The Outlaw Music Festival Stopped in NH + NY – See the Highlights

Before stadium country and stars like Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks and Luke Bryan even EXISTED, country music was run by outlaws.
Pioneered by the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Sammi Smith, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, the outlaw sound governed the music scene in the '70s and '80s, in an attempt to buckle the "Nashville Sound." The decades-old genre is still alive and kickin', as seen by the unwavering success of the Outlaw Music Festival.
The Outlaw Music Festival made its debut in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2016, featuring a legendary lineup including Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson and others. Since then, Nelson has taken charge of a band of outlaws, touring amphitheaters and arenas all over the country.
The traveling festival's second leg took place this weekend, with stops Gilford (New Hampshire), Saratoga Springs and Darien Lake (New York). It kicked off in Bangor, Maine in June and is scheduled to run through September 22, visiting Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Raleigh, Indianapolis and Cincinnati along the way.
This weekend's stacked lineup included Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne and more. Check out some of our favorite moments!
*Readers– If you were in attendance for any of these days, please make sure to update the artists' setlists so we can share them!

Friday, September 6 - Gilford, NH

Willie Nelson and his touring and recording group, the "Family"– consisting of members Bobbie Nelson (piano), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Paul English (drums), Billy English (percussion) and Kevin Smith (bass)– headlined all three nights.
Joining them at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on Friday were Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne and Martin & Kelly!
After their set, the Jill Martin and Ryan Kelly duo posted this picture on their Instagram with a gift from a fan in the crowd.
Martin & Kelly on Instagram
A fan captured this snippet of Alison Krauss' breathtaking cover of "Baby Mine"...
Allison Krauss well as this Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson duet! Raitt joined Nelson on stage for a rendition of "I'll Fly Away," off his 2004 album Outlaws and Angels.
Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, "I'll Fly Away"
At 85, Nelson still knows how to rock. Check out this performance of "Still Is Still Moving To Me!"
Willie Nelson, "Still is Still Moving to Me"

Saturday, September 7 – Saratoga Springs, NY

The highwaymen spirit burned brightly at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday. St. Louis rockers Pernikoff Brothers joined the bill, kicking off the evening.
Fans took to Instagram to highlight their favorite moments of the night.
Again, make sure to add in the artists' setlists if you were at any of these shows!
Blackbird Presents on Instagram
Fans on Instagram
Fans on Instagram

Sunday, September 8 – Darien Lake, NY

Joining the outlaws in place of Brothers Osborne was Americana five-piece Fuzzy & The Rustbelts.
The group shared these pictures on Instagram ahead of Sunday night's festivities at Darien Lake Amphitheater.
Fuzzy & the Rustbelts on Instagram
During his set, Nelson played mostly covers, including Johnny Bush's "Whiskey River," Toby Keith's "Beer for My Horses," Waylon Jennings' "Good Hearted Woman," L. Wolfe Gilbert's "Down Yonder," Lefty Frizzell's "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time," Ed Bruce's "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" and Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra's "Georgia (On My Mind)."
Check out the setlist and a fan photo from Instagram below.
Willie Nelson setlist (September 8)
Fans on Instagram
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