photo: Elaine Shock
At the Texas v. Notre Dame half-time show last weekend, the Longhorn Band paid special tribute to Austin’s beloved Willie Nelson by forming his name on the field. A few days later, the Red Headed Stranger gave special thanks.
Nelson posted a photo of the band’s formation on his Facebook account on Tuesday. He wrote “It was such an honor to see this during the UT vs Notre Dame game Sunday. Thank you The University of Texas Longhorn Band.”
The band promptly responded to Nelson on its own Facebook page with “Always an honor to play one of our favorite artists at halftime! Thanks, Willie Nelson!”
Entertainment from last weekend just doesn’t seem to end. It was the same one during which baby Bevo XV made his debut, Matthew McConaughey gave a special speech,someone thinks they may have seen Abigail Fisher and of course, Longhorns beat the Leprechauns.
We wonder what this weekend’s game will bring. The Longhorns play this Saturday, at 6 p.m. at the Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium.
Willie Nelson was presented with the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular song, in Washington DC on November 18th last year. The concert awards show took place in the historical Daughters of the American Republic Hall, and featured over a dozen artists honoring Willie Nelson and performing music that he wrote or sang or made famous.
Everything about the event was classy, the DAR hall, with it’s gothic architecture Willie and Annie Nelson watched the show from a little balcony that hung over the audience, close to the stage. It was so moving to see artist after artist come out and pay their respects to Willie Nelson, with beautiful renditions of his music. Don Johnson was the MC, and introduced the artists and told stories about his acting and friendship with Willie Nelson.
Willie Nelson performed at the end of the concert, after he received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. One of the songs he sang was “Living in the Promiseland”, very moving and timely, with the US Congress in the middle of debates about limiting immigration.
The Program is beautiful, the printing, the paper, the writing, the photographs. I made a video so everyone could enjoy it. I’ll post some pictures from it, too — so you can read the text.
Here’s the video:
[from the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Program]
On June 10, 1978 Willie Nelson’s remake of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” tops the Billboard country chart.
On May 14, 1984, the single of duet by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesius certified gold.
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.