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13 Jul 15 Willie Nelson Wins Gershwin Prize

A well-known singer who’s not exactly a part of the country music establishment has become the first country artist to receive the prestigious Gershwin Prize awarded by the Library of Congress.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Texas native Willie Nelson, 82, was named as the 2015 recipient of the prize for popular song.Nelson album cover

In a statement announcing the award, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said of Nelson: “Like America itself, he has absorbed and assimilated diverse stylistic influences into his stories and songs. He has helped make country music one of the most universally beloved forms of American artistic expression.”

Along with his versions of standards such as “Crazy” and “Funny How Time Slips Away,” Nelson is known for being a country music outsider — including collaborating with “outlaws” such as Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings — and for his highly public love of smoking pot.

Others who have received the award include Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, Carole King and Billy Joel. The award, instituted in 2007, is named for songwriters George and Ira Gershwin.

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12 Jun 15 Mad Dogs and Englishmen Lives in Frisco This Saturday

Texas music fans get a treat tomorrow night with the re-creation of Mad Dogs and Englishmen at Wales Manor in Frisco. Continue reading


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28 May 15 Texas Playboys Featuring Louise Rowe Coming to Allen

The only female musician to play for the Bob Wills Texas Playboys will perform at the Allen Library. Continue reading


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28 May 15 Texas Sawmill Festival Features Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver set to headline the Texas Sawmill Festival. Continue reading


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28 May 15 Lots Going On at the Levitt

Texas music fans have a lot to choose from this summer at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington. Continue reading


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19 May 15 Letterman and His Texas Ties

David Letterman has brought the talents of Texas to his stage many times. Continue reading


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14 May 15 Joe Ely Is Texas State Musician

Joe Ely has been named Texas State Musician. Continue reading


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09 Apr 15

NSAI Houston North Metro Coordinator and BMI songwriter Connie Mims will return to the faculty at Kerrville Folk Festival Friday at 1:00pm, as part of the Texas Folk Music Foundation’s Professional Development Program for Teachers, teaching her “Songcrafters” class. Her topic this year is “Exploring

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07 Apr 15 Songwriter Serenade Semifinals Approaching Soon

Texas music fans will enjoy the Songwriter Serenade Semifinals on May 2. Continue reading


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20 Mar 15 Sounds of Texas Music Series Kicks Off

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, along with John Fullbright, will kick off the upcoming Texas Music Series in Conroe. Continue reading


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