Gary P. Nunn’s Newsletter

| April 29, 2019 | Reply

Gary P. Nunn’s newsletter. Photos by Mary Jane Farmer (over the years)

Greetings from Cow Creek.
There is so much exciting news to share with you!
Wednesday, April 10 was a day my family and I will never forget. Ruth (wife), my son Julian and I spent April 10 at the Texas Capitol where I was honored with a proclamation by Governor Greg Abbot and two resolutions in Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. The resolutions were authored by Representative Kyle Kacal (R-District 12) and Senator Dawn Buckingham (R- District 24) and presented on the House and Senate floors.
I was so humbled to be recognized by the Governor, Senate and The House of Representatives of the great state of Texas, a state that I love dearly. I have traveled over 2 million miles in Texas since I started touring in 1980 and I have met the most incredible people along the way, made lifelong friendships and had experiences I’ll treasure forever. I have had the pleasure to play Texas’ historic dance halls and seen the really true grace of country music. And I take seriously my role to preserve and perpetuate the tradition of country music and Texas history and culture — which is why being recognized by all three branches of our Texas government was such an incredible honor.

The day started out with an early morning press conference that was attended by Representative Kyle Kacal, Senator Dawn Buckingham, Bruce Robison, Kevin Fowler, and Mitch Ballard, Senior Director, Creative, BMI Austin.
I can’t thank Representative Kacal, Senator Buckingham, Bruce Robison, Kevin Fowler and Mitch Ballard enough for their kind words and everything they did to make this day happen. If that wasn’t enough, Mitch Ballard presented me with the BMI Million-Air Award for the song, “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning.” Of course, Chris

Stapleton’s cutting our song, co-written by Donna Farrar, on his CD, From A Room: Vol I, was a tremendous boost – the CD earned him several awards including Album of the Year at the CMA Awards as well as at the Grammy Awards.  Willie Nelson also won the CMA Album of the Year Award for his album, Always on My Mind, back in 1983 which also included his version, so we are now triple-honored having the song on an Album of the Year by two of the industry’s biggest stars and the Million Air Award!

Gary P. with the late Robert Shaw at Kerrville Folk Festival, in the 1980s.

Then Mitch said he had one more surprise — that the Grand Ole Opry has extended an invitation for me to perform on Saturday, August 3rd. There are no words to express what getting to play at this historic country music venue on such a legendary stage means to me and I hope you will be able to join me in Nashville. Tickets are on sale now by clicking the link, http://bit.ly/2KKzDyS .
I also got to present Governor Abbot with a copy of my book, At Home with the Armadillo, after he presented me with his proclamation. From there, we walked over to House floor where Representative Kyle Kacal presented his resolution and then over to the Senate Floor where Senator Dawn Buckingham presented her resolution. Finally, we ended the day at the Agriculture Museum at the State Capitol where I hosted a meet-a-greet for all the capitol staff.
So, as you can see, 2019 has already been an incredible year for us!  But there’s even more to look forward to! As I mentioned in our holiday newsletter, our son Julian was selected to be a member of the US Rugby Team and he leaves in just a few days to play the FIT World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 29 -May 4!
We’ve also been busy booking so many shows in theaters and dance halls around the state through the end of the year. My agent has been working harder than ever trying to accommodate all the requests that have been coming in to play all over Texas since I announced that I would be cutting back my schedule and retiring from playing over 100 shows per year at the end of 2020.  I’m sure many of you are wondering, why now? Well, I’ve enjoyed a successful career for almost half a century as a musician, songwriter, publisher, and record producer but I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step away from the pace of playing over 100 shows a year and spend more time with my family. I’m really looking forward to having time with my wife, my two sons, Julian and Lukin, and my three grandbabies and getting the opportunity to do things like travel, visit friends, ride horses, ski and play golf. This doesn’t mean that I won’t play private parties, a wedding, or a special show here and there. I

Gary P. Nunn & The Sons of the Bunkhouse Band

decided to make the announcement now so that my fans have this year and all of next year to come see my shows.  The response from my fans and venues across Texas has been incredible and humbling. Of course, none of this would be possible without the support and friendship you, my fans, and my fellow musicians have given me over these many years and for that, I will be forever grateful
I’m also grateful and humbled that my book that I released last January, At Home with the Armadillo, has sold over 4,000 copies and is still #1 in Biographies of Country & Folk Musicians on Amazon over one year later. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I wrote a lot about my early childhood and family, and the several places we lived and of course, I wrote about my experiences related to the beginning of the Texas Music scene and beyond. You can go to garypnunn.com for an autographed copy (I’m happy to personalize if you wish) and it will be in your hands as soon as the US Mail will deliver it.  It’s also available at Barnes and Noble, Book People, and other major outlets in hardcover or eBook.
My CD, Friends For Life, which also came out last year, is also still doing very well!  It’s a compilation of 12 of my most popular songs that I’ve previously recorded.  This time around I had a lineup of top Texas artists join me in duet performances including Kevin Fowler, Bruce Robison, Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow, Cody Canada, Roger Creager, Kimmie Rhodes, Dale Watson, Cody Johnson, Sunny Sweeney, Red Steagall, and last but certainly not least, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett joining me in singing the “London Homesick Blues!” I’m hoping that those of you who haven’t gotten a copy yet will take the opportunity to order one for yourself and one for a friend who is a Texas Music fan!

Gary P and Derek Groves at a previous LJT Texas Music Festival

You can get my CD, Friends For Life as well as any of our products in a matter of days by going to garypnunn.com.  Just like my book, I will be happy to autograph each CD and to personalize it if you wish – you can leave instructions for me what you would like me to inscribe.  Both the book and the CD make great gifts!

I’d better wrap this up and get it out!  I would like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation for the support and friendship you have given me over these many years.  Until we meet again, you can rest assured that I will remain…. Friends For Life!

For our 2019 Schedule click here http://bit.ly/2W5m0LP

Your friend for life,

Gary P Nunn

 

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