Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Willie Nelson receives Key to Lake Charles, Louisiana (March 2, 2016)

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
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On March 2, 2016, before his concert at the Rosa Hart Theater, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Willie Nelson was presented with the Key to the City by Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach.

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Willie Nelson’s First Grammy (February 28, 1976)

Sunday, February 28th, 2021

When Willie Nelson recorded his concept album Red Headed Stranger in Garland, Texas, in 1975, he insisted on simplicity for the tracks.  But according to the books Willie, by Michael Bane, that simplicity proved a bit too much for the studio musicians and his record label.

As Willie recorded the song, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” he stopped the session, played through the tune with just guitar and vocal and asked the band to play only what was necessary.  Several of the musicians, realizing that they basically had nothing to do, voluntarily got up and left the session.

Willie remembers that his record label was also not exactly receptive to the bare-bones product.  “They expected more Shotgun Willie, something more tempo,” he says in the book. But the label released the album along with the sing, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” which surprisingly started climbing the charts.  It became Willie’s first No. 1 hit in October of 1975.

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” was also responsible for another Willie milestone.  On Feb. 28, 1976, Willie picked up his first Grammy award, winning the honor for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

Willie Nelson keynote speaker at SXSW 2021

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Willie Nelson – American Music Awards (Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain) (1/31/1977)

Sunday, January 31st, 2021

On January 31, 1977, Willie Nelson was presented with an American Music Award for Favorite Country Single for “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

This day in Willie Nelson History: American Music Awards (January 25, 1982)

Monday, January 25th, 2021

“Wanted the Outlaws” goes double platinum (January 21, 1985)

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

in Willie Nelson history: “Wanted the Outlaws” goes douple platinum (January 21, 1985)

on January 21, 1985: “Wanted: The Outlaws,” featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, certifies double-platinum, along with the “Waylon & Willie” album.

In 1976, the album was the first country album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying one million units shipped.

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  1. My Heroes Have Always
  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

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Stardust” certified quadruple-platinum (January 9, 1990)

Saturday, January 9th, 2021
On January 9th, 1990, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album was certified quadruple-platinum.
  1. Stardust
  2. Georgia on My Mind
  3. Blue Skies
  4. All of Me
  5. Unchained Melody
  6. September Song
  7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  8. Moonlight in Vermont
  9. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  10. Someone to Watch over Me
  11. Scarlett Ribbons
  12. I Can See Clearly Now

Willie Nelson, Austin, Texas

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Willie Nelson Honored in Abbott, Texas (November 1973)

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Nov 4, 1973
Abbott, Texas, honors its best-known hometown boy with Willie Nelson Day

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.

Music Industry Honors Willie Nelson (Nov. 1, 1984)

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Willie Nelson honored with Future Farmers of America Degree (October 2014)

Sunday, October 4th, 2020
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Willie Nelson to be honored by Equine Advocates (9.26.20)

Monday, September 21st, 2020

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Equine Advocates, a non-profit equine protection organization based in Chatham, will present Willie Nelson with the 2020 Safe Home Equine Protection Award for his work and dedication to end horse slaughter during an online gala and telethon at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will be broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and the Equine Advocates website.

The program will be hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth and co-hosted by Phil Bayly, author and former morning news anchor for WNYT.

Special appearances will be made by Sheryl Crow and actress Ali MacGraw, with performances by Tom Chapin, The Gibson Brothers, Cathy Grier, Brooke Moriber, and Livingston Taylor.

For more information visit equineadvocates.org and facebook.com/equineadvocates.org.

Willie Nelson, 1979 CMA “Entertainer of the Year”

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Willie Nelson, “Living in the Promiseland” (Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Look who’s watching Willie sing about welcoming immigrants to America (at :60). It’s Dr. Fauci! (Thanks, Steve for spotting.). Janis TIllerson and I got to go to this show. Amazing show.

I remember Congress was debating an immigration bill that week, and it was so cool that Willie sang this song and reminded everyone what America is all about.

“Poncho and Lefty” is #1 (July 23, 1983)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

On July 23, 1983, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s recording of “Pancho And Lefty” moved to number one on the Billboard country chart.