Willie Nelson is without doubt one of the most recognisable figures in Country music the world has ever seen. Together with his ‘family’ band Willie has scored mega hits, both singles and albums on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only has he dueted with many huge names in music, he has starred in countless films and even has his own brand of Marijuana.
With Gary Luntley up front with a convincing and compelling take on Willie, Full Nelson recreates the might, phenomena and legend that is a Willie Nelson live show. Not only sound-alike but look-alike, this full live band pays homage in true splendour playing hits and album tracks spanning Willie’s six decade career. With full harmonies, wailing harmonica, Hammond stabs and of course, Willie’s unique playing and singing style, no Willie fan will be disappointed.
Wanna hear hits like ‘On the Road again and ‘Always on my Mind’? We play em’. Wanna see live duets with Merle Haggard and Leon Russell? You get the picture.
Being born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, doesn’t seem the most likely starting point for a country musician playing and singing like Willie Nelson, but then you could say that Scarborough has probably produced more outstanding musicians of all kinds than anywhere else of its size in the land.
Gary’s mother was Scarborough’s wartime Vera Lynn, belting out those great songs next to the piano, and singing with the dance band at the Olympia Ballroom on the seafront.
From seven years of age, Gary was a guitar player, and by twelve was in his first band playing at school dances. By fifteen the scene was heavy rock, but inside was an instinctive love of country that’s been there all his life.
Clubs, pubs, dinner dances followed, paying his dues in every kind of venue, gaining a versatility that few can match. Pop, blues, trad Jazz, and a little classical guitar for good measure. It was all there.
On the road for some years with Pete Ryan and country band Howard Hebron, now this band of brothers is his fifth country band, and he’s happy to be on the road again with FULL NELSON. It’s a chance to salute an absolute icon, who at the time of writing is still relentlessly touring, writing and performing in his eighties!
Gary’s favourite instrument is the lap steel guitar, and he once toured with Larry Butler, Willie’s friend from Texas USA, singing Willie songs at the Glasgow Opry!