I don’t think I’ve seen that many people on stage since my middle school choir recital…which obviously wasn’t of the musical caliber of this group.
Last week Willie Nelsons traveling music festival, the Outlaw Music Festival, stopped in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
On this stage of the tour the astonishing Billy Strings stopped by to play some tunes. Strings has performed with many artists on stage, including Nelson’s son, Micah Nelson.
That night the whole damn crew took the stage to cover the iconic anthem “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”.
Willie Nelson begins the tune with a rasp with an opening line, “Will the circle be unbroken / Little by little, Lord, little by little.”
The sound crew goes to work setting up the mics for the “chorus” while Strings strums along, quickly adding his signature bluegrass acoustic flare we all know and love.
Micah Nelson helps his father sing the lyrics while Strings takes the lead on guitar. Willie works between the lines and gets the crowd going.
The whole performance is a solid jam session. Everyone is clapping, sharing the mics, singing with the crowd and just having fun.
Nelson signals “Big End” as they wrap up the tune.
The group disappears off the stage, and then Nelson decides to give the crowd another one as a big finisher… and it’s a good one, a cover of Mac Davis’ “It’s Hard To Be Humble.”
The finale is the perfect father-son moment as they end the night with a song.
I think I have to add Outlaw to my festival bucket list because of the recently posted videos.
“Will the circle be unbroken”
Featuring Nitty Gritty Band, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Roy Acuff and more
“It’s Hard to Be Humble” by Mac Davis
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/09/21/billy-strings-willie-nelson-performing-will-the-circle-be-unbroken-at-outlaw-music-fest-is-a-full-on-jam-session/ Billy Strings & Willie Nelson Performing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” At Outlaw Music Fest Is A Full On Jam Session