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FREE WILLIE

Willie Nelson, looking beatific, worked the crowd Monday night at the Austin Music Hall. Nelson massaged his trusty guitar Trigger like his recent bout with carpal tunnel syndrome was a distant memory, and astonished the three-quarter-full house by starting with "Living in the Promiseland" instead of "Whiskey River." His 90-minute set was marked by several sly segues – "Me and Bobby McGee" into "Me & Paul," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" into "Blue Skies," etc. – and a mysterious beret-clad woman furiously painting a portrait of Nelson on the side of the stage. Because he's Willie Nelson, he didn't even throw in anything from new album It Always Will Be until almost the end.

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