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Independence Day has extra significance for Willie Nelson, who began hosting his annual 4th of July Picnic festivals in 1973. The tradition has been transformed this year, with both a virtual 4th of July Picnic and celebration of his new album First Rose of Spring, set to air over the holiday weekend on his exclusive SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59).

Originally intended for an April release, First Rose of Spring will be available on July 3. SiriusXM subscribers will be able to tune in for a special Virtual Town Hall, hosted by Willie Nelson’s daughter and SiriusXM host Paula Nelson with producer and songwriting partner Buddy Cannon. The virtual Town Hall also includes special guests Toby Keith and Randy Houser, as well as SiriusXM subscribers that were able to ask Willie Nelson questions.

A Luck Production, Willie’s 4th of July Picnic will be a star-studded 90-minutes of music and stories from Picnic regulars and newcomers, including Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, Kinky Friedman, Johnny Bush, John Doe, The McCreary Sisters, Kurt Vile, Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent, Devon Gilfillian, and Particle Kid. For more information visit www.williepicnic.com

In addition to the Virtual Town Hall & 4th of July Picnic, Willie’s Roadhouse will also feature tracks from First Rose of Spring every hour throughout the 4th of July weekend, including exclusive commentary from Willie Nelson himself.

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Willie Nelson and Toby Keith on the song “Don’t Let the Old Man In”

Willie Nelson on Sister Bobbie Joining His Family Band

Willie Nelson and Producer Buddy Cannon on “First Rose of Spring”

Willie Nelson on Working as a DJ Early in His Career

Videos courtesy of SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse.

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Independence Day has extra significance for Willie Nelson, who began hosting his annual 4th of July Picnic festivals in 1973. The tradition has been transformed this year, with both a virtual 4th of July Picnic and celebration of his new album First Rose of Spring, set to air over...