||The TV special "Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels" aired on the USA network in 2004. The show, pretaped on May 5th in Los Angeles, featured Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne, Al Green, Rickie Lee Jones, Carole King, Toots Hibbert, Ben Harper, Joe Walsh, Los Lonely Boys, Lee Ann Womack, The Holmes Brothers, and more. The "house band" included Ivan Neville on keyboards |
||Master fiddler, fiddle maker, teacher and Cajun cultural ambassador Leo Abshire passed away in 2005 at age 71. The in Kaplan, LA native performed with Joe Bonsall and the Orange Playboys for 20 years, and also worked with August Broussard, Milton Adams, Horace Trahan, D.L. Menard, Eddie LeJeune, and Doug Kershaw. He appeared in the 1999 PBS special The Mississippi: River of Song and he was the subject of the award winning documentary "It's In the Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition."