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Ben Dorcy Day

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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Here’s the poster from the First Annual Ben Dorcy day on February 20, 2013, with songs and stories from Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers Band, COdy Canada, Corry Morrow and other guests, there to  honor their friend “Lovey”.

This year the 5th Annual Ben Dorcy Day will again be celebrated at the Floore Country Store, on  February 26,  2017.

This year’s lineup, so far:

Josh Abbott, Pat Green, William Clark Green, Cleto Cordero, John Baumann & other VERY Special Guests TBA!

Doors: 6:30 pm
Show: 8:30 pm
$20.00 – $25.00

5th Annual Ben Dorcy Day (Feb. 26, 2017)

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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Get your tickets to the 5th Annual Ben Dorcy Day Concert at Floores General Store on  February 26,  2017.

Josh Abbott, Pat Green, William Clark Green, Cleto Cordero, John Baumann & other VERY Special Guests TBA!

Doors: 6:30 pm
Show: 8:30 pm
$20.00 – $25.00

Ben H. Dorcy III was born on May 19, 1925 in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended Jefferson High School. Ben first ventured into the entertainment industry in 1940 working for the Ice Capades, which was a traveling entertainment show featuring performances on ice rinks. Ben worked with the Ice Capades and traveled throughout the United States and Europe during the years 1940 through 1943. In 1943 Ben enlisted in the Navy where he served his country for three years, completing his service in 1946 as a seaman. He was soon to return to the world of entertainment.

During the years 1950 through 1953 Ben met and began working for Hank Thompson. Shortly thereafter he was introduced to Willie Nelson.
Ben met Willie at John T. Floore’s Country Store. In addition to Willie and Hank Thompson, Ben also worked on and off with Ray Price.

While traveling, Ben fell in love with California and moved to Hollywood. He took a job as a delivery boy for Nudie Rodeo Taylor, the man who “Set Rhinestones in Fashion History.” It was at this time (1962-1965) that Ben met John Wayne. Wayne took a liking to Ben, whom he met at Nudie’s shop and hired him first as a gardener, and later as his chauffeur. Although Ben loved working for Wayne, he longed to return to the music business.

Ben moved to Nashville. While in Nashville, Ben reunited with Hank Thompson, Willie Nelson, and Ray Price. It was during this time Ben met Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. Ben worked in turn for each of these musicians.

Ben had a gypsy soul and a heart has big as Texas, hence his nickname, ‘Lovey.’ Ultimately, he returned to central Texas and became immersed in country music with acts that included Merle Haggard, Jerry Jeff Walker and David Allan Coe, to name a few.

Currently, at the age of ninety, Ben still makes the rounds. Few people in the music industry will ever have the impact Ben continues to have. He has a heart of gold, a passion for the music, a strong work ethic, and the desire to persevere, all of which drive him to keep on keeping on. Ben is truly living history and is an inspiration to those of us who want to learn what he so freely offers.

5th Annual Ben Dorsey Day at John T. Floore Country Store February 26, 2017

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Visit their facebook event page for ticket info.

John T. Floore Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd,
Helotes, Texas 78023

Ben Dorsey, known as the the World’s Oldest Roadie, or maybe the World’s First Roadie, will be honored once again by musicians and friends next February.   Profits raised help support Ben, in his 90’s, who has been in the entertainment business on on the road for over 67 years.  He has worked with Willie Nelson & Family,  John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, , Johnny Cash,  Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.  Ben still  works with several bands including Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson.

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Presumably at a 4th of July Picnic in the 1970's...Ben Dorcy, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Margot Kidder, and Bee Spears.

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.

— www.KingoftheRoadies.com

Johnny Bush and Ben Dorcy at Willie Nelson’s Picnic

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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Thanks to Andy Bush, from Georgia, for his photo of Johnny Bush and Ben Dorcy, who kindly posed for him, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Saturday.  Nice to meet you, Andy!

Andy said this about the show:

“The 3rd song (actually 2nd of the three) they sung together was “Reasons to Quit.” What a thrill it was to stand there a few feet from the stage and watch my favorite two singers together. I’ve seen them both dozens of times, but together only once before on the “Last of the Breed” tour. This was my first picnic and I got to meet Linda Banks to boot!

One funny thing that happened during their set together took place during “Poncho and Lefty.” Willie is so used to singing the song by himself every show now (I believe in the old days, Jody Payne sang Merle’s lines with him), he just went ahead and sang Merle’s line. Figuring out what he’d done, he just looked over at Merle and gave that priceless Willie Nelson smile. They laughed it off, no egos, just two class acts.

God thank you for such a great day!”

Andy and I took a selfie, too.

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“King of the Roadies” — help support the Ben Dorcy Story Documentary — Two Weeks Left to raise funds!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

www.13wmaz.com
by: Shelton Green

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — A 90-year-old roadie for musician Willie Nelson is now the focus of a documentary being shot by one of Nelson’s daughters and one of his grandchildren.

“King of the Roadies” is about 90-year-old Ben Dorcy, who has been with Willie since the 1960s. One of Nelson’s grandchildren, Trevor Nelson, started the documentary on Dorcy 11 years ago.

“Over the years, he was just always there.He was a fixture, so I didn’t realize how amazing he is and how he’s actually a piece of music history,” said Amy Nelson, one of Willie’s daughters and co-creator of “King of the Roadies.”

Dorcy worked as actor John Wayne’s chauffeur before he met Willie.

“Well, I knew him a long time and when he lived in Nashville, I said, ‘Hey, sometime I’d like to work with you.’ He said ‘OK,'” said Dorcy, talking about how he first started working for Nelson.

“King of the Roadies” has to raise $100,000 in two weeks. At last count, organizers were about a quarter of the way there.

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To donate funds to help complete the project, visit:
www.kickstarter.com
search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies
Give what you can — and get a prize!

Support the making of “King of the Roadies” Ben Dorcy Story — Donate to Kickstarter Campaign, get cool gifts

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Amy and Trevor Nelson have been working on a documentary video about Ben Dorcy for 10 years, and are now launching a big push to get it finished. Ben just turned 90, and it would be great if Amy and Trevor could finish the documentary and Ben could enjoy watching it at the premier.

It takes money to make a movie, and A Kickstarter campaign has launched to help fund this documentary.  The site is open for 30 days only to raise funds to finish the documentary, and time is running out.  He site accepts donations from $10.00 — on up, and for each level you get a great gift.  Visit the site and see the gifts, and give what you can to make this happen!

Visit their website for more information:
www.KingoftheRoadies.com

Donate to the project via Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/ — search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies

Follow on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/kingoftheroadiesmovie?fref=ts

Meet Ben Dorcy (Part V)

King of the Roadies: The Ben Dorcy Story (you can help make it happen)

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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Meet Ben Dorcy: #3 – “King of the Roadies” documentary — help make it happen!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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.

Visit www.kingotheroadies.com

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

 

Meet Ben Dorcy (Part 2)

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

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.

Visit www.kingotheroadies.com

www.Kickstarter.com — search for KING OF THE ROADIES project.

Thank you.

Meet Ben Dorcy Part I: King of the Roadies

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Enjoy this sneak preview from the upcoming documentary KING OF THE ROADIES.

Join the Kickstarter campaign and help raise funds to finish the film.    Then we can all see the finished film.

Visit www.kingotheroadies.com

www.Kickstarter.com — search for KING OF THE ROADIES project.

Thank you.

Willie Nelson and Ben Dorcy

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Presumably at a 4th of July Picnic in the 1970's...Ben Dorcy, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Margot Kidder, and Bee Spears.

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.

— www.KingoftheRoadies.com

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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.

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“King of the Roadies” — Ben Dorcy turns 90 today! Help document his life — KICKSTARTER campaign starts today! (May 19, 2015)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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“Ben has become a living legend. Countless stars would not have shined without him.” – Willie Nelson

“The way you can tell if a musician is any good is if he’s worked with Ben Dorcy.” – Kinky Friedman

“Big Ben’s a living legend and he will outlive us all.” – Waylon Jennings 

Help make history!
Preserve the legacy of Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest roadie
Kickstarter campaign starts today.
www.Kickstarter.com

Happy Birthday Ben Dorcy, the world’s oldest and the world’s first roadie celebrates 90 years today! Today the Kickstarter.com crowdfunding campaign starts to complete the KING OF THE ROADIES documentary, narrated by Willie Nelson.

Direct Link:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kingoftheroadies/king-of-the-roadies-the-ben-dorcy-documentary?ref=nav_search

Help preserve Ben’s legacy forever and be a part of history.  Fondly known as “Lovey”, the world’s oldest bandboy is the subject of a new documentary being produced by Amy Nelson and her cousin Trevor Doye Nelson. They have taken on the noble project of documenting the colorful life and times of Ben Dorcy, known as the world’s oldest Roadie.  Amy and Trevor have been working three years following Ben around and filming him, collecting stories and taking photos of Ben Dorcy.  .

Ben has been working a long time for some of the most famous names in the music business. He has been employed as a roadie since 1950, when he started out working for Hank Thompson. and in that time has worked with Willie Nelson, Wayon Jennings, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Jerry Jeff Walker, Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Ray Price, Elvis Presley (“when he was young”), Buck Owens, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Leon Payne, Johnny Bush, Faron Young, Jerry Jeff Walker, David Allan Coe, He reportedly worked for John Wayne, too, as a valet.

Narrated by Willie Nelson, the documentary will have interviews by famous musicians who know and respect Ben Dorcy: Johnny Bush, Jack Ingram, Kinky Friedman, and others.

It takes so much energy to bring a project like this, a documetary, to fruition.  And by energy, I mean money as well as time.   Amy and Trevor have been laying the groundwork for years, planning and gathering information.  Now they are initiating a Kickstarter campaign, to help raise funds to complete the project.

If you want to be part of history,  visit www.kickstarter.com, and search for the King of the Road project.

To learn more about the project, tune in to the Dallas Wayne show in Willie’s Road House, Sirius XM Radio, Channel 59 on Wednesday, May 20th at 2:30.  Ben Dorcy will speak live on the show, celebrating his 90th birthday and the launch of the Kickstartercampaign and sharing stories from his legendary career.

Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Jamey Johnson, Kinky Friedman, JohnnyKnoxville, Randy Rogers, and the directors Trevor Doyle Nelson and Amy Nelson will be on air to wish Ben a happy birthday for Ben Dorcy’s 90th Birthday Bash and the King of the Roadies Kickstarter Launch Party.

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If you haven’t seen the trailer for the documentary, here it is:

www.kingoftheroadies.com

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Please visit www.Kickstarter.com today and search projects:  King of the Roadies and be a part of history!

Ben Dorcy, “King of the Roadies” turns 90 — and you can help support documentary project

Monday, May 18th, 2015

www.ksat.com
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.

www.kingoftheroadies.com

“King of the Roadies” — Ben Dorcy documentary — sneak preview

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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 —

www.kingoftheroadies.com

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“King of the Roadies” — A documentary about Ben Dorcy, by Trevor Doyle Nelson and Amy Nelson

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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www.KingoftheRoadies.com