Live Review: Willie Nelson with Jerry Jeff Walker and Jakob Dylan at Red Rocks

Photo by Eric Syl Gruneisen

Willie Nelson & Family with Jerry Jeff Walker and Jakob Dylan Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Red Rocks Amphitheater Better Than: Sitting inside watching the Hillary Clinton speech.

It was a gorgeous night at Red Rocks when Jakob Dylan and his three band members took the stage. I wasn’t sure what to expect; I never was much of a Wallflowers fan. But I was pleasantly surprised to see how Dylan’s sound has matured into a dynamic alt-country with killer harmonies.

Jerry Jeff Walker went next, and while it was clear that there were a number of die hard Walker fans at Red Rocks, I couldn’t say that I was very familiar with his music before last night. He greeted the crowd with a “Hey Buckaroos,” and went on to sing about a pickup truck, and I realized I had never listened to Walker because I’ve never been a fan of this sort of straight country sound with noodly, twangy guitars and talking-style vocals. But most of the crowd seemed to enjoy his set.

Willie was next.

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