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Outlaw Music Fest in Scranton, PA (9/18/2016)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


photo by: Jason Riedmiller Photography
by:  Brad Patton

The day-long festival, a late addition to the local venue’s calendar, had a little something for everybody as Lee Ann Womack, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Sheryl Crow, and Scranton’s own Cabinet filled the bill. Performances on the second stage included an acoustic set by Lukas Nelson and local artists, including members of Cabinet playing the music of John Prine, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams.

Young, the now 70-year-old rocker, took the stage just before 7 p.m. for a lovely solo rendition of “Heart of Gold,” accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica.

He then brought out his latest collaborators, Promise of the Real featuring Willie’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, for acoustic favorites “Out on the Weekend,” “Unknown Legend,” “Human Highway” with gorgeous four-part harmonies, “Harvest Moon,” and “Hold Back the Tears.”

Young then picked up his electric guitar and a multi-page setlist, tossed the papers to the floor, and started into “Powderfinger” from 1979’s “Rust Never Sleeps.”

Following that same album’s “Welfare Mothers,” Young and his cohorts then played a stunning, 11-minute “Cowgirl in the Sand.” The harmonies were back for 1969’s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,” the title track of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s second album.

Several minutes of instrumental buildup turned into a nearly-20-minute version of “Cortez the Killer,” followed by an equally outstanding take of “Fuckin’ Up” from the 1990 album “Ragged Glory,” his sixth LP with Crazy Horse.

Young and POTR then tore the roof off with a combustible “Rockin’ in the Free World,” complete with two false endings and some standout guitar work by Lukas Nelson.


photo:  Jason Riedmiller

Willie Nelson, listed as curator of the Outlaw gathering, closed out the festival just one day after his closing set at the 31st Farm Aid in Bristow, Virginia.

Taking the stage with his Family and his ever-faithful guitar Trigger, the elder Nelson, now 83 and still showing no signs of slowing down, somehow managed to fit 19 songs into his hour-long set.

The early going was familiar to everyone who has seen Willie over the past few years, as he began with “Whiskey River,” “Still Is Still Moving to Me,” and “Beer for My Horses.”

Nelson then paid tribute to another musical outlaw, the late Waylon Jennings, with “Good Hearted Woman” and the chart-topping Waylon and Willie duet “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

Even though the selection was fully expected, Nelson’s version of “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” was especially good at the Outlaw, with his guitar playing nearly matching his heartfelt vocals.

After more of the usual suspects, such as “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind,” Nelson paid tribute to Hank Williams (on the day after what would have been his 83rd birthday) with spirited versions of “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” “Hey Good Lookin’,” and “Move It on Over.”

Mickey Raphael, Willie’s longtime harmonica player and right-hand man, sparkled on “Georgia on My Mind,” while Willie dug just a little bit deeper for a nice version of “Bloody Mary Morning.”

He then honored the late Merle Haggard with the duo’s “It’s All Going to Pot” and the late Ray Price with “Heartaches by the Number” before treating the crowd to the “new gospel” number “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” which featured some great background vocals by sons Lukas and Micah.

Nelson then closed the show with a medley of actual gospel tunes “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away.”

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but here’s hoping the Outlaw Music Festival becomes an annual event on Montage Mountain.

Read entire article here. 

Neil Young and Promise of the Real, “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World” (Farm Aid 2016)

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Willie Nelson with Neil Young and the Promise of the Real, “Are There Any More Real Cowboys?”

Monday, September 19th, 2016

At some point during Neil Young’s Farm Aid set every year, he says, “Let’s get Willie out here. Is Willie back there? Willie are you back there?” This year, they sang “Are There Any More Real Cowboys.”

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Two Shows in Telluride (Sept. 30, Oct. 1)

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Event Info

Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and two-time Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Neil Young will visit Telluride, Colorado to play back-to-back shows, September 30th and October 1st, at the new state-of-the-art stage in Telluride Town Park. Young will be joined on stage for his sets by Promise of the Real. These once-in-a-lifetime shows will mark the first-ever slated performances from Neil Young in Telluride, Colorado. Telluride is one of the most scenic, majestic, and stunningly beautiful music venues in the world. For complete concert information, visit

See Neil Young and Promise of the Real in Telluride (September 30, October 1)

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will play back-to-back shows in Telluride, Colorado this September 30th and October 1st. Telluride is one of the most scenic, majestic, and stunningly beautiful music venues in the world. Get your once-in-a-lifetime tickets today and be a part of music history.

Farm Aid 2016 Ticket Information

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
All the information about where to get tickets for Farm Aid 2016 in Bristow, VA on 9/17.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and more.

Willie Nelson to Perform at 2016 Bridge School Benefit

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Bridge School Concert 2014

Neil Young will host the 30th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert on October 22–23 with music from Dave Matthews, Metallica, Roger Waters, My Morning Jacket, Willie Nelson and more.

Rounding out the lineup will be supergroup case/lang/veirs, Norah Jones, Cage the Elephant and E Street Band guitarist and former member of Crazy Horse Nils Lofgren. The concert will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and tickets will go on sale August 29. See the announcement video above.

The Bridge School was co-founded by Pegi Young, former wife of Neil, in 1986 and has been helping children with sever speech and physical impairments since, with Neil Young curating the benefit concert annually to raise money for the organization.

Bridge School Benefit Concert Lineup

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Willie Nelson
Roger Waters
Dave Matthews
My Morning Jacket
Norah Jones
Cage the Elephant
Nils Lofgren

Willie Nelson will perform at Neil Young’s 2016 Bridge School Benefit (Oct 22, 23)

Monday, August 22nd, 2016


Willie Nelson and Neil Young, “Heart of Gold” (Farm Aid 1985)

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Neil Young performs “Heart of Gold” with Willie Nelson at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Kentucky on October 1st, 1995. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit:

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

Pre-Sale for Outlaw Music Festival, with Willie Nelson, Neil young, Sheryl Crow and more (9/18/2016)

Thursday, August 11th, 2016


Neil Young & Promise of the Real Show in Telluride (Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2016)

Sunday, August 7th, 2016



Sep 30 – Oct 1 · Telluride

Farm Aid Heroes

Saturday, August 6th, 2016


Willie Nelson,  Carolyn Mulgar, Neil Young

Learn more about Farm Aid and how these Farm Aid Board members have worked hard for American’s family farmers since 1985:

Neil Young and Micah Nelson

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

photo:  Michael Dworschak

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow to headline Outlaw Festival in Scranton, PA (Sept. 18, 2016)

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

photo:  Gary Miller
by:  Joseph Hudak

Outlaws never die; they just headline new music festivals. On Sunday, September 18th, the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival gets underway in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with preeminent rebels Willie Nelson and Neil Young topping the bill.

A daylong celebration of artists who go against the grain, the concert also features Lee Ann Womack, Brothers Osborne, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Sheryl Crow, with more performers to be announced at a later date. As usual, Nelson will be joined by his Family Band, while Young is backed by Promise of the Real, featuring Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson. The group has been supporting Young throughout his summer tour.

The Outlaw Music Festival will be held at the Pavilion on Montage Mountain, a site that has become a destination for music fans throughout the Northeast. Since 2012, it’s hosted the Peach Music Festival, the Allman Brothers Band’s annual gathering. This year’s Peach, featuring Gregg Allman, will be held August 11th through 14th. Nelson headlined last year’s event.

The outlaw-country genre remains one of the most popular — and profitable. On February 26, 2017, the second Outlaw Country Cruise, with Blackberry Smoke, the Mavericks, Shooter Jennings and Steve Earle, will depart Tampa for Cozumel.

Tickets for the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival go on sale Friday, July 29th.

See Neil Young and Promise of the Real in Telluride (Sept. 30, Oct. 1)

Thursday, July 21st, 2016


Once-In-A-Lifetime Concerts

Steve Gumble, of Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and Craig Ferguson, of Telluride Bluegrass Festival, have joined together to announce two very special shows from legendary guitarist and songwriter Neil Young in the world famous mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Telluride is one of the most scenic, majestic, and stunningly beautiful music venues in the country.

Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and two-time Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Neil Young will play back-to-back shows (September 30th and October 1st) on the new state-of-the-art stage in Telluride Town Park. Young will be joined on stage by Promise of the Real for his sets, fronted by Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson.

Be a Part of Music History.


Ticket Information
Tickets for these shows are set to go on sale on the following dates: Tuesday, July 26th at 11:00 a.m. (MT) – Telluride Local Outlets Pre-Sale
Wednesday, July 27th at 11:00 a.m. (MT) – Neil Young Pre-Sale for Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors Ticket Holders
Thursday, July 28th 11:00 a.m. (MT) – General Public
For more info, click below.