Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’ (Farm Aid 2014) (Raleigh, NC)September 20th, 2014
Willie Nelson, on the set of “Pair of Aces”
Thank you to Jeff Prince for sharing his interview with Sonny Carl Davis, and specifically Davis’ stories about spending time with Willie Nelson. You can read Jeff’s entire article at:
by: Jeff Prince
“In the past two decades I’ve seen the actor who portrayed Cowboy appear in many movies, usually playing a small part with few speaking lines. He was in Thelma & Louise (1991) and appeared in two Willie Nelson movies, Red Headed Stranger (1986) and A Pair of Aces (1990).
I never knew the actor’s name, he was just Cowboy to me.
His real name is Sonny Carl Davis. He’s an Austin-based actor currently working alongside Barry Corbin, Joe Stevens, Madelyn Deutch, Nick Krause, Quinn Shephard, Adam Hicks, Ian Colletti, and Peyton Clark on Windsor (“A Script For Texas,” Sept. 10, 2014).
Getting to meet Davis all these years later was a kick. He’s 30 years older than he was when he portrayed Cowboy, and he looks older. But he’s still got that gusto and twinkle in his eye that jumps off the screen. When he smiles, especially, you can see ol’ Cowboy.
Willie Nelson is my all-time favorite singer/human, and I asked Davis what it’s like to act in a movie with him.
He compared it to hanging out with Buddha.
“What you see is what you get,” Davis said. “Willie is everybody’s friend. He spends time with you. When you’re with him, you are the most important person in the world. You get the feeling that you matter. It means something to you that it means something to him. It’s love or peace or whatever you want to call it, but it’s a good place to be. He likes to laugh.”
While filming Red Headed Stranger one day, Nelson noticed a worried look on Davis’ face and asked him if something was wrong.
“I said, ‘Last night my wife called and said my paychecks weren’t going through,’ ” Davis recalled. “Willie said, ‘Is there anything I can do?’ I said, ‘Oh no, please don’t worry about.’ He said, ‘Well is it important to you?’ I said, ‘Yeah, my rent check is going to bounce.’ And he said, ‘Well then it’s important to me too.’ ”
Nelson made a phone call and before long $5,000 had been wired to Davis’ bank account.
“That’s indicative of how he treats people,” Davis said. “That’s his heart. He cares.”
— Jeff Prince
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“Thrill of a lifetime tonight! My lifelong country hero, Willie Nelson, singing with my beautiful young friend, Lily Meola. It doesn’t get better than this. Here at the backstage of the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut, up close-up & personal. Thank you Nancy Herschler Meola for making life rich. And thank you Willie and Lily for those sweet memories.” — Basha Cohen
— photo: Basha Cohen
Willie Nelson, with the Denise Alley Wisdom Dancers, opens leads the crowd in singing the Lord’s Prayer, as he does every year to open Farm Aid.
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No matter that Willie Nelson released an album last June that went to number one on the Billboard Country Chart (“Band of Brothers”), he never rests on his laurels. Sony Records has plans to release his latest project, “December Day”, as early as next month. The album will include more original songs by Willie Nelson.
Willie talked about the project in a New York Times interview last summer:
“It’s mostly me and sister [Bobbie Nelson] with a little harmonica and a little bass in there” he explained. “We’re doing nine songs that I wrote and a couple of Irving Berlin songs — ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ and ‘What’ll Do.’ It’s coming out sometimes before the holidays, maybe October.” — Willie Nelson
Here’s an earlier rendition of that beautiful song.
More great photos from Mary Francis Andrews, of Arizona. Follow her on FaceBook! Her photos from Farm Aid (or any concert she attends) are so beautiful. She is a fan, and the love and respect she has for the artists come through in her art. And she always kindly shares her photos to post here. Thanks, MFA.
Willie Nelson and Carolyn Mulgar
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