Since 1973, all-American musical hero Willie Nelson has celebrated Independence Day by hosting his 4th of July Picnic, an all-day star-spangled concert spectacular. This year the Picnic returns to Austin, TX, and thanks to his own Willie’s Roadhouse channel, SiriusXM listeners can join the party live from the new Austin360 Ampitheater with full sets from Willie Nelson & Family, Merle Haggard, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton.

Kicking off at 4 pm ET and running late into the night, Willie’s 4th of July Picnic broadcast will be anchored by SiriusXM DJ Dallas Wayne, joined on air by the two newest additions to Willie’s Roadhouse, Willie’s daughter Paula Nelson (who will begin co-hosting “Willie Wednesdays” with Dallas next week), and Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel (whose “Austin Outer Limits” show premieres this weekend), along with other surprise guests. So while you’re waiting for the fireworks, here are six reasons to get excited about the 4th of July Picnic at Willie’s Roadhouse.

1.      Willie & Merle Haggard will share a bill for the first time since the release of their new album Django & Jimmie, and hopefully fire up the crowd with their 4/20 anthem It’s All Going to Pot.

2.      Making his Picnic debut, Eric Church will crank up the Texas heat with his aviator-glasses arena country and monster hits like Cold One.

3.      Kacey Musgraves will own her own crazy and whip up some Biscuits and other songs from her new album Pageant Material.

4.      Jason Isbell will break in songs from forthcoming release Something More Than Free, along with goosebump-inducing ballads like Elephant.

5.      Sturgill Simpson will bring his own psychedelic hillbilly stylings and festival-proven Metamodern Sounds in Country Music to the stage.

6.      Chris Stapleton has made a splash with his debut album and will deliver his authentic high lonesome Kentucky 100 proof Outlaw Country.

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