Over the weekend, Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Country reignited. The all-star assemblage of music kicked off at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 8, with performances from Willie Nelson & Family, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, and Los Lobos. High points included collaborative moments, including a take on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” featuring TTD, Los Lobos, and SCI, all of which stuck around for an ensuing take on Rev. J.M. Gates’ “I’ll Fly Away” and Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys’ “I Saw the Light.”
The good times continued on Saturday, Sept. 9, with the arrival at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C., and once again on Sunday, Sept. 10, at FirstBank Amphitheater in Franklin, Tenn., at which point Bobby Weir & The Wolf Bros hopped on board. The latter delivered a set that beckoned to his Grateful Dead days, performing “Jack Straw” before picking up a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” followed by Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.”
To follow, Weir and company returned to the Dead archive, landing on “Estimated Prophet,” which merged into sister tunes “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider.” They performed “Black Peter” before welcoming Lukas Nelson to the stage to close their time with “Not Fadeaway.” While Weir and his band were just some of many to help out during Sunday’s show, it represented an exciting part of Sunday night’s stand, which continued with frame from Los Lobos and Waylon Pane-who closed out the night.
Next, Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Country will arrive at CCNB Amphitheatre in Heritage Park, in Simpson, S.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Joining the headliner are Weir & Wolf Bros, Payne and many more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit this link.