Willie Nelson 4th Of July Picnic Planned

Willie Nelson is returning to Fort Worth for his Fourth of July picnic – and he’s bringing Bob Dylan with him. His 32nd annual picnic will be at the 27-acre North Forty concert field, just east of Billy Bob’s Texas. Last year’s concert at the same site drew 19,000 people.

Los Lonely Boys will perform, and about 20 more acts will be announced over the next month.

“Willie takes such an interest,” said Pam Minick, marketing director for Billy Bob’s Texas, which helps organize the picnic. “He picks every artist according to who he likes, and he negotiates the contract. Last year he wrote on a brown paper bag how much each one was going to get.”

This year’s picnic will honor the memory of Rick Smith of Fort Worth-based Smith Music Group, who died in August of complications from a heart attack.

Smith, a friend of Nelson’s, convinced the Texas country music singer that the picnic should be in the Fort Worth Stockyards. His brother, Randy Smith, now runs the Smith Music Group, also an organizer of this year’s event.

Source pollstar.com.

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