Willie Nelson Honored by Library of Congress

Willie Nelson Honored by Library of Congress

In November the Library of Congress will pay tribute to Willie Nelson with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award that honors an artist’s lifetime achievements in music.

Past recipients of the Gershwin Prize include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Billy Joel and songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David.

“It is an honor to be the next recipient of the Gershwin Prize. I appreciate it greatly,” Willie said about the award that was established in 2007 and named for composers George and Ira Gershwin.

Over the course of the last six decades, Willie has recorded more than 60 albums and won 11 Grammys. This year he released a collaborative album with Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmie, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Willie is also a fifth-degree blackbelt in the Korean martial art GongKwon Yusul, so bow to your sensei.

photo by Danny Clinch / Legacy Recordings

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Ashley McBryde Packs It All For Her Tour

Ashley McBryde Packs It All For Her Tour

Ashley McBryde’s This Town Talks tour gets rolling next month in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Then for the next 7 months she’ll be crisscrossing this nation playing shows from Georgia to Montana and everywhere in between.

So, with all that travel, and different locations, packing for a tour can present some challenges. Ashley shares one basic piece of advice when it comes to preparing for the road, “At first, learning how to pack for on tour…I really didn’t do a good job. I guess maybe I thought I was leaving for summer camp. So, I would spend a couple of weeks where I overpacked, and a couple of weeks where I under packed. Just let me tell you…if you have to choose between the two – overpack. You can put those clothes away when you get back.”


Photo Credit: Daniel Meigs