One thing is for sure, the 4th of July in Texas is going to be hot. It’s also going to be a happening time for country music; so much so it’s going to be a hard to know where to point your nose.
It was already setting up to be a good 4th of July for country music in 2015 with the holiday falling on a weekend this year. Willie Nelson’s long-running 4th of July picnics have been bivouacked around Billy Bob’s Texas in Ft. Worth for the last four seasons—aka the “World’s Biggest Honky Tonk.” When Billy Bob’s began to release an extended 2-day lineup for 2015’s festivities, it looked like it was shaping up into one of the best picnics yet. Merle Haggard, The Turnpike Troubadours, Ryan Bingham, Jerry Jeff Walker, Chris Stapleton, Whitey Morgan, and on from there …except there was no Willie.
Apparently that’s because Willie was planning on shaking things up this year by shifting from Ft. Worth back to Austin to stage his legendary picnic at the newish Austin 360 Amphitheater just south and east of town. The venue is part of a huge Formula 1 racing complex, with plenty of space for parking and patrons to spread out. It was also the space for the inaugural Red Fest country festival last late summer.
And not to be outdone, Willie once again has put together a stellar lineup that includes all the mainstays of his picnic like Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe, any and all of his offspring’s music projects, as well as Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, and many others. Basically it’s cross-Texas a country music conundrum that you can’t lose no matter which location you choose. Make sure to pack sunscreen.
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
”Willie Nelson & Family ”Eric Church ”Merle Haggard ”Kacey Musgraves ”Sturgill Simpson ”Asleep at the Wheel ”Jamey Johnson ”Jason Isbell ”Leon Russell ”Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real ”Billie Joe Shaver ”Ray Wylie Hubbard ”David Allan Coe ”Chris Stapleton ”Johnny Bush ”Insects VS Robots ”Folk Uke ”Amber Digby ”Raelyn Nelson Band ”Pauline Reese
Billy Bob’s Texas 3rd & 4th of July Weekend
Friday July 3rd
”Merle Haggard ”Ryan Bingham ”Chris Stapleton ”Green River Ordinance ”American Aquarium ”Corb Lund ”Grady Spencer & The Work ”The Buffalo Ruckus
Saturday July 4th
”Turnpike Troubadours ”Jerry Jeff Walker ”Hayes Carll ”Shinyribs ”Whitey Morgan & the 78’s ”The O’s ”The Buffalo Ruckus ”50 Peso Reward