Willie Nelson Tribute for Gershwin Prize Concert w/ Neil Young, Paul Simon + Others
Last night, we had the honor and privilege of attending the Library of Congress' celebration of Willie Nelson’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song tribute concert at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
The line-up included Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson and the Mavericks’ Raul Malo, Edie Brickell, Cyndi Lauper, Leon Bridges, Lukas and Micah Nelson and Promise of the Real, as well as Paul Simon and Neil Young.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real opened the evening with a 2 song set: "Whiskey River" and "Stay a Little Longer."
Paul Simon was actually the first person presented the honor, with Willie becoming the eighth to join the esteemed ranks. According to the Library of Congress, when selecting a recipient of the Gershwin Prize, Librarian of Congress James Billington "consulted leading members of the music and entertainment communities, as well as curators from the Library’s Music Division, American Folklife Center and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division."
Even though he recently postponed dates on his Django and Jimmie Tour with Merle Haggard because of an unnamed health concern, Willie seemed to be in fine form.
Willie made a few brief remarks thanking the Library of Congress' for the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, as dignitaries and members of Congress, such as Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, looked on.
Willie Nelson is first country musician to receive the Gershwin Prize.
The prestigious award honors a living performer and/or composer whose contributions to popular music exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin.
Willie Nelson performed with his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, as well.
The concert ended with all performers on "On The Road Again".
The show will air nationwide on PBS on Friday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET.
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