Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Willie Nelson, Gershwin Prize for Song (Library of Congress)

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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Thanks to my dear friend Jay, for sending me this photo he took at the Library of Congress. Jay is in DC with his daugher and his class, on their field trip.

Willie Nelson Statue Unveiling in Austin (April 20, 2012)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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Willie Nelson’s “Summertime” tribute to Gershwin Brothers tops Billboard Jazz Chart

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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by: Lindi Smith

Willie Nelson has added another number one album to his list of musical achievements with his latest release, a Gershwin Tribute album aptly titled Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. Nelson’s latest record topped the jazz charts after its release on Feb. 26.

Being honored with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Nov. 2015 inspired Nelson to create an album of Gershwin hit songs. Since announcing the album’s upcoming release in Jan., Nelson has expressed his great admiration for Ira and George Gershwin.

When receiving the award, Nelson said, “To get a Gershwin award for anything is great, but to get one for songwriting is especially great because Ira and George Gershwin were just fantastic writers.” He continued to express his adoration of their timeless creations by saying, “… they’ll be around forever because great music like that just does not go away.”

We have a feeling that people will say the same thing about Nelson’s music for a long time to come.

The album features a couple of Nelson’s friends lending their voices. Cyndi Lauper is featured on “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and Sheryl Crow joins him on “Embraceable You.” You’ll find other classics on the record like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Summertime” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

Congratulations, Willie!

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Willie Nelson Nabs Third No. 1 Album on Jazz Chart

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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www.Billboard.com
by:  Keith Caulfeild

Willie Nelson Says Frank Sinatra Is His Vocal Inspiration

The new album is a tribute to the songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin. It gives Nelson his third No. 1 on the Traditional Jazz Albums chart, following two collaborations with Wynton MarsalisTwo Men With the Blues (2008) and Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles (with Norah Jones, 2011). While Nelson is most certainly an icon of country music — and has 14 No. 1s on the Top Country Albums chart to prove it — he’s also notched top 10s on the Blues Albums (Milk Cow Blues, No. 2 in 2000), Kid Albums (Rainbow Connection, No. 7 in 2001) and Holiday Albums (Pretty Paper, No. 9 in 1983) charts. He’s even claimed a No. 1 on the Reggae Albums chart (Countryman, in 2009).

The new Gershwin album does not add to Nelson’s voluminous history on the Top Country Albums chart, however, as the set is a decidedly jazz affair. That follows such titles as his top 10 Blues Albums effort Milk Cow Blues (2000) and his two earlier No. 1s on the Traditional Jazz Albums list, all of which skipped the Top Country Albums tally.

Read entire article here.

Music of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn honored by Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

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by:  Vincent Harris

For the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s fourth Pops show of the 2015-16 season, they’ve decided it’s time to give the Gaillard Center a good-ole down-home feeling. After saluting Latin music, Louis Armstrong, and holiday classics, the CSO is going country with a special Country Legends concert, saluting the icons of country music, along with a few surprising choices — ack, Billy Ray Cyrus.

The entire affair will kick off with the theme from the legendary Western The Magnificent Seven, courtesy of the 24-piece CSO, under the direction of Maestro Ken Lam. After that, Lam and company will take the audience on a guided tour of country music history, from Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin'” and Marty Robbins’ “El Paso” to Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Faith Hill’s “Breathe.” Along the way there will also be songs by Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, John Denver, and, the Gambler himself, Kenny Rogers.

“We’re trying to provide a show that’s got a little bit of something for everybody,” says the CSO Artistic Director Kyle Lane. “We have a very robust classical audience that likes to come see the orchestra do the works of Mozart or programs like that, but for the Pops we kind of have a different audience.”

For this show, the orchestra will be joined by two featured vocalists: Patrick Thomas and Rachel Potter. Thomas was a finalist on Season 1 of NBC’s The Voice, and Potter was a finalist on Season 3 of Fox’s The X Factor.

“They’re both really talented singers who specialize in country music,” Lane says. “We’re excited to bring them in, and along with the orchestra, they’re going to play some of the great country classics in pretty chronological order, which I didn’t realize until I started looking at the tunes. It starts out with the artists you’d think of as classic country, Dolly Parton and artists like that, and marches forward to today with artists like Carrie Underwood.”

Rather than simply have the orchestra serve as background accompaniment to Thomas and Potter, however, Lane says the CSO has sought out ways to be an integral part of the show. “For a lot of these songs, we’ve found a way to weave the orchestra into them,” he says. “For example, on Charlie Daniels’ ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia,’ our concert-master is going to play the violin solos. That’s one of the easier ways we figured out, but there will be some creative arrangements with things like ‘Breathe.’ We’re mixing the classical and country styles to deliver something that’s a little more unique.”

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“Summertime” Willie Nelson sings Gershwin debuts #1 on Top Current Jazz Chart, Top Traditional Jazz

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

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Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin”
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“Summertime” debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Album Chart,  & Top Traditional Jazz Chart today.

It’s also #14 Top Billboard Albums Chart and #40 Billboard Top 200 Chart.

You can get a copy now at your local independent record store, or on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/wn_smtme_amzn?IQid=tw.wn

Read more over on Billboard:
http://www.billboard.com/charts/jazz-albums

 

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

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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Last Night before the concert at the Rosa Hart Theatre, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Willie Nelson was presented with the Key to the City by Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach.

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And it look like he signed more guitars.

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Local Austin Artist Wiley Ross creates Willie Nelson Mural

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

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There is a new mural going up in Downton Austin, near 7th and Neches Streets, that is a tribute to Willie Nelson.  It is being painted by local musician and artist Wiley Ross, who said he has wanted to take on a project like this for a few years now. Finally, this year, everything came together.

The artwork faces the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. So far, Ross says the mural has been well received.

“All the homeless cats down here really dig it.  Haven’t had any problems with them at all man, they’ve been real cool. And then just you know people driving by taking pictures.  It’s been an overwhelmingly positive response,” said artist Wiley Ross.

Ross expects to finish the mural sometime on Friday. Willie Nelson’s latest album was just released this week. “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” is on sale now.

Willie Nelson receives Maverick Award (Feb. 19, 2016)

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Country music legend Willie Nelson [willienelson.com/], who has made no secret of his marijuana advocacy over his more than 50 year career, was given the first Maverick Award by Big Mike, the “Marijuana Don”.

Long before marijuana legalization became popular, Willie Nelson, named by GQ “America’s most popular stoner” [http://www.gq.com/story/willie-nelson-reserve-marijuana], was an advocate for the cause and has even developed his own strain named “Willie’s Reserve”.

Michael “Big Mike” Straumietis , owner of Advanced Nutrients [www.advancednutrients.com/], honored the singer/songwriter at his Marijuana Mansion Party in the Hollywood Hills, which was attended by over 500 industry tastemakers.

Willie Nelson has been a major part of the legalization movement,” said Big Mike.

“Without heroes like him who put their necks and freedom out on the line when cannabis was not cool, we would not be where we are today,” he continued.

Willie Nelson began his career in 1956 in Vancouver, Washington, frequently appearing on television programs at KVAN. His first big critical music success came in 1973 with his album Shotgun Willie. Since then he has created another 67 studio albums, 10 live albums, 37 compilations, and 27 collaborations. He is known for his outlaw country music style and marijuana legalization advocacy, as well as his activism for the use of biofuels.

To speak with Big Mike, please contact Aurora DeRose at (310)396-6090 or Aurora411@timewire.net

New Willie Nelson mural in Austin by Wiley Ross

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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www.twcnews.com

AUSTIN—There is a new mural going up in Downtown Austin, near 7th and Neches Streets, that is a tribute to Willie Nelson.

It is being painted by local musician and artist Wiley Ross, who said he has wanted to take on a project like this for a few years now. Finally, this year, everything came together.

The artwork faces the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. So far, Ross says the mural has been well received.

“All the homeless cats down here really dig it.  Haven’t had any problems with them at all man, they’ve been real cool. And then just you know people driving by taking pictures.  It’s been an overwhelmingly positive response,” said artist Wiley Ross.

Watch Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Concert on PBS

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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Watch it here

This year’s 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.

They will take this down eventually, so enjoy watching it streamed while you can.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Waylon & Willie” certified gold (Feb. 3, 1978)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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On February 3, 1978, the album by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson was certified to have sold 500,000 albums.   (Today a gold album is for sales of 500,000 albums, but it used to be for one million in sales, at $1.00 wholesale cost for each .)

Track List:

  1. Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys
  2. The Year 2003 Minus 25
  3. Pick up the Tempo
  4. If You Can Touch Her at All
  5. Lookin’ for a Feeling
  6. It’s Not Supposed to be That Way
  7. I Can Get Off on You
  8. Don’t Cuss the Fiddler
  9. Gold Dust Woman
  10. A Couple More Years
  11. The Worlitzer Prize

This day in Willie Nelson History: American Music Award (1977)

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

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

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Sunday, January 24th, 2016

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