Willie Nelson watched snow fall from his bus two weeks ago in Michigan, part of a tour that would take him to Madison, Cedar Rapids, down to Nashville and then back to Austin for Sunday’s show at the Backyard. From there he is on to Florida, Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Georgia, Indiana, back to Michigan, Iowa, South Dakota, Atlantic City, New York, Toronto and a handful of other shows in Canada and back down to Fort Worth for his annual Fourth of July Picnic at Billy Bob’s. And that’s only a couple months of a schedule that already extends through September.
Nelson, who turns 80 on Tuesday, is where he wants to be.
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What: Show with Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Paula Nelson Band and Folk Uke, benefiting the volunteer fire department of West. Cash and gift cards will be collected.
When: Doors at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Backyard, 13801 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave
The concert will air live on SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel beginning at 8 p.m. It’ll also be rebroadcast Tuesday — the day Nelson turns 80 — at 7 p.m.
Happy birthday, Willie
We’ve always celebrated Willie, and we are again for his 80th. At www.austin360.com/willie, check out:
• Our Happy Birthday, Willie, video card, featuring faces famous and not. And our birthday photo gallery (it’s not too late to add yours).
• A Willie song list.
• Tons of past stories on the Family, Sister Bobbie, Willie and Darrel Royal, shows, the statue and more.