Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic 2017

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic 2017

July 4, 2017
July 4, 2017


Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic is an annual concert hosted by country music singer Willie Nelson. Nelson was inspired to create the annual concert after his participation in the 1972 Dripping Springs Reunion, that was hosted at Hurlbut Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas. As part of the lineup, Nelson performed on the third day. The event failed to meet the expected attendance due to the concert being poorly promoted.

Interested in the concept, Nelson decided to host the first annual Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in the same place, as it was already prepared to host a concert. The success of the event led to other concerts. During the late 1970s, the bad reputation of the concert for recurrent problems with safety of the audience made it difficult to find venues. During the 1980s the security improved, and the event recovered the trust of the potential venues.

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Willie Nelson
Musician, songwriter, producer, actor, activist, singer
bornApril 29, 1933
Sheryl Crow
bornFebruary 11, 1962
Steve Earle
bornJanuary 17, 1955
Jamey Johnson
bornJuly 14, 1975

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Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist.[1] The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky-tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote "Family Bible" and recorded the song "Lumberjack" in 1956. In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas, after signing a contract with D Records. He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", and "Crazy". In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, ...And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, Wanted! The Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser. During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like "On the Road Again", "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", and "Pancho and Lefty", he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1990, Nelson's assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, which claimed that he owed US$32 million. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?; the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelson's assets cleared his debt. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk. Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television. Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. Nelson is also the honorary chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.


Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released ten studio albums, two compilations, a live album and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. She has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.[3] Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards (out of 32 nominations) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

In addition to her own work, Crow has performed with the Dixie Chicks, the Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Steve Earle, Prince, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, John Mellencamp, B.B. King, George Strait, Tony Bennett, Kid Rock and Sting, among others.[4] She has also performed backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, Bob Dylan , Joe Cocker and Michael Jackson.

As an actress, Crow has appeared on various television shows including 30 Rock, Cop Rock, GCB, Cougar Town, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, as well as One Tree Hill.[5]


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Circuit of the Americas
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is a grade 1 FIA specification 3.427-mile (5.515 km) motor racing facility located in Elroy, on the southeastern periphery of Austin city limits, in Central Texas. COTA plays host to the Formula One United States Grand Prix. The circuit also hosts the Motorcycle Grand Prix of The Americas, commonly known as MotoGP, a round of the Road Racing World Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, as well as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.


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Whiskey River: A Taste of the Sound & Spirit from Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Lineup
  –  July 5, 2017
Having booked Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, and Steve Earle (to name a few,) for his 4th of July Picnic here in the Texas Hill Country, Willie Nelson’s annual holiday event drew thousands as expected for its 44th edition, bringing fans ...
See who played Willie Nelson's annual 4th of July Picnic this year
  –  July 5, 2017
Click through to see who else played the holiday picnic on Tuesday... PHOTOS: The annual Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic Kacey Musgraves performs in concert during the annual Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic at the Austin360 Amphitheater on July 4, 2017 ...
What to Do in Austin Today: July 5
  –  July 5, 2017
12:00 PM - 12:00 AMWillie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic Live Nation, C3 Presents and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) are proud to announce the return of Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic to Circuit of The Americas. The legendary Willie Nelson plays host...
Willie Nelson celebrates 4th of July with annual ‘Willie’s Picnic’
  –  July 4, 2017
AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s a Central Texas tradition like no other – Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic! The 44th edition of the event was held Tuesday at the Circuit of the Americas, marking the third year for the celebration out at the track.
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
  –  July 4, 2017
The legendary Willie Nelson plays host once again for his annual 4th of July Picnic. Joining Willie at this year's party is a star-studded cavalcade of his friends, including Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Margo ...
Ten Things Dave Thomas Learned at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic 2016
  –  July 3, 2017
After 18 picnics, journalist Dave Thomas is still learning things at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnics. He recently published a book of posters and history of the picnic, if you want to know other things he has learned! 1. Better than 2015: On their ...
Willie’s 4th of July Picnic: How the ‘Hillbilly Woodstock’ Became a Cultural Phenomenon
  –  June 30, 2017
July 4th in Texas is practically synonymous with Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. The event has been a part of Texas culture – on and off – for over 40 years. But beyond being a great party with some of country music’s greatest icons ...
The biggest and best Fourth of July celebrations in the Austin area
  –  June 29, 2017
If you’re looking for the quintessential Austin fourth of July party, then you might want to check out Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic. Opening up for Shotgun Willie is Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Margo Price ...
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic @ Austin360 Amphitheater 7/4
  –  April 27, 2017
Born in Abbott, Texas, the college dropout, Willie Nelson, decided to work on his music career in 1956. Nelson got involved in music at a very young age after getting his first guitar when he just was six; he began playing with other local bands, singing ...
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic tickets go on sale Friday
  –  April 17, 2017
AUSTIN - For the third straight year, Willie Nelson will bring his Fourth of July Picnic to the Circuit of the Americas. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 21 via the COTA website or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets will be $39.50 to $89.50.
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Returns To Circuit of The Americas
  –  April 17, 2017
Live Nation, C3 Presents and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) are proud to announce the return of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic to Circuit of The Americas. The legendary Willie Nelson plays host to one of America’s most celebrated festivals, and the ...
Lineup Announced for Willie Nelson’s 2017 4th of July Picnic
  –  April 17, 2017
A traditional like few others will transpire once again this summer when Willie Nelson celebrates the 4th of July by gathering together friends and family for his annual 4th of July Picnic. For the third year in a row, the event will be held at the Circuit ...

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