Willie Nelson's Picnic Returns to FW

Country star back at Billy Bob’s after 5-year hiatus

by Bruce Felps

Welcome back, Willie.

Willie Nelson and his annual, iconic Fourth of July Picnic party return to Fort Worth this year for the first time since 2006, and neighbor, that’s too long.

The country crooner — he is a “crooner,” right? — and poth… alleged pothead concludes his Country Throwdown 2011 concert tour with the July 4 date at Billy Bob’s Texas.

This year marks the first for the annual picnic show to go on both indoors and out. It also marks the first time there will be a maximum crowd capacity, so word.

The show lineup includes Ray Price, David Allan Coe, Paula Nelson, and “more,” so there's your "X" factor. My "Ex-Factor" lives in Austin now.

Show and ticket details include, and I quote because it’s repetitive to rewrite something like this:“Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with the first artist taking the stage at 12 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, available through Ticketmaster.com, and tickets through Billy Bob’s box office will go on sale May 2 at 10 a.m.”

Oh, and because of that finite max-cap thing, “organizers are expecting a quick sellout.”

If you go, tell Willie I said hey, and that he still owes me 50 bucks for that, um, package.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Willie Nelson back in Fort Worth? [he shrugs his shoulders] Enh.

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