Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Willie Nelson, Engelbert Humperdinck duet, “Make You Feel My Love” makes first round of 2015 Grammy Nomination (Vote if you can)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Willie Nelson has made the first rounds of the 2015 Grammy Nominations for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with “Make You Feel My Love,” a collaboration he did with UK artist Engelbert Humperdinck, off his album ‘Engelbert Calling.’

If you are a voting member of the Recording Academy, please vote to make it to the next round. The ballots need to be in by 5PM on Wednesday November 5th.

 

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Ben H. Dorcy, III named, “Bandera Music History Project Hall of Fame Living Legend”

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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By Mary Allyce

The voting membership of the Bandera Music History Project Hall of Fame has never elected a Living Legend quite like Ben Dorcy – but then there is no one quite like Ben Dorcy.

How many people can claim the first induction into the Roadie Hall of Fame during Nashville’s 2009 “Roadie Palooza,” or have an annual day in their name at Floore’s Country Store? How many have an “Ode” written to them by Waylon Jennings? How many can boast a lifetime spanning a stint in the United States Navy, time with the Ice Capades and a turn with Hollywood’s Nudie Cohn, the man who put rhinestones on rhinestone cowboys like Porter Waggoner?

Dorcy’s also featured in Kinky Friedman’s – BMHoF Living Legend 2009 – “Roadkill” novel and forged friendships and working relationships with the likes of John Wayne, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson.

Access to virtually any tour bus, known by virtually every musician in the business, a fixture at every venue in Bandera for decades, Ben Dorcy is the definition of unique and he’s spent most of his life in service to the music industry and musicians.
Ben H. Dorcy III was born on May 19, 1925 in Dallas and grew up in San Antonio where he attended Jefferson High School. He joined the Ice Capades in 1940, touring the United States and Europe for three years. In 1943 he enlisted in the US Navy, completing his service in 1946 and then it was back to the entertainment business.

Dorcy worked for John Wayne as a gardener and chauffeur and played a Tennessee volunteer in Wayne’s “The Alamo,” adding film to his resume. Always drawn to the music business, he found his way to Nashville in 1950 where he hooked up with country swing legend, Hank Thompson. He was with Ray Price when he met Willie Nelson in 1961. “He’s still a roadie,” Nelson said. “He’s a hard worker.”
BMHoF 2013 Living Legend, Walter “Tooter” Ripps talks of a gig where it started to rain. “Ben jumped up,” Tooter recalled, “and started unplugging and helping. I never saw anybody move so fast!”

Almost everyone who knows him has at least one “Ben Dorcy story.” There was the birthday party, meticulously planned for him. Everyone showed up except Ben. “I kept that cake in the trunk of my car until I finally caught up with him,” the hostess said. “Of course, by then it was mostly mold, but darned if he didn’t take it anyway and thanked me! I was so mad and he actually seemed pleased!”

As for Dorcy himself, in an Internet interview he offered, “The most amazing thing that ever happened to me was one time in Las Vegas when Ann Margaret asked me to dance!”

At 3 pm, Sunday, Nov. 9, join Ben at The Farm off FM 2828 as he accepts the 2014 BMHoF Living Legend award. There’ll be plenty of the music that’s defined Ben’s life.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame” (10/14/1973)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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On October 14, 1973 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, along with Jack Clement (“Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”), Don Gibson (“I Can’t Stop Loving You”), Harlan Howard (“Busted”), Roger Miller, and Ed and Steve Nelson (“Bouquet Of Roses”).

http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/

Willie Nelson, inducted 1973

Former Occupations:
cotton picker, encyclopedia salesman,
farmer, saddle maker, plumber,
vacuum cleaner salesman, disc jockey,
U.S. Air Force (during the Korean War)Â

Education:
High School–Abbott High School (graduated in 1951)
College–Baylor University (studied agriculture and business)
College–Waco University (from 3/54 to 7/54)

 

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, honored, before Harvest the Hope Concert #NOKXL

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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Honoring of Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Harvest the Hope Concert

Willie Nelson and Neil Young were honored at a private ceremony on Saturday, before the Harvest the Hope concert, near Neligh, Nebraska. Tribal presidents Scott, with the Rosebud Sioux and President Brewer, with the Oglala Sious, honored the two artists/humanitarians with a Buffalo Hide wrapping.  Introductions were made by the Ponca Nation family.

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Willie Nelson, Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

This day in Willie Nelson history, “Heartbreak Hotel”, with Leon Russell goes #1 Billboard Country (9/1/1979)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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On September 1, 1979, “Heartbreak Hotel”, recorded by Willie Nelson and Leon Russell, takes the top spot on the Billboard country chart with their remake of “Heartbreak Hotel”

This day in Willie Nelson history: “One for the Road” goes gold (8/2/1979)

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

On August 2, 1979, the duet album, ‘One for the Road’ sung with Leon Russell, is certified gold.

Willie Nelson Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame 27th Annual CMA Awards 1993

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Willie Nelson promoted to Fifth-Degree Black Belt (4/28/14) (@TaeKwonDoe Times)

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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On April 28, 2014, Wilie Nelson – the musician who’s known for his renditions of On the Road Again, To All the girls I’ve Loved Before and Always on My Mind, among other songs — received his fifth-degree black belt in the modern Korean martial art of gong kwon yu sul. the ceremony took place at Master Martial Arts in Austin, Texas, a studio operated by Sam Um. The following day, the country music legend turned 81.

Nelson, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has practiced martial arts for much of his life.  He began with Kung Fu lessons when he was a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee.  The past 20 years have seen him focus on the Korean arts, including tae kwondo and gong kwon yu sul.  Nelson often can be seen practicing his techiniques, even when he’s on tour.

Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss Tour in Top 20 Concert Tours

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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Associated Press

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. (1) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $1,478,686; $97.32.

2. (2) Bruno Mars; $1,184,010; $88.65.

3. (3) Cher; $1,142,788; $91.05.

4. (4) Dave Matthews Band; $1,081,476; $54.60.

5. (New) Romeo Santos; $813,990; $82.04.

6. (5) Journey/Steve Miller Band; $714,809; $55.56.

7. (6) James Taylor; $692,328; $72.69.

8. (7) Cirque du Soleil – “Michael Jackson: The Immortal”; $651,829; $86.18.

9. (8) Tim McGraw; $476,912; $36.13.

10. (9) Backstreet Boys; $410,876; $49.34.

11. (10) Florida Georgia Line; $375,544; $40.43.

12. (13) Widespread Panic; $286,517; $45.11.

13. (11) Lana Del Rey; $256,465; $46.91.

14. (12) Eddie Izzard; $253,997; $58.02.

15. (14) Brantley Gilbert; $219,399; $30.76.

16. (15) Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss + Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas; $209,588; $58.47.

17. (18) Heart; $199,965; $68.26.

18. (17) Il Divo; $199,663; $65.14.

19. (16) Foreigner/Styx; $196,648; $42.70.

20. (20) Rob Thomas; $157,353; $68.70.

Willie Nelson ‘Person of the Week’ on ABC News tonight

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Willie Nelson might be 81 years old, but the years haven’t slowed him down. The icon’s latest album, “Band of Brothers,” hit number one when it came out just a few weeks ago. Here’s a behind the scenes look at our Person of the Week singing one of music’s biggest hits – “Crazy.”

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

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Willie Nelson’s, “Band of Brothers” debuts at #1 on Billboard Country Charts

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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Thanks to Brad Wheeler, from Salt Lake City, from KRCL 90.9FM, for the photo.

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Band of Brothers, the new Willie Nelson studio album, is entering the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart at #5, marking Willie’s highest debut and highest position on America’s popular albums chart since Always On My Mind peaked there for four weeks at #2 in 1982.

Willie’s latest is also debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country chart, making Band of Brothers his first #1 Country album since The Promiseland hit the top slot in 1986.

With Band of Brothers sitting high on the nation’s Pop and Country charts, Natural Renegade, a Willie Nelson retrospective collection originally released in 2007, has also returned to the charts, coming in at #7 on the Top Catalog albums chart.

Willie’s second Top 10 album in less than a year–its predecessor, To All The Girls…, entered the Billboard 200 at #9 (and the Country chart at #2) in October 2013–Band of Brothers premieres 14 studio tracks including nine brand-new songs composed by America’s quintessential pop/country songwriter. Willie’s first album of predominately newly-written original material since 1996?s Spirit album, Band of Brothers is already drawing praise from music press and fans alike as a welcome return-to-form from the master tunesmith.

All 14 tracks on Band of Brothers are new recordings and none of the songs have been previously recorded by Willie Nelson.

“We have had many, many great musical performers and music acts on this stage, and this theatre has seen the best of the best,” said host David Letterman recently, introducing Willie Nelson to his Late Show audience, adding, “No one better than this guy….”

It’s a sentiment echoed by NPR, who devoted a section of their online music home page to a “first listen” to Band of Brothers and conducted an extensive, lively interview with Willie on “All Things Considered” on June 15, with host Arun Rath calling the artist, simply “such a great songwriter.”

“The master songwriter turns in his strongest tunes in ages,” wrote Rolling Stone. “A minute into Willie Nelson’s new set of songs – largely self-penned for a change – it’s clear the man who wrote Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy’ 50-some years ago has lost neither verve nor cojones.”

The New York Times called Band of Brothers “…a serenely feisty autumnal statement from the singer, who formed his sage, grizzled persona decades ago. [...] his relaxed, quavery, behind-the beat vocals and his acoustic lead guitar always made him a voice of maturity. The sly versatility of his style has allowed him to cruise through many albums of collaborations, covers and tributes to vintage country music. But ‘Band of Brothers’–with nine of its 14 songs written by Mr. Nelson and Buddy Cannon, the album’s producer–is set in the present. At 81, Mr. Nelson has more right to be autumnal than ever. That doesn’t mean he’s retreating….”

“Of course when it comes to country nonconformists, Nelson not only wrote the book, he published it and put it on the shelves. Country’s original Outlaw has spent decades proving it’s possible to be an icon and an iconoclast at the same time,” wrote CMT in a review of Willie Nelson & the Family’s recent performance at Radio City Music Hall, testifying to Willie’s on-stage power and charisma. “Watching Nelson work his magic as he did at Radio City is a thrilling experience….as if Nelson was venturing ever further on a high wire without losing his footing.”

Congratulations Willie Nelson: “Band of Brothers” #5 album, #1 Country album Band Of Brothers!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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Get this album if you haven’t yet!  It is full of original tunes by Willie Nelson, and it is great!