Willie Nelson's doctor told him that he should take time off from his touring schedule in order to rest up his injured shoulder, but he just couldn't wait to get on the road again. It was announced yesterday that Nelson was pulling out of four dates to rest his shoulder, but the country star's spokesperson told Country Music Television that Nelson would play his previously scheduled appearance at Nashville's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival after all.
No details were given regarding what caused Nelson's injury in the first place, but it can't have been anything too dramatic as the 80 y.o. saw fit to play. As of press time, there's about an hour-and-a-half until Nelson takes the stage with his family band.
The country legend will still refrain from playing the other three dates initially postponed upon announcement of his ailment, and Nelson will continue his tour October 15 in Louisville, KY.
The Southern Ground Music & Food festival is the brainchild of the Zac Brown band, the headliner for both nights of the festival (Brown will share his sets with other stars, including John Fogerty, Kenny Chesney and others). Brown has also organized a similar two-day event for the weekend of October 19 and 20 in Charleston, S.C., and Nelson is also featured on the lineup for that event.