Willie Nelson, 86, Sets New Outlaw Festival Dates

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Willie Nelson celebrated his 86th birthday on April 29 by announcing the dates for the second leg of the 2019 edition of his annual Outlaw Music Festival. The seven new shows, featuring such top-notch performers as Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Kraus, join the 11 dates on the first leg. (See below for the specific artist lineups. Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public on May 3.)

On April 26, Nelson announced a new album, Ride Me Back Home, coming June 21 via Legacy Recordings. (Listen to the title track, also released on April 26, below.)  The legend begins a lengthy summer tour on May 5, which includes many dates with Alison Krauss.

The title track is a cover of a song co-written by Sonny Throckmorton. On the new album, Nelson also tackles songs by Billy Joel (“Just the Way You Are”), Mac Davis (“It’s Hard to Be Humble”), and a pair of songs from the late Guy Clark (“Immigrant Eyes” and “My Favorite Picture of You”).

The album was produced by Nelson’s longtime friend/producer Buddy Cannon, the 13th he has produced for the legend in a little over a decade. The album debuts three new songs co-written by the pair: “Come On Time,” “Seven Year Itch” and “One More Song to Write.”

Pre-order is available here.

Earlier this year, Nelson’s My Way, his musical homage to Frank Sinatra (and 12th Legacy album), earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and became Nelson’s 13th Grammy win.

Listen to “Ride Me Back Home”

This year’s Outlaw Music Festival lineup includes Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, the Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, The Revivalists, Counting Crows, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Steve Earle & the Dukes. (For artists performing in various cities, refer to the specific dates below.)

North America’s biggest touring music festival starts on June 14. Tickets for the festival and Nelson’s shows are available here.

Each festival tour date also features a unique range of festival attractions including local cuisine, craft beers, and crafts by local artisans to provide music fans a complete experience.

“We had so much fun on the Outlaw Music Festival Tour last year that we couldn’t wait to get back out on the road with everyone,” said Nelson in a March 5 announcement.

The inaugural Outlaw Music Festival made its debut in 2016 in Scranton, PA featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow and others. The sold-out show was so well received that Nelson and Blackbird Presents decided to take their “band of outlaws” on the road as a touring festival in both 2017 and 2018.

Last year, the Outlaw Tour hosted more than 200,000 fans in amphitheaters and arenas all over the country.

Watch a fan clip from 2018

Willie Nelson 2019 Tour Dates (Tickets available here)

May 05 – Los Angeles, CA – BeachLife Festival
May 07 – Santa Rosa, CA – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
May 08 – Modesto, CA – Fruit Yard Amphitheater
May 10 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
May 11 – Santa Cruz, CA – Kaiser Permanente Arena
May 12 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
May 15 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys
May 17 – Laughlin, NV – Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater
May 18 – Rancho Mirage, CA – Agua Calienta Casino
May 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
Jun 19 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion*
Jun 25 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre*
Aug 01 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center*
Aug 02 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center*
Aug 03 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Theater*
Aug 05 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum*
Aug 07 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center*
Aug 09 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena*
Aug 10 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena*
Aug 12 – Florence, SC – Florence Civic Center*
Aug 14 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena*
Aug 16 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
Aug 17 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum*

*with Alison Krauss

Outlaw Music Festival 2019 Tour Dates and Lineups

Jun 14 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

Jun 15 – Bethel, NY – Mountain Jam
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Revivalists
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

Jun 16 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

Jun 21 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Matt Mays
Opener TBD

Jun 22 – Burgettstown, PA – Keybank Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jun 23 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jun 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Counting Crows
Alison Krauss
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jun 28 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jun 29 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

Jul 3 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Alison Krauss
Casey Donahew
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Hayes Carll
Colter Wall

Jul 4 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Alison Krauss
Luke Combs
Jamey Johnson
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Hayes Carll
Colter Wall
And more

Sep 6 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Bonnie Raitt
Alison Krauss
Brothers Osborne
Artists TBA

Sep 11 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

Sep 13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Bonnie Raitt
Alison Krauss
Gov’t Mule
Artists TBA

Sep 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Willie Nelson & Family
Bonnie Raitt
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Artists TBA

Sep 15 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Willie Nelson & Family
Bonnie Raitt
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Artists TBA

Sep 20 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters
Alison Krauss
Brothers Osborne
Artists TBA

Sep 22 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Luke Combs
Bonnie Raitt
Brothers Osborne
Artists TBA

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