Margo Price and Nathaniel Rateliff have been added to the line-up for Willie Nelson’s forthcoming, guest-packed concert To Willie: A Birthday Celebration. It will take place on May 1, two days after Nelson’s 89th birthday, on his ranch in Luck, Texas, where his annual Luck Reunion festival takes place.
The host for what’s described as “a star-studded, Texas-sized event,” staged by Luck Presents and The Next Waltz, will be Texan artist and songwriter Bruce Robison. His credits include the [Dixie] Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier” and such songs as “Wrapped,” recorded by George Strait, and “Angry All The Time,” covered by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
The Next Waltz is Robison’s “virtual social house” of music, videos and interviews, based in his The Bunker studio, just outside of Austin, and spotlighting artists and songs that share his commitment to collaboration and creativity.
The birthday event had already announced appearances by Robert Earl Keen, Vincent Neil Emerson, and Ray Wylie Hubbard, the latter with his Co-Starring Too album now on release featuring his duet with Willie on “Stone Blind Horses.”
All of the artists on the bill will be performing their interpretations of songs from Nelson’s extraordinary 60-year career, and the indefatigable legend himself will also play a set of favorites. Limited tickets to the one-day celebration are available, and T-shirts and posters will be on sale on the day. Ticket prices begin at $35, rising to Family Circle access from $150.
Nelson’s exhaustive touring schedule continues this month and will include the Outlaw Music Festival Tour, featuring such guests as Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Gov’t Mule, and ZZ Top. That itinerary begins on June 24 in St. Louis, on a bill featuring Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Charley Crockett, and Brittney Spencer. The festival continues, with a rotating bill, until late July.