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Outlaw Fest features Nelson, Simpson

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – The first leg of Outlaw Music Festival Tour this summer features Willie Nelson & Family, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Alison Krauss.

Others on the tour, which stars May 25 in Raleigh, N.C. and concludes July 1 in Woodland, Texas, are Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Wild Feathers, JD McPherson, Delta Rae, and Particle Kid. More artists and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

"We had so much fun on the Outlaw Music Festival Tour last year that we decided to do it again. See y'all out on the road this summer," said Nelson. He put together the tour with Blackbird Presents and Live Nation.

Each show also will feature local cuisine, craft beers and crafts by local artisans.

Dates and line-ups for this year's fest are:

Friday, May 25 - Raleigh, N.C. - Coast Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Alison Krauss
Delta Rae
Other Artists To Be Announced

Saturday, May 26 - Charlotte, N.C. - PNC Music Pavilon
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Brandi Carlile
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced

Sunday, May 27 - Bristow, Va. Jiffy Lube Live

Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Other Artists To Be Announced

Friday, June 22 - Cincinnati, Ohio - Riverbend Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced

Saturday, Jne 23 - Noblesville Ind. - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
JD McPherson
Other Artists To Be Announced

Sunday, June 24 - Detroit - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats T
he Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced

Friday, June 29 - Little Rock, Ark. - Verizon Arena
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Ryan Bingham
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

Saturday, June 30 - Dallas - Starplex Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Ryan Bingham
The Head and the Heart
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Wild Feathers
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid O
ther Artists To Be Announced

Sunday, July 1 - The Woodlands, Texas - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Ryan Bingham
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians The Wild Feathers
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 16 at noon. Citi card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 13 at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, March 15 at 10 .m.

The inaugural Outlaw Music Festival made its debut in 2016 in Scranton, Pa. featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Ann Womack, and Cabinet. The sold-out show led to a touring festival in 2017 with Nelson, Bob Dylan, Eric Church and The Avett Brothers playing.

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