Willie’s Annual Picnic Returns To Fort Worth Monday

Texas legend Willie Nelson will host his traditional Fourth of July picnic Monday at the Fort Worth Stockyards

It's been more than three decades since Nelson first decided to merge musical genres at his Fourth of July picnic and this year’s performers continue the tradition.

Among those on the bill Monday are Bob Dylan, the Doobie Brothers and San Angelo’s Los Lonely Boys.

The 72-year-old entertainer says the initial concept was to bring something new like Woodstock, the famed New York rock festival of 1969, to the Lone Star State.

The first festival was held at Dripping Springs in 1973.

Nelson selects the performers, and last year divided up their pay in calculations written on the back of a brown paper sack.

Pam Minick with Billy Bob's Texas, which is co-organizing the event, says when the groups arrive, Nelson decides what they're going to be paid.

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