Archive for June, 2009

Jimmy Lee Jones tribute to Poodie Locke, at Luckenbach

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

StealthMarketer posted this at you-tube. 

Thanks to Lynn from Texas, for forwarding.

National Farm Union commends House for including agriculture as part of climate change solution

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


National Farmers Union was founded in 1902 in Point, Texas by Newt Gresham. Farmers Union grew out of the need for farmers to harness the power of organization to stand up against the monopolies that controlled the railroads, ag processing, ag supplies, and the grocers.  The above drawing depicts an early  cooperative depot near Point, the home of the first cooperatively owned cotton gin in Texas, organized by Farmers Union.

WASHINGTON (June 26, 2009) – National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson commended the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 by a vote of 219-212.

“This legislation recognizes the unique role America’s family farmers and ranchers can play when it comes to combating global climate change. The agricultural offset program, overseen by USDA, will help mitigate the increased input costs of a cap and trade program, while the early actors provision recognizes those producers who have already adopted environmentally-friendly practices.

“While not perfect, the House-passed bill is a step in the right direction. I look forward to working with the Senate as they begin considering climate change legislation.”

“Failing to pass climate change legislation is not an option. The EPA is poised to act, with the agency’s proposed endangerment finding paving the way for a regulatory approach to addressing greenhouse gases. If this were to occur, the positive provisions within climate change legislation would be lost.


Folk Uke, in Austin (6/28/09)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

DSC_0925[1] by you.

At one point at Poodie’s Picnic Concert, Johnny Knoxville started introducing the acts.   He called out Folk Uke, Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson, to perform another set, saying that there were many, himself included, who had missed their set earlier in the  day.  Johnny said he was sorry he missed their set and was glad for the chance to see it.  He sang along to their songs, laughed and applauded during the duo’s second set.  Here is a picture of Amy, from her set earlier in the day.

Monday, June 29th, 2009


Poodie’s Picnic (6/28/09)

Monday, June 29th, 2009

poodiep by you.
by Michael Corcoran

There’s no Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic this year, but it felt like a smaller, more reverent version at Tim’s Porch at the Backyard in Bee Cave on Sunday as the too-short life of Randall “Poodie” Locke, Nelson’s beloved stage manager for 33 years, was celebrated with a day of memories and music.

And heat.

In true Picnic form, the mercury topped 100 degrees in the afternoon. Nelson’s drummer Paul English was overcome by the heat and treated by paramedics, though he was back at the concert by late afternoon.

The lineup was typically diverse, ranging from vintage honky-tonkers the Troubadillos to Little Joe’s Latin showmanship and country rockers Joe Ely and Reckless Kelly. Billy Bob Thornton’s Boxmasters, who wrote a song about Locke after his death May 6 of a heart attack at age 60, were scheduled to close the nine-hour concert.

Johnny Knoxville of TV’s “Jackass” was a surprise arrival about 4 p.m., wearing a bumper sticker on his shirt that read “What Would Poodie Do?” Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage, wearing a “No Bad Days” T-shirt with Locke’s swollen silhouette, flew in from Colorado for the event.

“Poodie was one of the greatest facilitators I’ve ever known,” said the former New York Yankee, who met Nelson and Locke in 1981. “I’ve met so many great people through him through the years.”

The main thing missing was the presence of Nelson, who was never on the schedule. Tim’s Porch owner Tim O’Connor said Nelson did not want to distract from the focus of the celebration.

“This is probably one of the toughest days of Willie’s life,” O’Connor said.

Nelson was in Maui getting ready for Wednesday’s tour kickoff with Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp, his first long tour without his burly sidekick Locke in more than three decades.

Most of Locke’s crew mates were on hand for Sunday’s concert; longtime guitarist Jody Payne played a set with his son Waylon Payne.

Sunday’s show sold out 2,000 tickets before the doors opened at 2 p.m.

Lanier High School football coach Gary Milligan was among those who came to praise Poodie.

“He never met a stranger, and he would do anything for you,” Milligan said, citing a benefit Locke held at his Poodie’s Hilltop Bar in Spicewood three years ago for former Texas Longhorn receiver and track star Johnny “Lam” Jones. “Johnny was so touched.”

Sunday’s show was about giving back to the man who had a hug for all. The show was a benefit for the Poodie Locke Memorial Fund, which will go toward funeral expenses and Locke’s family.; 445-3652

Here is a link to great pictures posted at, taken by Larry Kolvoord.

Photos: Tribute to ‘Poodie’ Locke at Tim’s Porch, 06.28.09 | Photo Gallery | Austin360

Willie Nelson and Family on Tour!

Monday, June 29th, 2009


July 1, 2009

with Bob Dylan

Milwaukee, WI
July 2, 2009

GCS Ballpartk
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Sauget, IL
July 4, 2009

Coveleski Stadium
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

South Bend, IN
July 5, 2009

Rothbury Festival

Rothbury, MI
July 8, 2009

Classic Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Louisville, KY
July 10, 2009

Fifth Third Field
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Dayton, OH
July 11, 2009

Classic Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

East Lake, OH
July 13, 2009

Consul Energy Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Washington, PA
July 14, 2009

CocaCola Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Allentown, PA
July 15, 2009

New Britain Stadium
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

New Britain, CT
July 17, 2009

Champlain Valley Exposition Center
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Essex Junction, VT
July 18, 2009

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Bethel, NY
July 19, 2009

Alliance Bank Stadium
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Syracuse, NY
July 21, 2009

McCoy Stadium
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Pawtucket, RI
July 23, 2009

First Energy Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Lakewood, NJ
July 24, 2009

Ripkin Stadium
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Aberdeen, MD
July 25, 2009

Harbor Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Norfolk, VA
July 28, 2009

Durham Bulls Athletic Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Durham, NC
July 29, 2009

Smokies Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Sevierville, TN
July 29, 2009

Heritage Park Amphitheatre

Simpsonville, SC
July 30, 2009

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Alpharetta, GA
July 31, 2009

The Amphitheater at the Wharf
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Orange Beach, AL
August 2, 2009

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

     Woodlands, TX
August 4, 2009

Dell Diamond
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Round Rock, TX
August 5, 2009

with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Corpus Christie, TX
August 7, 2009

Qwik Trip Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Grand Prairie, TX
August 8, 2009

Jones AT&T Stadium
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Lubbuck, TX
August 9, 2009

Journal Pavalion
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

  Albuquerque, NM
August 11, 2009

U of Phoenix Stadium
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

     Glendale, AZ
August 12, 2009

The Diamond

    Lake Elsinore, CA
August 14, 2009

Chukhansi  Park
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Fresno, CA
August 15, 2009

Banner Allen BallPark
with Bob Dylan,
John Mellencamp

Stockton, CA
August 16, 2009

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
with Bob Dylan

Stateline, NV 
Sept 19, 2009

Mud island Amphitheater

Memphis, TN
Sept 20, 2009

Springdale Convention Center

Springdale, AR
Sept 22, 2009

Paramount Arts Center

Ashland, KY
Sept 23, 2009

Stranahan Theater

Toledo, OH
Sept 24, 2009

Wharton Center

East Lansing, MI
Sept 25, 2009

Bicentennial Park

Lawrenceburg, IN
Sept 26, 2009

1st Midwest Bank Ampitheater, 
 Dave Matthews

Tinley Park, IL
Sept 27, 2009

Oneida Casino

Green Bay, WI
Sept 30, 2009

Sprint Center
 Dave Matthews

Kansas City, MO
Oct 2, 2009

DOK Center
 Dave Matthews

Tulsa, OK
Oct 20, 2009

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Clearwater, FL
Oct 21, 2009

King Center 

Melbourne, FL
Oct 22, 2009

Marina Silver  Center

Panama City, FL
Oct 23, 2009

Silver Star Resort 

Choctaw, MS
Oct 24, 2009

Paragon Casino

Marksville, LA

 *** all dates subject to change; always check to confirm with

Budrock Prewitt and Steve and Debbie Brooks

Sunday, June 28th, 2009


Steve and his wife Debbie were in Austin yesterday for Poodie’s Picnic, and I got to take their picture with Budrock.

Larry Butler at Poodie’s Picnic (6/28/09)

Sunday, June 28th, 2009


I don’t think you can take a bad picture of Larry Butler. He finished his set a bit ago.

Folk Uke at the BackYard (6/28/09)

Sunday, June 28th, 2009


Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson did a set of greatest hits. Every band only get\s 20 minutes (except acts later on), and we get to hear a little of each band. The bands have 10 minutes to change sets, and they are hustling up there.

Folk Uke were great as usual.

Friends of Poodie Locke

Sunday, June 28th, 2009


Katie and Pat, waiting for the show to start in Austin.

Remembering Poodie at the Back Yard

Sunday, June 28th, 2009


Janis from Texas took this picture of a man and his photo of Poodie.  She and I are sitting backstage at the BackYard, in front of a fan, trying to get cool.  We can hear Poodies name floating from other tables, laughter, silence. 

They opened the doors, the crowd is arriving, and it’s hot.  I thought leaving the high altitude of Colorado, coming down to sea level, that there would be more air to breathe.  But it’s so hot, and there doesn’t seem to be any air to breathe. Maybe when the sun goes down….

Pick of the Day: Poodie Pick

Saturday, June 27th, 2009


Thanks to Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt for sending a picture of the pick honoring Poodie.

Poodie’s Picnic Schedule

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

picture credit:

This just in — schedule for Poodie’s celebration concert tomorrow.  I’m sitting at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, looking for some non-meat items on the menu, and hanging out with other Willie Nelson fans and FOP’s.

Here is tentative schedule for tomorrow’s concert at the BackYard:

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Jimmy Lee Jones

2:25 – 2:40p.m.

K. R. Wood & The Gone to Texas Band

full band
2:50 – 3:10p.m.

The Troubadillos ^ Larry Butler

full band
3:20- 3:35 p.m.

Folk Uke

3:45 – 4:00.

Roger Alan Wade

4:10 – 4:25

Little Joe

full band
4:35 – 4:50 p.m.

Gary P. Nunn

full Band
5:00 – 5:15

James Hand

full band
5:25 – 5:40

Bobby Boyd 

full band
5:50 – 6:10

Waylon Payne

full band
6:20 – 6:40

Freddy Powers

full band
6:50 – 7:05

Rusty Weir

7:15 – 7:35

Carolyn Wonderland

full band
7:45 – 8:05

Ray Wylie Hubbard

full band
8:15 – 8:35

Re ckless Kelly 

full band
8:45 – 9:05

Paula Nelson

full band
9:15 – 9:35

Joe Ely

full band
9:45 – 10:05

Cody Canada

with Stony Larue and Robert Earl Keen
10:15 – 10:35

Billy Joe Shaver

full band
10:45 – 11:05

Cory Morrow

w/Pat Green
11:15 – 11:55

Billy Bob Thornton 



Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp in California (8/12/09)

Saturday, June 27th, 2009


Two American music icons, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, will perform Aug. 12 at Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium with John Mellenacmp. The stadium, which has a concert capacity of 14,000, is the home of the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Class A California League San Diego Padres affiliate team. This will mark only the second time in 24 years that thre three have shared a stage (the first time was at 1984’s Live Aid concert in Philadelphia.)

Tickets for the all-general-admission show are priced at $67.50 each, plus service charge. They go on sale today at 10 a.m. and are available online and by phone: (951) 245-HITZ. The Lake Elsinore gig by Dylan, Nelson and Mellencamp is part of their national tour of minor league ballparks and is one of only three dates in California

Boulder Police Return Pot to Clinic

Saturday, June 27th, 2009


by Vanessa Miller

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder police have returned two 20-gallon barrels of marijuana to the New Options Wellness Clinic, a Boulder-based medical-marijuana dispensary that was robbed last week.

Two men robbed the clinic, at 2885 E. Aurora Ave., of marijuana and surveillance equipment about 3:30 p.m. June 16. But a judge ruled that Boulder police couldn’t return the marijuana until defense attorneys representing the suspects had a chance to test it, said Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley.

“We have had to store it through this week,” Huntley said.

New Options owners went to the Boulder Police Department about 4 p.m. Thursday and recovered the marijuana. Officials with the clinic said they’re tightening security and making operational changes.

Police arrested four men in connection with the robbery — two who are suspected of taking the marijuana and two others who are suspected of waiting in a getaway car.

David Henderson, 40, of Denver, Walter Carter, 21, of Aurora, Lamare McGee, 22, of Lakewood, and Justin St. John, 29, of Denver, face charges including robbery, conspiracy and second-degree kidnapping.

Henderson, Carter and St. John are being at the Boulder County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. McGee was released Thursday after posting bond.

All men are scheduled to have preliminary hearings on July 6.