Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Matthew McConaughey will induct Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Coach Darrell K. Royal into ACL Hall of Fame

Friday, April 18th, 2014

by: Patrick Ryan

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Texas native and Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will induct Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on April 26.

Double Trouble members Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans will be on-hand for the event, while Vaughan will be inducted posthumously.

The inaugural induction ceremony — launched in conjunction with the PBS concert series’ 40th anniversary — will include performances from Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others. Held at Austin City Limits’ original home, Studio 6A, the Hall of Fame ceremony will be an invitation-only benefit for public TV station KLRU in Austin.

Austin City Limits creator Bill Arhos and late University of Texas football coach Darrell K. Royal will also be inducted during the event.

Willie Nelson will be inaugeral inductee in to Austin City Limits Hall of Fame (April 26, 2014)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

by:  Arden Ward

For decades, Austin City Limits has exposed music lovers across the country to intimate performances by some of the scene’s most legendary performers. This year, to celebrate its 40th season, the beloved program announces the ACL Hall of Fame, which will induct iconic performers — and supporters — from the show’s rich legacy.

On April 26, ACL will return to its original home, Studio 6A on the University of Texas at Austin campus, for the inaugural induction. Its first musical inductees will be Texas music legends Willie Nelson, who appeared on the pilot episode of Austin City Limits; and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, who performed on the show in 1984 and 1990. They will be honored alongside two individuals who played a lasting role in the success of the series: the show’s creator Bill Arhos and former University of Texas football coach, Darrel K Royal.


Both Vaughan and Royal will be inducted posthumously; Nelson, Arhos and Vaughan’s band Double Trouble, featuring Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans, will be inducted at the event.

“There are other Halls of Fame, but none quite like this,” says ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona. “Austin City Limits has become a unique American institution, in both the worlds of popular music and television. It has such a rich history and legacy that we decided it was time to celebrate and honor the artists and individuals who made it what it is today.”

An invitation-only event, the inaugural Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Ceremony will benefit Austin PBS affiliate KLRU. The intimate evening of music and celebration will feature performances by a host of classic Austin City Limits performers, including Doyle Bramhall II, Mike Farris, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Lukas Nelson, Robert Randolph and Kenny Wayne Shepherd as well as Willie Nelson.

The 40th anniversary season of Austin City Limits will air beginning October 2014.

This day in Willie Nelson history: ‘My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys’ #1

Saturday, March 8th, 2014


On March 8, 1980, Willie Nelson’s “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” reached #1 on the Billboard country charts.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Best Country Vocal Performance: “Always on My Mind” (2/23/83)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

On February 23, 1983, Willie Nelson wins Best Country Vocal Performance for ‘Always On My Mind.  The song won three times during the 25th annual Grammy awards including awards for songwriters Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James earn Song of the Year.

Album Track listing

  1. “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (Chips Moman, Dan Penn) – 2:58
  2. “Always on My Mind” (Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson Thompson) – 3:34
  3. “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher) – 4:01
  4. “Let It Be Me” (Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë, Gilbert Bécaud) – 3:33
  5. “Staring Each Other Down” (Chips Moman, Bobby Emmons) – 2:16
  6. “Bridge over Troubled Water” (Paul Simon) – 4:39
  7. “Old Fords and a Natural Stone” (Bobby Emmons, Chips Moman) – 2:33
  8. “Permanently Lonely” (Willie Nelson) – 2:41
  9. “Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” (Gary P. Nunn, Donna Ciscle) – 4:22
  10. “The Party’s Over” (Willie Nelson) – 2:52

Ben Harper to receive 2014 “Willie Nelson Feed the Peace Award” from Nobelity Project (Feb. 9, 2014)

Sunday, February 9th, 2014


Stars of Music, TV and Film come out to support the work of the Nobelity Project and honor Grammy-winning musician Ben Harper with the Willie Nelson Feed the Peace Award, given each year to a person who has gone to great lengths to promote peace and a more just world. Philanthropist and entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria and his wife, actress Eloise DeJoria, will be recognized with the Ann Richards Founders Award for their many contributions to a sustainable planet.

Ringo Starr and “Grow Appalachia” Videos Celebrate the Honorees

On Sunday, February 9, The Nobelity Project will honor Ben Harper and John Paul and Eloise DeJoria in an all-star celebration at the Four Seasons Austin.

The Willie Nelson Feed the Peace Award – named for its first recipient – will be presented to Ben Harper, 2014 Grammy winner for Best Blues Album. “Ben Harper is a powerful voice for a more peaceful and just world,” said Nobelity Project founder Turk Pipkin. “From Amnesty International and Music Cares to his music in our feature doc, One Peace at a Time, Ben Harper stands tall and speaks out for A Better Way.”

On the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance in America, Ringo Starr will make a “Peace & love” appearance on video to congratulations his friend Ben Harper.

View the Ringo Starr Video Here:

The Ann Richards Founders Award will be presented to John Paul & Eloise DeJoria, founders of JP’s Peace Love & Happiness Foundation, which contributes to a sustainable planet through investing in people, protecting animals and conserving the environment. “Success unshared is failure,” says John Paul, a signer of The Giving Pledge.

As part of their tribute, The Nobelity Project is releasing a new short film, Grow Appalachia, which chronicles JP’s home and community program, Grow Appalachia, the largest gardening program of its kind in the U.S.

View Grow Appalachia short film at:

The evening concludes with an all-star music concert with appearances by Ben Harper and Texas music stars Ray Benson, Carolyn Wonderland, Eric Johnson and Lukas Nelson.

A red carpet arrival at 6 p.m. will include 40 great Texas artists and filmmakers, including Kyle Chandler, Billy Burke, Ricardo Chavira and Ron White.

The event celebrates and funds The Nobelity Project’s global film and education work in the U.S. and abroad. The nonprofit currently has 25 partner projects in 5 countries, including a large number of rural school projects in Kenya and tree-planting programs in Kenya, Mexico and the U.S.

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Willie Nelson: One of “100 Cool Americans”

Saturday, February 8th, 2014


Willie made the list of ’100 Cool Americans’.

Read the full list here

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Waylon & Willie” Album certified Gold (2/4/78)

Monday, February 3rd, 2014


On February 4, 1978, the album, “Waylon & Willie” album was certified gold for Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Wanted: the Outlaws” (double platinum) (1/21/1985)

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

On January 21, 1985 “Wanted: The Outlaws,” featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, is certified double-platinum.

  1. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (Waylon)
  2. Honky Tonk Heroes (Waylon)
  3. I’m Looking for Blue Eyes (Jessi)
  4. Suspicious Minds (Waylon and Jessi)
  5. Good Hearted Woman (Waylon and Willie)
  6. Heaven or Hell (Waylon and Willie
  7. Me and Paul (Willie)
  8. Yesterday’s Wine (Willie
  9. T for Texas (Tompall)
  10. Put Another Log on the Fire (Tompall)

It’s unfortunate that there still has to be a sampler, or primer, or golden book of some of the best singers working anywhere, but apparently not everyone has gotten the message yet.  Maybe this album can introduce you to some people you would have liked to have known sooner but just didn’t have the opportunity to meet.

These are some special people, very special.  They’ve been waiting in the wings for years, too many years, to assume their proper places in the structure of American Music.  When it became apparent to them that their proper places were perhaps being unduly delayed becasue of certain resentments harbored against them because of their real and imagined unconventionality, they — by God — decided to take matters into their own hands.  There resulted a rather difficult period of figurative doors being smashed and general confusion and namecalling in Nashville.  When the smoke cleared and the fallout returned to earth, there was effected a major shift in country music.  “Progressive Country” (for want of a better term) was on the map, and was here for good.  And these are the people responsibile for that.  Call them outlaws, call them innovators, call them revolutionaries, call them what you will.  They’re just some damned find people who are also some of the most gifted songwriters and singers anywhere.

They are musical rebels, in one sense, in that they challenged the accepted way of doing things.  Like all pioneers, they were criticized for that but time has vindicated them.

Tompall Glaser was one of the first in Nashville to chart his own musical course and it was lonely for him for years but now he is beginning to receive the recognition due him.

Waylon Jennings, as the most visible of the progressive country pack, has been quietly fighting for years in his own way for acceptance.  Both he and Jessi Colter (who, coincidentally is also known as Mrs. Waylon Jennings) were authentically ahead of thier time.  Now, the times have caught up with them.

That streak of rugged individualism that is the unifying bond for these musical outlaws is nowhere more evident than in Willie Nelson’s life and times.  Unquestionably one of the finest songwriters who ever lived, Willie was known for years only to other writers and to a slowly growing cult of followers.  All that has changed now.  “Miracles appear in the strangest of places,” Willie sings in Yesterday’s Wine,” one of my favorites from his collection of remarkable songs, and that’s true.  When I first started keeping track of Willie and Waylon and Jessi and Tompall, I (along with their other cult followers) felt almost responsible for them since they weren’t that well known to the public and the music industry as a whole didn’t like to acknowledge them.  They didn’t wear Nudie suits and thier music didn’t confirm to the country norm of songs of divorce and alcohol and life’s other little miseries.  The only thing that worried me was that I knew these people were born scrappers and really loved fighting for acceptance.  What would happen to them, I wondered, when they inevitably won (as I knew they would)?  Would they like so many who struggle just for the sake of the struggle, grow fat and lazy when they grew successful?

There was no need to worry.  This last year each of them has gotten better, writing better, and singing with breathtaking confidence.

They’re the cutting edge of a brand of American music that I find the most satisfying development in popular music in the past decade.  It’s not country and it’s not country-rock, but there’s no real need to worry about labeling it.  It’s just damned good music that’s true and honest and you can’t ask for more than that.

Chet Flippo Associate Editor Rolling Stone

WIllie Nelson receives Steven Bruton Award (November 10, 2011)

Monday, January 13th, 2014


Willie Nelson was presented with the 2011 LSIFF Stephen Bruton Award recipient presented by fellow legendary Texas Musician T Bone Burnett.

Willie Nelson, Red Rocks Hall of Fame

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Willie Nelson received this  Hall of Fame award from the City of Denver and Red Rocks Amphitheater.  I took this picture of it at Willie’s Luck World Headquarters a few years ago.

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton to perform at Grammys (1/26/14)

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

by:  Craig Shelburne

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Blake Shelton will share the stage at the upcoming Grammy Awards to pay homage to their roots in Oklahoma and Texas.

This will be Haggard’s first-ever performance on the show, according to the Recording Academy. The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Jan. 26.

Producer Ken Ehrlich is keeping the details of the segment under wraps, but he did tell that bringing the four stars together was “just too good to pass up.”

Ehrlich said he wanted the Grammys to get involved in relief efforts after Oklahoma and Texas were ravaged by tornadoes in May. The idea to bring Nelson on board occurred when Ehrlich saw him play at the Hollywood Bowl in August.

Around the same time, Kristofferson had been chosen to receive the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented in a private ceremony the night before the Grammy Awards. In addition, Kristofferson’s 1970 album, simply titled Kristofferson, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.

“I started to think about what we could do to honor them as the artists that they are and what they’ve  accomplished over their lives. And at the same time, not necessarily forget about this Oklahoma/Texas idea,” Ehrlich said.

“Musically, this will honor Willie and Kris’ music, it will honor probably Merle’s most famous song and then it’s going to end with the four of them together. I won’t say it’s not predictable, but it will be classic,” he says.

Asked why Shelton fits the lineup, Ehrlich said, “He understands the heritage of it. I think there are country artists that infuse that into what they do, and there are probably some that don’t. But Blake is one of those guys that really does. That was why we picked him.”

Haggard won a 1984 Grammy for “That’s the Way Love Goes” in the category of best male country vocal performance. He shared a 1998 Grammy win for the country collaboration, “Same Old Train,” a project featuring an all-star cast that included Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris and Randy Travis, among

Kristofferson’s Grammy wins include the 1971 trophy for best country song (“Help Me Make It Through the Night”), as well as his duets with Rita Coolidge (“From the Bottle to the Bottom” and “Lover Please”).

Nelson has won seven Grammys, ranging from 1975′s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” to 2007′s “Lost Highway,” a duet with Ray Price.

Shelton is nominated for Grammys twice this year, for best country solo performance (“Mine Would Be You”) and best country album (Based on a True Story).

Willie Nelson, Red Rocks Hall of Fame

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Willie Nelson’s Hall of Fame award from Red Rocks sits in his Luck World Headquarters.




This day in Willie Nelson history: “City of New Orleans” #1 (Nov. 3, 1984)

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

On November 3, 1984, Willie Nelson’s recording of the song, ‘City Of New Orleans” is #1 on the Billboard country chart.

Here is Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow singing the song, on CMT Crossroads show.

This day in Willie Nelson’s history: Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (10/14/1973)

Monday, October 14th, 2013


On October 14, 1973, Willie Nelson was inducted into The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, along with Jack Clement (“Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”), Don Gibson (“I Can’t Stop Loving You”), Harlan Howard (“Busted”), Roger Miller, Ed and Steve Nelson (“Bouquet Of Roses”).

Willie Nelson honored in Abbott, TX (9/24/13)

Monday, October 14th, 2013


Billboard Magazine
November 24, 1973

Abbott, TX. Some 10,000 country music fans were in the neighborhood when Willie Nelson’s hometown honored him at it’s 1973 homecoming last week. With Willie, who now makes his home in Austin, were his friends who put on a 12-hour stage show for the town’s 375 people and their thousands of guests. Appearing on stage with the Atlantic recording artist were Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kinky Friedman, Johnny Bush, Michael Murphey, Kenneth Threadgill and Sammi Smith.

It was quite a cast for a show sponsored by the Abbott PTA. The audience played no favorites. It responded uniformly and favorably to all of the entertainers. Most of the audience was college and post college age.

People began arriving Saturday night for the Sunday show and the 300-acre site reserved for the event was dotted with campers, pickups, mobile homes, tents and bedrolls. Some of the latecomers had to park several miles away, but were offered lifts in cars and pickups of those who were willing to chance finding parking closer in.

Willie and his band had to drive across Texas to make the event, having worked for the Saturday Terligua Chili Cook-Off. He worked the morning stint, then closed the show with Sammi Smith.