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Willie Nelson vs. Bob Dylan


Willie Nelson

Age: 71

A.K.A. Red-Headed Stranger

Hometown: Abbott, Texas

Number of years playing: 48

Number of albums: 100, 15 box sets

Number of Grammys: Six

Enshrined: Country Music Hall of Fame, 1993

Signature accessory: Red Bandana

Part of: Outlaw country movement

Hit it big with: "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," 1975

Legendary Performance: Farm Aid, 1985

Family ties: Sister Bobbie and his Family Band

Best album: "Red Headed Stranger"

The blues: "Blue eyes crying in the rain," "Blue Rock Montana," "Blue Skies"

Hits written for others: "Crazy," Patsy Cline

Champions: Voting, marijuana legalization

Movie debut: "The Electric Horseman" (1979)

Running buddies: The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings)

Weird gig: "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" with Julio Iglesias

Big pimpin': Taco Bell, Gap, H&R Block

Once was a: Pig farmer

Nemesis: IRS

Lithological pursuits: Often stoned

Bob Dylan

Age: 63

A.K.A. Robert Zimmerman

Hometown: Hibbing, Minn.

Number of years playing: 44

Number of albums: 47, 10 box sets

Number of Grammys: Eight

Enshrined: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1989

Signature accessory: Cowboy hat

Part of: '60s protest movement

Hit it big with: "Like a Rolling Stone," 1965

Legendary Performance: Newport Folk Festival, 1965

Family ties: Son Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers

Best album: "Blood on the Tracks"

The blues: "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," "Tangled up in Blue," "Blue Moon"

Hits written for others: "Blowin' in the Wind," Peter, Paul & Mary

Champions: Freeing Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

Movie debut: "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973)

Running buddies: The Traveling Wilburys (with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne)

Weird gig: "Dharma and Greg"

Big pimpin': Victoria's Secret

Once was a: Born-again Christian

Nemesis: Soy Bomb

Lithological pursuits: "Everybody must get stoned"

Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan play The Diamond Sunday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets cost $45 through Ticketmaster.

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