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Willie Nelson on Leaving Nashville, Outlaw Movement, Highwaymen Reunion, Weed at Billboard Summit (Part 2)

Willie Nelson on Leaving Nashville, Outlaw Movement, Highwaymen Reunion, Weed at Billboard Summit (Part 2)

Willie Nelson, the charismatic, outspoken and eminently entertaining country music icon, was one of this year's Billboard Country Music Summit's keynote speakers. Here, Nelson explains why he left Nashville for Texas in 1972, how he became part of the Outlaw movement, the possibility of a Highwaymen reunion with Jamey Johnson and, of course, his take on weed.
Backbeat: Donna Caldwell's Hollywood Meets Nashville Party at LaBella Mansion With Hollywood Yates, Annie Moses Band, Others

Backbeat: Donna Caldwell's Hollywood Meets Nashville Party at LaBella Mansion With Hollywood Yates, Annie Moses Band, Others

The LaBella Mansion in Nashville was a hotspot of activity Monday night as music and film industry from the West Coast and the Third Coast (Los Angeles and Nashville) mixed, mingled and hoped to stimulate business and collaboration In attendance: party host Donna Caldwell of Songs by Accident publishing, former rodeo cowboy Hollywood Yates, singer Carlos Deford Bailey, the Annie Moses Band and many others. 
Backbeat: ACM Weekend With Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley; Capitol and Warner Afterparties and Blake Shelton's NRA Celebrity Shoot!

Backbeat: ACM Weekend With Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley; Capitol and Warner Afterparties and Blake Shelton's NRA Celebrity Shoot!

The Academy of Country Music takes on some heavy duty lifting when it comes to putting together their awards show weekend: From the awards show itself  to the special tribute taping of the “Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert,” as well as philanthropic events like Big Machine's Outnumbering Hunger drive with Racal Flatts as well as the NRA's ACM Celebrity Shoot hosted by Blake Shelto - the Academy has a full plate of industry and fan events.

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