Kacey Musgraves Joins Forces With ‘Grandpa’ Willie Nelson For Surprise Duet at Palomino Festival

Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves were the talk of the Palomino Festival with their surprise collaborative performance over the weekend. …

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Lauren Jo Black

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July 11, 2022

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Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves were the talk of the Palomino Festival with their surprise collaborative performance over the weekend. 

The country superstars joined forces to perform Nelson’s chart-topping hit, “On The Road Again,” at the inaugural Palomino Festival, which was held at the iconic Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Saturday, July 9.

Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves; Photo by Kirby Gladstein
Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves; Photo by Kirby Gladstein

“So, my actual Grandpa is here in the audience tonight from Texas and my other Grandpa is here from Texas,” Musgraves joked as she pointed at Nelson. 

The 89-year-old grabbed his guitar and strummed along as they effortlessly blended their unique vocals. 

Following the performance, the artists embraced and Musgraves bowed down to Nelson as he exited the stage. 

“That was it, show’s over,” the songstress joked. 

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Willie Nelson & Family, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Turnpike Troubadours, Orville Peck, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more also performed during the Palomino Festival.

This isn’t the first time that Nelson and Musgraves have collaborated. The artists previously teamed up for a performance of “Rainbow Connection” at the CMA Awards in 2019. Nelson and Musgraves also released a duet, “Are You Sure,” on Musgraves’ project, Pageant Material, in 2015.

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Kacey Musgraves is a longtime fan of the country music icon and even has a special, one-of-a-kind Willie Nelson artifact framed in her home. 

During a recent walkthrough of her serene Nashville home on Architectural Digest, Musgraves revealed a prized possession from Nelson that she proudly has framed in her living room.

“He rolled this huge fatty and we all sat around and smoked it with him,” Musgraves shared in the clip. “Then he said, ‘Save the rest for another time,’ and I did.”

“That’s gonna stay there unless I need to break it in case of an emergency,” she joked.

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.