Willie Nelson Tribute Concert on A & E (April 12, 2020)

by: Dave Paulson

See dozens of photos here.

Remember when more than two dozen big-time musicians — including George Strait, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson — gathered at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to pay tribute to Willie Nelson? And then the country legend played a set of his own classics?

Well, for the last 14 months, we’d just say you had to be there — but soon, you’ll be able to see it on TV.

Cable network A&E will premiere “Willie Nelson: American Outlaw” on Sunday, April 12, at 9 p.m. CT. 

It’s part of A&E’s new slate of country music programming that also includes “Biography” editions on Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

“Biography: Dolly” premieres Sunday, April 12, at 7 p.m. CT, and “Biography: Kenny Rogers” will follow on Monday, April 13, at 8 p.m. CT.

Other performers at the 2019 tribute concert included Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss, John Mellencamp, Lee Ann Womack, Eric Church, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, the Avett Brothers and Jack Johnson. 

Believe it or not, before this show, Nelson and Strait — two giants of Texas country music — had never performed together.

That was made abundantly, amusingly clear with a brand-new original tune from the two, wherein the “King of Country” laments, “I ain’t never got to sing one with Willie.”

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