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Willie Nelson and George Strait Team Up For Special Performance on Nelson's 89th Birthday


It was a great day in Texas after Willie Nelson decide to duet with the King of Country Music, George Strait. The pair shared the stage at the Moody Center in Austin, partaking in the "Strait From Moody Center" festival. The venue was celebrating the grand opening of the 15,000+ seat arena. The performances included Nelson and Family, Strait, and Randy Rogers Band.

The country legends kicked off the set by singing "Sing One With Willie." The song, released back in 2019 on Strait's 30th studio album Honky Tonk Time Machine, was written by Nelson, Strait, Buddy Cannon and Bubba Strait.

"Well, I've had a wonderful career / But I think it's quite queer / So I'm writin' this down in a song / I just couldn't resist / 'Cause it's a nice little twist/ And I think you'll agree this is just wrong / I ain't never got to sing one with Willie," Strait sings. "And I've held it inside long enough / Now I ain't too proud, I'm gonna shout it out loud / I ain't never got to sing one with Willie."


The pair also performed "Pancho and Lefty," a song previously recoreded by Merle Haggard and Nelson. The song was recorded and written by Townes Van Zandt but was made famous by the duo. The performance took place on April 29, the same day as Nelson's 89th birthday. To celebrate him, Strait made the entire crowd serenade Nelson with "Happy Birthday" as he left the stage following the performance.

Willie Nelson and George Strait perform during "Willie: Life And Songs Of An American Outlaw" at Bridgestone Arena on January 12, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The "Check Yes or No" country music singer is set to kick off his Las Vegas Residency, Strait to Vegas, and will play at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on July 30. He's also adding on eight tour dates in 2023.

Nelson is set to host his annual 4th of July Picnic and Firework event in Austin at the Q2 Stadium. The event will feature Tyler Childers, Midland, Jason Isbell and more. He recently released his 17th studio album, A Beautiful Time.

Read More: Willie Nelson's 'A Beautiful Time': A Track-By-Track Guide


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