Willie Nelson, that popular American country music singer and songwriter, has been traveling around on tour, but has now had to put the tour on hold, after a bus accident in bad weather in Texas has injured three of his band members.
Tonight he and the band were supposed to be playing in Horseshoe Tunica in Robinsonville, Miss., but after their tour bus crashed into a bridge pillar in East Text, three band members were injured and taken to hospital.
Fans are no doubt disappointed as his appearance in Robinsonville will now be postponed indefinitely.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 80 year old Nelson was not on board the bus when the accident happened in rainy conditions at around 3:30 a.m. CST on Saturday.
The accident occurred on Interstate 30, close to Sulphur Springs, around 75 miles northeast of Dallas.
Elaine Schock, a spokeswoman for Nelson, told the media that two of the band members suffered minor injuries, while a third was more seriously hurt.
Initially names of those injured in the accident were kept on hold.
However, in a later news statement, it was reported that of the Willie Nelson Tour members, Paul English suffered a broken ankle, brother Billy English had a bruised hip, while Tom Harkin is suffering a cracked or bruised rib.
All three of the injured band members were transported to the Sulphur Springs hospital after the accident.
Nelson had four tour dates lined up for November, including Robinsonville and Jackson, Miss., then Fayetteville, Ark., and Lafayette La. All four shows have been postponed for now, with the tour set to resume in December.
According to Trooper Sylvia Jenning, there were seven people on the bus which was heading west, including the driver. Road conditions were very bad, with wet roads and high winds.
Nelson is one of the main figures of what is known as outlaw country, which is a subgenre of country music developed at the end of the 1960s. Outlaw country music was developed as a counter measure to the more conservative restrictions of the Nashville country music sound.
Nelson’s music, however, is not only outlaw country, but a distinctive blend of various types of music, including blues, folk, jazz, pop and rock.
Besides his singing and touring, Nelson has appeared in over 30 films and has co-authored several books. He is also involved in activism to promote the use of biofuels and also the legalization of marijuana.
Despite his 80 years he continues to tour and sing. On December 10 and 11, Nelson and the band are set to appear at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, followed by appearances in venues at Temecula, Santa Rosa, Arcata, Lancaster, Palm Desert and then he’s off to locations in Arizona and Texas until the end of 2013 and will continue the tour in the new year.
However, with the Willie Nelson tour on hold for now, after the accident which injured three of his band members, he will need to take a break until they are fully recovered to continue the tour.
By Anne Sewell