Willie Nelson dropped some news this week, with two things of note coming up for fans of the country/folk legend.
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic will not take place next weekend as a physical event — no surprise there, given the COVID-19 pandemic — but Luck Productions will air a special “hybrid concert film” on July 4 nonetheless.
Admission “tickets” to the virtual event will cost $35 and $45 the day of the show.
Per a news release:
This year, Luck Productions was set to host the 47th annual event, welcoming the Picnic back to its hill country home. While the droves of sweaty Texas hippies and extended family members—blood kin and musicians alike—won’t be crowding into Willie’s Luck, TX, ranch this summer, the man himself will be performing alongside his band from his nearby recording facility, Pedernales Studios. In addition to Willie, performers will include the likes of Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, Margo Price, Steve Earle, and Kurt Vile. A full list of confirmed performers can be found below. Tickets for digital admission are $35 ahead of the event and $45 day-of-show and can be purchased www.williepicnic.com.
More details about the event, which will be pretty special:
What: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic concert film experience and live stream
When: July 4th, 2020 at 3:30 pm Central
Where: www.luck.stream and www.williepicnic.com
How: Tickets can be purchased here; $35 pre-event, $45 day of show
Who: Willie Nelson & Family
Asleep At The Wheel
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent)
The McCrary Sisters
Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Robert Earl Keen
The Peterson Brothers
Vincent Neil Emerson
Me And Sister Bobbie: True Tales of The Family Band, a memoir written by Willie and sister Bobbie Nelson, will be released on Sept. 15 via Random House. Per a news release:
After being abandoned by their parents as very young children and becoming each other’s abiding relationship for more than eight decades, this dual memoir, told in alternating chapters, weaves together Willie and Bobbie’s journeys as they experienced them both side-by-side and apart, with powerful, emotional never-before-told recollections from their personal lives and careers. Through dizzying highs and traumatic lows, ME AND SISTER BOBBIE shows that nobody knows you like your family.
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Willie and his sister, Family band member Bobbie Nelson, are releasing ME AND SISTER BOBBIE: TRUE TALES OF THE FAMILY BAND, on sale September 15th, a heartfelt memoir of the lifelong bond between Willie and his only sibling Bobbie, who tells her own incredible story here for the first time. Preorder your copy here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/602362/me-and-sister-bobbie-by-willie-nelson-and-bobbie-nelson-with-david-ritz/
Willie Nelson will also release a new album, First Rose of Spring, on July 3. Here’s his warm new music video for “We Are the Cowboys,” which was directed by his son, Micah Nelson, and premiered for Father’s Day: