The stars came out to celebrate Willie Nelson this weekend at a special concert which was filmed and will air sometime this year on A&E. “Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw,” which took place at the Bridgestone Arena, featured performances by Willie himself, along with Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, George Strait, Kris Kristofferson and many more.
Highlights of the show included Stapleton opening the festivities with Johnny Bush’s “Whiskey River,” while Margo Price and Bobby Bare performed “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” Lyle Lovett and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson performed “Shotgun Willie,” Sturgill Simpson performed the unreleased Merle Haggard song “Red Headed Rounder,” and Jason Isbell performed “Milk Cow Blues."
As for Willie, he collaborated with Kristofferson and Church for “Me and Bobby McGee,” and with Sheryl Crow in “After The Fire Is Gone," and more. He also performed “Til I Gain Control Again” with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, and was joined by the entire lineup for “On the Road Again,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me.” And here’s the video of Willie and George together on stage for the first time ever