Willie Nelson Celebrates 80th Birthday with ‘CMT Crossroads’ Taping

Willie Nelson receives a guitar-shaped cake in honor of his 80th birthday.

Willie Nelson gathered with close friends and fellow musicians to celebrate his upcoming 80th birthday at a taping of CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records in Nashville last week.

The episode is slated to air in late June on CMT, and will honor the superstar’s milestone birthday as he collaborates with Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young. A long-time admirer of Nelson, Jack White hosted the special from his Nashville-based studio, Third Man Records.

Nelson turns 80 on April 29, and released his latest Legacy Recordings album Let’s Face The Music And Dance on April 16.


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