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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Texas State Musician for 2009″

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Willie Nelson named Texas State Musician for 2009

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On May 20, 2009, Willie Nelson is named the Texas State Musician for 2009 by the Texas Commission on the Arts has named Willie Nelson the 2009 Texas State Musician.

 

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The Texas Commission on the Arts has announced the 2009 and 2010 appointments for the positions of State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Two-Dimensional Artist, and State Three-Dimensional Artist; and

WHEREAS, Honorees are chosen for the exceptional quality of their work and for their outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas; nominees must either be native Texans or have resided in the state for at least five years; in addition, they must have received critical recognition from state, regional, and national publications, and they must have attained the highest levels of excellence in their respective disciplines; and

WHEREAS, The 2009 Texas State Poet Laureate is Paul Ruffin, a Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University; the author of six acclaimed books of poetry as well as several volumes of fiction and nonfiction, Mr. Ruffin has published poems in hundreds of journals and anthologies; he is also the founder and editor of The Texas Review and the director of Texas Review Press; and

WHEREAS, Willie Nelson is the 2009 Texas State Musician; this legendary Texas performer was playing the guitar at the age of 6 and performing at 10; after establishing himself in Nashville as a hit songwriter, he returned to Texas and soon became world-famous as an interpreter of his own songs and as an icon of the outlaw country music movement; he has further distinguished himself as a film and television actor and entrepreneur, as well as an ever-popular touring concert artist who has been involved in numerous charity events such as FarmAid; and

WHEREAS, The 2009 Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist is Rene Alvarado; born in Mexico, he came to the United States with his family as a boy, and his work powerfully evokes the values and heritage of his native country, finding universal resonance in the rich particularity of Mexican culture; his work has been featured in galleries and exhibitions throughout Texas and the Southwest; and

WHEREAS, Eliseo Garcia has been selected as the 2009 Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist; his inspiring bas-relief sculptures pay homage to the importance of family, love, and spirituality while reflecting the ancient cultural traditions of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations; often carved out of Texas limestone, his works are on permanent display in arts centers, hospitals, libraries, and other public buildings across the state; and

WHEREAS, Fort Worth native and Denton resident Karla K. Morton has been named as the 2010 Texas State Poet Laureate; a songwriter and children’s book author as well as a celebrated poet, Ms. Morton performs her poetry across the state and has recorded her poems with musical accompaniment; she is a founder of the Denton Poet’s Assembly and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Denton Arts Council; and

WHEREAS, Sara Hickman of Austin will be the 2010 Texas State Musician; this talented singer-songwriter has recorded many critically acclaimed albums; the daughter of a painter and a weaver, the multitalented Ms. Hickman is also a painter; she supports many social causes through her work and regularly performs and records music for children; and

WHEREAS, Austin painter Marc Burckhardt has been named as the 2010 Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist; born in Germany and raised in Texas, Mr. Burckhardt combines European imagery with thematic material from contemporary American life; his mischievous wit is enhanced by his adoption of the glazing and varnishing techniques of the old masters, and his work has been featured in galleries and shows around the nation and across the world; and

WHEREAS, The 2010 Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist will be John Bennett, who began sculpting figures in 1976 and cast his first bronze in 1985; acclaimed for his sculptures of women, he has created works depicting women from all walks of life, from Old West legend Annie Oakley to 98-year-old Alice Reeves, a former schoolteacher and granddaughter of a slave; one of his pieces was selected by the Women’s Museum for display at the White House in 1999; and

WHEREAS, The men and women who have been selected to hold these prestigious posts for the next two years have all greatly contributed to the vibrant cultural life of the Lone Star State, and Texas is indeed fortunate to be home to these talented artists; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas hereby honor the 2009 and 2010 appointees to the positions of State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Two-Dimensional Artist, and State Three-Dimensional Artist and extend to each of them sincere best wishes for continued creativity and achievement.

The Texas state musicians are selected for one-year appointments by the Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee.

2003 – James Dick, Round Top

2004 – Ray Benson, Austin

2005 – Johnny Gimble, Tyler

2006 – Billy Joe Shaver, Waco

2007 – Dale Watson, Pasadena, Austin

2008 – Shelley King, Austin

2009 – Willie Nelson, Austin, Abbott

2010 – Sara Hickman, Austin

2011 – Lyle Lovett, Klein

2012 – Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Houston

2013 – Craig Hella Johnson, Austin

2014 – Leonardo “Flaco” Jiménez, San Antonio

2015 – Jimmie Vaughan

2016 – Joe Ely

Willie Nelson’s video The Love of Horses wins award

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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“We did it!  Willie Nelson’s video, ‘The Love of Horses’ wins Silver People’s Telly Award!”

This is breaking news – the folks who work with Willie Nelson just told us that his video “The Love of Horses” won the Silver People’s Telly Award! None of this would have happened without your support. Over a million people came to Habitat for Horse’s Facebook page to find out how they could vote for Willie’s video. Your votes made this happen! Both Willie Nelson and Habitat for Horses would like to Thank You!! Be sure to share this post to get the good news out.

This day in Willie Nelson History 1984: “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” #1 on Country Chart (5/12/13)

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

On May 12, 1984, “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”, by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias, moves to #1 on Billboard Country Chart.

Willie Nelson & Julio Iglesias perform “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” at Farm Aid II in Austin, Texas on July 4, 1986

This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson receives Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music (5/11/13)

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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by: Johanna Kaiser

Some of the most respected names in music celebrated the next generation of singers, songwriters, performers, and producers Saturday at Berklee College of Music’s commencement ceremony.

Award-winning musicians Carole King, Willie Nelson, and Annie Lennox joined 6,000 students, friends and family members at Berklee’s commencement ceremony at Agganis Arena Saturday morning to receive honorary doctorates of music.

During her commencement address, Lennox, best known as a member of the duo Eurythmics and for her solo music career, looked back on her journey to becoming a famous singer-songwriter.

“I didn’t even know that such a thing was possible,” she said, recalling her parents paying for music lessons even when it was hard to make ends meet, her first instruments, and some of her first performances.

Lennox, who has won four Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, the American Music Awards Lifetime Achievement, Billboard’s Century Award, said she hoped her story would inspire the graduates and show them the “value of unorthodoxy.”

From The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, from Marvin Gaye to Aretha Franklin, Lennox recalled the musicians of the 1960s and 1970s that inspired her and to the delight of the more than 1,050 graduating students she even belted out lines from songs some of their songs—including on by fellow honoree King.

“I realized that I had to unlearn just about everything I had been taught about music and embrace the spectacular notion that I actually was a singer-songwriter and I was going to my own thing in my own way,” she said

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Lennox, King, and Nelson for the joined students for a concert Friday night where students paid tribute the musicians and performed with Nelson and longtime collaborator Kris Kristofferson.

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“The history of music has been good, but the future is even better thanks to you folks,” Nelson told the more than 1,050 graduating students—the largest graduating class in school history–after receiving his honorary degree.

Berklee president Roger H. Brown congratulated the students on their achievements, but urged them to use their success to benefit others.

“Not only did they excel in music, but they used their music to do something good in the world,” Brown said. “I hope you students will take note of that.”

King has worked with environmental groups to support forest wilderness preservation, and Nelson co-founded Farm Aid to assist American family farmers. Lennox is an ambassador for UNAIDS, Oxfam, Amnesty International, and the British Red Cross, and has worked to prevent gender-based violence and the spread of HIV around the world.

“So let us go and work and expand that spirit of creative and harmonious community far behind the confines of our small campus,” Brown said.

Lennox, who dropped out of the Royal Academy of Music in London and worked as a waitress before forming the Eurythmics with David Stewart, reminded the graduating students, who ranged in age 19 to 57, that they could go anywhere from here.

“Wherever you think you’re heading right now, you might turn out to take a completely different route down a completely different path,” she said. “And what looks like the end might actually be the start of a brand new beginning.”

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His songs have no doubt healed many hearts over the course of his legendary career, but now it’s official: Willie Nelson is a doctor.

On Saturday, the Berklee College of Music in Boston awarded Willie an honorary doctor of music degree. He briefly addressed the graduates, telling them, “The history of music has been good, but the future is even better thanks to you folks.”

Willie got to know some of the students Friday night (May 10) when he took part in the annual commencement concert, jamming with them on his tune “Night Life” and Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” for which he was joined by good friend Kris Kristofferson. Kris also surprised Willie on Saturday when he donned a cap and gown to help bestow the doctorate honors onstage.

In a chat on his bus before the show, Willie said he was humbled to receive the honors and tickled that the students were so well-versed in his music. “I’m naturally shocked and surprised that this whole thing is happening to begin with, and to have a bunch of young musicians that are very knowledgeable of your music and are playing it, that’s very good.”

When asked what advice he might have for the aspiring musicians, Willie said he only ever gave one piece of advice: “Don’t take my advice, do what you want to do. If it’s something that you believe in, don’t take no for an answer.”

It’s a philosophy that has served him well.

Texas Music Awards (1982)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Highlights of the 1982 Texas Music Awards at the Dallas Convention Center Theater featuring performances by the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely and the induction of Willis Nelson into the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

(Thanks Janis Tillerson for sharing this video.)

This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson honored by Nobelity Project (4/11/10)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

On April 11, Willie Nelson was honored at the Nobelity Project’s Artists and Filmmakers Dinner in Austin.

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On a beautiful April Sunday evening in Austin, Texas, Lyle Lovett, Bill Paxton, Kyle Chandler, Ricardo Chavira and 40 more great Texas artists gathered at the Four Seasons Austin to honor Willie Nelson, one of the stars of the new film, One Peace at a Time, now known as “The movie that built a high school!”

Annie & Willie Nelson with Chrisy and Turk Pipkin, producer and director of One Peace at a Time. photo by Gary Miller

“Willie’s magic – in the film and in the room – enables us to build a great school in Kenya.”  — Turk Pipkin, the Nobelity Project

Money raised at this “incredible evening” complete funding for Mahiga Hope High School, which The Nobelity Project is building in rural Kenya.

“Party of the year!” “Best Austin charity event ever!” Austin American Statesman.

About One Peace at a Time

Filmed in 20 countries on 5 continents, One Peace at a Time looks at the possibility of providing basic rights – water, food, healthcare, education and more – to every child. The film features Willie Nelson, Secretary of Energy Steve Chu, Muhammad Yunus and more. Following its sold out World Premiere at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, One Peace played before an audience of 3,000 at the Maui Film Fest where it received the Audience Award, and has screened at additional film fests and at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

More info on the high school & the trailer to the film is at:http://www.nobelity.org

One Peace at a Time is now available on DVD at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent video, book and music retailers, and at the iTunes Store.

The Nobelity Project’s Artists and Filmmakers Dinner

The forty Texas celebs hosting tables at the dinner included Bill Paxton, Lyle Lovett, Kyle Chandler, honorary Texan Peter Fonda, Ricardo Chavira, Robert Earl Keen, Dana Wheeler Nicholson, Shawn Colvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Hannibal Lokumbe, Charlie Sexton, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, and many more.

The culmination of the night included Willie, Lyle, Robert Keen, Joe Ely, Ray Benson and Texas jazz legend Hannibal Lokumbe on an inspiring rendition of Willie’s On the Road Again and an uplifting 500-person sing-a-long with Willie on Amazing Grace!

The Nobelity Project is a 501c3 nonprofit that collaborates with Nobel laureates and other inspiring leaders to provide reliable information and innovative thinking on pressing global problems and solutions that work

One Peace at a Time – Distributed by: Monterey Media

For more information, contact The Nobelity Project christy@nobelity.org
Karen Frost kfrost@frostmedia.com

This day in Willie Nelson history; induction into Austin Film Society Hall of Fame (3/11/2002)

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

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On March 11, 2002, Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin Film Society Hall of Time.  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

 

This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson receives Lifetime Achievement Award (3/7/1983)

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

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On March 7, 1983, Willie Nelson, pictured here with wife Connie Nelson, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Awards ceremony in New York City.

Farm Aid honored by GRAMMY Foundation

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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In early February, Farm Aid was honored at the GRAMMY Foundation® Legacy Concert. As part of the celebration, this video highlighting Farm Aid’s history and work was played and Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp performed. The GRAMMY Foundation made a grant to Farm Aid to support our Music Preservation Project.

Watch Farm Aid 30: A Song for America now >>

This day in Willie Nelson History: Grammy Awards (1979)

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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On February 15, 1979, Willie Nelson was awarded a Grammy for Best Country Vocal performance, Male, for “Georgia On My Mind”; and Best Country Vocal Duo or Group, with Waylon Jennings, for “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys

Farm Aid, Live Aid, True Colors honored by Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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The Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert featured performances by Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, Walk the Moon, Robin Thicke, Deborah Cox, Willie Nelson, and more. The concert recognized organizations for their philanthropic work, and the event celebrates a different theme each year – this year’s theme was “Lean On Me.” The foundation paid tribute to the best-known benefit shows and music charities of the last five decades.

Farm Aid, True Colors (pro-LGBT charity), and Live Aid were some of the charities that were recognized. Although Cyndi Lauper‘s charity True Colors was recognized, she was unable to attend the event due to a last minute family emergency. The Plain White T‘s were asked to replace Lauper at the last minute, and they performed her hit song, “True Colors.” The Concert of Bangladesh was also honored, and Aloe Blacc and Melissa Etheridge paid tribute to the concert by performing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Farm Aid is a non-profit organization whose mission is to keep farmers on their land. The board members of Farm Aid include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews (who joined the charity in 2001). Nelson, Young, and Mellencamp have been organizing Farm Aid concerts since 1985, and it has featured over 400 recording artists. To date, Farm Aid has raised over $45 million dollars for farm families.

Live Aid raises money for extreme poverty in Africa. The founders of the charity, Midge Ure and Bob Geldof, started the Live Aid concerts in 1985. Live Aid concerts have been viewed by more than billions of people, and featured performances by U2, Elton John, Run DMC, Madonna, Queen, Patti LaBelle, and countless other musicians. “We Are the World” was a charitable song written by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, and it was performed at a Live Aid concert in 1985; the song raised over $63 million dollars for aid in Africa and the US, and he record sold over ten million copies in the US. All of the proceeds went towards poverty relief. Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, and other recording artists were featured on “We Are the World.” Live 8 was a part of the Live Aid charity. It conducted eight benefit concerts all around the world. Live Aid and Live 8 concerts have raised over $150 million dollars for famine relief in Africa.

Farm Aid honored, Willie Nelson & John Mellencamp to perform at GRAMMY Legacy Concert

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The GRAMMY Foundation is honoring Farm Aid tonight at the annual Legacy Concert. The theme is music for a cause. John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson are among the artists performing.

 

The GRAMMY Foundation is honoring Farm Aid tonight at the annual Legacy Concert.

The theme is music for a cause. John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson are among the artists performing.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Country Music Award (1982)

Sunday, January 25th, 2015


2015 Grammy Hall of Fame

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

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Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Willie Nelson and the groups Kraftwerk and ABBA are among the artists who will have their songs or albums inducted into the 2015 GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

The 2015 list consists of 14 songs and 13 albums, including Williams’ 1947 single “Honky Tonkin’,” Otis Redding‘s classic “Try a Little Tenderness,” western swing maestro Bob Wills‘ “San Antonio Rose,” Chic‘s “Le Freak” and Aaron Neville‘s “Tell It Like It Is” as well as albums by Nelson (Stardust), Dylan (Blood on the Tracks), Neil Young (Harvest), Leonard Cohen (Songs of Leonard Cohen) and the Sex Pistols (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols).

Willie Nelson, Red Rocks Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Willie Nelson received this  Hall of Fame award from the City of Denver and Red Rocks Amphitheater.