Billy Strings ‘Thanks’ Willie Nelson With Final Outlaw Festival Setlist

The first letter of each song combined to spell “Thank You Willie.”

By Andy Kahn Sep 19, 2022 8:06 am PDT

Billy Strings made his final appearance on this year’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour hosted by legendary country musician Willie Nelson. Strings’ setlist on Sunday at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, New York spelled out “Thank You Willie” with the first letter of each song that was performed.

Strings began the 14-song set with a string of originals, “Turmoil & Tinfoil,” “Hollow Heart,” “Away From the Mire,” “Nothing’s Working” and “Know It All.” Next came a group of covers as Strings and his bandmates – banjoist Billy Failing, bassist Royal Masat, mandolinist Jarrod Walker and fiddler Alex Hargreaves – worked up the rarely played “Y’all Come” by Arlie Duff, followed by Marty Stuart’s “Old Mexico” (sung by Masat) and Bill Monroe’s “Uncle Pen.”

West Dakota Rose” by Chris Henry began the “Willie” portion of the setlist. The traditional “If Your Hair Is Too Long, There’s Sin In Your Heart” came ahead of Strings’ “Love & Regret” and the scarcely performed instrumental “Libby Phillips Rag.” The message sending setlist was rounded out with “In Hiding” and “Everything’s The Same.”


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Previous Outlaw Music Festival stops saw Strings sitting in with Willie Nelson as well as with Nelson’s son Micah Nelson (Particle Kid). The Outlaw Music Festival heads to Waterfront Music Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey this Friday, September 23 with performances by Willie Nelson & Family, Chris Stapleton, Zach Bryan, Larkin Poe, Brittney Spencer and Particle Kid.

Up next for Billy Strings is the guitarist’s two-night Renewal campout event in Buena Vista, Colorado on Friday and Saturday (September 23 and 24). Renewal livestreams are available via nugs.net.

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Setlist (via BillyBase)

Set: Turmoil & Tinfoil, Hollow Heart, Away From The Mire, Nothing’s Working, Know It All, Y’all Come, Old Mexico, Uncle Pen, West Dakota Rose, If Your Hair Is Too Long, There’s Sin In Your Heart, Love & Regret, Libby Phillips Rag, In Hiding, Everything’s The Same

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