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Hudak writes: "While Nelson has performed for politicians in the past - most famously for President Jimmy Carter on the South Lawn of the White House on September 13th, 1980 - the O'Rourke rally will mark his first-ever public performance on behalf of a political candidate."

Willie Nelson, who performed with Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke in July, will headline a rally for the galvanizing politician. (photo: Gary Miller)
Willie Nelson, who performed with Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke in July, will headline a rally for the galvanizing politician. (photo: Gary Miller)


Willie Nelson Will Headline a Rally for Beto O'Rourke

By Joseph Hudak, The Rolling Stone

13 September 18


The end-of-September event is the first time Nelson has ever performed directly on behalf of a political candidate

t his annual 4th of July Picnic near Austin earlier this summer, Willie Nelson welcomed Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke onstage to join him on guitar for set-closing renditions of “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” There’s a good chance that the country icon and galvanizing Democratic politician will re-create the moment later this month when Nelson headlines a concert and rally for O’Rourke in Austin.

While Nelson has performed for politicians in the past — most famously for President Jimmy Carter on the South Lawn of the White House on September 13th, 1980 — the O’Rourke rally will mark his first-ever public performance on behalf of a political candidate. The concert, featuring guests Joe Ely, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones, and Nelson’s sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, is set for September 29th at Auditorium Shores.

The 45-year-old O’Rourke, who once performed in the punk band Foss with At the Drive-In’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala, has drawn comparisons to Barack Obama for his grassroots campaign and candid, energetic town halls. In July, he completed a 34-day road trip across Texas, visiting all 254 counties of the state. Current polls put him only four points behind Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

“My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” Nelson said in a statement. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”

O’Rourke is expected to speak to the crowd at the rally, which is open to the public via online registration at O’Rourke’s campaign website.

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+16 # charlottemason 2018-09-13 09:28
it would be fantastic concert, I'm waiting for it
 
 
+11 # MikeAF48 2018-09-13 15:26
Ted Cruz and Donnie Trump are very popular together. But they will need 10 football stadium's (and that won't help) to even get within smelling distance of BETO O'Rourke and Willie Nelson. Ted Cruz and Texas truly has a tiger by the tail in BETO O'Rourke.
 
 
0 # Caliban 2018-09-16 15:34
Beto in 2020.
 

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