardust. His most daring move to date, it was an album that many industry pundits thought would get him laughed off the charts. It ended up being one of his most successful recordings.

On his latest album, Nelson is joined, on vocals and piano, by Diana Krall in an intimate rendition of 'If I Had You'. He also duets with Norah Jones, countering playful protestations with romantic persuasion on Frank Loesser’s 'Baby It’s Cold Outside.' American Classic represents old-school record-making at its most sumptuously swinging, with a lighthearted yet sophisticated jazz feel.

Willie Nelson is playing at Manchester Apollo on Thursday 10 June. Tickets are priced at £45, £38.50 and £30. Please click here to buy tickets.

This competition has now closed. Congratulations to our winners Rob Byron, Amy Weatheritt and Barry Wall.

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