Willie Nelson signed up to work with Mark Burnett in production of new television reality show, to air on the TNT network next fall. The 12-week show will follow the country star’s efforts to hire an assistant for Ben Dorsey, Nelson’s long-term roadie, now 84 years old.
Dorsey no longer travels with the band on Willie Nelson’s never-ending-tour schedule, but he can be seen backstage when Willie Nelson & Family play in Texas. Dorsey, who once worked as a valet for John Wayne, has been recognized with awards such as Roadie For Life, World’s Oldest Roadie, as well as a First Annual Ben Dorsey Day concert earlier this year.
The new reality show, filmed around the country following Nelson’s tour, will show auditions of young and old get interviewed by Willie, and challenges from the road crew, to see if they make it to the live finale, filmed at a concert in Texas in late summer of 2013.
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