Why We’re Not Sad to See Willie Nelson’s Fourth of Jul Picnic Go

March 10, 2015 - Picnic Time

Willie_Nelson_Christian_McPhate.jpgChristian McPhateIt looks like Willie Nelson has played his final Fourth of Jul in a StockyardsJust after noon on Jul 4, 2005, we was sitting underneath a blazing object in a dusty, wide-open margin behind Billy Bob’s Texas in a Fort Worth Stockyards. we had only unpacked my folding chair and staid in for a initial of what would be over a dozen performances during my first-ever Willie Nelson’s Fourth of Jul Picnic. Though we was 29 during a time, and had lived my whole life in Texas, we couldn’t assistance though feel we was finally earning my Texas-residency label for genuine during that point.

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I had seen Nelson perform a few times before, including once inside of Billy Bob’s, though finally creation it to one of his mythological Independence Day shindigs was same to reaching a aloft spin of Willie-ness. As a day (and my sunburn) progressed, we would locate sets from James Hand, Jessi Colter, Randy Rogers Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Ray Price, a Texas Playboys, a Doobie Brothers, Leon Russell, Billy Joe Shaver and Los Lonely Boys, among several others. Oh, and Bob Dylan played only after a object went down.

While there weren’t any exposed folks using around, or most throng idiocy during all to be seen (as was a box with a initial of Willie’s Picnics in a early 1970s), it was one ruin of a time. But that won’t start this summer. Since 2004, Billy Bob’s has helped to horde Nelson’s iconic Fourth of Jul Picnic 7 times, including a past 4 uninterrupted years. In 2015, Nelson will fire off his fireworks somewhere else, and Billy Bob’s will instead bust out a two-day festival estimable of a predecessor.

The fixing of a event, that was annonunced yesterday, is as extraordinary as a deficiency of a Red Headed Stranger himself. Nelson’s stay isn’t giving any specifics as to what a skeleton are for his possess Picnic will be, or even if there will be one, though a good people of a World’s Largest Honky Tonk rolled out utterly a set of sum to get a possess particular Whiskey Rivers prepared to flow.

Over a march of a dual days, Turnpike Troubadours, Merle Haggard, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ryan Bingham and Hayes Carll, among many other excellent acts, will offer a some-more than suitable deputy for people looking to go large on an Independence Day weekend (a mid-week Jul 4th holiday is always a bit of a bummer). Of course, Haggard, Bingham and Walker are vets of Willie’s Picnic, so that will assistance any who humour from withdrawals, to be sure.

And really, we’re not a slightest bit unhappy with this spin of events. It’s totally cold that Willie isn’t Picnicking in North Texas this time around. And such would be loyal even if a good festival hadn’t been announced in a place already. While we say that his Picnic is a simple must-see eventuality for any Texas-based nation fan, it is time for a new eventuality to hurl in and take a place.

The eventuality has always been a bit of a roaming show. Over a march of a storied history, Nelson has taken a Picnic to locations trimming from a Dripping Springs, a strange site, to Austin, Tulsa, Atlanta, Luckenbach, Kansas City and even Gorge, Washington. Though identical to this new run in Cowtown, a Picnic has stayed in one mark for stretches of time in Luckenbach and Austin, though story tells us it was firm to ramble on divided during some point, only like a male who can’t wait to get on a highway again himself. And for those who might forget, a Picnic hasn’t even been a loyal annual event.

Since 1973, there have been 11 years where a Picnic didn’t even take place in any form, and some will disagree that some of a festivals that did occur, such as a Washington uncover in 2007, where Willie was upheld by a tiny though peculiarity check featuring a Old 97’s and Drive by Truckers, weren’t loyal Picnics anyhow.

It’s also value looking during a line-ups of a past few festivals. Certainly, it’s tough to reason any Picnic though Asleep during a Wheel, a dearly-departed Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, or Johnny Bush as a Willie’s Picnic in a purest form, though a accumulation in a line-ups of late have been lacking, and there hasn’t been a big-time warn bookings or surprising guest in new years. Tradition is a splendidly comfortable partial of a Picnic festivities, though it had indeed been a while given a Picnic had enclosed a likes of Dylan, Neil Young, Grateful Dead (or a Jerry Garcia-less a Dead), Emmylou Harris or Dwight Yoakam to supplement to a excitement.

With a distilled combo of a classical American holiday, young, mutinous talent and approved legends that have prolonged been partial of Nelson’s crew, a new Billy Bob’s Fourth of Jul Picnic looks to be a ideal approach for internal Picnickers to reason onto a suggestion of their breathless event though carrying to go too distant or carrying to follow a (not so) puzzling smell entrance from Nelson’s debate bus.


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