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Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss set for Spring/Summer Tour

Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss & Union StationBeginning this spring, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas will tour 35 cities with Willie Nelson and Family. The opening dates of the three-month tour will feature Kacey Musgraves when the tour begins in Murray, Kentucky at the CFSB Center on May 1, 2014. All Grammy Award Winning artists performing in this collaboration tour will certainly provide an over-the-top outstanding concert event..

The tour will mark the first time that Willie Nelson and Family & Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas have shared the stage together. The two groups’ unique personalities combined with impeccable musicianship and decades of award-winning songs are sure to create a show full of unforgettable moments.

Joining them for separate portions of the tour will be folk trio The Devil Makes Three, two-time Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, and celebrated songwriter Jason Isbell.

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, Willie Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy”, “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” He has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. Heroes, his 2012 release and first album for Legacy Recordings, spent five weeks at #1 on the Americana Radio Chart. His book, Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die, landed in the Top 10 on The New York Times' best-seller list. In 2013, Willie's albums included April's Let's Face The Music And Dance, an album of deep pop country repertoire classics performed with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble; and October's To All The Girls… which features 18 duets with music's top female singers including Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, and Shelby Lynne.

Alison Krauss is a virtuoso who effortlessly bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop. Since signing with Rounder Records at the age of 14, Krauss has sold over 12 million albums and won 27 Grammy Awards, the most for any female and the second most of any recording artist in Grammy history. Paper Airplane is the latest masterpiece in Krauss’ illustrious career. Recorded in partnership with her remarkably skillful and renowned band, Union Station, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country, Bluegrass and Folk Album Charts upon its release.

Union Station – Jerry Douglas (dobro, lap steel, vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin, lead vocal), Ron Block (banjo, guitar) and Barry Bales (bass, vocals), with Krauss on lead vocal and fiddle – are five distinct personalities who come together to form something truly unique as a band. Each bandmate has his own bustling career, but when these singular musicians come together, they’re an airtight unit devoted to the process of making music together. Indeed, their connection is so close and deep that they’ve come to think of each other as family.

Joining them for separate portions of the tour will be folk trio The Devil Makes Three, two-time Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, and celebrated songwriter Jason Isbell.

The Devil Makes Three’s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. With a slightly punky perspective on vintage American blues, The Devil Makes Three is a breath of fresh musical air. Laced with elements of ragtime, country, folk and rockabilly, the critically praised trio brings forth a genuine approach to acoustic music that is deeply steeped in rhythm.

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves released her Mercury Records Nashville debut album Same Trailer Different Park this past spring to massive critical acclaim and recognition. The album, which she co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart making her the first solo female in five years to open at No. 1 with a rookie release and just seventh in the 22-year Nielson SoundScan era. In addition to being named New Artist of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards, Kacey is fresh off of winning two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Album.

An American singer/songwriter from Green Hill, Alabama, Jason Isbell has grown up since he showed up at a party a dozen years ago and left in the Drive-By Truckers' van, ultimately becoming a member of the band. His newest release, Southeastern, produced by David Cobb, is like nothing he has made before. Ranked American Songwriter's # 1 Best Album of 2013, as well as being listed in several other of “Album of the Year” polls, Southeastern is another leap forward in Jason Isbell's seemingly effortless solo career since leaving the Drive By Truckers in 2007.

For full, up-to-date event information, including on sale and ticket info, please visit: www.willienelson.com - www.alisonkrauss.com

2014 TOUR DATES:
May 1 - Murray, KY - CFSB Center/Murray State University*
May 2 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre *
May 3 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson Boling Arena*
May 4 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre*
May 6 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
May 8 - Daniel Island, SC - Family Circle Cup Stadium*
May 9 - Simpsonville, SC - Charter Amphitheatre*
May 10 - Greensboro, NC - White Oak Amphitheatre*
May 11 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Superstar Arena*
May 13 - Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Civic Center*
May 14 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center*
May 16 - Nashville, TN - The Woods at Fontanel*
May 17 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC*
May 18 - Augusta, GA - James Brown Arena*
June 5 - Southaven, MS - Snowden Grove Amphitheater #
June 6 - Louisville, KY - Waterfront Park+
June 7 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark #
June 8 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center For the Arts #
June 10 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall #
June 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center #
June 14 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 15 - Simsbury, CT - Simsbury Meadows #
June 17 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #
June 19 - Bangor, ME - Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion #
June 20 - Gilford, NH - Bank of NH Pavillion at Meadowbrook #
June 21 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC Performing Arts Center #
July 6 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre ~
July 7 - Rogers, AR - Arkansas Music Pavilion ~
July 9 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre ~
July 11 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah’s Stir Cove~
July 12 - Chicago, IL - Ravinia Festival~
July 13 - Detroit, MI - Freedom Hill~
July 15 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama
July 17 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium~
July 18 - Toledo, OH - Toledo Zoo

*The Devil Makes Three
# Kacey Musgraves
~ Jason Isbell -
+ The Wild Feathers
All dates are subject to change.

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