Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic will go ahead this year as a concert film that includes new livestream performances, along with interviews and archival footage from the Picnic’s nearly 50-year history.
Nelson will perform a set with his Family Band at Pedernales Studios, located near his Luck Ranch outside of Austin, while other artists will deliver songs from home. Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are among those performing.
Last year’s Picnic was held at the Austin 360 Amphitheater and included performances by Luke Combs, Jamey Johnson, Hayes Carll, and Alison Krauss.
Nelson will release his latest album, First Rose of Spring, on July 3 and recently announced plans for a new memoir co-written with his sister Bobbie Nelson. As uDiscover Music previously reported, Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band was written with co-author and seasoned biographer David Ritz and is scheduled for publication by Doubleday on September 15.
The volume takes the form of a dual memoir of alternating chapters, in which the brother and sister describe powerful and emotional scenes from growing up together and playing music in public for the first time. It charts Willie’s pursuit of a songwriting career and Bobbie’s challenges in, as the publicity says, “a series of challenging relationships and a musical career that took off only when attitudes about women began to change in Texas.”
The full line-up for the 4th of July Picnic is as follows:
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