Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler to Play Inaugural Pilgrimage Festival
Bonnaroo is getting a little healthy festival competition this year with the inaugural Pilgrimage Festival taking place near Music City in Sept.
Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler have been added to the festival's lineup, which also includes performances from Sheryl Crow, Band of Horses, Punch Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, the Lone Bellow, Will Hoge, Chris Stapleton, Wilco, Weezer, the Decemberists, Neko Case and many more. A full lineup can be found here.
"Nashville is a musical mecca and there is no way I would've missed performing at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival," Tyler says.
Pilgrimage is set for Sept. 26 and 27 at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tenn., about 30 min south of Nashville. Ticket and other festival information can be found at PilgrimageFestival.com.
Tyler recently joined the country music roster with the debut of his song "Love Is Your Name" earlier this year. The Aerosmith frontman is working on a full-length country project, but in the meantime, he's been making waves in the country world with an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, an on-stage performance with Zac Brown Band and an upcoming guest role on the ABC drama Nashville.
“Country songs really spell out what’s on a guy’s mind in no uncertain terms,” Tyler says. “Rock ‘n’ roll can be a little more aloof. But country is changing. Jaren Johnston and The Cadillac Three and Florida Georgia Line are proving that you can go any which way. Modern country might add a little a cappella or raps or heavier beats. God knows Brad Paisley plays guitar like a motherf–er. I think country is the new rock ‘n’ roll — everyone is trying to stretch out.”