Archive for the ‘Picnic’ Category

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on the Fourth of July (2015)

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

photos: Janis Tillerson


Farm Aid II (July 4, 1986)

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Farm Aid II benefit concert was held on this date in 1986 at Manor Downs Racetrack in Texas. The lineup featured a loaded roster incl. Alabama, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty and Willie Nelson.

arm Aid II All Star Lineup (1986)

The music at Farm Aid II will run from dawn until well past dusk.  What follows is a tenative lineup of performers and emcees, in order of appearance.

From 7 until 10 a.m.

Cherokee Rose (with Willie Nelson), Jerry Max Lane, Jubal Clark, Danny Cooksey, Lee Clayton, Boxcar Willie.  Johnny Bush, Gary P. Nunn, Rusty Wier, the Geezinsalw Brothers, Bill and Bonnie Hearne, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steven Fromholz, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Willie and Waylon Jennings, Alex Harvey, Willie and David Lynn Jones, the Beach Boys, Johnny Paycheck, J.D. Souther with the Nelsons, B.W. Stevenson, David Allen Coe, Dusty Rhodes, War, Roy Head, Minnie Mouse and the Disney characters.

From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Judy Collins, Patty Lovelace, Vern Gosdin, Charlie Haid, Little Joe y La Familia, Exile, the Blasters, Judy Rodman, Don Johnson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Rob Lowe, David Lindley and El Rayo-X, Sawyer Brown, the Rock and Roll All-Stars (Willie Nelson, John Bon Jovi, Vince Neil, Dickey Betts, Joe Walsh).

From 1 until 4 p.m.

George Jones, Gary Morris, Robert Guillaume, Nils Lofgren, Billy Joe Shaver, Playboy Girls of Rock n Roll, David Soul, Dave Mason, Dwight Yoakum, John Anderson, Bobbie Raitt, Roger McGuinn, Taj Mahal.

From 4 until 7 p.m.

William Lee Golden, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Prine, Roger Miller, the Nelsons, X, John Schneider, Asleep at the Wheel, Doug Kershaw, the Unforgiven, Joe Ely

From 7 until 10 p.m.

The Bellamy Brothers, Alabama, Green on Red, Christopher Hewitt, Los Lobos, Jack Wagner, John Couger Mellancamp with Maria McKee, Arlo Guthrie, Kris Kristofferson, Jason and the Scorchers.

From 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Rick James, Neil Young, Rita Coolidge, Steppenwolf, John Conlee, Delbert McClinton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Kip Addotta, Leslie Phillips, Felix Cavaliere, Willie Nelson and Family, All Star Finale.

Fans wait for Willie Nelson in Austin (Picnic 2019)

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Willie Nelson, Billy Bob’s Texas (July 4, 2012)

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

photo: Janis Tillerson

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Willie Nelson and Bee Spears, Fourth of July, 2009 (South Bend, Indiana)

Sunday, July 4th, 2021
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We still miss seeing Bee standing on stage beside Willie.


My friend Darrin Commerford took these photos on the 4th of July, in South Bend, Indiana, in 2009.


Willie’s Picnic

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 1978

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

“Willie, keep on singing Whiskey River,” Johnny Bush (7/4/2014)

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Willie Nelson’s Picnic

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Willie or Bust

Saturday, July 3rd, 2021

Charley Pride sings hit, after hit, after hit @ Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic (2014)

Sunday, December 13th, 2020

photo: Willie Nelson

Charley Pride delighted everyone at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. It was his first Picnic performance, and the sides of the stage were lined with other artists, who had come out to see the legendary Charley Pride perform. And he did perform, wow, so many hits: “Kiss an Angel Good Morning”, “Is Anybody Going to San Antone”, “Just Between You and Me”, “Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger”, “Kaw-Liga”, “Crystal Chandalier”, and more. Wow, right?



He sang, he danced, he flirted with the girls in the front row.


photo: Janis Tillerson


photo: Janis Tillerson

“Willie, keep on singing Whiskey River,” Johnny Bush (7/4/2014)

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

Watching this video of Johnny Bush and his band at Willie’s 2014 picnic made me really miss Willie’s picnics. This is the only time I heard Johnny Bush sing, “Willie, please keep singing Whiskey River.”

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Photo by Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson’s California Picnic

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sharing this poster.