I had a great time at the Country Throwdown show when it came through Denver last week. I know I wrote about the Willie Nelson & Family a week ago, but I enjoyed the whole show. Whoever picked these artists is good at their job; wow, so much talent. Every band’s show was good. Red Rocks had the singer/songwriter tent and the Side Stage up at the top of the stairs – if you’ve been there, you know what I mean. Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Brantly Gilbert, Craig Campbell and Drake White performed upstairs. Large crowds of fans hiked up the stairs (192 of them at red rocks, but who’s counting?) Artists came on and played or sang with other bands, and the show had the feel of a travelling Willie Nelson picnic. It is a festival, with a band of travelling gypsy musicians.
The show ends its run on the Fourth of July, at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, and will help celebrate another Willie Nelson’s picnic. They will be joined by other Texas and Picnic favorites: Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Leon Russell, the Paula Nelson Band, Asleep at the Wheel, David Allan Coe. If you haven’t seen this tour before the 4th, this would be a great chance to see the show. Great way to celebrate the 4th of July.
Jamie Johnson and his band performed right before Willie Nelson & Family.
Lukas Nelson sat in with Jamie Johnson