Willie Nelson is celebrating his 90th birthday this summer with The Outlaw Festival. The tour kicked off this weekend in Somerset. Providing a tour with past and present musical legends. The Somerset Amphitheater hosted the festival featuring Particle Kid, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Duluth Minnesota Legends Trampled By Turtles, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and of course Willie Nelson and Family.
Somerset Amphitheater warned in advance about the parking and entering the venue, and they were right. It took two hours to park and what seemed all night to exit. But that still did not take away from the evening music.
Trampled By Turtles set was electrifying. Minnesota’s top band was as tight as I have ever seen. Dave’s voice was on point ant the fiddles got the crowd on their feet dancing and screaming.
Life Is Good on the Open Road
Burlesque Desert Window
All the Good Times Are Gone
ew Son/Burnt Iron
It’s So Hard to Hold On
Wait So Long
Quitting Is Rough
Keep Me in Your Heart (Warren Zevon cover)
Days Like These (Low cover) (with Alan Sparhawk)
Alone(with Alan Sparhawk)
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss set featured some Led Zeppelin classics including a haunting version of When the Levee Breaks which sent shivers up my spine giving me goosebumps and silencing the crowd. only to end with thunderous applause. Plant and Krauss were soulful, elegant, and with awe-inspiring harmonies. The set list seemed a little short as I did not want it to end.
Rich Woman (Li’l Millet and His Creoles cover)
Fortune Teller (Benny Spellman cover)
Can’t Let Go (Randy Weeks cover)
The Price of Love (The Everly Brothers cover)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin cover)
Please Read the Letter (Jimmy Page & Robert Plant cover)
High and Lonesome
Trouble With My Lover (Allen Toussaint and Leo Nocentelli cover)
In the Mood / Matty Groves (Robert Plant cover)
The Battle of Evermore (Led Zeppelin cover)
When the Levee Breaks (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy cover)
Gone Gone Gone (The Everly Brothers cover)
With respect to Willie Nelsons No-Photo Policy, we can only give you his setlist. Though I will say that he sounded incredible and the backup vocals from his family added to the show. Happy 90th birthday Willie and thank you for the gifts and memories that you have given so many.
Stay a Little Longer
Still Is Still Moving to Me
Bloody Mary Morning
I Never Cared for You
(Die When I’m High) Halfway to Heaven
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
On the Road Again
You Were Always on My Mind
Everything Is Bullshit
Good Hearted Woman
Georgia (On My Mind)
I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train
I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Write Your Own Songs
Move It on Over
I Thought About You, Lord
Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
I’ll Fly Away
It’s Hard to Be Humble
I Saw the Light