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Willie Nelson to Headline Beto O’Rourke Rally in Austin

AUSTIN, TX - JULY 04: Willie Nelson (L) and Beto O'Rourke perform in concert at Willie Nelson's 45th 4th Of July Picnic at the Austin360 Amphitheater on July 4, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for ABA)

Willie Nelson is performing at a rally in Austin Saturday night in support of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. The songwriter will perform at Austin’s Auditorium Shores alongside acts like Leon Bridges, Lukas and Micah Nelson, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones, Joe Ely and more.

“My wife, Annie, and I have met and spoken with Beto, and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” Nelson shared with Rolling Stone. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”

This isn’t the first time Nelson has shown his support for a presidential candidate. In 1980, the songwriter performed on the South Lawn of the White House in support of President Jimmy Carter. He also performed alongside O’Rourke earlier this year at the songwriter’s annual Fourth of July picnic in Austin.

O’Rourke is also expected to speak at the rally, which is open to the public with a simple online registration available on O’Rourke’s website. Earlier this month, O’Rourke made reference to The Clash’s 1979 song “Clampdown” in a debate with Senator Ted Cruz. Revisit our interview with the Democratic candidate and former punk bassist here.