This was Willie Nelson’s party.
Sure, the country music legend brought along a slew of favored guests for his Outlaw Music Festival, including the Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Blackberry Smoke, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and Particle Kid (son Micah Nelson’s band). So many acts, in fact, the Blossom Music Center show had to start around 4:30 p.m. — a tough time for folks rolling off work on a Friday.
Yet, like any good festival, people arriving at various times added to the buzz and movement of the event. There was certainly excitement to see Sheryl Crow “Soak Up the Sun” and the Avett Brothers belt out “I and Love and You,” but rest assured, everyone was there to see the 84-year-old Willie Nelson, who naturally, closed out the show.
(See a whole slew of photos from the night’s event right here.)
And the man, for the record, has still got it. Everyone from teens with braids and bandannas to a whole row of Hells Angels stood up when Willie took to the stage. They all cheered to the heavens.
As soon as Willie kicked into the song “Whiskey River,” a gigantic Texas flag unfurled behind him, just in case for one minute you forgot the man hailed from the Lone Star State (later in the set, the band also took on”Texas Flood” in honor of Hurricane Harvey victims).
Nelson sounded as clear as he always did, which is to say his sing-talking approach is on point as ever. And his guitar skills are still something. Over his decades-long career, he’s always had…