PLAINS, Ga. -- More than 2,000 area residents crowded in front of Plains High School on Thursday (Sept. 9) for Willie Nelson and former President Jimmy Carter's celebration of American small towns. Introduced by the 39th U.S. president as "a citizen of Plains," Nelson and his Family Band performed a free concert for the residents of the town of Plains and Sumter County. The concert was filmed by CMT for a December telecast of the special, A Homecoming in Plains. The program will include extensive interviews with Carter, his wife Rosalynn and Nelson on the nature and situation of small towns in America. All three are products of small towns -- the Carters of Plains and Nelson of Abbott, Texas. Nelson, President Carter noted, years ago played a benefit concert here. "When I came home from the White House," the former president said, "one of the first things that happened was that Willie Nelson came and played this baseball field and gave all the money to Plains, which helped to refurbish the town." The concert ended with the Carters joining Nelson and his band onstage for renditions of several songs.