Willie Nelson and The Family return to Key West’s Coffee Butler Amphitheater on Feb. 12. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

Mamas shouldn’t let their babies grow up to be cowboys, but they should never deny those kids a Willie Nelson concert.

The legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist, known nearly as much for his marijuana consumption as his music, packed the Coffee Butler Amphitheater on Feb. 12 and played the crowd favorites that span four generations of fans.

With songs like “Whiskey River,” “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain,” “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” and “Pancho and Lefty,” Nelson knows what his crowds like and never fails to deliver.

Nelson performed with his longtime band, The Family, which often features one of his sons, Micah Nelson. The rest of the band includes Mickey Raphael, Billy English, Kevin Smith and occasionally Waylon Payne. 

Still touring and performing at age 90, Willie Nelson may be living proof of marijuana’s healing benefits.

Mandy Miles
Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.