Wednesday, April 26, 2023
– Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Elle King and Lyle Lovett will offer musical tributes to Willie Nelson as the LBJ Foundation gives Nelson its highest honor, the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award on May 12 at the LBJ Presidential Library.
"It's a reflection of Willie's impactful legacy that these extraordinary artists will be paying tribute to him," says Larry Temple, chairman of the LBJ Foundation Board of Trustees. "We couldn't be happier with how the evening is shaping up."
The sings will perform as part of a gala to benefit the newly established Willie Nelson Endowment for Uplifting Rural Communities at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, a part of The University of Texas at Austin.
Nelson has long advocated for sustainable agriculture, worked to eliminate global food insecurity and assisted those affected by natural disasters. Farm Aid has raised more than $70 million in aid and helped increase awareness about the plight of family farms. The Willie Nelson Endowment will fund research and student fellowships focused on sustainable agriculture, eliminating hunger, resilient energy, sustainable water and natural disaster recovery to benefit rural communities.
The endowment has received $100,000 sponsorships from President and Mrs. Johnson's daughters, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, as well as Texas retailer H-E-B, which is the largest private employer in Texas.
"No three have cared more about rural Texas than LBJ, H-E-B and Willie Nelson," said Luci Baines Johnson. "Please join us in getting 'On the Road Again' for rural America and continuing Willie's legacy of helping farmers and those in need."