The Outlaw Music Festival Tour kicked off earlier this month with shows in Dallas, Texas, and Rogers, Arkansas, before winding its way to Detroit this weekend for the third stop of the tour. The eclectic lineup varies from city to city, with two constants: Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow. Both delivered crowd-pleasing sets Saturday night at the Joe Louis Arena, illustrating the scope of what it means to be a musical “outlaw.” Jason Isbell, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Bob Dylan – making the first of only two appearances on the tour – were also on the bill. Here’s 10 photos that capture the wild spirit of the Outlaw Music Fest. (All photos by Jordan O’Donnell.)
Willie Nelson, with his trusty guitar Trigger, opened his set with the customary “Whiskey River.”
Sheryl Crow worked in choice songs from her new album Be Myself into a hits-heavy set.
Backed by his band the 400 Unit, Jason Isbell’s set was particularly muscular, highlighting tracks off his new Number One album The Nashville Sound.
Jason Isbell’s wife and musical partner Amanda Shires adds delicate fiddle to the 400 Unit’s ferocious sound.
Lukas Nelson’s live show is a thing to behold, full of frenetic energy and the singer-guitarist’s infectious charisma.
Sheryl Crow sported a Bob Dylan T-shirt as a nod to the Bard, who made the first of only two appearances on the tour.
Isbell and Shires are an Americana power couple, both in the studio and on the stage.
As part of the Family Band, Lukas Nelson adds an electric punch to his father’s easygoing set.
One of Nashville’s most respected guitarists, Audley Freed elevates Sheryl Crow’s already superb live show with tasteful solos and fills.
Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit share a musical shorthand from years of performing together.