Neil Young's wife Pegi announced as opening act for Willie Nelson's Arena show
HUNTINGTON — Neil Young’s wife Pegi has been announced as the opening act for Willie Nelson, who is bringing his latest tour to the Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Friday, April 5.
Young’s band, The Survivors, features legendary keyboard player Spooner Oldham, as well as bassist Rick Rosas, guitarist Kelvin Holly, and drummer Phil Jones. The band is slated for a Tuesday, March 26 appearance on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman.
Young is supporting her third album, “Bracing For Impact” (Vapor Records), once again accompanied by her acclaimed recording and touring band, The Survivors who are doing a string of dates with Nelson.
“Bracing For Impact,” follows up 2010’s “Foul Deeds,” which Pegi co-produced with veteran multi-instrumentalist Ben Keith. Her debut album, 2007's self-titled “Pegi Young,” was described by Allmusic.com as “an intimate, hopeful and melancholy look at life and love from a songwriter who has been there.”
Tickets are on sale now for the 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 concert featuring Willie Nelson and Family, which includes Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson, his sister, Bobbie (on piano) and his son Lukas on guitar, among the band members.
Nelson was honored in 2012 by the Country Music Association with an all-star tribute at the CMAs, has a packed tour schedule that includes dates at the Toronto Jazz Festival as well as the famed Hollywood Bowl in California.
The Texas-based artist last played Huntington in 2007 with Ray Price and Merle Haggard. He’s since sold out several shows at both the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland as well as the Clay Center in Charleston.
He’s known for stacks of hit songs including “On the Road Again,” “Crazy” and dozens of others. Nelson, who has recorded albums and songs with everyone from Wynton Marsalis and Ray Charles to Merle Haggard, released a new album this past year called “Heroes,” with special guests including Billy Joe Shaver and Snoop Dogg, who guested on the song, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”
Tickets are $39.75 and $49.75, fees may apply. Go online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.