Four Generations Celebrate Willie Nelson's 80th

06/18/2013
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(Radio.com) For the first time ever, four generations of the Nelson family performed on one stage at New York City's Hard Rock Cafe earlier this month (June 6).

The occasion was Willie Nelson's birthday, and the event served to benefit two organizations close to Willie's heart: the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the Animal Welfare Institute.

The lineup included Folk Uke (featuring daughter Amy Nelson), the Raelyn Nelson Band (Willie's granddaughter), Lechuza (featuring Martha Jewell Fowler, his granddaughter and his great-grandson), the Paula Nelson Band (Willie's daughter), Insects Vs. Robots (featuring Willie's son Micah Nelson) and Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, who were joined by the birthday guy himself.

The lineup also included Toad The Wet Sprocket and Robert Randolph. Willie joined Lukas' band towards the end of the night for a short set that included a cover of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" (which the two covered as a duo on Willie's last album, 2012′s Heroes) and blues classic "Texas Flood."

At 80, Nelson shows no signs of slowing down, having just released Lets Face The Music And Dance, one of his many post-2000 albums. And, the business of his party behind him, he's back on the road (again). more on this story

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