'Willie Nelson: American Outlaw': Release date, line-up and all you need to know about the iconic country artist's concert

'Willie Nelson: American Outlaw': Release date, line-up and all you need to know about the iconic country artist's concert
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Country music legend Willie Nelson, who turns 87 on April 29, is set to deliver his concert special 'Willie Nelson: American Outlaw' this month. The special, airing on A&E on TV, pays tribute to Nelson and celebrates the artist's seven-decade-spanning career, and features a concert that was filmed live at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena back in January of 2019, with more special content including interviews and behind-the-scenes concert footage.

The special, produced by Blackbird Presents, boasts performances from multiple music icons including Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, and Sheryl Crow among many more.

Release date

April 12 at 10:00 pm ET.

Where to watch

On the A&E television network.

The tribute special is part of a trilogy of specials on A&E airing over two nights, with a Dolly Parton documentary ('Biography: Dolly') to start off at 8:00 pm ET on April 12 and wrapping up with another documentary about Kenny Rogers ('Biography: Kenny') at 9:00 p.m. ET on April 13, as Billboard reports. "Each documentary will focus on the singers’ respective journeys in country music and the impact of their careers", says Billboard.



The special promises an all-star line-up with over 20 televised performances from numerous top country acts. See the full line-up below.

Willie Nelson
Alison Krauss
The Avett Brothers
Bobby Bare
Chris Stapleton
Dave Matthews
Emmylou Harris
Eric Church
George Strait
Jack Johnson
Jamey Johnson
Jimmy Buffett
John Mellencamp
Kris Kristofferson
Lee Ann Womack
Lukas Nelson
Lyle Lovett
Margo Price
Micah Nelson
Nathaniel Rateliff
Norah Jones and The Little Willies
Ray Benson
Sheryl Crow
Steve Earle
Susan Tedeschi
Derek Trucks
Vince Gill


In February, Willie Nelson announced his 70th studio album, 'First Rose of Spring', which is due out on April 24 and also released its title track.  Despite some recent health issues, Nelson is touring again. On March 4 he played the Houston Rodeo. He will join Stapleton on his 'All-American Road Show Tour' in Lexington, Kentucky, on April 25


Watch the trailer for 'Willie Nelson: American Outlaw' below



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