Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Willie Nelson Gershwin Prize Award Reception

Monday, October 10th, 2016


Last November 18th, Willie Nelson was presented with the prestigious Gershwin Prize by the United States Library of Congress. A prize presentation event and concert was held at the Daughters of the American Republic, where artists performed songs Willie Nelson wrote or made famous.  The concert was followed by a reception with food, music, politician, secret service s and more artists.   Janis and I got to go, and it was really fancy and fun.  Willie Nelson did not come to the reception — he was already on his bus on his way to his next show.  But the rest of us stayed around to celebrate his Prize.


Raul Malo, of the Mavericks, and a friend with Jeremy Tepper, of Sirius/XM Radio



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Jeremy Teppers, of Sirius/XM Radio, Jamey Johnson, Raul Malo, of the Mavericks.  Jamey and Raul both performed at the Gershwin Prize concert.

Carolyn Mulgar and the folks from Farm Aid

Dolly Parton to receive CMA’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
by: George Pennacchio

Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton has a lot to celebrate these days: a number one album, a top-selling concert tour and a new book.

Now, the Country Music Association is bestowing her with its highest honor: the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement award.

It was established to recognize an artist who has achieved prominence not only for his or her music, but also for philanthropic and humanitarian efforts.

“I’ve spent my whole life in this business, and I’ve achieved a lot of things,” Parton said. “Anytime you get an award like that, that really just says you must’ve done it right and all your plans and your dreams worked out pretty good. So I’m real grateful for it.”

Parton is also part of the all-star compilation song “Forever Country,” which was released to honor the 50th annual CMA Awards.

The song debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s hot country songs chart. It features 30 top country artists singing a medley of three classic songs, including Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” The dozens of performers were magically green-screened into a star-filled music video.

“When I did my part, I was just standing there singing to a camera,” she said. “They said we’re going to build all this stuff behind, have all these people in. It was amazing what they can do with technology!”

And somewhere in Dolly’s spare time, she wrote a children’s book based on her own story, “Coat of Many Colors.” The proceeds will benefit a charity she founded.

“We’ve had it illustrated for children,” Parton said. “It’s going to eventually be in my Imagination Library. All the money from that goes to the Imagination Library where we give books to children from the time they’re born until they start school, and so far we’re heading toward 100 million books for children worldwide.”

“Coat of Many Colors” will be available Oct. 18. Parton will receive her lifetime achievement award on the CMA’s Wednesday, Nov. 2, on ABC.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016


photo:  Elaine Shock

Willie Nelson Platinum Albums

Sunday, September 11th, 2016


Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (2015)

Sunday, September 11th, 2016


Willie Nelson thanks the Longhorns

Sunday, September 11th, 2016
by:  Danielle Lopez

At the Texas v. Notre Dame half-time show last weekend, the Longhorn Band paid special tribute to Austin’s beloved Willie Nelson by forming his name on the field. A few days later, the Red Headed Stranger gave special thanks.

Nelson posted a photo of the band’s formation on his Facebook account on Tuesday. He wrote “It was such an honor to see this during the UT vs Notre Dame game Sunday. Thank you The University of Texas Longhorn Band.”

The band promptly responded to Nelson on its own Facebook page with “Always an honor to play one of our favorite artists at halftime! Thanks, Willie Nelson!”

Entertainment from last weekend just doesn’t seem to end. It was the same one during which baby Bevo XV made his debut, Matthew McConaughey gave a special speech,someone thinks they may have seen Abigail Fisher and of course, Longhorns beat the Leprechauns.

We wonder what this weekend’s game will bring. The Longhorns play this Saturday, at 6 p.m. at the Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Congratulations, Willie!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016


Celebrating the Music of Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016



Willie Nelson was presented with the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular song, in Washington DC on November 18th last year. The concert awards show took place in the historical Daughters of the American Republic Hall, and featured over a dozen artists honoring Willie Nelson and performing music that he wrote or sang or made famous.

Everything about the event was classy,  the DAR hall, with it’s gothic architecture  Willie and Annie Nelson watched the show from a little balcony that hung over the audience, close to the stage.  It was  so moving to see artist after artist come out and pay their respects to Willie Nelson, with beautiful renditions of his music.  Don Johnson was the MC, and introduced the artists and told stories about his acting and friendship with Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson performed at the end of the concert, after he received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  One of the songs he sang was “Living in the Promiseland”, very moving and timely, with the US Congress in the middle of debates about limiting immigration.


The Program is beautiful, the printing, the paper, the writing, the photographs.  I made a video so everyone could enjoy it.  I’ll post some pictures from it, too — so you can read the text.

Here’s the video:

fun facts about Willie Nelson

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016


Willie Nelson at a Glance

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

[from the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Program]


Willie Nelson, Texas Star

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Willie Nelson Boulevard (Austin, Texas)

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016


This Day in Willie Nelson History: “Georgia on My Mind” #1 Country Chart (June 10, 1978)

Friday, June 10th, 2016


On June 10, 1978 Willie Nelson’s remake of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” tops the Billboard country chart.

Willie Nelson, “Always on My Mind”

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

In 1982, Willie Nelson’s album, “Always on My Mind”, and recording of title song, were #1 on Billboard Country Music Charts.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” with Julio Iglesius certified gold (May 14, 1984)

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

On May 14, 1984, the single of duet by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesius certified gold.