Here’s one special you won’t want to miss. CMT is planning on celebrating country icon Willie Nelson‘s 80th birthday with a very special taping of “CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records.”Announced to be part of the big birthday celebration will be performers Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, and Leon Russell. The episode will air in May, but we don’t have an exact date yet.
Fans are also asked to take part in Willie’s 80th birthday celebrations by visiting birthday.willienelson.com/ and submitting a video talking about why you’re a fan of the country legend. The birthday submissions are being put together by Farm Aid,who is gathering up good wishes for Willie Nelson from America’s family farmers, and artists. They’ll round up your funniest, most heartwarming testimonials to make a video for Willie on his big day on April 30, 2013.
One of the artists helping to celebrate with a video message is Kenny Chesney. Check out his special birthday message for the icon:
This year’s theme will be “Rebels and Renegades, the Outlaws are IN”. The past three benefit concerts have raised a collective $1.5 million, which is directed toward the Museum’s operating expenses, caring for the collection, exhibitions, programs, and more.
Museum board president Vince Gill created All for the Hall, an artist-led fundraising initiative for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Funds raised from the concert also go toward preservation efforts, exhibitions and educational programs about the culture and value of country music.
“The purity in making music on your own terms – to create art in your own way – for me, is at the heart of the outlaw spirit,” said Urban. “It’s those outlaws that we celebrate this year, who not only made it possible for a guy like me to do what I love, but who play a pivotal role in the strength of Country music’s diversity.”
Tickets will go on sale on March1st at 10AM CST. For ticket and VIP package information, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Fans who were looking forward to Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson‘s “Railroad Revival Tour” are going to be pretty disappointed this week. According to the tour’s website, the tour has been completley cancelled and all fans will receive refunds on their credit cards by October 21st. The site quotes “complications would not permit us to host the shows in the manner intended” as the reason for the cancellation.
The tour was scheduled to kick off on October 20th, with several stops in cities from California to Georgia. Willie and Jamey were to be joined by several different acts throughout the tour. No other information on reason for cancellation has been provided at this time. Were you planning on attending?
The one and only country legend Willie Nelson recently sat down with Yahoo! Ram Country on his tour bus during a stop in New Haven, Connecticut. In this exclusive interview with Ram Country, the music icon reflects on collaborating with Snoop Dogg for his latest album (who would have ever thought that would have happened?), his ‘outlaw’ years with Waylon Jennings, his musical legacy and more.
Check out Willie’s exclusive interview below with Yahoo! Ram Country and also be sure to check out Willie’s exclusive soundcheck performances of “Always On My Mind,” “On The Road Again,” “Cold War With You,” and “Whiskey River” behind the cut!
You may recall Kenny Chesney‘s hit, “You and Tequila.” You may also recall that female vocals that provided some depth and beauty to the track. That female vocalist is Grace Potter, and the musical bond she and Chesney created continues on as the two joined forces again; this time to create tracks for Potter’s album.
With his longtime co-producer Buddy Cannon, Chesney produced “Stars” and “Ragged Company” on the deluxe version of Potter’s ”The Lion The Beast The Beat” album which was released this week. Chesney first heard “Stars” in February. “We were hanging out in her kitchen and she grabbed her guitar and played me a verse and chorus of the song which she was still writing,” recalls Chesney. “I love the creative process. I was there when the song was born and we nurtured it through the studio and onto the record. That’s pretty cool.” Chesney and Alison Krauss also provide background vocals on the song.
“Ragged Company” first appeared on Potter’s 2006 debut album and they reprised the song with guest vocalist Willie Nelson. Chesney’s ”Welcome To The Fishbowl” album will be released next week and features Grace Potter on the song “El Cerrito Place.”
Several other presenters comprise the list, such as American Idol finalists Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine, CMT hosts Tom Arnold and Steve Austin, 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, Twilight star Ashley Greene, Tony Hawk, Denise Richards, Dax Shepard and Jordin Sparks.
Country music legend Willie Nelson, Uncle Kracker, and group NEEDTOBREATHE to its already impressive line-up of performers for the June country music festival in Alabama. The 2012 edition of Bamajam takes place June 14th through to the 16th in Enterprise, AL with previously announced superstar performances by Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock and Tim McGraw. Even more major artists will be announced as the date gets closer!
Specially-priced 3-day tickets are available for a limited time price of $119 at bamajam2012.com and ticketfly.com. They also have a very unique ticket package that will allow fans to be one of the very rare, and very few, people on-stage during performances. Those special tickets sell for $999 each, and once they’re gone – they’re gone!
Kellie Pickler has been all over the place this year promoting her fantastic new album “100 Proof”. She’s joining one more special event today as she guest hosts on Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM radio. Kellie will play some of her favorite country songs, and introduce some of her own, during her hosting segment. The one-hour special airs starting at 8 pm EST, and will repeat again tomorrow at 11 pm EST, Friday at 11 am EST, Saturday at 3 pm EST, and Sunday at 6 pm EST.
“’Willie’s Roadhouse’ is one of my favorite stations and I’m so excited to be the guest bartender. The first time I meet Willie, he signed my guitar and he’s one of those people that when you met them, you feel like you’ve known them all your life.”
Kellie will make her big return to the Grand Ole Opry 0n March 17th. She’ll be signing CDs for fans that night in the Opry Gift Shop from 5 pm CST to 6:30 pm CST.