This Tuesday, on April 30th, Willie Nelson turns 80 years old. Yes. 80 years old. Rolling Stone did a great piece about the celebratory concert that will air as a Crossroads special to honor Willie. (How could it not be a celebratory concert?!)
The concert was held and taped at Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville. Rolling Stone reports that when Jack White introduced Willie to the crowd of fans, family, and musicians (oh the overlaps!) he simply said, “Nothing says America like the man that’s gonna play.”
Willie performed duets with Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe and Leon Russell. The episode is expected to air in late June on CMT.
Willie Gives Back
At the core Willie Nelson has always been about giving back. In 1985 Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land.
Every year Willie has a big birthday bash in Austin. This year his party, held today on April 28th, will benefit the volunteer fire department of West, Texas, where last week a fertilizer plant explosion left 14 dead and many injured.
From Willie Nelson’s Website:
“West is just a few miles from my hometown of Abbott. I was born and raised here and it was my backyard growing up. This is my community. These friends and neighbors have always been and are still apart of my life. My heart is praying for the community that we call home.” – Willie Nelson
To celebrate Willie Nelson turning 80 many celebrities have taken to video to record him special birthday messages. You can also leave him a message. The details are on his website, as well as details about making donations to charities that he supports.
Happy birthday Willie Nelson!