WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
Willie Nelson might have been inducted into Country Hall of Fame 23 years ago, but he’s been considered a living legend for decades longer. It’s no surprise; with a 60-year career, 200+ albums and more tours than we can count under his brass belt buckle, this guy’s the outlaw country king. And now, he’s “On the Road Again.” After playing the Top 40 and country circuit in 60s and 70s Nashville, a pre-bandana-wearing Willie ditched his pop-friendly image and turned the country music scene on its cowboy hat with a folk-inspired vibe. His revamped style borrowed elements from jazz, rock, honky-tonk and the blues, creating the unique, gravelly sound that would lead to 11 Grammy wins, collaborations with fellow country outlaws Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and, yes, Kris Kristofferson, and the adoration of the masses. But Willie’s impact doesn’t stop when he leaves the stage. This braided Texas icon founded the massive concert event Farm Aid to benefit American farmers, entered the political conversation as an activist and wrote a couple New York Times bestsellers. Now, this Texan is in the middle of releasing a series of albums he’s dubbed “Willie’s Stash”: a cool collection of material that’s especially close to his heart. This year, Willie is back on the stage, and he’s got an old friend with him.
SPECIAL GUEST KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
It takes a special kind of country artist for Jerry Lee Lewis, Janis Joplin and literally hundreds of others to cover your songs… Kris Kristofferson is that artist. After spending years writing smash hits like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “For the Good Times,” Kris Kristofferson tried his hand at performing his own tunes with his ballad-heavy album The Silver Tongued Devil and I. The record shot into the Top Five on the country charts and solidified Kris’s role as a performer… and caught the attention of movie directors. While recording artists continued to cover his songs, Kris began his acting career, going on to star in films like A Star is Born, Blade and Stagecoach. Along the way, Kris teamed up with a couple guys named Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings to create a country fan’s dream super group “the Highwaymen” before returning to the screen.