Willie Nelson

December 28, 2016

Press Release
Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Treena Parvello, 520-342-2905
Matt Smith, 520-321-1111

WILLIE NELSON AT THE DIAMOND CENTER.

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Red Headed Stranger,” and “Stardust.” Willie Nelson has earned numerous awards and honors as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered 10 new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul for his 81st birthday, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 2015, Nelson added two more titles—“It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, hit bookshelves and landed him on the New York Times’ bestseller list, and the new studio album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country album chart. In Nov. 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. And this year began with the release of Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at No. 1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart.