It’s not uncommon to read about musicians expressing disgust with politicians using their art at campaign rallies. Two recent examples of this came about in the past week. Pharrell Williams was reportedly upset with President Donald Trump using his song “Happy” at his campaign events, and recently Rihanna responded to the fact that the president used her music by saying she wouldn’t be caught dead at one of his “tragic rallies,” according to reporting from the Independent.
But for Willie Nelson, the iconic Texas country music star, it’s the opposite: he is more than happy to lend his music to Democratic candidate for Senator Beto O’Rourke.
In the final push for O’Rourke to win an upset challenge against his Republican opponent, incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, Nelson and O’Rourke teamed up in a video advertisement showing the two of them performing together on stage. O’Rourke and Nelson co-headlined a rally back in September, shortly after Nelson gave his endorsement to the Democrat, a concert rally that attracted more than 55,000 individuals.
The ad features Nelson singing his classic tune “On the Road Again,” which is juxtaposed with video of O’Rourke onstage with the legend as well as traveling in his campaign to various counties across Texas. O’Rourke visited all 254 counties in the state, according to reporting from Rolling Stone magazine.
As Nelson’s song plays, O’Rourke speaks directly to the listener, explaining what his campaign is all about.
“There is something special happening in Texas right now. In really small towns, in really big cities, people are getting off the sidelines and into the game,” O’Rourke said in the ad. “We are meeting the divisiveness that dominates our politics today with a courage, a strength, a big heart that could only come from Texas.”
O’Rourke is pulling out all the stops he can in the final day of campaigning. Polls indicate that it’s a real possibility he could upset Cruz. A recent Emerson poll, for example, conducted in the final days of October, shows O’Rourke just three percentage points behind Cruz, a separation that’s within the margin of error for the poll.