(Photo above Willie Nelson & family & Alison Krauss & Union Station courtesy of Les Schwab Amphitheatre)
After a busy May with rousing performances from The Decemberists, Ryan Adams, Robert Plant, June kicks off with the Doobie Brothers June 16 at the popular Les Schwab Amphitheater and the sold out performance of Willie Nelson on June 25.
The country icon Willie Nelson returns just celebrating his 82 birthday who released his newest album on June 2 Django and Jimmie featuring Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Nelson’s longtime producer, collaborator and friend Buddy Cannon helps premier 14 brand-new studio recordings including Django and Jimmie, a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers.
Other album tracks feature country music’s mythic Singing Brakeman, the reflective and meditative Live This Long, Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash with guest vocals from Bobby Bare, a interesting interpretation of Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright and the future outlaw country classic Unfair Weather Friend written by rising songsmiths Marla Cannon-Goodman (Buddy Cannon’s daughter) and Ward Davis.
Buddy helped pen five of the album’s tracks including It’s All Going To Pot (a rollicking anthem for the emerging 21st century cannabis culture) and four co-writes with Willie Alice In Hulaland, It’s Only Money, Where Dreams Come To Die and Driving The Herd.
The Les Schwab Line-Up
June 16 The Doobie Brothers and Pat Simmons Jr.
June 25 Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station
July 6 Sheryl Crow
July 9 Death Cab for Cutie with Built to Spill
July 12 Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
July 21-22 Phish
July 25 Pink Martini
August 8 Wilco
September 4 Weird Al Yankovic
September 6 Bend Harper & Innocent Criminals