Forget those Internet rumors about Willie Nelson’s demise. The country music legend, who turns 84 on April 29, is not only alive and making music, he’s got a busy spring and summer ahead of him.
Nelson has put together a roster of artists of various ages and genres, including Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow, to appear on his Outlaw Music Festival Tour this summer. Also appearing will be Nelson’s son, Lukas Nelson, and his band, Promise of the Real, and singer-guitarist Jason Isbell, who won two Grammy awards for his 2015 album, “Something More Than Free.”
The tour begins in New Orleans on July 1, with subsequent dates in Dallas; Rogers, Ark.; Detroit; Milwaukee; and Syracuse, N.Y.
And this week, Nelson released a new album, “God’s Problem Child.” It includes “He Won't Ever Be Gone," a tribute to Nelson’s friend and musical collaborator Merle Haggard, who died last April. The album is Nelson’s first CD of completely new material in three years.
Nelson also co-wrote with Diane Warren another new song, “To Get Here,” for director Adam Rifkin’s soon-to-be-released indie comedy-drama, “Dog Years.” Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 22, the film stars Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter of the ABC series “Modern Family.”