All-Star Willie Nelson Tribute To Air On A&E

A Willie Nelson tribute concert that was taped in Nashville in early 2019 is coming to television this spring. A&E…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 6, 2020

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A Willie Nelson tribute concert that was taped in Nashville in early 2019 is coming to television this spring.

A&E Network just announced that Willie Nelson: American Outlaw, featuring performances by George Strait, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Norah Jones and The Little Willies and many more, will air Sunday, April 12 at 10pm ET/PT.

The two-hour special celebrates Nelson‘s seven-decade long career and features performances, exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage of the legendary entertainer with some of country music’s biggest stars.

Along with the announcement of Willie Nelson: American Outlaw, the network also revealed plans to air biographies focusing on the life and careers of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Biography: Dolly premieres Sunday, April 12 at 8pm ET/PT and Biography: Kenny Rogers will air Monday, April 13 at 9pm ET/PT.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.