RodeoHouston: Willie Nelson pleases sold-out NRG Stadium crowd

By Janelle Bludau - Reporter

HOUSTON - Most of the crowd cleared out early Saturday night at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, but not before Willie Nelson finished his last song.

He took the stage at the Houston Rodeo for the first time in 13 years.

"Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys," 8-year-old fan Addie Washer sang.

The little singing sensation gave her musical muse a run for his money.

"On the road again, like a band of gypsies we go on the highway," Addie sang.

She's only 8 years old, but Addie already knows who her heart belongs to: Nelson.

The country legend and music icon hit the stage Saturday night performing in front of the sold-out NRG Stadium crowd.

"The sound of the music, yeah I liked his songs," Nelson fans Kayla Hood and Lacey Jahnke said.

"He's Willie Nelson, and you know he's not going to pass this way very many more times. You get to see a legend," another fan, Barbara Coleman, said.

The night was just the beginning to what's expected to be a very busy weekend.

"Go Tejano Day is always a huge day for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo," President and CEO Joel Cowley said.

Sunday's crowd promises to be the biggest of them all with multiple concerts including a performance by Siggno and Banda El Recodo, along with the mariachi finals and the school art auction.

The only tickets left for Sunday's concerts are standing room only.

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