Willie Nelson is recuperating from a shoulder injury which is forcing him to miss many of his upcoming concerts. He is under doctor's orders to rest his shoulder for a week, according to the singer's publicist.
Nelson was scheduled to appear at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville on Saturday (Sept. 28). He was one of the special guests invited by the event's host, Zac Brown Band.
His scheduled concert in Carmel, Ind., on Wednesday (Sept. 25) has been postponed until Aug. 23, 2014. Meanwhile, there has not been a new date announced for the show that was scheduled for Thursday in Charlotte, Mich. Nelson's website indicates that his Friday show in Springfield, Ill., has also been canceled.
Nelson expects to return to the stage on Oct. 15 in Louisville, Ky. The date coincides with the release of To All the Girls ..., a duets album with female singers. He joins Dolly Parton on the lead track, "From Here to the Moon and Back," a Parton original that was featured in her 2012 film, Joyful Noise. Fellow country legend Loretta Lynn lends her vocals to "Somewhere Between," a Merle Haggard composition from 1967.
Other singing partners include Alison Krauss on "No Mas Amor," Miranda Lambert on "She Was No Good for Me" and Carrie Underwood on "Always on My Mind."
This is Nelson's second album release this year, following Let's Face the Music and Dance in April.
Nelson has tour dates scheduled through Dec. 18, according to his website.