At his annual picnic on July 4th at Austin earlier this summer, Willie Nelson welcomed Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke on stage to join him on guitar for assembling performances of "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die "and" Will the Circle Be Unbroken. "There is a big chance that the country-icon and the galvanizing Democratic politician will re-create the moment later this month when Nelson performs a concert and a rally for O & # 39; Rourke in Austin will announce.
While Nelson has acted in the past for politicians – the most famous for President Jimmy Carter at the South Lawn of the White House on September 13, 1980 – the O & # 39; Rourke rally will be his very first free public appearance on behalf of a political candidate. The concert, with guests Joe Ely, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones and Nelson's sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, was set on September 29 at Auditorium Shores.
The 45-year-old O & # 39; Rourke, who once performed in the punk band Foss with Cedric Bixler-Zavala from At the Drive-In, has made comparisons with Barack Obama for his grassroots campaign and candid, energetic town halls. In July he completed a 34-day road trip through Texas, visiting all 254 provinces of the state. The current polls put him only four points behind the Republican sitting Ted Cruz.
"My wife Annie and I have met and talked to Beto and we share his concern about the direction that things are going on," Nelson said in a statement. "Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and integrity that is completely authentic."
O & # 39; Rourke is expected to appeal to the public during the rally, which is open to the public via online registration on the O & # 39; Rourke campaign website.
Editor's Note: The subtitle of this story has been changed to indicate that Nelson's upcoming show is the first time he has played a free public concert on behalf of a politician. In the past, Nelson played private benefit shows to support individual politicians. "