Odds & Ends: Willie Nelson, The Magpie Salute

Outlaw country hero Willie Nelson has lined up a brief 2017 residency in Las Vegas … Former members of the Black Crowes are rejoining forces to form The Magpie Salute and have a premiere show booked.

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Willie Nelson is ready to set to play five shows at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas Jan. 28 through Feb. 4.

The residency is a new showcase titled “Vegas On My Mind,” and will include hits from throughout his discography. He is currently on tour, playing tomorrow in Los Angeles, and a couple more shows before Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, Calif., Oct. 22-23.

Most of Nelson’s upcoming gigs are in California and Texas. Lone Star State stops include a two-night stand at  in San Antonio Nov. 22-23 and three nights at  for New Year’s Dec. 29-31.

This year Willie released two albums, For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price, and covers of old jazz standards in Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. He remains involved in all kinds of projects and still has his health at the ripe old age of 83. Nelson published his autobiography last year, “It’s A Long Story: My Life.”

Here is the full listing for the Vegas shows. They all start at 8 p.m.

Jan. 28 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Venetian Theatre
Jan. 29 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Venetian Theatre
Feb. 1 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Venetian Theatre
Feb. 3 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Venetian Theatre
Feb. 4 – Las Vegas, Nev., The Venetian Theatre      

Tickets are on sale Oct. 21. Head over to WillieNelson.com for the latest on the icon.

It’s not quite a reunion of the Black Crowes, but several former members are taking the stage with members of Rich Robinson’s solo band to form a new endeavor called The Magpie Salute.

 on guitar, Eddie Harsch on keys and Sven Pipien on bass. Drummer Joe Magistro, keyboardist Matt Slocum and backing vocalists Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen are also onboard for the show.

The Magpie Salute is basically being billed as the latest from seasoned musicians who had great musical chemistry over the years but have since gone their separate ways. The set for The Magpie Salute’s first gig will consist of Crowes material, solo stuff from Ford and Robinson, and “whatever else may materialize,” leaving room for the improvisation that made the Crowes famous.

Regarding the reunion of the guitar players, Robinson said, “I personally feel that Marc and I have a very deep musical connection. The way he and I played together on those records really showcases that musical bond. As I get older I realized what a gift it is to play with people with whom you share that language of music.”

There’s a trailer for the show, which you can see below.

A presale for the show opens up Oct. 19 and the general onsale begins Oct. 21. Learn more about the band at its official Facebook page.