Billy Strings and Willie Nelson performing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” at Outlaw Music Fest is a full jam session


I don’t think I’ve seen that many people on stage since my college choir gig…which obviously wasn’t up to the musical caliber of this band.

Last week by Willie Nelson traveling music festival, Outlaw Music Festival, made a stopover in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

On this leg of the tour, the incredible Billy strings stopped to play some tunes. Strings took to the stage with many artists, including Nelson’s son, Micah Nelson.

That night, the entire crew took to the stage to perform the iconic anthem “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

Willie Nelson starts the piece with a grater with an opening line, “Will the circle be unbroken / Soon, Lord, soon.”

The sound team gets to work setting up the microphones for the “choir” while Strings strums and quickly adds his signature bluegrass acoustic we all know and love.

Micah Nelson helps his father sing the lyrics while Strings picks up the guitar. Willie works between the lines to keep the crowd going.

The whole performance is one solid jam session. Everyone cheers, shares the mics, sings along with the crowd and has a blast.

Nelson signals, “Big finish,” as they wrap up the melody.

The band disappears from the stage, and then Nelson decides to give the crowd one more as a heavy finisher…and it’s a good one, a cover of Mac Davis’ “It’s Hard To Be Humble.”

The finale is the perfect moment between father and son as they close the evening in song together.

I think I have to add Outlaw to my list of festivals because of the recently released videos.

“Will the circle be unbroken”

With Nitty Gritty Band, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Roy Acuff and many more

“It’s Hard to Be Humble” by Mac Davis

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