Willie Nelson plays Hank Williams and Elvis classics at Glastonbury

The Americana icon plays crowd pleasing set on the Pyramid Stage

Country music legend Willie Nelson took to the Pyramid Stage on the first official day of Glastonbury festival (June 25) for a set packed full of Americana classics.

Sporting a black Stetson hat, the 77-year-old singer wore his hair loose, which was cut to just above his shoulders rather than in his long, trademark plaits.

After his rendition of ‘Shoeshine Man’, Nelson introduced his “little sister Bobbie” to the audience.


“She wants to play ‘Down Yonder’,” said Nelson, before his sibling played the instrumental track on the piano for the crowd.

Playing on an old acoustic guitar covered in scrawled writing, Nelson played a medley of the Carter Family US folk standards ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ and ‘I’ll Fly Away’.

Nelson spoke little to the audience, apart from to thank them for watching, but did ask “What about some Hank Williams? You all like Hank Williams” to cheers, before playing a selection of songs by the country icon, including ‘Jambalaya (On the Bayou)’, ‘Hey, Good Lookin” and ‘Move It On Over’.

He also played his version of the Elvis hit ‘Always On My Mind’, the crowd audibly swooning as he played the opening bars, before Nelson conducted them as they sang the chorus.

Nelson finished his set by shaking his guitar triumphantly over his head.

Willie Nelson played:


‘Shoeshine Man’
‘Good Hearted Woman’
‘Funny How Time Slips Away’
‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken/I’ll Fly Away’
‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’
‘Always On My Mind’
‘Pistol Packin’ Mama’
‘Jambalaya (On the Bayou)’
‘Hey, Good Lookin”
‘Move It On Over’
‘Rainy Day Blues’
‘Georgia On My Mind’
‘We Don’t Run’
‘Healing Hands of Time’
‘I Gotta Get Drunk’
‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain’
‘Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms’
‘Party’s Over’
‘City of New Orleans’
‘To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before’
‘I Saw The Light’
‘Bloody Mary Morning’

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