Willie Nelson & Neil Young

CMT Crossroads is a series of specials that aims to connect country-music luminaries with friends from across musical divides, but it usually just combines different flavors of cheese. (The last episode, for instance, paired Rascal Flatts with Journey.) But the show’s next episode promises to be something special. Willie Nelson taped his Willie Nelson & Friends special at Jack White’s Third Man Records, and he brought a roster of guests that included Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, Norah Jones, and Ashley Monroe. And in what must’ve been a show-stopping moment, Nelson’s fellow free-spirited reedy-voiced legend Neil Young joined Nelson onstage to perform an absolutely shattering acoustic version of the 1976 Stills-Young Band classic “Long May You Run,” with no further accompaniment. Watch it below, and try not to let that hug at the end absolutely destroy you.

The Willie Nelson & Friends special airs 6/23 on CMT.

Comments (3)
  1. That was just the most beautiful fucking thing I’ve spent five minutes watching in a really long time.

  2. Yeah, that was gorgeous, but I don’t know if it counts as Neil and Willie performing.

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