With Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid.
Conservatives who claim to be outraged about Willie Nelson’s recent support for Beto O’Rourke, a politician running for a spot in the Texas Senate against incumbent Scrooge Ted Cruz, apparently haven’t followed the country singer’s career for the past half-century. While it remains to be seen if O’Rourke will turn out to be a genuine liberal icon or just another mainstream-leaning politician, Nelson has always had a soft spot for the underdog and the working man. We’re lucky that Willie still performs so often, digging into his deep catalog of original classics and picking out nimble, intuitive runs on his guitar while crooning with that comforting, reassuring voice. Nelson’s family band headlines this Outlaw Music Festival, which also features his son Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Sturgill Simpson, former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and feisty country-rock chanteuse Margo Price.