Willie Nelson Cancels Remaining August Tour Dates Due To ‘Breathing Problem’

Willie Nelson, 86, has been forced to cancel his remaining August tour dates. The nine-time Grammy winner shared the news…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 8, 2019


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Willie Nelson, 86, has been forced to cancel his remaining August tour dates.

The nine-time Grammy winner shared the news via Twitter, writing:

To my fans,
I’m sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out.
I’ll be back

Following reports that his entire tour had been canceled, his publicist later clarified his statement to Country Now, sharing that he has only canceled the remain six dates in August and that he will resume his current touring schedule beginning September 6.

This isn’t the first time the legendary performer has been sidelined by illness. He was forced to cancel a number of shows in 2017 and 2018 due to respiratory issues.

Willie Nelson’s latest album, Ride Me Back Home, was released in June.

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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.