Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic was one concert film I'll never forget!
Having just watched the '60s Country music revue film The Road to Nashville-with the clean cut and well dressed male and female performers who among them was Waylon Jennings-I decided to then go to YouTube to see this concert film from the '70s featuring many male bearded, outlaw Country music performers who among them was Waylon Jennings. He sang "Good Hearted Woman" among his set. Willie himself started with "Whiskey River" and ended with "Goodnight Irene" with Leon Russell accompanying backing vocals. Oh yes, Leon is the highlight of the show as he keeps ramblin' about his love of drink and is constantly on stage whether performing or not. I loved his mention of Louisiana and its various cities (including the one I currently live in, Baton Rouge) he visited and of the "Coon Ass" he intros as from the Pelican state-fiddler Doug Kershaw. Kershaw sure plays a mean fiddle, doesn't he? And what a pleasantly shocking surprise when that completely nude woman went on stage at the end of one his sets and just embraces him and Russell right there! In fact, the camera seemed to love putting the lens on several women undressed. Also enjoyed seeing musicians B.W. Stevenson, The Lost Gonzo Band, Michael Murphey, and Jerry Jeff Walker perform. It was quite an experience watching this so I can only imagine what it was like for the people that actually was there. So on that note, Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic (as the title was actually printed in the print I watched) was sure a great experience I'll never forget!
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