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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

City of Austin honored Willie Nelson with statue, on Willie Nelson Boulevard, outside the Austin City Limits theater.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Wanted: The Outlaws” — 1st country album to go platinum (11/24/76)

Friday, November 24th, 2017

On November 24, 1976, “Wanted: the Outlaws” became the first country album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying one million units shipped.

The album, featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessie Colter was certified gold on March 30, 1976.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (Nov. 18, 2015)

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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photo: Janis Tillerson

PBS to Broadcast All-Star Concert on Jan. 15

November 29, 2015 – The Library of Congress is celebrating Willie Nelson’s 60-year career and his selection as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C., with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert tonight.

The two-day celebration began with a presentation and special display on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building with a group of the nation’s lawmakers, who recognized Nelson for his contributions to popular music. “Everywhere you look in this magnificent building there are symbols of knowledge, creativity and invention so it is fitting at this time to honor one of the world’s most creative and inventive people, this year’s award recipient, Willie Nelson,” said Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao.

“It is truly a privilege to have Willie Nelson with us in our nation’s capital and to be able to recognize him for the immense contributions he’s made to the culture of America through music,” said U.S. House of Representatives Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress Gregg Harper.

“It is a great honor to be receiving the Gershwin award,” said Nelson to the group of well-wishers. “I have been a fan of Ira and George Gershwin’s music since I was a little guy and in appreciation for the award—and also I wanted to make some great music—I’ve just recorded a complete Gershwin album. It’s called Summertime.”

In honor of the legendary songwriting team, the Gershwin Prize recognizes a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding, entertaining and informing audiences, and inspiring new generations. Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King and Billy Joel.

President Jimmy Carter said in a letter that Nelson’s music has “enriched the lives of people far and wide for decades” and that he is truly worthy of this “prestigious and well-deserved award.”

Steeped in the roots of country music, Nelson’s songs have a universal appeal and embrace the rich musical language of the American experience. A diverse group of the world’s pre-eminent performers is paying homage to Nelson’s musical genius— showcasing some his most memorable songs—tonight at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

The concert will feature performances by Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Cyndi Lauper, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Paul Simon, Neil Young and Buckwheat Zydeco. Nelson will also perform some of his favorite tunes. The master of ceremonies for the evening festivities will be actor Don Johnson.

“I could not have wished for a more complete source of inspiration in life, and in music, than my father,” said the country music icon’s son Lukas Nelson, also a singer, songwriter and guitarist. “I count myself as one of the luckiest people alive to have been born to such a noble, loving, and gifted human being.”

During the evening’s event, Nelson will be presented with the prize by the Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao, U. S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, U.S. House of Representatives Chairman of the Committee on House Administration Candice S. Miller and U.S. House of Representatives Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress Gregg Harper.

The concert will air on PBS stations nationwide at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 (check local listings). The program also will be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world. “Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize” is a co-production of WETA Washington, D.C., and Bounce, a division of AEG. The executive producers of the program are Dalton Delan, David Mao, Michael Strunsky and Mark Rothbaum.

Major funding for “Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song” is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Additional funding is provided by The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Fund and The Leonore S. Gershwin Trust for the benefit of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board. Air transportation is generously provided by United Airlines. Additional funding for the Gershwin Prize events is provided by the Library of Congress James Madison Council.

Nelson is considered one of the top country singers of all time. His six-decade career has produced more than 200 albums and has earned him numerous awards and accolades as a musician, author, actor and activist. As a songwriter and performer, this iconic Texan became the voice of the heartland with such hits as “Crazy” and “Funny How Time Slips Away,” but he has continually pushed musical boundaries. He diversified his repertory and turned pop standards such as “Blue Skies” and “Mona Lisa” into country hits and such pop tunes as “Always on My Mind” and “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” into crossover favorites.

In June, Nelson released a new collaboration with Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie,” that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and in the Top 10 (No. 7) on the Billboard 200 Bestselling Albums chart. In the last five years alone he has delivered nine other new releases, one of which received a Grammy nomination; released a New York Times best-seller; appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine; headlined Farm Aid—an event he co-founded in 1985—and received his 5th-degree black belt in Gongkwon Yusul.

In 2013, Nelson released “Let’s Face The Music and Dance,” an album of pop-country repertoire classics performed with patented ease by Nelson and Family—his long-time touring and recording ensemble—and “To All The Girls …,” which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers. In 2014, he released “Band of Brothers,” a 14-track studio album of new recordings that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Album chart and at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart.

About Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson was born to Ira and Myrle Nelson in 1933 in Abbott, Texas. As early as age 7, Nelson started writing songs and playing the guitar, performing at church revivals and in local dance halls. After high school, Nelson joined the Air Force. He spent two years at Baylor University, but dropped out to pursue a career in music.In 1960, he moved to Nashville and Faron Young recorded Nelson’s song “Hello Walls,” which became a No. 1 hit on the country charts in 1961. Singer Patsy Cline recorded his song, “Crazy,” shortly afterward. It became a huge hit and a country-music standard. In the early ‘70s, Nelson became a key figure in “outlaw country” and charted his own career path. His reputation and success grew. He scored more than 60 Top-40 country hits over five decades. He has appeared in more than 30 films and TV shows and co-authored several books, including the recently released autobiography, “It’s a Long Story: My Life.”

Nelson has won seven Grammy Awards and received the Grammy Living Legend Award in 1990. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. His album “Red Headed Stranger” was inducted into the Library’s National Recording Registry in 2009.

About the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.In making the selection for the prize, the Librarian of Congress consulted leading members of the music and entertainment communities, as well as curators from the Library’s Music Division, its American Folklife Center and its Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

The Gershwin name is used in connection with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song courtesy of the families of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. GERSHWIN® is a registered trademark of Gershwin Enterprises.
Source: Library of Congress


Willie Nelson and Cyndi Lauper, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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Cyndi Lauper was one of the many artists who gathered in Washington DC last week to honor Willie Nelson, when he was presented with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.

With a tip of the hat to George and Ira Gershwin, who the Prize is named after, Willie an Cyndi sang, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” When Willie introduced Cyndi and called her out to the stage, Willie announced that they had recorded the song for a new album coming out early next year to honor the Gershwin brothers, “Summertime.”

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Janis Tillerson took all these great photos for us all to enjoy.

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President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter congratulate Willie Nelson on Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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To Willie Nelson:

Although we regret we couldn’t be with you today, Rosalynn joins me in congratulating you on receiving the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, a prestigious and well-deserved award.  Your music has enriched the lives of people far and wide for decades, and it is only fitting that your life’s work be honored in this way.

Your friendship has been important to us for over 30 years, and we were proud to host you at the White House and in Plains. We also loved having you in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Price concert in 2002. Your music has become the soundtrack of our lives, and we are pleased to see your tremendous talent recognized today.

Please know you have our warm best wishes on this special occasion, and we hope to see you soon!


Jimmy Carter

Friday, November 17th, 2017

This Day in Willie Nelson History: “Without a Song” certified platinum (11/14/1994)

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017


On November 14, 1994 Willie Nelson’s album, “Without a Song” was certified platinum

This album was originally released in 1983.

  1. Without a Song
  2. Once in a While
  3. Autumn Leaves
  4. I Can’t Believe to Tell You
  5. Harbor Lights
  6. Golden Earrings
  7. You’ll Never Know
  8. To Each HIs Own
  9. As Time Goes By
  10. Dreamer’s Holiday

Willie Nelson honored (Nov 1, 1986)

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell win 2017 CMA Musical Event of Year Award

Saturday, November 11th, 2017
by:  Stirling Whitaker

Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell were announced as the winners of Musical Event of the Year at the 2017. The two country legends collaborated on a new recording of Nelson’s classic song “Funny How Time Slips Away” for Campbell’s final album, Adios. They were up against Kenny Chesney and Pink> for “Setting the World on Fire,” Eric Church and Rhiannon Giddens’ collaboration on “Kill a Word,” “Speak to a Girl” from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and “Craving You,” a duet between Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris.

Campbell’s posthumous win comes three months to the day after his death on Aug. 8. His family was in attendance at the awards show on Wednesday night.

Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell win 2017 CMA Musical event of the year award

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Brothers Osborne, Willie Nelson Are Early CMA Award Winners
Video and Event Honors Start the Day
by Alison Bonaguro

The CMA Awards were off to an early start on Wednesday morning (Nov. 8), thanks to Good Morning America and Kelsea Ballerini.

First, at around 8:15 am, two CMA Awards were announced live on the rooftop of Acme Feed & Seed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway — with Ballerini helping make the announcement — almost 12 hours before the broadcast:

Music video of the year went to Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault.” The video was directed by Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver.

Musical event of the year went to “Funny (How Time Slips Away),” by Willie Nelson and the late Glen Campbell.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson Honored in Abbott, Texas (November 4, 1973)

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Abbott, Texas, honors its best-known hometown boy with Willie Nelson Day

Billboard Magazine
November 24, 1973

Abbott, TX.   Some 10,000 country music fans were in the neighborhood when Willie Nelson’s hometown honored him at it’s 1973 homecoming last week.  With Willie, who now makes his home in Austin, were his friends who put on a 12-hour stage show for the town’s 375 people and their thousands of guests.   Appearing on stage with the Atlantic recording artist were Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kinky Friedman, Johnny Bush, Michael Murphey, Kenneth Threadgill and Sammi Smith.

It was quite a cast for a show sponsored by the Abbott PTA.   The audience played no favorites.  It responded uniformly and favorably to all of the entertainers.  Most of the audience was college and post college age.

People began arriving Saturday night for the Sunday show and the 300-acre site reserved for the event was dotted with campers, pickups, mobile homes, tents and bedrolls.   Some of the latecomers had to park several miles away, but were offered lifts in cars and pickups of those who were willing to chance finding parking closer in.

Willie and his band had to drive across Texas to make the event, having worked for the Saturday Terligua Chili Cook-Off.  He worked the morning stint, then closed the show with Sammi Smith.

Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, “Ain’t it Funny How Time Slips Away”

Friday, November 3rd, 2017
by: Daniel Montgomery

Legendary country music singer Glen Campbell died on August 8, 2017, at age 81. He had announced in 2011 that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and later embarked on a farewell tour. But now after his passing we can expect the Country Music Association to give him a farewell of their own: he’s the frontrunner to win Musical Event of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards for “Funny How Time Slips Away,” his collaboration with Willie Nelson.

As of this writing, Campbell and Nelson get leading odds of 1/1 based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users. That includes support from 18 of out Top 24 Users, who got the highest scores predicting last year’s CMAs, and 18 of our All-Star Top 24, who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ CMAs. Even if Campbell weren’t a sentimental favorite due to his recent death, it might be hard to beat the combined star-power of him and Nelson.

But it’s been a long time since Campbell made an impact at the CMAs. This posthumous nomination is his first bid in 40 years, and he only ever won twice during his lifetime: Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, both in 1968. So the Country Music Association may also wish to make it up to an artist who can be seen as greatly under-rewarded. Nelson, meanwhile, has been a consistent CMA favorite, winning nine times, including Entertainer of the Year in 1979. He most recently prevailed in this category in 2002 for “Mendocino County Line” with Lee Ann Womack.

US Congress House of Representatives honors Willie Nelson (October 20, 2017)

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Congress of the United States House of Representatives

This is to certify that the attached flag was presented to Willie Hugh Nelson for his contributions to American culture as a musician, singer, songwriter and activist who has spent decades advocating on behalf of family farmers across the country.  Thank you for using your platform to inspire a generation and giving back to those in need.

Presented this 20th day of October, 2017,

Office of Honorable Earl L. “Buddy” Carter
Member of Congress
First District of Georgia

This day in Willie Nelson history: Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (Oct. 14, 1973)

Saturday, October 14th, 2017


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”).

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)

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 Induction into Country Music Hall of Fame (1993)

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Willie Nelson’s 1993 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Presented by Johnny Cash (Hall of Fame 1980), Rip Torn & Kris Kristofferson (elected to the Hall in 2004).

This is the first year the CMA did not surprise the artist, as in year’s past. From 1993 to 2006 the CMA Awards did a Hall of Fame Video presentation. From 2007 to 2009, the Hall of Fame segments were reduced to melodies. Since 2010, the Hall of Fame ceremony has taken place in a Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.