Thanks to Paula Nelson for sharing this great photo of her with dad and mom Connie and sister Amy.
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Thanks, Brad Wheeler, for finding this photo, and sharing with me.
There were so many artists lined up to perform at Willie Nelson’s picnic, that one stage wasn’t enough. It wasn’t like the Stockyards in Forth Worth, either, with two stages at the ends of the Back 40, but it was two separate permanent stages, where you could turn around and watch the other stage, or at least listen. One was smaller, and lots of grass and picnic tables. The other is a bigger stage under a giant tower called the Mullett (a tall tower, used during races held on the track that surrounds the two stages.) That stage has a large concrete area “the pit”, surrounded by chairs, then grass at the back. It was hard, to impossible, to get to both stages to see the acts. They had a big screen on the side of smaller stage, so you could watch the other acts, but not visa versa. In the evening, the smaller stage area closed, and everyone came to the big stage area to watch the headliners perform into the evening.
Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie performed on the grassy knoll stage (I made that name up myself), and it was nice because it let fans get up and close and personal with them. Their set was as good and fun and irreverent as ever. They are so talented, and people are so entertained by their naughty lyrics and songs so much, I think we forget how really good they sound together. They sang their hits, and introduced a new song, and the fans loved them all.
Amy Nelson with Amy Stout Gorham at the Willie Nelson statue on Willie Nelson Boulevard. Amy sang with Kathy Guthrie at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. Yesterday was Amy’s birthday. She pointed at the statue’s crotch and said, “I used to live there.”
Hanging out at the statue with Wendy Stout Gorham, Kelly Forester, Janis Tillerson and Amy Nelson.
A sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES. Join our Kickstarter campaign so you will have the opportunity to see the finished film.
You can contribute through the Kickstarter campaign: www.Kickstarter.com, search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies.
Willie Nelson will narrate this feature length documentary about Ben Dorcy lll, aka “Lovey”. Directors Trevor Doyle Nelson and Amy Nelson present KING OF THE ROADIES, a counter-culture tale of longevity through perseverance and adaptability. The film will chronicle the extraordinary life of Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest and by most accounts, first roadie ever. We will revisit the six decades of music & film history that Ben helped to shape; including his time spent with John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.
Some of the artists who have already appeared in the film to share stories and discuss the living legend are Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Kinky Friedman, Jack Ingram, and Jamey Johnson.
The film will focus on Ben’s past as well as his present day life, that of a 90 year old working roadie. His unique situation challenges the preconceived notions of what it means to grow old, and it raises some questions: Why must self-value diminish with age? How do our perceived limitations shape our reality? Is society serving it’s elders by encouraging them to retire?
Ben has kept the show on the road for over sixty-five years and he still tours with several bands including Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson. He is a trailblazer and a shining example of humanity whose story will inspire generations to come. KING OF THE ROADIES will leave you a changed person, if for no other reason than spending an hour and half with Ben. For more information about the film, visit www.kingoftheroadies.com
Enjoy this sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES.
Join the Kickstarter campaign and help raise funds to finish the film about Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest Roadie. Then we can all see the finished film.
www.Kickstarter.com — search for KING OF THE ROADIES project.
Ben met Willie Nelson in the early 1960’s when they were both working for Ray Price. Ben was the roadie, and Willie was the bass player. When Willie took his own show on the road, he hired Ben, who was already legendary for his ability to get the job done, despite obstacles and perceived impossibilities.
King of the Roadies Kickstarter fundraiser starts today!
Help raise funds to finish the documentary about Ben Dorcy, who turns 90 today.
www.kickstarter.com – search for King of the Roadies project.
by: Paul Venema
SAN ANTONIO – As he reflected on his life on the road, Ben Dorcy said, “I love the road … the road is my life.”
Dorcy, who will turn 90 Monday, still travels often with country music legend Willie Nelson. In addition to Nelson, Dorcy has worked for other entertainment legends including the late Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.
“I’ve worked with some pretty nice people,” Dorcy said.
Nelson considers Dorcy more than just a roadie.
“He’s family,” Nelson said. “A good, hard-working man.”
That’s a sentiment shared by Nelson’s youngest daughter, Amy Nelson.
“Ben is the oldest of our tribe,” she said. “We respect him and want to preserve his legacy.”
To that end, Amy Nelson and her cousin, Trevor Nelson, are producing a documentary on Dorcy’s life called “King of the Roadies.”
“The man is a legend among legends yet most people have no idea who he is,” Amy Nelson said.
Dorcy is not totally comfortable with the term “legend.”
“I’m simply a roadie .. somebody who takes care of the equipment and makes sure the show goes on,” Dorcy said.
He said that he’s finally ready to slow down.
“I’ve had a good life and I love the road,” Dorcy said. “I guess it’s as they say, the road is my life.”
A Kickstarter launches tomorrow to support the King of the Roadies Project” For More Information visit the website, which will have a live link on TUESDAY MAY 19th to the Kickstarter site. It takes a lot of all kinds of energies to make something like this, I hope we can all help make it happen.
Amy Nelson and Trevor Doyle Nelson are working to document the life and times of Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest and most famous band boy. The film, narrated by Willie Nelson, is in production. It takes a lot of resources to make a movie — for more information on how you can help and to donate to help make this happen —