Happy Birthday, Matt Hubbard

December 22nd, 2014

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December 22nd, 2014

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December 22nd, 2014

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This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson and Hank Cochran, “What Can You Do To Me Now? (Dec. 22, 1969)

December 22nd, 2014

On December 22, 1969 Willie Nelson and Hank Cochran wrote “What Can You Do To Me Now.”

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Willie Nelson on Guitar

December 22nd, 2014

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Willie Nelson, “Jingle Bells”

December 22nd, 2014

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Willie Nelson Guitar, photos, and other rock and roll memoriabilia from Colorado Caribou Ranch up for Auction

December 22nd, 2014

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by: Matt Miller

Willie Nelson Owned Burton Acoustic Guitar together with worn guitar case bearing stickers from Willie Nelson’s 1976 Fourth of July Picnic concert and a Jesse Colin Young and Emmylou Harris concert sticker.

During one of his visits, Willie Nelson left this guitar behind at Caribou Ranch; at which point it became the campfire guitar and was used by any number of musicians during their stay.

A guitar used by Willie Nelson used  while recording at Nederland’s Caribou Ranch is up for auction.

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Willie Nelson Owned Burton Acoustic Guitar together with worn guitar case bearing stickers from Willie Nelson’s 1976 Fourth of July Picnic concert and a Jesse Colin Young and Emmylou Harris concert sticker.

During one of his visits, Willie Nelson left this guitar behind at Caribou Ranch; at which point it became the campfire guitar and was used by any number of musicians during their stay.

 

The 1910 Steinway & Sons grand piano used to record Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is one of 400 pieces of music history memorabilia from the legendary Caribou Ranch that will be auctioned next month by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Denver.

Objects and instruments from the collection of music producer Jim Guercio will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19-23 at the Denver Design Center East Building and from 10 a.m. until the auction begins at 3 p.m. Jan. 24.

This summer, Guercio and his family sold the 1,600-acre Caribou Ranch property near Nederland to Indian Peaks Holdings LLC for $32.5 million.

In its heyday, Caribou Ranch attracted a long list of stars to its studio, including Chicago, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, and Stevie Wonder.

The the auction estimates the value of the piano Elton John used on his “Caribou” album at $10,000 to $15,000.

Other instruments offered for sale include a Burton acoustic guitar left at the ranch by Willie Nelson that then became the “camp guitar,” used by other artists when they played around the campfire during their stays at the ranch, auction house spokeswoman Maron Hindman said. The sale also includes a Wm. Knabe & Co. baby grand piano that was used by Elton John, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa and others.

The catalog includes Western furniture and saddles, as well as the Hammond B3 organ used by nearly every artist who recorded at Caribou, a Gibson Thunderbird bass played by Terry Kath of Chicago, a Bosendorfer grand piano used on albums by Chick Corea and Al Di Meola, and even a 1985 black Corvette with personalized Caribou license plates.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, which Caribou Ranch will be inducted into this year.

At the time the ranch sold, Jim Guerico’s son Will told The Denver Post that about half of the memorabilia from the ranch would be given to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame to be displayed at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

 

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Win a copy of ‘Angels Sing’

December 22nd, 2014

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James Zahn, the Rock Father  is having a contest and giving away copy of Christmas movie, “Angels Sing”, with Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson, Connie Britton, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson.

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In Angels Sing, Harry Connick, Jr. stars as Michael Walker, who, as a child, wished every day was Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can’t muster any joy for Christmas, despite encouragement from his playful wife (Connie Britton) and well intentioned parents (Kris Kristofferson and Fionnula Flanagan). But when his young son (Chandler Canterbury) faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick (Willie Nelson) gives Michael a gift that instills in him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost. Based on the 1999 book, “When Angels Sing: A Christmas Story by Turk Pipkin.

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Luck, Texas

December 22nd, 2014

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Merry everything from the Willie Nelson family

December 21st, 2014

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And then there was Willie

December 21st, 2014

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Willie Nelson and Michael Murphy Together

December 21st, 2014

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for finding this poster.

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Happy belated birthday, Kevin Smith

December 21st, 2014

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Sorry I missed Kevin Smith’s birthday, on Dec. 15th.  Kevin is bass player for Willie Nelson & Family, and also with Haybale, when he is off the road in Austin.

Janis Tillerson took this great photo.

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The story behind Willie Nelson’s, “Pretty Paper”

December 21st, 2014

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By Bud Kennedy

The mystery of Fort Worth’s Christmas song is solved.

It took help from readers in Palo Pinto County, plus one surprised family in Conroe.

I wrote last Christmas how for almost 50 years, we’ve heard Willie Nelson’s sad ballad Pretty Paper, about holiday shoppers rushing past a disabled street vendor selling pencils and ribbons while crawling “all alone on a sidewalk” downtown.

Dozens of readers who shopped at the old Leonards Department Store remember the man whom Nelson wrote about in 1963, after he left a local radio career for Nashville.

But we never knew the vendor’s name.

Several readers remembered that the man commuted from Santo, in Palo Pinto County, to take his place outside Leonards, where he drew sympathy as he crept along the sidewalk on all fours, wearing clunky gloves and kneepads made from old tires and a custom leather vest with a pencil rack and coin box sewn into the back.

Finally, rancher Bob Neely, 82, of Santo called about his former neighbor, Frankie Brierton.

“You could always hear him in town, dragging himself along the gravel street,” Neely said.

It turns out that Brierton refused a wheelchair. He chose to crawl because that’s what he learned growing up after his legs were weakened by a spinal disorder, said his daughter, Lillian Compte, 84, of Conroe.

She couldn’t figure out why anybody would be asking about her father, who died at 74 in 1973. He’s buried in Mineral Wells.

I told her that I think her father is probably the man in the song, selling gift ribbons and “hoping that you won’t pass him by.”

“It’s a pretty song,” she said.

“But I just never thought of it being about my father.”

Brierton worked as a street vendor in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston, she said. Besides his Leonards corners at Second and Houston streets or Second and Throckmorton streets downtown, he sold pencils at the Stock Show, at the State Fair and on Main Street in downtown Houston.

He earned a living without government assistance, Compte said.

“He was my father — that’s all I knew,” she said.

“He sold pencils. He crawled around on his hands and knees. But we never did without.”

Her son, Rick Compte, 58, said he admires his grandfather. And Rick Compte spilled one more secret: Brierton was married seven times.

“You might say,” Rick Compte said, “that he really liked attention.”

He never knew about the song.

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December 21st, 2014

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