On April 29th and 30th Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles was “the place to be”.  

The eight-hour-long sold-out concerts were truly awesome musical events. Some of the brightest names in the music industry showed up, including Allison Russell, Beck, Billy Strings, Bob Weir, Booker T. Jones, Buddy Cannon, Charley Crockett, Chris Stapleton, Daniel Lanois, Dave Matthews, Dwight Yoakam, Edie Brickell, Emmylou Harris, Gary Clark Jr., George Strait, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Bridges, Lily Meola, Lukas Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Margo Price, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Orville Peck, Particle Kid, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Shooter Jennings, Snoop Dogg, Stephen Stills, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, The Chicks, The Lumineers, Tom Jones, Tyler Childers, Warren Haynes, Waylon Payne, Ziggy Marley and surprise guest, Keith Richards. 

The lineup of performers was truly astonishing, with Keith Richards making a surprise appearance alongside Nelson for a duet of “We Had It All” and “Live Forever.” Other highlights included the return of Kris Kristofferson’s, Stephen Stills reunifying with Neil Young for “Long May You Run,” and Chris Stapleton’s interpretation of “Always On My Mind.”

All in all, “Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90” was a night to remember, a celebration of a true legend of country music, and a testament to the enduring power of great music to bring people together.