Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss & Union Station, with Jerry Douglas @ Casino Rama

by Bill Kwan

Tue. July 15 2014 at Casino Rama was a night of incredible musical talent coming together as Alison Krauss opened for Willie Nelson, starting the evening with a spirited performance of Blue Grass, Country, and Pop standards such as Baby, Now That I’ve Found You for the Foundations cover.

Krauss is most famous for her collaboration with former Led Zepplin front man Robert Plant on the album Raising Sand, which was released on October 23 2007, and winning the 2009 Grammy Album of the year Award. The duo started work on a second album in 2009, however in a 2010 interview, Plant indicated that the follow up sessions were unsuccessful.

Renowned resonator guitar and lap steel player, as well as a record producer, Jerry Douglas was featured as a special guest and member of Alison Krauss’ band, Union Station, performing the Dobro and lead vocals. The ensemble also consisted of;

Dan Tyminski – guitar, mandolin and lead vocals
Barry Bales – bass and harmony vocals
Ron Block – banjo, guitar and harmony vocals

Krauss, a soft spoken leader and spokesperson for the band had a lot of fun conversing with the fans and getting the other band members involved with fan interaction. Bringing out the Dobro (a slide guitar type shinny instrument), Jerry Douglas covered a version of Jazz great, Chick Corea’s Spain, and Paul Simon’s American Tune.

The concert hall was then electrified when 81 year old Willie Nelson took center stage; his worn out guitar in hand, the signature double braids, cowboy hat and bandana that for decades has been his mainstay and how we all lovingly recognize the iconic country superstar.

All the staple standards were performed with his four piece band; Always On My Mind, Crazy, Mama Don’t Let Your Baby Grow Up To Be Cowboys, Move It On Over, On the Road Again, and Georgia On My Mind. It was a no-nonsense set that any true fan of Nelson would find themselves in awe of what this living legend has accomplished. It goes without saying this concert was a real fan service, made even more of a testament to his connection to his fans as they participated in a sing along with Willie.

Showing no sign of age, Nelson stayed after the set for another 20 minutes to sign everything fans had to offer; t-shirts, ticket stubs, and guitars were all happily autographed by their hero.

With 27 Grammies for Krauss and countless awards & accolades for Nelson to boast, Casino Rama hosted a special treat for music lovers. In every way it was a fan’s delight and privilege to witness the stage with not just one, but two iconic Country Superstars.

Alison Krauss & Union Station set list:

  1. Let Me Touch You for Awhile
  2. Dust Bowl Children
  3. Who’s Your Uncle
  4. The Lucky One
  5. Baby, Now That I’ve Found You (The Foundations cover)
  6. Ghost in This House
  7. Rain Please Go Away
  8. Sawing on the Strings
  9. Wild Bill Jones
  10. Every Time You Say Goodbye
  11. American Tune (Paul Simon cover)
  12. Spain (Chick Corea cover)
  13. Hey Brother (Avicii cover)
  14. The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn
  15. Paper Airplane
  16. Man of Constant Sorrow
  17. Encore:
  18. When You Say Nothing at All
  19. Whiskey Lullaby
  20. Down to the River to Pray
  21. Your Long Journey

Willie Nelson set list:

  1. Whiskey River
  2. Still Is Still Moving to Me
  3. Beer for My Horses (Toby Keith cover)
  4. Good Hearted Woman (Waylon Jennings cover)
  5. Funny How Time Slips Away / Crazy / Night Life
  6. Down Yonder
  7. Me and Paul
  8. Help Me Make It Through the Night (Kris Kristofferson cover)
  9. I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train (Billy Joe Shaver cover)
  10. Georgia on My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael cover)
  11. Shoeshine Man (Tom T. Hall cover)
  12. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (Ed Bruce cover)
  13. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
  14. On the Road Again
  15. Always on My Mind (Brenda Lee cover)
  16. Jambalaya on the Bayou / Hey Good Looking / Move It On Over (Hank Williams cover)
  17. I Never Cared for You
  18. Band Of Brothers
  19. Move It On Over
  20. Will the Circle Be Unbroken / I’ll Fly Away (with members of opening acts)
  21. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die (with members of opening acts)
  22. I Saw the Light (Hank Williams cover, with members of opening acts)