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Willie Nelson likes to say that the day Trigger stops playing is the day he will, too. Trigger, of course, is his trusty Martin acoustic, named after Roy Rogers' steed and marked by a widening body rift from countless "Whiskey River" strums. Decades ago, the smart money might've been on the guitar. But Nelson didn't die young or ride away, instead living out a third, less likely fate for cowboy outlaws: cuddly American icon status, homeboy of Snoop Dogg and unofficial spokesman for every hippie interest under the sun. Advocating for a wide spectrum of causes, from environmentalism and marijuana legalization to AIDS research and gay rights (see: 2006's Valentine's Day cover of Ned Sublette's "Cowboys are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other"), Nelson still finds time to take old Trigger on the road. He's also galloping full tilt in the 21st century, selling $30 "Live Willie" digital fashion accessories at shows that contain MP3s of the concert just witnessed. With an updated warning: Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to wear USB wristbands. Tickets $60. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Willie Nelson

8 p.m. Wed.-Thu., Jan. 13-14

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;


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