Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Congratulations, Bobbie Nelson, inducted into Texas Country Music Hall of Fame 2017, with Dallas Wayne

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Congratulations to Bobbie Nelson for her induction into Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas last Saturday night.  Dallas Wayne inducted her.  And thanks so much to Janis Tillerson, who attended the event to help honor Bobbie Nelson, and shared these great photos.

Musician and Sirius/XM Radio on-air personality, Dallas Wayne introduced Sister Bobbie.  Dallas was inducted into the Disc Jokey Hall of Fame last year by the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Willie Nelson inducts Allman Brothers into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995)

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Bobbie Lee Nelson, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Thanks so much, Janis Tillerson, for sharing photos from tonights induction ceremony at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.  Tonight, Bobbie Nelson is inducted, along with Kenny Rogers.

Lots of cool souvenirs

and the lovely Jo Albers, supporting husband Dallas Wayne

 

Bobbie Nelson to be inducted into Texas Country Music Hall of Fame (August 12, 2017)

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Kenny Rogers and Bobbie Nelson will be the newest additions to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in August 2017.

The ceremony/concert will take place on Aug. 12 in Carthage, Texas. Tickets are $60 and will go on sale May 1 at the Panola County Chamber of Commerce in Carthage

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Bobbie Lee Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas in 1931. She is an American pianist and singer, sister of Texas Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Willie Nelson and a member of his band, Willie Nelson and Family, touring full time since 1973.

At the age of five, Bobbie’s grandmother started teaching her to play piano on a pump organ, a year later, her grandfather, impressed by her potential talent, bought her a piano for $35. When her brother Willie picked up the guitar, the siblings started trying out popular tunes and gospel favorites together around the house with their grandmother. Soon the Nelsons were performing at Abbott High school functions and at the local Methodist Church.

At the age of 14 Bobbie turned pro and began traveling with evangelists all around the Lone Star State. In 1973, Bobbie and Willie teamed up again to record with Atlantic Records. Taking her first airplane flight, Bobbie met Willie in New York City to play piano on recordings that would later be released on the 1976 album “The Troublemaker”, and also joined her brother on the albums “Shotgun Willie” (1973) and “Phases and Stages” (1974). From then on, Bobbie stayed extremely busy keeping up with Willie’s frequent touring and recording sessions, occasionally playing with other artists (Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and the Supersuckers to name a few).

In 2008, Bobbie Nelson released her solo debut album, “Audiobiography” and seven years later Bobbie and Willie recorded the album December Day, which was inspired by the jam sessions the siblings often enjoyed while on the bus from one show to another.

Read entire article here

Good news — Janis Tillerson is going, and we might get pictures!

 

 

This day in Willie Nelson history: honored by Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Amazon Watch (July 22, 2011)

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Willie Nelson at the Bently Reserve

Photos courtesy of Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Willie Nelson was honored last by the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, and the Amazon Watch, when they presented him with the 2011 Visionary Award, as part of their Summer Fundraiser in San Francisco.  Willie performed at the event, along with Sara Wasserman, – Dan Hicks, Tommy Castro, Narada Michael Walden, Randy Emata, Jaz Sawyer, Robin Sylvester and members of The Legendary Glide Memorial Choir-, — and many others at their fundraiser.

Every year the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance honors an individual or an organization for championing the cause of the environment, and for challenging the status quo in order to bring about real change. This year the SBA honored Music Legend Willie Nelson for his continued support of environmental and social causes through his work, his music and his life.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has been dedicated to supporting sustainable, community-based biodiesel programs since 2006 and works closely with artists like Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson and Guster, educating fans and sourcing locally produced biodiesel and blends for tours, festivals and large scale fleets. The organization is also focused on creating transparency for the consumer through the development of a certification system for local, sustainable biodiesel in the United States. I encourage you to learn more about the SBA and our work by contacting me directly or visiting www.fuelresponsibly.org

Amazon Watch partners with indigenous and environmental organizations campaigning for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s fragile and priceless ecological systems. Amazon Watch is a known leader in protecting the rainforest and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. To learn more about the great work of Amazon Watch check out their website at www.amazonwatch.org.

Willie Nelson at the Bently Reserve

For information about the work of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, information about sustainable biodiesel, how to get involved and how you can support the SBA, visit their website.

Willie Nelson at the Bently Reserve
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Jennifer Raiser went to the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance event in San Francisco last night, and posted this.  To read her entire post, visit her web site. 

“And while the evening stretched on with no Willie in sight, beyond the Melons organic catering, beyond the Michael Jang rocker photos and signed Bob Weir guitar in the auction, beyond the smooth introductions and transitions by “Tao of Willie” author Turk Pipkin, beyond the extended but excellent performances by the earnest Sara Wasserman, the soulful Glide Memorial Church Choir Trio, the engaging Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the bluesy Tommy Castro, there was a Nelson.

First biofuel spokeswoman Annie Nelson, who took the stage, Thelma-and-Louise style with Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Director/Founder Kelly King to share her impassioned message of decentralized, local energy with to the equally impassioned audience.

And then, finally, the man she referred to as “Our little biofuel Yoda,” her husband Willie. Utterly recognizable, and shockingly intense and happy to begin playing his famously beat-up guitar named Trigger at eleven o’clock at night, he had the crowd at hello. By then, everyone was on their feet and up front, a sustainable mosh pit of planetary passion that needed a little musical respite from the intensity. Launching into crowd favorites “You Were Always on My Mind,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and “On the Road Again,” the music made whatever challenges the planet or people were facing drift into melodious, sing-along oblivion. With his shoulder-length gray braids fastened with “Sustainable Biofuel” buttons, his red-white-and-blue macramé guitar strap, and his brown suede sneakers, he looked and sounded thirty years younger than his 78 eventful years variously spent touring in his biofuel bus, advocating for the downtrodden, defending his enterprises and habits, and singing with that distinctive twang and phrasing. All of which made Willie the most welcome red-headed stranger that would ever venture into the former Federal Reserve of San Francisco.”

Read entire article at her web site. 

 


www.sustainablebiodieselalliance.com

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) was founded in December 2006 by biodiesel pioneer Kelly King, activist Annie Nelson and film maker Daryl Hannah.  Since then, the SBA has grown to include family farmers and farm organizations such as Farm Aid, the Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy (IATP), members of the 25 x 25 coalition, environmental organizations including the EPA and NREL, renewable energy experts and NGO’s and university programs across the country.

The SBA addresses issues concerning the sustainability of the U.S. biodiesel Industry through three initiatives. The primary mission of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is the completion of an independent sustainability certification system for U.S. Biodiesel Feedstock, Production, Distribution and end use fuel. SBA programs also focus on educating the public on the values of community-based biodiesel systems and how local, sustainable biodiesel can help the U.S. move towards energy, economic and environmental security. Third, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance provides tools for sustainability to biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry through our website and membership.

By working with biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry, and promoting the value of sustainable community-based systems,the SBA is bringing people together to build a sustainable energy future that benefits all sectors of society.   The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance relies on the hard work and dedication of our working Board of Directors, the SBA Staff and the expertise of the SBA Advisory Council to achieve the goals of the organization. These dedicated and driven individuals come from all areas of the industry and each contribute unique and valuable skills to the mission of the SBA.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Red Headed Stranger” inducted to Library of Congress National Recording Registry (6/23/2010)

Friday, June 23rd, 2017


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by Ann Donahue

Recordings by Tupac Shakur, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of “Gypsy” are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of 2000’s National Recording Preservation Act, the criteria for preservation by the Library of Congress are that the work be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and be at least 10 years old. Nominations were gathered from online submissions from the public and from members of the National Recording Preservation Board.

In its citation for Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” the NRPB calls the song a “moving and eloquent homage to both his own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.” Nelson’s album “Red Headed Stranger” is cited for its “uncommon elegance,” while R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe” is lauded for setting “the pattern for later indie rock releases by breaking through on college radio in the face of mainstream radio’s general indifference.”

According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. will preserve and maintain these recordings and henceforward make them available to the American public. There are now 300 recordings in the National Recording Registry.

Inductees for the 2009 National Recording Registry are:

1. Fon der Choope (From the Wedding) – Abe Elenkrig’s Yidishe Orchestra (April 4, 1913)
2. “Canal Street Blues,” King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (April 5, 1923)
3. “Tristan und Isolde,” Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, NBC Broadcast (March 9, 1935)
4. “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards (recorded 1938; released 1940)
5. “America’s Town Meeting of the Air: Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?” (May 8, 1941)
6. The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam (July 20 – August 11, 1944)
7. “Evangeline Special” and “Love Bridge Waltz,” Iry LeJeune (1948)
8. “The Little Engine That Could,” narrated by Paul Wing (1949)
9. Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of Western Washington State (1950-1954)
10. “Tutti Frutti,” Little Richard (1955)
11. “Smokestack Lightning,” Howlin’ Wolf (1956)
12. “Gypsy,” original cast recording (1959)
13. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, Bill Evans Trio (June 25, 1961)
14. “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two),” Max Mathews (1961)
15. “I Started Out As a Child,” Bill Cosby (1964)
16. “Azucar Pa Ti,” Eddie Palmieri (1965)
17. “Today!,” “Mississippi” John Hurt (1966)
18. “Silver Apples of the Moon,” Morton Subotnick (1967)
19. “Soul Folk in Action,” The Staple Singers (1968)
20. “The Band,” The Band (1969)
21. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn (1970)
22. “Red Headed Stranger,” Willie Nelson (1975)
23. “Horses,” Patti Smith (1975)
24. “Radio Free Europe,” R.E.M. (1981)
25. “Dear Mama,” Tupac Shakur (1995)

Willie Nelson to be honored at ACM Awards in Nashville

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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by:  Teddy McDonald

Willie Nelson, Eric Church and Toby Keith are among those being honored at this year’s ACM Honors event in Nashville. The ceremony recognizes special honorees and off-camera category winners from the ACM Awards.Eric Church will be receive the Merle Haggard Spirit Award, which goes each year to a songwriter for “following their own path, crafting great songs and epitomizing Merle’s spirit through genuine performances and great storytelling,” the organization explains. The award certainly seems to fit. Eric has spent 12 years establishing himself in country music with five studio albums and songs including “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Springsteen,” “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Record Year,” to name a few. He also bucked convention with the 2015 release of his album Mr. Misunderstood, which was released directly to fan club members without any promotion before going on sale to the general public. Past recipients of the honor include Miranda Lambert.

Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, meanwhile, are being honored with the Poet’s Award recognizing “outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career[s].” Joining the pair with the same honor is late songwriter and children’s author Shel Silverstein. Nelson’s library of celebrated compositions include “Crazy”, “Hello Walls” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and a long list of others. Some of Keith’s notable titles include “American Soldier,” “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” and “I Love This Bar,” while Silverstein’s country music contributions include “A Boy Named Sue,” Marie Laveau” and “Cover of Rolling Stone.”

Other award recipients are George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), the television series Nashville (Tex Ritter Film Award), songwriter Lori McKenna (Songwriter of the Year Award), and Bob Kingsley and Reba McEntire (both receiving the Mae Boren Axton Service Award). See a complete list of honorees here.

The 11th Annual ACM Honors will take place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium August 23 and be taped to on CBS later in the year.

 

 

Willie Nelson tops Billboard’s country albums chart with, “God’s Problem Child” (“God should have more kids like that.” )

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

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by:  Edward Morris

OK, music lovers, lift a toast or hit your applause button app in honor of the irreplaceable Willie Nelson, who tops Billboard‘s country albums chart this week with his puckishly dubbed God’s Problem Child. God should have more kids like that.And, while we’re brandishing our upraised thumbs, let’s turn them as well toward Sam Hunt, whose “Body Like a Back Road” is spending its third week at No. 1 on the country airplay rankings.

Besides its country prominence, God’s Problem Child also debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart.

Oddly enough, it’s rare that Nelson has a No. 1 album as a solo act. His last one was Band of Brothers in 2014 and, before that, The Promiseland in 1986.

Most of his No. 1 albums have been co-billings with other artists. But alone or with a buddy, his work is priceless.

Maybe it’s it time 84-year-old Willie and 90-year-old Tony Bennett put their heads together.

The only other new album this week to break into the Top 50 is Old Crow Medicine Show‘s 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, a tribute to one of Bob Dylan’s landmark albums, which slides in at No. 14.

Willie Nelson topping charts with new album, “God’s Problem Child”

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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Willie Nelson performs at ACL Live on Dec. 31, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

The country music icon is still topping charts at 84.

Country legend Willie Nelson‘s God’s Problem Child bounds in atop Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart (dated May 20), earning 36,000 equivalent albums, with 34,000 in pure sales, during its first week (ending May 4), according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set starts at No. 10, where it is Nelson’s sixth top 10 (and fourth since 2013).

Nelson notches his 17th No. 1 on Top Country Albums (and third to arrive at the summit). He ascends to a solo share of the second-most chart-toppers, passing Garth Brooks and Merle Haggard, each with 16. Among all artists, George Strait leads with 26 No. 1s on the chart, which launched in 1964.

Beyond the new release’s chart-topping status, Nelson adds his record-extending 50th top 10 title on Top Country Albums. Fellow icons Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Strait share second place with 40 top 10s each.

Meanwhile, Nelson updates his status as the oldest living artist to crown Top Country Albums. Born April 29, 1933, he just celebrated his 84th birthday. Nelson last led the list, at age 82, with Django and Jimmie (alongside then-78-year-old Merle Haggard) on June 20, 2015 (30,000 sold). Haggard died in 2016 on his 79th birthday (April 6).

Merle Haggard performs at Stagecoach on April 24, 2015 in Indio, Calif.

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Meanwhile, Lynn, who turned 85 on April 14 and is recovering after suffering a stroke (May 4), debuted and peaked at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with Full Circle on March 26, 2016 (a month shy of her 84th birthday).

God’s Problem Child is Nelson’s first No. 1 on Top Country Albums without another artist since Band of Brothers debuted atop the chart dated July 5, 2014 (37,000 sold). When Brothers crowned the list, it closed a 28-year gap -between chart-toppers for Nelson; before that, he hadn’t reigned since June 7, 1986 (with The Promiseland).

The new, 13-track album was produced by Nelson and Buddy Cannon, with the pair having co-written seven of its songs. A good amount of the material focuses on aging, while “Still Not Dead” was inspired by fake news stories that reported Nelson’s premature demise. During a recent interview with Jeremy Tepper, who programs SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel, Nelson said of the falsehoods, “I always loved them. Everybody’s so glad to see me.”

The last song on the LP, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” pays homage to Haggard. “You get to be our age, you see a lot of your buddies and friends pass on,” Nelson told Tepper. “It’s just inevitable. We’re all going to go one of these days… [But] not today.”

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http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7791787/willie-nelson-new-album-gods-problem-child-charts

 

Willie Nelson’s Topping the Charts Again

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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Willie Nelson’s, ‘God’s Problem Child’ Enters the Billboard Country Chart at #1

Album Hits Top 10 on Billboard 200

NEW YORK, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — God’s Problem Child, Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 9th for Sony/Legacy Recordings) has entered the Billboard Country chart at #1, making it the artist’s second US country chart-topper in less than two years. Nelson’s 6th Legacy release, Django and Jimmie, an unforgettable musical collaboration with Merle Haggard, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country chart in June 2015.  God’s Problem Child is Willie’s first album to debut all-new songs since Band of Brothers (his 4th Legacy release) reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart (and #5 on the Billboard 200) in June 2014.  Willie’s new album has also entered the Billboard 200 at #10 and is his third Legacy release to break into the Top 10 pop charts.

God’s Problem Child was released on April 28, on the eve of Willie’s 84th birthday (April 29).

Willie Nelson and Janis and me

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Janis from Texas and I were lucky to watch Willie Nelson receive a martial arts award in Austin a few years back. So lucky. Janis and Willie were telling each other jokes when I snapped this photo.

Janis took a picture of me that day, too, with Willie. I wasn’t hugging up on him like she was, though, but I love the photo. That’s me, part of my face, on the left.

Willie Nelson Fun Facts

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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(CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of Grammy Award winning musician Willie Nelson.

Personal:
Birth date: April 30, 1933

Birth place: Abbott, Texas

Birth name: Willie Hugh Nelson

Father: Ira Nelson

Mother: Myrle (Greenhaw) Harvey

Marriages: Ann Marie D’Angelo (1991-present); Connie Koepke (1971-1988, divorced); Shirley Collie (1963-1971, divorced); Martha Matthews (1952-1962, divorced)

Children: with Ann Marie D’Angelo: Micah and Lukas; with Connie Koepke: Amy and Paula; with Martha Matthews: Billy (died in 1991), Susie, Lana; with Mary Haney: Renee

Education: Attended Baylor University, 1954

Military: US Air Force, 1950, medical discharge

Other Facts:
Raised by his grandparents.

Sold encyclopedias door-to-door and taught Sunday school.

Has collaborated with Johnny Cash, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Lee Ann Womack, Rob Thomas and Snoop Dogg, among others.

Has a fifth-degree black belt in GongKwon YuSul.

Nominated for 49 Grammy Awards and won eight, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominated for one Academy Award.

Composed the song “Crazy,” which was made famous by singer Patsy Cline.

Is on the advisory board of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Timeline:
1957 – Releases his first single, “No Place for Me.”

1960 – Moves to Nashville.

1962 – Releases his first album, “And Then I Wrote.”

1970 – Moves back to Texas.

1973 – Holds the first annual Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Texas.

1975 – Wins a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.”

1978 – Wins a Grammy, with Waylon Jennings, for Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”

1978 – Wins a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for “Georgia On My Mind.”

1979 – Makes his acting debut, alongside Robert Redford, in the film, “The Electric Horseman.”

1980 – Wins a Grammy for Best Country Song for writing “On The Road Again.”

1980 – Stars in the film “Honeysuckle Rose.”

1982 – Wins a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for “Always On My Mind.”

1982 – Stars in the film “Barbarosa.”

1985 – Releases the album “Highwayman” with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

1985 – Organizes Farm Aid, a concert to benefit family farmers.

1988 – Releases his memoir, “Willie: An Autobiography.”

1990 – The IRS seizes Nelson’s property and possessions to settle a $16.7 million tax debt.

1991 – Nelson releases the album, “The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?” Nelson gives the profits from the album to the IRS.

1991 – Nelson’s son, Billy, commits suicide.

1993 – Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1994 – Is arrested for possession of marijuana. The case is later dismissed.

2000 – The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presents Nelson with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

2002 – Wins a Grammy, with Lee Ann Womack, for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for “Mendocino County Line.”

2002 – Releases the book, “The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes.”

2006 – Releases the book, “The Tao of Willie.”

2006 – In Louisiana, Nelson is issued a citation for possession of marijuana and illegal mushrooms. Nelson receives six months’ probation and pays a fine.

2007 – Wins a Grammy, with Ray Price, for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for “Lost Highway.”

2010 – Is charged with marijuana possession after US Border Patrol agents search his tour bus in Texas near the US-Mexico border.

2012 – Releases the book, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.”

2013 – Nelson donates his collection of awards and personal items to the University of Texas at Austin’s Briscoe Center.

July 9, 2015 – The Library of Congress announces Nelson as the latest recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

July 2016 – Nelson launches “Willie’s Reserve,” his own personal brand of marijuana that will be grown and sold wherever it’s legal. The brand will feature “high quality strains of marijuana,” and Nelson himself will work with “master growers” and local retailers to establish a set of “quality standards” for his special reserve.

February 12, 2017 – Wins a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, for “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.”

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Alison Krauss, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Alison Krauss was one of the many artists who gathered in Washington DC in November 2015, to honor Willie Nelson, when he received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Songs.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson inducted into Texas Film Hall of Fame

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

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On March 11, 2002, Willie Nelson was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame.  He was presented by Lyle Lovett and Billy Gibbons.

Willie Nelson’s musical reputation is matched by his sterling songwriting (“Crazy,” “Nightlife,” “On The Road Again”) but when he appeared in 1979’s THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, a character actor for the ages was born. His first starring role was in 1980’s HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Amy Irving and Dyan Cannon, filmed around Austin, followed by the western BARBAROSA (1982) and the underrated SONGWRITER (1984).

Numerous TV parts came to the Abbott native while film roles such as RED-HEADED STRANGER (1986), GONE FISHIN’ and WAG THE DOG (1997), and STARDUST (2000) kept his big screen image popular. Nelson’s downhome appeal is most evident when he plays himself (AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, 1999) and he rallied a grieving nation performing “America The Beautiful” on AMERICA: A TRIBUTE FOR HEROES.


The Texas Film Hall of Fame, which operates under the auspices of the Austin Film Society, was co-founded in 2001 by Louis Black, the editor of The Austin Chronicle, and Evan Smith, Editor-In-Chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune and former editor of Texas Monthly. Every year, at a gala held at Austin Studios, on the site of the city’s onetime municipal airport, the Texas Film Hall of Fame inducts or honors Texans who’ve made a significant contribution to film or filmmaking, as well as non-Texans who’ve made significant strides in the advancement of the Texas film industry. Classic Texas films are also honored, with a member of the cast or crew accepting on behalf of his colleagues. In 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, the gala was emceed by Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas, who died on September 13, 2006. The 2007 gala commemorated her passing by celebrating her life and her passion for film, emceed by New York columnist and 2001 Inductee Liz Smith. www.AustinFilm.org

“Those braids just beg to be unbraided.” — Playgirl Magazine

Monday, February 27th, 2017

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