Texas Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke plays Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin

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Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic Texas congressman running for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat, once played in a punk band with At the Drive-In and the Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala. Yesterday, he showed off his musical chops once again, playing guitar with Willie Nelson during Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic in Austin, as Consequence of Sound points out. Along with Margo Price, members of the Head and the Heart and Asleep at the Wheel and more, they played Nelson’s stoner anthems “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “It’s All Going to Pot,” as well as the hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Check out a video of the performance below.

In his campaign announcement, O’Rourke promised to resist Trump and “fight when necessary against a president who is focused on building walls, or conducting military immigrant round-ups.”

The Democrat running against Ted Cruz was previously in a band with At the Drive-In’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala.

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