Philadelphia Events

Outlaw Music Festival

Sunday

Sep 17, 2017 – 1:00 PM

1 Harbour Boulevard
Camden, NJ 08103 Map

  • Willie Nelson
  • Eric Church
  • Sheryl Crow

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Willie Nelson: Country music legend Willie Nelson has set the bar pretty high for contemporary musicians, having written some of country's most popular songs and even helping to pioneer outlaw country. He is well known for creating Farm Aid, and perhaps even more well known for the tour dates that fund the operation. Nelson's albums have become some of the best selling for any country music artist, releasing 67 studio albums and 27 collaborations with some of country's biggest stars.

Willie Nelson began playing the guitar from a young age, participating in bands and singing in the church choir. He moved to Washington in 1956 to begin a professional career in music, but became more successful writing songs for others while he struggled to play small tour dates. He retired to Austin, TX in 1971, but found that the city's liberal music scene inspired him to create his own brand of country music. He became Atlantic Records' first country artist and debuted his more laid back, rock-inspired sound (later becoming a part of outlaw country) on his 1974 album, Phases and Stages. Nelson continued to display this sound on 1975's Red Headed Stranger, on collaborative albums with artists like Jessi Colter, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings, and on tour dates that were becoming a huge draw.

The 1978 album, Stardust, showed that Nelson could achieve the opposite of his earlier career by turning country standards into his own hit songs. In 1985, Willie Nelson joined Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash in forming The Highwaymen. The country supergroup released three hit albums over the next ten years and played sold-out tour dates to overly enthusiastic fans. Willie Nelson spent most of the 90s playing tour dates until the release of the smash-hit Teatro in 1998, which featured back-up vocals by Emmylou Harris. Willie Nelson was joined by even more mainstream artists on the 2002 album, The Great Divide, which featured Rob Thomas, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Alison Krauss. Additionally, in 2003, he appeared on country megastar Toby Keith's chart topping song, "Beer for My Horses".

Ever the philanthropist, Nelson headlined the 2005 Tsunami Relief Austin to support victims of the the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake. 2007 saw a collaboration album between Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price titled Last of the Breed, which was followed a year later by Nelson's solo album, Moment of Forever. Both albums broke into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country Albums.

In 2012, Nelson signed with Legacy Recordings to release both future and curated past recordings. He began his tenure with 2012's Heroes, which featured mostly standards and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, and more. However, it also featured new songs that Nelson wrote with his sons Lukas and Micah. A year later, Nelson followed-up with To All The Girls..., which featured his collection of duets with female artists like Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, among others. The latter album became his 46th album to break into the top ten of Billboard's Top Country albums, as well as his second album to be featured in the top ten of the Billboard 200.

Nelson continued to shine in his career resurgence, with his 2014 album Spirit topping country charts; the first time the musician had done so since 1986.

Eric Church: Eric Church has combined a knack for writing fist-pumping hit songs and filling America’s biggest venues with an authenticity that’s made him one of the 21st century’s biggest and most interesting country music stars. The 37-year-old North Carolina native has captured the hearts of fans with raw honesty, a willingness to blend sounds and ideas in new ways in a genre bursting with change. Church’s latest album, 2014’s “The Outsiders,” was one of the year’s few critical and commercial successes regardless of genre. Universally lauded by critics from all corners of the music world, “The Outsiders” produced two No. 1 hits, had one of the year’s all-genre top-five debut weeks and was the first and one of just two mainstream country albums to go Platinum. “The Outsiders” helped Church earn a genre-high four Grammy Award nominations, including Best Country Album and Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

Church began performing at age 13 and turned his back on a marketing degree from Appalachian State to move to Nashville. Church arrived with a distinct and different point of view from Music Row tastes of the times. His first album, 2006’s “Sinners Like Me” yielded three Top 20 hits. He grew in popularity with the release of his second album, 2009’s “Carolina,” and as a relentless touring artist, then truly broke through in 2011 with “Chief.” That album gave Church three No. 1 singles, including “Springsteen” and “Drink in My Hand,” and won both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Album of the Year awards.

Sheryl Crow: Since the early 1990s, very few female rock artists have experienced the success and popularity that Sheryl Crow has. Her many hit songs played almost continuously on the radio and her Grammy Award-winning albums flew off record store shelves. Ms. Crow has continuously produced wildly successful concert dates where she proficiently plays at least a dozen different instruments. Her musical style is also diverse, ranging from folk to hip-hop, but always retaining the 90's rock sound that has made her famous. If that wasn't enough Sheryl, she has a full concert schedule this summer with 2011 tour dates supporting Kid Rock on the second leg of his Born Free tour.

After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Music Composition, Performance, and Education, Sheryl Crow became an elementary school music teacher. Teaching during the week allowed her to pursue her musical aspirations on the weekends, and she eventually began recording jingles for companies like McDonald's and Toyota. Word of Crow's vocal talents spread and she soon started singing backup vocals for some of the biggest names in music on tour dates. Sheryl Crow recorded her debut solo album in 1992, but both Sheryl and the label decided not to release it as it was not commensurate with her talents or style.

Sheryl Crow soon joined up with a group of casual, bohemian musicians that called themselves the "Tuesday Music Club". The group's main function was to casually bounce songwriting ideas off each other, and the peer sessions inspired Crow's "debut" album, Tuesday Night Music Club in 1993. It wasn't until the third single "All I Wanna Do" became a breakout smash hit that fans, critics, and music execs began going Crow crazy. The album reached #3 on the Billboard 200 and won three Grammy Awards that year. It also marked Sheryl Crow's rise from backup singer to star headliner on subsequent tour dates

Sheryl Crow produced her own self-titled second album in 1996. The album won a Grammy for Best Rock Album and the hit single "If It Makes You Happy" won for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Sheryl Crow continued her hit-making streak with the 1998 album, The Globe Sessions. The record has sold well over two million copies and won Grammys for Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Non-Classical Album. Surviving breast cancer was one of the inspirations behind her 2008 album, Detours, in addition to her split with Lance Armstrong and the adoption of her son Wyatt.

On her most recent album, 100 Miles to Memphis, she chose to bypass the country and rock themes for a classic soul and southern sound that can only be described as…Memphis. The nostalgic record has been critically acclaimed and adored by fans. Those same fans can catch Sheryl Crow at 2011 tour dates on the second leg of Kid Rock's North American Born Free tour. The concert schedule begins on July 2 in Cincinnati, heads down the east coast, and will land on the west coast in Sacramento on July 26. Heading down the coast and through the Southwest, the concert schedule calls for more shows in the East before ending in Houston on September 3.

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