Willie Nelson on the Rail Road Revival Tour 2012

photo:  Robb D. Cohen/www.robbsphotos.com

by Melissa Ruggieri

Willie Nelson performed at The Tabernacle earlier this year, as well as Chastain in June. Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen/www.robbsphotos.com

Willie Nelson is hitting the road in a most unconventional way.

The country legend is headlining the second Railroad Revival Tour, a train outing that will travel between towns with the acts aboard 16 vintage 1940s rail cars and set up pop-up concert venues around the railroad tracks where they stop.

The eight-day tour launches Oct. 20 at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth. Joining Nelson are Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses and John Reilly and Friends (yes, the actor John C. Reilly).

The concept originated last year with Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show traveling to six cities. The shows were filmed for the documentary, “Big Easy Express,” available on DVD/Blu-ray.

Early bird tickets for the Duluth show are $55 for general admission, $125 for the “collector’s bundle” and $245 for the “first class ticket package” (open bar included!).

Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday at www.railroadrevival.com, where you can also get detailed information about each of the ticket options.

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