Willie Nelson

North Carolina's singing senator has recorded a song critical of the marijuana and alcohol citations filed against members of singer-songwriter Willie Nelson's band in January.

"It just looks like a special effort was made to go on that bus and cite them with marijuana," said state Sen. Charlie Albertson, D-Duplin.

The song, called "Leave the Man Alone," refers to the Jan. 28 citations issued to six members of Nelson's band on either possession of marijuana or possession of non-tax-paid alcohol. The band's bus was outside the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville.

Nelson canceled the show that evening. His staff said the show was canceled because the musician's hand was hurting. But one woman who was at the canceled concert said practically no one believes that was the real reason.

"I don't think it was his hand at all," said Sylvia Hawes, 70, of Rose Hill. She said she believed the alcohol and marijuana charges prompted the cancellation. [Jacksonville Daily News]

Willie Nelson & The Family play a show at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, July 28th with Levon Helm Band (who are playing Wellmont Theatre March 12th). Tickets go on Fan Club & VIP presale Friday, March 5th at 10am; general sale starts Friday, March 12th at noon.

Willie has shows booked around the country. His full schedule is posted below...

Willie Nelson - 2010 Tour Dates
03/11/2010 The Pageant St. Louis,MO
03/12/2010 Ameristar Casino Kansas City,MO
03/13/2010 Black River Coliseum Poplar Bluff,MO
03/14/2010 Peoria Civic Center Peoria,IL
03/15/2010 Embassy Theatre Fort Wayne,IN
03/16/2010 Overture Hall Madison,WI
03/18/2010 La Crosse Center La Crosse,WI
03/19/2010 Shooting Star Casino Mahnomen,MN
03/20/2010 Fox Cities PAC Appleton,WI
03/21/2010 Genesee Theatre Waukegan,IL
03/23/2010 Grand Theater on Artsblock Wausau,WI
03/24/2010 Rialto Square Theatre Joliet,IL
03/25/2010 Northern Lights Theatre Milwaukee,WI
03/26/2010 Mystic Lake Casino Hotel Prior Lake,MN
03/27/2010 Mystic Lake Casino Hotel Prior Lake,MN
03/28/2010 7 Flags Event Center Clive,IA
04/15/2010 Grove of Anaheim Anaheim,CA
04/17/2010 Country Thunder Festival-AZ Florence,AZ
04/22/2010 Dos Amigos Cantina Odessa,TX
04/23/2010 Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels,TX
04/24/2010 Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater College Station,TX
04/30/2010 Morgantown Event Center Morgantown,WV
05/08/2010 Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca,NY
05/14/2010 L Auberge du Lac Casino Lake Charles,LA
05/15/2010 L Auberge du Lac Casino Lake Charles,LA
07/04/2010 The Backyard at Bee Cave Austin,TX
07/25/2010 Pier Six Pavilion Baltimore,MD
07/28/2010 Radio City Music Hall New York,NY
07/30/2010 MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods Mashantucket,CT
08/03/2010 Filene Center @ Wolf Trap Vienna,VA
09/11/2010 Cannery Casino Hotel North Las Vegas,NV
09/14/2010 Hanford Fox Theatre Hanford,CA
09/16/2010 Puyallup Fair Puyallup,WA
09/20/2010 The Catalyst Santa Cruz,CA
09/26/2010 Harrahs Rincon Valley Center,CA

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