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Willie Nelson’s Picnic Lineup: Celebrate the Fourth of July the Willie Way

Willie Nelson’s Picnic Lineup: Celebrate the Fourth of July the Willie Way

For the second year in a row, Willie Nelson and pals will be heading back to Austin, Texas, for Willie’s 43rd annual Fourth of July Picnic. More than 20 acts will join Willie, including previous Picnic performers Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Leon Russell and Jamey Johnson. Also on…MORE

Story Behind the Song: “Austin” Blake Shelton

Story Behind the Song: “Austin” Blake Shelton

Once upon a time, a songwriter in Nashville broke up with his girlfriend. When she moved to Austin, he realized he’d made a terrible mistake. So he put a new outgoing message on his answering machine: “By the way – if this is Austin, I still love you.” When fellow Music City songwriter Kirsti Manna…MORE

Blake Shelton: “Austin” Q&A

Blake Shelton: “Austin” Q&A

Country Weekly first sat down with then-newcomer Blake Shelton in the conference room at Warner Bros. Nashville on May 16, 2001, to interview him for the “Who’s New” profile that would run in the July 10 issue. His debut single, “Austin,” was climbing the charts and the Ada, Okla., native had both high hopes and…MORE

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