Band: Willie Nelson & Family
Date: Friday, March 10, 8 p.m.
Venue: IP Casino, Resort & Spa, 850 Bayview Ave. (Biloxi), www.ipbiloxi.com
Tickets: $69-$384, available through Ticketmaster

The Red Headed Stranger is returning to the Gulf Coast. Country music icon Willie Nelson has maintained one of the richest legacies in country music history. Since the late ‘50s, Nelson has churned out classic country hits that have resonated through the nation’s psyche. Hits such as “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “On the Road Again” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” just graze the edge of this country legend’s catalog.

In addition to his music, Nelson has played the role of activist, actor and author. These days, he even has his own brand of recreational marijuana called “Willie’s Reserve.”

Nelson’s live shows are made for true fans. Those expecting a setlist of strictly greatest hits may be disappointed. The live environment provides an opportunity for Nelson to breathe artistically. His guitar may sporadically drop into a frenzied world of fusion, and his choice of songs may delve into the obscure. However, a Nelson live show is a must for any die-hard country fan.