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Willie Nelson Performs ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ for Kris Kristofferson

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  • January 03, 2017
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Is there anyone more fitting to honor country icon Kris Kristofferson with his own hits than fellow legend Willie Nelson? Nelson paid tribute to his friend and former bandmate Kristofferson for the Hall of Fame Austin City Limits special with a unique and heartfelt performance of one of Kris's most notable hits.

Popularized by Janis Joplin in 1971, Kristofferson's iconic “Me and Bobby McGee," has experienced countless reinventions since it was first recorded in 1969. In it's latest rendition, Nelson is joined by harmonica player Micky Raphael and performed a stripped down and uniquely-Willie version of the well-known hit to the delight of the crowd. Sitting alongside Nelson on stage during his serenade, Kristofferson appeared to be having the time of his life watching his talented friend as he slaps time along through the classic song.

Catch Willie's performance of Kristofferson's tune “Me and Bobby McGee" in the clip below:


The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame New Year's Eve Special aired Saturday, December 31, on PBS and honored this year's other ACL Hall of Fame inductees Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King as well. Hosted by actors and husband and wife duo Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, the event also featured performances by Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Gary Clark Jr., Rodney Crowell, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and much more.

Along with Nelson's unforgettable performance honoring his famous friend, the country sensation made headlines recently after he added a new live date at the War Memorial in Nashville. The show will take place on Saturday, January 7, and will mark the first time that Nelson has appeared at the venue since 1974. Tickets for the one-off event went on sale starting on December 21 and can be found here.

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