The Drop Everything List

Willie Nelson and Friends, Cowgirl Round-up and Showdeo, Black Eyed Pea and Cornbread Cookoff, and a New Year's Eve show in Emo's new digs . . .
The Drop Everything List

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from ringing in the New Year with Willie Nelson to eating a bowl of good luck in Fredericksburg. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[Dec 30–Jan 6]



Living the Life
The night life may not be a good life for some, but it seems to have served longtime buddies Willie Nelson, 78, and Ray Price, 85, just fine. Nelson wrote his song “Night Life,” a mix of blues and country with jazzy flourishes of guitar, fifty years ago, and Price recorded it two years later. Count on the classic being a focal point of Willie & Friends Family New Year, two nights of concerts at ACL Live, the home Nelson recently helped build on Willie Nelson Boulevard. Each legend will likely ring in 2012 with his own take, but it’s the possibility of an all-out jam on the song with their two supporting acts, the Gourds

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