Gary P. Nunn Honored by Governor Abbott, Texas House of Representatives, & Texas Senate
Governor Greg Abbott, The Texas House of Representatives, and Texas Senate of the 86th Texas Legislature will all honor Texas music icon and singer-songwriter Gary P. Nunn on Wednesday, April 10th with a proclamation and two resolutions which will be presented in the Governor’s Office, and on the House and Senate floors. The resolutions are authored by Representative Kyle Kacal (R-District 12) in the Texas House of Representatives and Senator Dawn Buckingham (R- District 24) in the Texas Senate and honor Gary P. Nunn’s lifetime achievements in Texas country music.
Gary P. Nunn has been a proud ambassador for the state of Texas and his songs have made a lasting mark on Texas and beyond for almost half a century. Nunn is a Texas music institution, singing about his love of everything Texas in dance halls around the state and concert stages around the world, and his extraordinary gifts as a prolific songwriter and performer have earned him the respect of his peers and the admiration of countless fans across the state of Texas and beyond.
“It’s impossible to think of Gary P. Nunn without visions of Luckenbach, live music and honky-tonk fun,” said Senator Dawn Buckingham, MD. “The music he has shared for nearly half a century will forever be part of Texas history.” Gary P. Nunn’s signature Texas country song, “London Homesick Blues,” was a breakout hit on Jerry Jeff Walker’s landmark ¡Viva Terlingua! Album, selling over one million copies, became an anthem for the state of Texas with its internationally known “I wanna go home with the Armadillo” chorus, and was the theme for the PBS concert TV show “Austin City Limits” for nearly three decades. He went on to release 17 albums, write over 200 songs and has multiple gold and platinum records for writing, publishing and performing. Nunn’s self-penned classic, “What I Like About Texas” became a second anthem for the state of Texas and was the inspiration for the Texas Travel Industry Association’s #What I Like About Texas campaign, encouraging Texans and visitors to share their favorite people, places, music, food, and events from all over the state.
Governor Mark White named Gary P. Nunn the state’s Official Ambassador to the World and Governor Rick Perry declared Gary P. Nunn Ambassador of Texas Music. He was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame, honored in the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock, and chosen to be included in The Texas Department of Commerce and Tourism’s roster of Lone Star Greats, created to recognize leaders in the fields of art, athletics and music.
Nunn’s lifetime achievements in country music were honored in 2018 with his selection for the prestigious Musicfest “Tribute to a Legend” honor and The CMA of Texas Living Legend Award. Nunn was also selected to be one of the artists featured in Outlaws and Armadillos, a new exhibit spotlighting the outlaw country movement at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville which opened in May 2018.
Gary P. Nunn has driven over two million miles across the great state of Texas performing over 100 days a year for over 46 years and still takes fans on yearly trips to Belize, saddles up for his annual trail ride with the Tejas Vaqueros and performs at the World Championship Chili Cookoff in Terlingua.