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Willie Nelson nominated for four 2023 Grammy awards

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

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by: Derrick

89-Year-Old Willie Nelson Is Up For Four 2023 Grammys But Surprisingly, He’s Not Even The Oldest Nominee.

Willie Nelson is 89 years old, with his 90th birthday coming up in April, and he’s still unbelievably productive. Earlier this year, he released A Beautiful Time, his 72nd solo album and his fourth since 2020. Well, the nominations for the 2023 Grammys were announced yesterday (November 15) and they showed that it’s not just about quantity with Nelson, as his new work is still picking up nominations for music’s biggest awards show.

All in all, he walked away with four nominations: Best Country Solo Performance (“Live Forever”), Best Country Song (“I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die”), Best Country Album (A Beautiful Time), and Best Roots Gospel Album (The Willie Nelson Family). Impressively, those nominations stem from three different projects; “Live Forever” is from Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver and “I’ll Love You Till The Day I Die” appears on A Beautiful Time.

What may be the most surprising about all this is that Nelson actually isn’t this year’s oldest Grammy nominee. That title goes to 96-year-old Mel Brooks, whose All About Me!: My Remarkable Life In Show Business is nominated for Best Audio Book, Narration, And Storytelling Recording. Other notable older nominees include 88-year-old John Mayall and 86-year-old Buddy Guy, whose projects (The Sun Is Shining Down and The Blues Don’t Lie, respectively) are up for Best Traditional Blues Album.

On a related note, earlier this year, Tony Bennett became the second-oldest person to ever win a Grammy; he was 95 years and 243 days old at the time.

Find the full list of 2023 Grammy nominees here.

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Sunday, October 30th, 2022

This day in Willie Nelson history: honored by Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and Amazon Watch (July 22, 2011)

Friday, July 22nd, 2022
Willie Nelson at the Bently Reserve

Photos courtesy of Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Willie Nelson was honored last by the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, and the Amazon Watch, when they presented him with the 2011 Visionary Award, as part of their Summer Fundraiser in San Francisco.  Willie performed at the event, along with Sara Wasserman, – Dan Hicks, Tommy Castro, Narada Michael Walden, Randy Emata, Jaz Sawyer, Robin Sylvester and members of The Legendary Glide Memorial Choir-, — and many others at their fundraiser.

Every year the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance honors an individual or an organization for championing the cause of the environment, and for challenging the status quo in order to bring about real change. This year the SBA honored Music Legend Willie Nelson for his continued support of environmental and social causes through his work, his music and his life.

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has been dedicated to supporting sustainable, community-based biodiesel programs since 2006 and works closely with artists like Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson and Guster, educating fans and sourcing locally produced biodiesel and blends for tours, festivals and large scale fleets. The organization is also focused on creating transparency for the consumer through the development of a certification system for local, sustainable biodiesel in the United States. I encourage you to learn more about the SBA and our work by contacting me directly or visiting www.fuelresponsibly.org

Amazon Watch partners with indigenous and environmental organizations campaigning for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s fragile and priceless ecological systems. Amazon Watch is a known leader in protecting the rainforest and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. To learn more about the great work of Amazon Watch check out their website at www.amazonwatch.org.

Willie Nelson at the Bently Reserve

For information about the work of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, information about sustainable biodiesel, how to get involved and how you can support the SBA, visit their website.



Jennifer Raiser went to the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance event in San Francisco last night, and posted this.  To read her entire post, visit her web site. 

“And while the evening stretched on with no Willie in sight, beyond the Melons organic catering, beyond the Michael Jang rocker photos and signed Bob Weir guitar in the auction, beyond the smooth introductions and transitions by “Tao of Willie” author Turk Pipkin, beyond the extended but excellent performances by the earnest Sara Wasserman, the soulful Glide Memorial Church Choir Trio, the engaging Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the bluesy Tommy Castro, there was a Nelson.

First biofuel spokeswoman Annie Nelson, who took the stage, Thelma-and-Louise style with Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Director/Founder Kelly King to share her impassioned message of decentralized, local energy with to the equally impassioned audience.

And then, finally, the man she referred to as “Our little biofuel Yoda,” her husband Willie. Utterly recognizable, and shockingly intense and happy to begin playing his famously beat-up guitar named Trigger at eleven o’clock at night, he had the crowd at hello. By then, everyone was on their feet and up front, a sustainable mosh pit of planetary passion that needed a little musical respite from the intensity. Launching into crowd favorites “You Were Always on My Mind,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and “On the Road Again,” the music made whatever challenges the planet or people were facing drift into melodious, sing-along oblivion. With his shoulder-length gray braids fastened with “Sustainable Biofuel” buttons, his red-white-and-blue macramé guitar strap, and his brown suede sneakers, he looked and sounded thirty years younger than his 78 eventful years variously spent touring in his biofuel bus, advocating for the downtrodden, defending his enterprises and habits, and singing with that distinctive twang and phrasing. All of which made Willie the most welcome red-headed stranger that would ever venture into the former Federal Reserve of San Francisco.”

Read entire article at her web site. 

 


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The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) was founded in December 2006 by biodiesel pioneer Kelly King, activist Annie Nelson and film maker Daryl Hannah.  Since then, the SBA has grown to include family farmers and farm organizations such as Farm Aid, the Institute for Agriculture Trade and Policy (IATP), members of the 25 x 25 coalition, environmental organizations including the EPA and NREL, renewable energy experts and NGO’s and university programs across the country.

The SBA addresses issues concerning the sustainability of the U.S. biodiesel Industry through three initiatives. The primary mission of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is the completion of an independent sustainability certification system for U.S. Biodiesel Feedstock, Production, Distribution and end use fuel. SBA programs also focus on educating the public on the values of community-based biodiesel systems and how local, sustainable biodiesel can help the U.S. move towards energy, economic and environmental security. Third, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance provides tools for sustainability to biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry through our website and membership.

By working with biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry, and promoting the value of sustainable community-based systems,the SBA is bringing people together to build a sustainable energy future that benefits all sectors of society.   The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance relies on the hard work and dedication of our working Board of Directors, the SBA Staff and the expertise of the SBA Advisory Council to achieve the goals of the organization. These dedicated and driven individuals come from all areas of the industry and each contribute unique and valuable skills to the mission of the SBA.

Willie Nelson to Receive 2021 Clio Cannabis Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

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by: Paul Grein

Long before cannabis gained mainstream acceptance, Nelson made the case that its dangers were greatly exaggerated and its benefits were scarcely mentioned. And to look at a productive and prolific artist like Nelson, 88, it’s hard to argue.

Willie Nelson has rightly received many lifetime achievement awards, including one from the Recording Academy in 1999, another from the Country Music Association in 2012 (which named the award in his honor), induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, a Kennedy Center Honor in 1998 and the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize in 2015.

What could ever equal those prestigious honors? To a longtime marijuana advocate like Nelson, this may just do it: On Dec. 7, he will receive the 2021 Clio Cannabis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nelson has occasionally recorded songs about his fondness for cannabis. He teamed with Snoop DoggKris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson on “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” (2012) and with Merle Haggard on “It’s All Going to Pot” in 2015. The latter reached No. 48 on Hot Country Songs.

According to a statement, “Nelson was selected to receive the award for his decades-long reputation for advocating the plant’s healing powers, elevating cannabis in the mainstream and innovating in the business space. His team is responsible for introducing marijuana and hemp-based wellness products like Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy in addition to launching a new cannabis conference called Luck Summit: Planting the Seed.”

Additional honorees include Fab 5 Freddy, Mary Pryor and Ophelia Chong. The trophies will be presented as part of the 2021 Clio Cannabis Awards, streaming on Social Club TV beginning Dec. 7.

Read article here.

Billboard Top Country Albums

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

Willie Nelson, “Man of the Week” (ABC News) (July 11, 2014)

Sunday, July 11th, 2021

Congratulations, Willie Nelson and Turk Pipkin — “Letters to American” on NY Times Best Seller List!

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

Willie Nelson Day in Texas, (July 4, 1975)

Monday, July 5th, 2021

S. R. No. 687

SENATE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The Senate is today honored with a visit from a great Texan whose music is loved by millions of Americans; and

WHEREAS,Mr. Willie Nelson was born at Abbott, Texas, in 1933, was brought up in Abbott by his grandparents, and after high school he enlisted in the Air Force; and

WHEREAS, His career as a musical performer began when, at the age of 10, he played the rhythm guitar in a Bohemian polka band in the town of West, Texas; and

WHEREAS, During most of the 1950’s, Willie supported his family by selling vacuum cleaners, encyclopedias, and Bibles, by making saddles, or by working as a radio disc jockey, an then would spend his evenings writing and performing his songs; and

WHEREAS, He was the promoter for many North Central Texas appearances of the late, great Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys in the middle 1950’s; and

WHEREAS, In 1960, Willie and his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, then considered to be the headquarters for American country and western music, and the next year, Mr. Faron Young’s recording of Willie’s “Hello Walls” was the No. 1 song in the nation for 12 consecutive weeks; and

WHEREAS, Since then, Willie has recorded 25 record albums and has written hundreds of songs, including such American standards as “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Crazy,” “The Nightlife,” “Pretty Paper,” “The Party’s Over,” “Good Hearted Woman,” and “Pretend I Never Happened; and

WHEREAS, In 1970, he returned to his native Texas and since then has lived in or around Austin; and

WHEREAS, He was elected and inducted into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973; and

WHEREAS, Since his return to Texas five years ago, Willie Nelson has become a folk hero to a whole new generation of music lovers, and as a result of the inspiration and encouragement he has provided to numerous young musicians, Austin is now nationally recognized for its music,  and the music industry has become a major part of Austin’s culture and economy; and

WHEREAS, This year, “Willie Nelson’s Third Annual 4th of July Picnic,” a day-long outdoor music concert, will be held on Liberty Hill, Texas; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of the 64th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby extend to Willie Nelson it’s appreciation for the enjoyment he and his music have brought to all Texans in the past, and it’s congratulations for his professional success and for the deserved high esteem in which he is held by millions of Americans; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the date of July 4, 1975, in conjunction with “Willie Nelson’s Third Annual 4th of July Picnic,” be declared Willie Nelson Day in Texas in honor of this great Texan, and that a copy of this REsolution be prepared for this distinguished musician as a token of esteem from the Senate of Texas.

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“Red Headed Stranger” inducted to Library of Congress National Recording Registry (6/23/2010)

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

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by Ann Donahue

Recordings by Tupac Shakur, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of “Gypsy” are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of 2000’s National Recording Preservation Act, the criteria for preservation by the Library of Congress are that the work be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and be at least 10 years old. Nominations were gathered from online submissions from the public and from members of the National Recording Preservation Board.

In its citation for Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” the NRPB calls the song a “moving and eloquent homage to both his own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”

Nelson’s album “Red Headed Stranger” is cited for its “uncommon elegance,” while R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe” is lauded for setting “the pattern for later indie rock releases by breaking through on college radio in the face of mainstream radio’s general indifference.”

According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. will preserve and maintain these recordings and henceforward make them available to the American public. There are now 300 recordings in the National Recording Registry.

Inductees for the 2009 National Recording Registry are:

1. Fon der Choope (From the Wedding) – Abe Elenkrig’s Yidishe Orchestra (April 4, 1913)
2. “Canal Street Blues,” King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (April 5, 1923)
3. “Tristan und Isolde,” Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, NBC Broadcast (March 9, 1935)
4. “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards (recorded 1938; released 1940)
5. “America’s Town Meeting of the Air: Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?” (May 8, 1941)
6. The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam (July 20 – August 11, 1944)
7. “Evangeline Special” and “Love Bridge Waltz,” Iry LeJeune (1948)
8. “The Little Engine That Could,” narrated by Paul Wing (1949)
9. Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of Western Washington State (1950-1954)
10. “Tutti Frutti,” Little Richard (1955)
11. “Smokestack Lightning,” Howlin’ Wolf (1956)
12. “Gypsy,” original cast recording (1959)
13. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, Bill Evans Trio (June 25, 1961)
14. “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two),” Max Mathews (1961)
15. “I Started Out As a Child,” Bill Cosby (1964)
16. “Azucar Pa Ti,” Eddie Palmieri (1965)
17. “Today!,” “Mississippi” John Hurt (1966)
18. “Silver Apples of the Moon,” Morton Subotnick (1967)
19. “Soul Folk in Action,” The Staple Singers (1968)
20. “The Band,” The Band (1969)
21. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn (1970)
22. “Red Headed Stranger,” Willie Nelson (1975)
23. “Horses,” Patti Smith (1975)
24. “Radio Free Europe,” R.E.M. (1981)
25. “Dear Mama,” Tupac Shakur (1995)

Willie Nelson receives American FFA Degree

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

Willie Nelson wins CMA award, “Always on My Mind”

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

This day in Willie Nelson History: Austin City Limits Hall of Fame (April 26, 2014)

Monday, April 26th, 2021
aclhoff The first Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place April 26, 2014. The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame is located at The Moody Theater and consists of a photo gallery, timeline/anthology mural and an interactive online library of Austin City Limits content. It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Willie Nelson was not an American icon. In the early ‘70s, Nelson was best-known for writing hits for other people. The Abbott, Texas native had a successful career as a Nashville songwriter (“Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Night Life,” etc.) but had not yet achieved recognition under his own name. In 1974 all that would change. With the release of 1973’s Shotgun Willie and 1974’s Phases and Stages, two imaginative and successful LPs, the stage was set for his career to take off. Then on October 17, 1974, Willie and his Family band entered Studio 6A to record the pilot for Austin City Limits. Broadcast as part of the national pledge drive in March 1975, the show was one of the top programs on PBS that year, securing a future for ACL as a series. Willie has appeared on the show 16 times, with six headlining slots (most recently in 2009), seven songwriters specials and three guest appearances with Johnny Rodriguez, Roger Miller and Asleep at the Wheel. Not only is he the artist who launched Austin City Limits, he’s also one of our most frequent – and favorite – guests.

Willie Nelson’s new album, “That’s Life,” #1 on Billboard Jazz Album chart

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

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by: Keith Caulfield

Willie Nelson’s new Frank Sinatra-inspired album “That’s Life’ opens at number one on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Chart. It’s is third leader on the list. The set also bows atop the Traditional Jazz Album’s tally – his fourth there. (On both charts, Sinatra is number two.)

Read entire article here.

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster honored by Leadership Music

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

“In 2010, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Monument Records founder Fred Foster were honored by Leadership Music. Vince Gill hosted the show. Lyle Lovett sang a Kristofferson song. I presented Kris with the award. Guy showed up and surprised all of us. He came close to dying just a couple of months before this and none of us could believe he got in the car and drove himself downtown. I love this picture. L-R: Vince, Guy, me, Kris, Fred, Willie, Lyle. Shawn Camp is not in this picture but he was there as the band leader and it was his birthday.” — Tamara Saviano

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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