Willie Nelson, Kermit the Frog sing ‘Rainbow Connection’ together for the first time

Willie Nelson, Kermit the Frog sing 'Rainbow Connection' together for the first time ever
Willie Nelson, Kermit the Frog sing 'Rainbow Connection' together for the first time ever
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For the first time ever, Willie Nelson and Kermit the Frog performed “Rainbow Connection” as a duet Thursday at Nelson’s 2024 Luck Reunion festival.

The Muppet also joined the legendary stoner for the 12th annual festival at his Texas ranch for a gospel medley of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Hard to Be Humble.”

Nelson performs in concert during the Luck Reunion on March 14 in Spicewood, Texas. Getty Images for Shock Inc.
Nelson performs in concert during the Luck Reunion on March 14 in Spicewood, Texas. Getty Images for Shock Inc.

Kemit’s version of “Rainbow Connection” appeared on 1979’s “The Muppet Movie” soundtrack and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

Nelson, 90, released his cover of the song in 2001 on his album of the same name. It, too, was critically recognized, earning a Grammy nod for Best Country Album. The album also peaked at No. 52 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart.

He most recently duetted “Rainbow Connection” with Kacey Musgraves at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards, but has also performed the hit with the likes of Debbie Harry and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James — but never with Kermit until Thursday.

Kermit the Frog joined Nelson onstage on Thursday. AFP via Getty Images
Kermit the Frog joined Nelson onstage on Thursday. AFP via Getty Images

Artists including the Carpenters, the Chicks, Kenny Loggins, Weezer, Hayley Williams and Johnny Mathis have all covered the song, too.

Other performances at the Luck Reunion included Tyler Childers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Madi Diaz and John Oates.

The “Red Headed Stranger” is currently on a break from his tour, which picks up again on April 17 at Cooks Garage in Lubbock, Texas.

This is the first time ever Nelson and Kermit have performed “Rainbow Connection” together. AFP via Getty Images
This is the first time ever Nelson and Kermit have performed “Rainbow Connection” together. AFP via Getty Images
Kermit’s version of the classic appeared on 1979’s “The Muppet Movie” soundtrack. AFP via Getty Images
Kermit’s version of the classic appeared on 1979’s “The Muppet Movie” soundtrack. AFP via Getty Images

Earlier this week, Nelson announced his 75th studio album, “The Border,” will drop on May 31. The album includes a cover of Rodney Crowell’s 2019 song by the same name, which Nelson released on Thursday.

The “On the Road Again” singer is also preparing for his annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour, which kicks off on June 21 in Alpharetta, Georgia, and wraps on Sept. 17 in Buffalo, New York.

Other headliners for the Outlaw festival include Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and John Mellencamp with Brittney Spencer, Celisse and Southern Avenue.