Willie Nelson makes an emotional announcement, I can’t believe this is really happening!
Willie Nelson has been in the country music community for decades now, and his latest announcement has us all in tears. The country icon announced that he is going to be throwing his 44th annual Fourth of July Picnic!
No one was sure if Nelson was going to throw the Fourth of July bash since he’s been in and out of sickness this year, but he has officially made the plans and we couldn’t be more excited. The picnic is going to be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
There will be dozens of artists there to perform for thousands of fans in celebration of the 4th. Austin 360 reported that aside from Nelson and his Family Band at the 2017 Fourth of July Picnic, artists like Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Asleep at the Wheel, the Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver and David Allan Coe. Making it a family affair, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (featuring Nelson’s son Lukas), Insects vs. Robots (featuring Nelson’s son Micah), the Raelyn Nelson Band (featuring Nelson’s granddaughter) and Folk Uke (featuring some of Nelson’s extended family members) will also be performing for fans.
Nelson spoke about his annual picnic saying that he wanted to create a place for people of all different cultures, backgrounds and places to be able to come together. The country icon says that he believes music is that thing which is why he decide to create the annual picnic.
“I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together,” Nelson says of the inspiration for his annual picnic. “I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be.”
The Boot reported that tickets for the picnic will go on sale on April 21. Prices will range anywhere from $39.50 to $89.50 depending on seating.
This isn’t the only exciting thing going on for Willie though, he just recently announced a new album that is going to be released on April 28, which is just one day before his 84th birthday.
This is so exciting! Congratulations Willie!!!