Willie Nelson gave a ‘wonderful’ concert at the Ohio State Fair

Willie Nelson’s autobiography, It’s a Long Story, which he wrote with David Ritz, was published in 2016. It was then – and still is – a long story.

Nelson, with help from his family, performed at the Celeste Center for the Ohio State Fair on Saturday night just three months and changed hands after his 89th birthday. Last night he said his last recording of “A Beautiful Time” was his 89th album.

It’s a really long story. One is filled with so many hit songs as a recording artist and especially as a songwriter that even loyal longtime fans might leave saying, “Oh, I forgot about that,” when reviewing his accomplishments—which, incidentally, includes appearing in 30 films.

He did as unforgettable a comprehensive look at that history as he could have hoped last night during a dazzling ensemble with an abstract band that included himself and his son Micah (known professionally as Particle Kid) on acoustic guitars, Mickey Raphael on harmonicas, Billy English on one-stop drumsticks, and double bassist Kevin Smith.

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