Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Annie and Willie Nelson in Washington DC, Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

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Annie and Willie Nelson in Washington DC, November  2015.  Willie Nelson was honored with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

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Watch an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song features performances by Nelson, as well as Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Neil Young, Promise of the Real, Buckwheat Zydeco and past Gershwin Prize honoree Paul Simon.

Willie Nelson receives Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2015

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Watch an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song features performances by Nelson, as well as Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Neil Young, Promise of the Real, Buckwheat Zydeco and past Gershwin Prize honoree Paul Simon.

Induct “The Voice” Vern Gosdin into Country Music Hall of Fame

Monday, November 14th, 2016

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Sign the Petition here.  Doesn’t take long.

“The Voice”, Vern Gosdin, was born August, 5, 1934 in Woodland, Alabama. He began singing in church where his mother played piano. As he grew up, Vern sang in a gospel quartet called The Gosdin Brothers. When he was in his late teens, his family moved to Birmingham, Alabama and began hosting The Gosdin Family Gospel Show on a local radio station.

In 1961, Vern and his brother, Rex, moved to California and began performing bluegrass music. They joined a group called The Golden State Boys who then had two top 40 country hits with “Hangin’ On” and “Til the End”. They frequently opened for the iconic pop group, The Byrds.

In the 1970’s, Vern moved to Georgia where he worked a day job but he never gave up his music. In 1976, he signed with Elektra Records. His first hit was a remake of “Hangin’ On”,which featured Emmylou Harris singing harmony vocals. His next single was “Yesterday’s Gone” in 1977 which also featured Emmylou Harris and became his first Top Ten Hit. Several more hits followed between 1977 and 1979 with the biggest of these being a remake of “Til the End” and a cover of The Associations’ hit record, “Never My Love”, which also featured harmony vocals from Janie Fricke.

In 1982, Vern had a Top Ten hit with “Today My World Slipped Away”. In 1983, Vern co-wrote “Tennessee Courage” with Max D. Barnes and Louis Brown. The song was also recorded by Keith Whitley.

In 1983 Vern teamed up with songwriter Max D. Barnes once again. They penned two Top 5 hits; “If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) and “Way Down Deep”. Vern released the album, “There Is a Season” in 1984. This release was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as Best Country Album of the Year. Also in 1984, Vern had his first #1 single, “I Can Tell By The Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight)”. Vern traveled from coast to coast opening shows for George Jones. During this time, George’s manager, Gerald Murray, of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, maintained the same home office for both singers. Muscle Shoals became a pivot location for great writers and other entertainers, including Hank Williams, Jr.

In 1987, “Do You Believe Me Now” went to #4, then “Set ‘EmUp Joe” was released and went to #1. Vern and Max D. Barnes co-wrote “Chiseled in Stone” and it won the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year. In 1989 Vern had another #1 hit with “I’m Still Crazy” and over the ensuing years,he had numerous Billboard Top 10 songs such as “Right in the Wrong Direction”, “That Just About Does It” and “Is It Raining at Your House”.

In 2007, Gerald Murray, wrote “True Life Stories About ‘The Voice'”. The book tells of the life and times the two had together and about some other people in Vern’s life. Murray was a part of Vern’s life for some 30 years and referred to him as a father, brother and friend.

In December 2008 Vern announced the release of “40 Years of The Voice”. This would be his final music project showcasing 40 years of his remarkable career. The compilation contained 101 pure country songs hand selected by Vern. 11 new songs recorded in 2008, 14 songs from his 1968 album, “Sounds of Goodbye”, recorded with his brother, Rex, and 77 of his favorite country and gospel classics.

When we lost Vern on April 28, 2009, we lost a legendary singer, a role model, a mentor and a dear friend.

Everyone please take a moment to sign this petition and help put Vern Gosdin where he belongs–in the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Sign the Petition here.  Doesn’t take long.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/induct-vern-gosdin-into-the-country-music-hall-of-fame.html

 

Willie Nelson honored (11/1/1986)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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Congratulations, Dolly Parton

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Willie Nelson Gershwin Prize Award Reception

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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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.

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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.
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Carolyn Mulgar and the folks from Farm Aid

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

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

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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

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photo:  Elaine Shock

Willie Nelson Platinum Albums

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

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

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

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Willie Nelson thanks the Longhorns

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

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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

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

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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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

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Willie Nelson at a Glance

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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[from the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Program]

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