Archive for October, 2006

Willie invites press to his Texas Ranch to see his rescued horses

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006


Willie Nelson has invited the press to his Texas Ranch this Saturday, November 4, to met with him and T. Boone Pickens, according to Habitat For Horses, Inc. 

Here’s their press release:

What:     Photo opportunity with Willie Nelson and the adopted horses

Where:   Willie’s Ranch, 1100 Bee Creek Road, Springdale, TX 78669

When:  Saturday, November 4, 12 noon

Why:  Raise awareness of horse protection issues

Habitat for Horses, Inc. announced today that Willie Nelson and his family will host a media reception to introduce the eleven new horses which they adopted from the organization in early October, to the public.  These horses, including six yearlings and four pregant mares, are among the last of the renowned Edwards paint horses – representing twenty-five years of breeding by Doug Edwards, a founding member of the American Paint Horse Association.  The former owner bought these horses at a rigged auction – a type of auction set up for buyers who intend to purchase horses in quantity, then sell them to slaughterhouses where they are butchered for human consumption.  The auction where the Nelson’s horses were sold featured 301 paint horses, and it has been confirmed that at least 80 of those were in foal and were slaughtered for meat.  In late August, officials at Habitat for Horses were alerted that eleven paint horses were going to be sent back to auction where they would likely meet the same fate as their herd mates.  The organization raised the funds needed to purchase them and placed them in a temporary foster home.

Amy Nelson, who had met representatives of Habitat for Horses at September’s American Horse Slaughter Prevention Rally in Washington D.C., heard the story of the paint horses and notified her father, Willie, who immediately agreed to adopt them all.  The horses are currently in good health in their great new home, each and every one a living testimony to the 90,000 horses that were not able to escape slaughter this past year.

Habitat for Horses (HfH) is a not-for-profit equine protection agency committed to the prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abused and homeless horses.  The largest organization of its kind in North America, HfH operates a rehabilitation ranch in Hitchcock, Texas, as well as a growing network of foster homes throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.  The organization has taken a leadership role in horse protection issues and has been instrumental in developing and promoting legislation to eliminate the slaughter of American horses.

Jerry Finch
Habitat for Horses, Inc.
P. O. Box 212
Hitchcock, TX 77563
Phone:  (409) 935-0277
or (866) 434-5737
Fax: (409) 935-0424

Last Chances to See Whiplash the Rodeo Monkey This Year

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Well, time is running out this year if you want to catch Whiplash in action on his border collie.  Here’s the rest of his 2006 schedule, as posted on his very own website at

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

This picture, by Charles Addams, famous for drawing the Addams Family comic strip later made into television series and movies, first appeared as a cover on the New Yorker Magazine on October 30, 1989

Time Change problems

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006



Live From Ebbets Field Volume 2 (1973 – 1976)

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Well, maybe it’s like, if you can remember shows at Ebbets Field, you weren’t really there.  (I do know if you think it was a field, you weren’t there.) Now FM102.3 KCUV will revive memories and make you believe you were there, even if you weren’t. Denver was a great place for music in the 1970’s, and Ebbets Field, a small night club located in the Brooks Tower near 15th and Curtis contributed and let music lovers  in Denver, the front range and beyond hear some of the best music from around the world.

Denver’s famous concert promoter Chuck Morris opened up Ebbets Field, and it seemed like everybody played there in the 1970’s, including Willie Nelson, Bob Seger, Tom Waits, Lynyrd Skynyrd are  only a few artists on a long list who came through the Ebbet and made musical history in Denver. Here’s more of that list,  I’m not making this list up, and I was there for some of them, I think: Freddie King, Taj Mahal, John Prine, Muddy Water, Asleep At The Wheel, J.J. Cale, Ry Cooder, Commander Cody, Dr. John, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Peter Frampton, Dan Hicks, Lightning Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf,  Kraftwerk, Little Feat, Don McLean, the Outlaws, Robin Trower, Jerry Jeff Walker, Muddy Waters, and more!  Rock, blues, country, jazz, every genre found a home there.

And to prove it really happened, the good news is, the shows were professionally recorded by the staff of ListenUp, the local audio/video retailer and Ebbets sound company.  Many of the shows were simulcast, and I have copies of those that recorded off the radio that are like the best concert tapes I own.  This is thanks to Co-founder and president Walt Stinson entered into an agreement with Ebbets to simulcast them for free on the radio, or record them for re-broadcast, usually on Sunday nights.

FM 102.3 KCUV is releasing compliation CD’s of some of this music, and a portion of the profits from the newly released Volume II go to the Morgan Adams Foundation, to raise awareness and financial support for pediatric cancer.

Volume II has a great medley of Willie Nelson, including his famous “Denver”, from his Red Headed Stranger album.  So, okay, turn down the lights, sit back, smoke ’em if you’ve got em, and enjoy the musical journey this collection will take you on:

1. LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III Down Drinking at the Bar – 6/19/74
2. WILLIE NELSON Denver/over the Waves/Down Yonder – 9/2/75
3. BREWER & SHIPLEY Witchi-Tai-To – 5/25/75
4. TOM RUSH No Regrets – 10/22/74
5. LIVINGSTON TAYLOR Carolina Day – 11/27/73
6. WENDY WALDMAN Mad Mad Me – 11/7/74
7. FAIRPORT CONVENTION Matty Groves – 5/23/74
8. STRAWBS Out in the Cold/Round and Round – 3/4/74
9. BRIAN AUGER OBLIVION EXPRESS Happiness Is Just Around the Bend – 4/4/74
10. WET WILLIE Grits Ain’t Groceries/Soul Jones – 6/27/74
11. TOMMY BOLIN Homeward Strut – 6/3/74
12. PROCTOR & BERGMAN Channel 85 Sign-On – 12/6/73

These tracks, digitally transfered directly from the original tapes, have been remastered by Bob Ferbrache at Absinthe Studios in Westminster. The CD package was designed by Steve Holt, includes a cover shot featuring a vintage hand-illustrated Ebbets Field crew shirt, and a twelve-page booklet with archival photographs of Brian Auger, Strawbs, Brewer & Shipley, Wet Willie, Tom Rush, Tommy Bolin and Fairport Convention onstage at Ebbets, taken by Bob Ferbrache. G. Brown wrote the liner notes detailing the history of Ebbets Field as well as help ListenUp and KCUV¬.

You can google this and find ways to buy it on line, and I’ve seen it at some independent record stores, too.

Ray Price on Tour

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Joe Nick Patoski writing biography of Willie Nelson

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Here’s some good news for you:  Author Nick Paloski said in an interview with MyWestTexas editor Jimmy Patterson that he is working on a biography of Willie, due to the publisher next July.

His website ( has lots of information about him, his work, his book tour schedule, and more.  At his site, he says this:

“This website was created as a living resume of my published works. Every now and then, I manage to post a few comments on my blog here too, although I’ve found out the hard way that blogging is as labor-intensive as writing. That said, if you’re interested in Texas and other subjects, you’ve come to the right place. Sit a spell and enjoy yourself. And if you have any specific questions, or want to know more about why it’s so dang hot in Texas, where the best spring water swimming is, hidden hidey holes of Mexico, the origins of alt country, why radio is the way it is, or other semi-arcane subjects, send an e mail to
I’ll write back.
–Joe Nick

Joe Nick PatoskiJOE NICK PATOSKI is in his fourth decade as a professional writer. The author and co-author of biographies on Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughan, both published by Little, Brown andCompany and the coffeetable books Texas Mountains and Texas Coast, both published by University of Texas Press, he’s been writing about Texas and Texans and other subjects since 1972. A former staff writer for Texas Monthly magazine for 18 years, his byline appeared in 2005 in the Texas Observer, No Depression, People magazine, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, Field & Stream, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Big Bend Sentinel, Southwest Spirit, American Way, the Austin Chronicle, Harp, and the TimeOut New York, among many publications. He also contributed an essay to the photo book Conjunto by John Dyer, also published by University of Texas Press.   

Willie Nelson at Red Rocks

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Willie Nelson in Barbarosa on Showtime (now that’s just good television)

Sunday, October 29th, 2006


Showtime is airing Willie’s 1982 movie, “Barbarosa”, the story of an outlaw who has become a legend fighting the federales and other ornery in-laws.  Also staring Gary Busey, it will air on Showtime Wednesday, November 1, 2006.

Songbird (10/31/06)

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Won’t be long now!  Can’t wait to own this cd produced by Ryan Adams.  Only two more days to wait.

“Sorry, the Roller Skating Rink is Closed to the Public” — the Rhythm Devils are playing!

Sunday, October 29th, 2006


Ah, the Rhythm Devils, another soft place to fall for us Dead Heads.

What a kick to see this band on Friday night. Their show was at Fat City, in Littleton, Colorado.  Fat City is billed as a 3 1/2 acre indoor family entertainment center with a bowling alley, skating rink, skating obstacle course, 3-story foam factor, laser tag, minature golf, bumper cards, and lots of loud noice and flashing lights and a couple places to eat or drink.

On the way all the way to the south side of Denver, I asked my friend, “Why Fat City?”,.  And I guess the way he heard the story was that the band wanted to do another show on their way to Vegoos in Las Vegas, and decided on Denver.  But for some reasons unknown to my friend, the band could not play Denver,he didn’t know why, so they booked in the suburbs.  Anyway, we were in Littleton, at Fat City.  They played in the roller pink, and signs posted said, “Sorry, the bowling alley is closed to the public.  Private Party.”   On the band’s break, fans walked around in the arcade, rode bumper cars, squinted at the bright lights, and laughed a lot. 

And what a party it was.  A dance party/slash marathon. The band:   Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, of the Dead, and Mike Gordan, Phish bassist, Steve Kimmock, Sikuru Adepoju, and Jen Durkin, rocked our socks off with some GD songs, and some few choice  covers.   Mickey walked out and picked up the Mike and said, “You are are in for some salsa and some surprises.”  I’m not sure about his use of word salsa, but it was a hot show.  Singer Jen started out the show by belting a goose-bump rendition of “Piece of My Heart.”  Fat City took off.  She aced the song, great phrasing, and added her own funk to it.  And she aced it.  

Robert Hunter wrote a couple new songs for the band, and they were familar and good.  Only I found myself thinking I wished Bobby was here to sing those Hunter tunes, but that’s just me.

Halloween Dead shows are always so fun. Tonight there were lots of witches, cops, a couple Nixons, nurses, a football player, and a bunch just being their stoned happy selves.  It feels so good to dance, you feel so free to move anyway the music moves you because everyone around you is moving so freely, too. 

And the music goes on forever.

“Superman” by Willie Nelson

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

This is my first step at sharing some of my tapes from Willie Nelson shows.  I wish I were more savy, but this is my first step.    It’s not very loud here, and I don’t know why; the original recording is very loud.  I’ll keep working on it.

As always, enjoy the free music you down load, but always support the artists:

Willie Nelson and His Fans

Friday, October 27th, 2006

This Day in Willie Nelson History

Friday, October 27th, 2006

October 27, 1952  Willie Nelson married Jewel Martha Matthews in Cleburne, Texas

Happy Birthday Paula Carlene Nelson

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Happy Birthday to Paula Carlene Nelson, born to Willie and Connie Nelson in Houston Texas on October 27, 1969