Program Details

The Songs of Willie Nelson

Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers
Music / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Willie Nelson broke in as a Nashville songwriter by writing hits like Nightlife and Crazy (the most played song in the history of American jukeboxes). He rose to popularity by transcending country music, with his jazz-inflected guitar and such classic songs as Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain, On The Road Again, To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before, and Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys. A sophisticated musician and gentle singer, his multi-platinum album of jazz standards, Blue Skies, is among the top collections of the Great American Songbook. Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the life, music and genius of this legend of American music, as told in his songs.

About the Instructor

  • Rod MacDonald, guitarist, inspired by many musicians, became one of Greenwich Village’s top singer-songwriters during the 1980s, and still performs throughout North America and Europe. In South Florida, he has been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” by New Times and one of the "Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post, who called his 2014 CD, Later That Night, "Best Local CD of 2014.” He has been a Music Americana instructor at FAU since 2006.

    Bill Meredith, drummer, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada and appears on more than a dozen CDs.

    Brad Keller, keyboardist, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College, and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the Jazz Cats books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz.

    Doug Lindsey, bass and vocalist, has been playing in South Florida bands for 30 years.

    John Smotherman, lead guitarist, plays with Big Brass Bed, Illumination and several Palm Beach County bands. His exquisite solos caused the Palm Beach Post to label him one of the “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”

Upcoming programs presented by Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers.

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