Willie Nelson: Willie Nelson, 91, returns to the road after health concerns,...

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Published Time: 05.07.2024 - 14:14:07 Modified Time: 05.07.2024 - 14:14:07

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Per his physician's orders, he was advised to rest.

Those attending Nelson's Outlaw Road Show dates were treated instead to his band — dubbed Family, his son Lukas Nelson and special guests performing Nelson's classics and other songs. Other scheduled performers, including Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and Celisse, filled out sets in his absence.

In February, Nelson announced an "unprecedented" lineup including himself, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, John Mellencamp, Billy Strings, Brittney Spencer, Celisse and Southern Avenue among acts scheduled to play a run of two dozen North American dates through October.

"This year's Outlaw Music Festival Tour promises to be the biggest and best yet with this lineup of legendary artists. I am thrilled to get back on the road again with my family and friends playing the music we love for the fans we love," Nelson said.

Nelson's festival dates have evolved into one of North America's most significant annual touring franchises for the past decade. Musicians including Chris Stapleton, Neil Young, Luke Combs, Van Morrison, ZZ Top, Eric Church, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers and many more have appeared.

Many of those acts celebrated Nelson's improved health via Instagram comments.

"Yes! This makes my heart so happy. We must protect Willie at all costs," stated Margo Price.