Just Announced: Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and more will play Outlaw Music Fest at The Mann

Willie Nelson (left) and Bonnie Raitt | photos by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

The 2019 edition of Willie Nelson’s touring Outlaw Music Festival comes to The Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 13th, and legendary blues guitar singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt is in the mix, along with folk singer Alison Krauss, Gov’t Mule, and more. Continue reading →


Listen to The Lumineers cover Willie Nelson’s holiday song “Pretty Paper”

The Lumineers | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Folkish favorites The Lumineers have joined in the holiday spirit with a cover of a Christmas classic: Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.” The Denver trio released the recording as a fundraiser for the Brown Paper Bag Movement, a New York City-based grassroots organization that provides food and clothing to the city’s homeless population. Continue reading →


Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Fest Set Times Announced

Willie Nelson | photo by James Minchin. Courtesy of the artist.

Curated and headlined by Willie Nelson, the local stop of the event comes to Camden’s BB&T Pavillion this Saturday, September 15th. Its 5th stop of the festival’s tour, Saturday’s lineup features performances by Willie Nelson and son Lukas Nelson, Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass and Particle Kid.  For details on the festival, click here to give a listen to music from the artists on the bill, beginning with Willie Nelson’s latest single “Last Man Standing.”

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Check out Camden’s Outlaw Festival set times below. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more will play Outlaw Music Fest in Camden

Willie Nelson and Family | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Three words that describe a country lover’s dream: Outlaw Music Festival. From legends in country and roots music to current top charters, the touring festival rooted has it all. Curated and headlined by Willie Nelson, the local stop of the event comes to Camden’s BB&T Pavillion on September 15th. Continue reading →


Willie Nelson reflects on mortality in his new song “Last Man Standing”

Willie Nelson’s Last Man Standing | via Brooklyn Vegan

“Gettin’ hard to watch my pals check out,” sings country music icon Willie Nelson, reflecting on the deaths of his peers like Merle Haggard while celebrating life in the title track of his new record. Last Man Standing comes out on April 27th, two days before Nelson turns 85, and though the song’s subject matter can be morbid, in typical Nelson style, it’s infused with lyrical wit and toe-tapping energy.  Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center, Willie Nelson at BB&T Pavilion, Annachristie Sapphire at Bourbon and Branch

Arcade Fire | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |

Following the release of Arcade Fire‘s highly anticipated new album Everything Now, the widely-loved indie-rockers-turned-mega-superstars return to play the Wells Fargo Center. Arcade Fire last played the Wells Fargo a little over three years ago — it was their first arena show in Philly and the band’s ambition has only grown since. Read The Key’s review of that show here, arrive early to see XPN Fest alums Preservation Hall Jazz Band open tonight’s show, and get ready for what’s sure to be a memorable experience. Continue reading →


Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Nathaniel Rateliff and more will play Outlaw Music Fest in Camden

Willie Nelson | photo by Joe Del Tufo

After launching last year in Scranton, Willie Nelson‘s Outlaw Music Festival has become a road show for 2017, and the tour includes a stop at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on Sunday, September 17th.

With Nelson in the headlining slot, the tour is fleshed out by Nashville country rocker Eric Church, alternative-era singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, Denver rockers Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, as well as Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid, the project of Willie’s son J. Michael Nelson. Continue reading →


Curtis Cooper covers Willie Nelson, Witch H(c)unt covers The Moldy Peaches for new West Philly-centric comp

Curtis Cooper | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
Curtis Cooper | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

In my regular digging around on Bandcamp last week, I came across a terrific collection of cover songs that seems like it was released apropos of nothing. Which, sometimes, is the best way to release music.

Recorded by local musician Georgey V over the winter on a Fostex 160 multitracker, COOL PHILLY BANDS RECORD COOL SONGS pretty much delivers what its title promises, hovering in the vicinity of the West Philadelphia basement show scene. Of note is Doriana Thornton’s Witch H(c)unt project covering one of my favorites from The Moldy Peaches, “Lucky Number Nine.” Curtis Cooper brings jazzy strums and a lo-fi crackle to their version of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” (popularized by the great Patsy Cline, of course). And Georgey V pops up in the mix as well to close the set with the Dr. Dog deep cut “Adeline.” Continue reading →


Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, and Sheryl Crow headlining Outlaw Music Festival

Neil Young photo via NPR World Cafe session
Neil Young | photo by Julie Gardner | NPR

Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, and Sheryl Crow are headlining the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival taking place Sunday, September 18th at Montage Mountain, Scranton. Additional performers announced so far including the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Ann Womack, and Brothers Osborne. Continue reading →