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Willie Nelson Releasing ‘American Outlaw’ Set Featuring Entire Star-Studded Concert

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Get ready to relive a fabulous Willie Nelson concert.

This one features Nelson, the “Red-Headed Stranger” and a host of country stars singing classic Willie tunes. The album will be released Friday.

George Strait, who like Nelson lives in Central Texas, announced the good news on his official Twitter account.

“We’re thrilled to share that “Willie Nelson American Outlaw” will be released tomorrow,” the tweet said.

Here are the pertinent details. The album is a collection of songs from a Nelson tribute concert. The event happened in January 2019 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Noted country musicians, as a tribute to Nelson, sang their favorite Willie songs. Some even sang songs written especially for the country icon.

Willie was 85 at the time of the concert. He’s 87 now. Once the pandemic restrictions lift, Nelson has concert dates on his schedule.

The concert included these performances: “Whiskey River” (Chris Stapleton); “Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain” (Vince Gill) and “You Were Always On My Mind,” (Stapleton and Derek Trucks)

Strait and Nelson performed together for the first time, ever. They sang “Good Hearted Woman,” the song co-written by Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and “Sing One With Willie.”

Other stars who joined Nelson for the concert included Eric Church, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow.

Here’s a taste of the concert. A&E filmed the event and made it available for streaming.

Nelson is a unique music legend.

He carved out his career in Austin in the early 1970s. He moved away from Nashville and helped create a sort of anti-establishment movement called outlaw country.

Nelson still is going strong. He’s also an activist for legalizing marijuana.

When the country was locked down in March and April because of Covid, Nelson did some benefit concerts via live stream. His first two raised $700,000 for people who had lost their jobs in the pandemic.

His third concert was “Come and Toke It.” As you can figure out by the title, the concert was marijuana-themed. Some of the proceeds went to “The Last Prisoner Project,” a restorative justice program for people convicted of marijuana-related crimes.

The tribute concert album puts Nelson at 200 for his career.