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Willie's picnic goes back home again

Monday, March 30, 2015 – Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic is returning to Texas for the first time in five years.

The 42nd edition takes place at the Circuit of The Americas' Austin360 Amphitheater on July 4 with performances from more than 20 artists on two stages including Willie Nelson & Family, Eric Church, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Asleep At The Wheel, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Leon Russell, Billie Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Bush, Insects VS Robots, Folk Uke, Amber Digby, Raelyn Nelson Band and Pauline Reese.

"The first 4th of July picnic was outside Austin at Dripping Springs, Texas," said Nelson, "I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together. I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be. I thought it would be a nice idea to, this year have it back in Austin, but at a more comfortable venue for the fans and the pickers. The Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas is that place. It's the Formula 1 track with a beautiful Amphitheater in the middle of the circuit."

Nelson's son, Micah, is in Insects VS Robots, while daughter Amy is with Arlo Guthrie's daughter Cathy and their band Folk Uke. His daughter, Raelyn, fronts her own band.

Tickets are priced from $35-$75. There are also a limited number of special VIP packages available for sale. All tickets will go on sale Friday, April 10 and will be available at ticketmaster.com, circuitoftheamericas.com, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Texas or can be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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