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Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog Perform 'Rainbow Connection' Together for the First Time Ever in Texas

Nelson was joined by the iconic Muppet during his headlining set at Luck Reunion 2024

<p>Alana Swaringen</p> Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog in Texas on March 14, 2024

Alana Swaringen

Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog in Texas on March 14, 2024

Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog are feeling the "Rainbow Connection."

During the country legend's 2024 Luck Reunion festival at his Texas ranch on Thursday, the Red Headed Stranger was joined by none other than the iconic Muppet for their first joint performance of Kermit's 1979 hit "Rainbow Connection." Footage of the moment can be seen on X (formerly Twitter).

The duet served as the opening song of Willie Nelson and Family's headlining set at the festival, and Kermit also joined him for a gospel medley of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," "I’ll Fly Away" and "Hard to Be Humble."

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<p>Alana Swaringen</p> Kermit the Frog in Texas on March 14, 2024

Alana Swaringen

Kermit the Frog in Texas on March 14, 2024

Kermit's original version of "Rainbow Connection" was released on the soundtrack of The Muppet Movie in 1979, and the song was a massive success, reaching No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

Nelson, 90, released a cover of the song for his 2001 album Rainbow Connection, which received a Grammy Award nomination for best country album. He's since performed the version alongside Kacey Musgraves at the 2019 CMA Awards — but never alongside Kermit.

Other artists who took the stage at the 2024 Luck Reunion included Tyler Childers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Madi Diaz and John Oates.

Related: Willie Nelson Announces His Upcoming 75th Album 'The Border' and Releases Rodney Crowell Cover

<p>Alana Swaringen</p> Willie Nelson in Texas on March 14, 2024

Alana Swaringen

Willie Nelson in Texas on March 14, 2024

Earlier this week, Nelson announced his 75th studio album, The Border, will be released on May 31 and shared its title track, a cover of Rodney Cowell's 2019 song from his album Texas.

Currently available for preorder, The Border features 10 tracks, four of which were co-penned by Nelson and longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon.

The "Always on My Mind" performer is currently gearing up for his annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour, which kicks off this summer in Alpharetta, Georgia, and continues throughout the summer before wrapping up on Sept. 17 in Buffalo, New York.

<p>Alana Swaringen</p> Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog in Texas on March 14, 2024

Alana Swaringen

Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog in Texas on March 14, 2024

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Family bandBob DylanRobert Plant & Allison Krause and John Mellencamp will join Nelson throughout the run, while select shows will also feature country star Brittney Spencer, soul singer Celisse and five-piece Memphis band Southern Avenue, as well as Bluegrass artist Billy Strings.

“This year's Outlaw Music Festival Tour promises to be the biggest and best yet with this lineup of legendary artists. I am thrilled to get back on the road again with my family and friends playing the music we love for the fans we love," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said in a press release upon the tour's announcement.

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