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By Crystal Larsen
If South by Southwest appointed a grand marshal, GRAMMY-winning country legend Willie Nelson would have certainly earned the title this year.
Nelson, who was born in Abbott, Texas, was all over the SXSW map this year — from guesting on an Austin-based taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to hosting his daylong Heartbreakers Banquet at his ranch and performing with actor Johnny Depp at Rodeo Austin. So it was fitting that on March 15, the final night of SXSW festivities, Nelson appeared at the Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live as part of the SXSW iTunes Festival to bid festivalgoers a Texas-sized farewell.
Not one to require an introduction, Nelson walked onstage and immediately earned a standing ovation. Dressed comfortably in a T-shirt, black Levi's, his signature black cowboy hat, and a pair of Saucony sneakers, Nelson raised both hands to the audience and waved before strapping on his acoustic guitar and diving into "Whiskey River." As he sang, his vocals as clear as day, audience members hooted and hollered and clinked their whiskey-filled glasses. Not wanting to deviate from the festive theme, Nelson performed "Beer For My Horses," a song he released with Toby Keith in 2002.
After performances of the Waylon Jennings classic "Good Hearted Woman," which attracted unsolicited audience participation, and "Funny How The Time Slips Away," Nelson took off his hat to reveal his trademark bandana and took a swig of something out of a red Solo Cup. At 80 years old, Nelson still knows how to party.
Nelson turned the stage over to his son, Lukas Nelson, who paid tribute to fellow Texas native Stevie Ray Vaughan with a cover of "Texas Flood." It can't be easy trying to cover SRV, or being the son of a country legend for that matter, but in the end Lukas Nelson received a standing ovation of his own.
After leading the audience in a sing-along to "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" and the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted "On The Road Again," Willie Nelson introduced what was supposed to be his final song of the night: "We'd like to sing a new gospel song we wrote. It's called 'Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die.'"
Not ready to leave, Nelson stayed onstage for one last song, to the audience's delight. With his band forming a semicircle, they closed with "I Saw The Light."
After a quick 15-minute set change (possibly a SXSW record) Keith Urban, who can now technically say Willie Nelson opened for him, took the stage and started jamming the opening chords to his "Long Hot Summer" as his band joined him one by one.
Though he's returned for another season as a judge on "American Idol," Urban's chops are anything but rusty. In his 90-minute set Urban offered 16 energetic performances, some of which found him singing to the audience from the floor of the venue, and a slew of blazing guitar solos, including the one he played during "Stupid Boy," which lasted nearly three minutes, building into a massive crescendo that really got the audience excited.
Urban closed with a four-song encore that included his GRAMMY-winning hit "'Til Summer Comes Around," leaving his audience more than satisfied.
As I exited I walked past the Willie Nelson statue that's positioned outside the venue, and as I looked up at the street sign I noticed I was on Willie Nelson Boulevard. Urban's show certainly didn't disappoint, but it was clear who owned this night.
Willie Nelson Set List:
"Beer For My Horses"
"Good Hearted Woman" (Waylon Jennings cover)
"Funny How The Time Slips Away"
"Texas Flood" (Lukas Nelson/Stevie Ray Vaughan cover)
"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"
"On The Road Again"
"Will You Remember Mine" (with Lily Meola)
"Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die"
"I Saw The Light"
Keith Urban Set List:
"Long Hot Summer"
"Somewhere In My Car"
"Back To Me"
"Even The Stars Fall 4 U"
"Kiss A Girl"
"You Gonna Fly"
"Put You In A Song"
"Somebody Like You"
"'Til Summer Comes Around"
"Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me"
"You Look Good In My Shirt"