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Abbott Methodist Church 2015 Scholarships Announced

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Photo of Abbott Methodist Church, by Monique Claus

“One mission of the church is to provide scholarships to students who might not otherwise be eligible or receive financial assistance to further their education.”

Since  the Abbott Methodist Church was rededicated by Willie and Bobbie Nelson in 2006, the church has given over $90,000 in scholarships to local area students.

They have announced the scholarship recipients for 2015.”:

Jacob Brown
Brandon Urbanovsky
Koy Moser

Mike Marin

Hunter McRae Keszler

Johnnie Arthur King Jr.

Dustin Wade Gant

Logan Leeann Warrick
Lauren Jane Heckard
Matthew Reed
Cooper Southard

Congratulations and best of luck to this year’s recipients.

If you would like to support the scholarship program:

Abbott Methodist Church
P.O. Box 105
Abbott, Tx 76621


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 — 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.



King of the Roadies Kickstarter fundraiser starts today!
Help raise funds to finish the documentary about Ben Dorcy, who turns 90 today. – search for King of the Roadies project.

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

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


“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.

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

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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, 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.


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


#90yearoldroadie #kingoftheroadies

Please visit 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
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.

Willie Nelson’s video The Love of Horses wins award

Saturday, May 16th, 2015


“We did it!  Willie Nelson’s video, ‘The Love of Horses’ wins Silver People’s Telly Award!”

This is breaking news – the folks who work with Willie Nelson just told us that his video “The Love of Horses” won the Silver People’s Telly Award! None of this would have happened without your support. Over a million people came to Habitat for Horse’s Facebook page to find out how they could vote for Willie’s video. Your votes made this happen! Both Willie Nelson and Habitat for Horses would like to Thank You!! Be sure to share this post to get the good news out.

Lukas Nelson, Jason Crosby, Roger McNamee, Aaron Redner, perform at Benefit for Music Heals (May 26, 2015)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015


A Benefit for Music Heals International

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, and Doobie Decibel System (Jason Crosby, Roger McNamee, Aaron Redner (Hot Buttered Rum, Grateful Bluegrass Boys) and other California musicians will perform at A Benefit for Music Heals International on May 26, 2015.  The concert will be at the Sweetwater Music Hall, in Mill Valley, CA

Tue, May 26, 2015
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$35 Advance/$40 Day of show/$60 VIP
The show is all ages.  

Please join MHI and SWMH for A Magical Evening of Music Benefiting the Children of Haiti and to Support the Continuing Great Work of Sara Wasserman & Music Heals International.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Earth to LA Concert” (May 6, 2004)

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015


On May 6, 2004, Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow participate in an environmental benefit, “Earth To L.A.–The Greatest Show On Earth!” The $500 ticket also features Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Farrell.

– NRDC’s (Natural Resources Defense Council) biennial fundraiser “Earth to L.A.! – The Greatest Show on the
Earth,” featuring Tom Hanks as host and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as keynote
speaker, has emerged as the hottest ticket in town. The irreverent evening of
music, message and comedy, to be held on Thursday, May 6 at the Wadsworth
Theatre in Los Angeles, sold out in record time. It has also already exceeded
NRDC’s financial goal by raising over $2.5 million to advance the
environmental organization’s mission to safeguard the Earth’s natural
resources; far surpassing previous benchmarks.

“The level of support for this event is truly unprecedented,” said NRDC
trustee Laurie David, who created “Earth to L.A.!” four years ago. “The
entertainment community cares deeply about what is happening to our
environment. From the writers, to the talent in the show, to all of the
people donating their time to make this event happen — everyone wants to
support NRDC.”

“Earth to L.A.!” is designed to raise awareness about environmental
problems, particularly global warming. More than 90 cents of every dollar
raised from the event will be used for NRDC’s programs to protect the planet.

The live show will include standup comedy, musical performances and
sharp-edged commentary and appearances by Willie Nelson, Jack Black, Sheryl Crow, Larry
David, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Ferrell, Diane Keaton, Stephen Colbert, Eric
Idle and Meg Ryan.

The night also features a “green carpet” celebrity arrival event with some
of Hollywood’s top talent who are NRDC supporters, including: Toby Maguire,
Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan, Albert Brooks, Carole King, Julia Louis-Dreyfus,
Tom Ford, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson, Martin Short, and Mark Burnett.

“We have had tremendous support from great friends, supporters and
sponsors including Ralph Lauren Fragrances, who have been instrumental in
helping us raise money and awareness for NRDC’s critical work,” said Elizabeth
Wiatt, NRDC trustee and event co-chair. Wiatt co-founded NRDC’s Action and
Executive Forums, which lobby the government on environmental issues.

Event chairs for “Earth to L.A.!” are Larry David, Cindy Horn, Jim Wiatt
and NRDC trustees Laurie David, Alan Horn, Peter Morton and Elizabeth Wiatt.
Emmy Award-winning producer Joel Gallen is overseeing production, and Academy
Award-nominated designer Michael Riva will once again create the sets. Ralph
Lauren Fragrances is the premier sponsor of the event’s after-party.
Underwriters include Warner Bros., MTV Networks, HBO and Village Roadshow

NRDC is making the concert Climate Cool(TM) by purchasing clean power from
Vermont-based NativeEnergy, which will offset every ton of global warming
emissions generated by the event, including all power for the sound and
lights. Clean power proceeds will help build a wind farm on the Rosebud Sioux
Reservation in South Dakota and support Northwest wind farms that generate
energy without the heat-trapping pollution that causes global warming.

NRDC’s lawyers, scientists and policy analysts are often described as the
most effective environmental advocates in the nation. NRDC’s purpose is to
safeguard the Earth, its people, its plants and animals, and the natural
systems on which all life depends. In 1970, when there were few environmental
laws on the books to protect our water, air and wilderness, several leading
attorneys identified the need to create a law firm with one client — the
Earth. For over 30 years, NRDC has helped craft, pass and defend some of the
nation’s key environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act and the
Endangered Species Act.

NRDC’s strategy is to get results using the most effective tools
available, whether it’s working with the construction industry to promote
wood-efficient building techniques, or mobilizing public opinion to force the
Environmental Protection Agency to enact stricter guidelines to protect
children from harmful chemicals. Today, NRDC has more than 1 million members
and online activists nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington,
Santa Monica and San Francisco. For more information visit

Willie’s Reserve tee-shirts

Saturday, April 25th, 2015


Willie Nelson’s website is selling limited edition tee designed by Micah Nelson in celebration of the recent announcement of Willie’s personal brand of marijuana.

Get yours here:

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Realm of Caring

Willie’s Reserve Tee-Shirts (sales help benefit The Realm of Caring)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015



Willie Nelson’s website is selling these limited edition tee-shirts, designed by Micah Nelson in celebration of the recent announcement of Willie’s personal brand of marijuana.


Also, please note this is a pre-order item and will ship out early May and is only available while supplies last. Shirt details : 4.5 oz., preshrunk 100% certified organic ringspun cotton.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit “The Realm Of The Caring” ( ).

The Realm of Caring:
Why: Because Quality of Life Matters


?The Realm of Caring Foundation (RoC) is a non-profit organization that provides support services and resources for those using Cannabinoid products.

What We Do

The Realm of Caring is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been formed to provide a better quality of life for those affected by disorders and diseases, including but not limited to, Cancer, MS, HIV/AIDS, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, through the use of concentrated cannabinoid extracts. Each client’s progress is monitored through an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved observational research study. Through the observational research studies, the Realm of Caring is able to educate the general public as to the positive effects of cannabinoid supplements.


The Realm of Caring Foundation was informally established by the Stanley Brothers as well as Paige Figi and Heather Jackson, the first two success stories using Charlotte’s Web™ in early 2012. After receiving several inquiries from families seeking help around the world, the group recognized the need to create a formal organization to not only collect research and data on individuals using cannabis products; but also to educate and advocate about this often misunderstood form of therapy.

The Stanley’s have since transitioned away from the Realm of Caring to focus their efforts on production and new product development. Paige has fulfilled a needed legislative role serving as Executive Director of Coalition for Access Now, a 501c4 organization committed to educating the public and lawmakers on the health benefits associated with natural therapies derived from cannabis for chronic health conditions. Heather is serving as the Executive Director of the Realm of Caring the 501c3 entity. The backbone of the RoC has always been the family volunteers who have given so judiciously of their time and talent. With families at the helm, it has been recognized that the vision and mission of the company will be realized, and the interest of the client will always be held first.

The Realm of Caring Foundation was formally established on 8/13/13, and has received its 501c3 designation as a recognized non-profit entity. We continue with the same mission and vision that we always have. Our advocacy work has been featured in media outlets across the country including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, NBC and two CNN specials hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

The Making of “We Are the World”

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Vote for Willie Nelson’s video, “The Love of Horses” (Voting ends tomorrow)

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Help Willie Nelson’s video – The Love of Horses win the People’s Telly Award by giving it a 5 star rating on the link below.The People’s Telly Award gives the public a chance to vote for their favorite film, videos and commercials. There are only…

Help Willie Nelson’s video – The Love of Horses win the People’s Telly Award by giving it a 5 star rating on the link below.The People’s Telly Award gives the public a chance to vote for their favorite film, videos and commercials.  Voting ends Apr 10. Vote Today

You may wonder why Habitat for Horses wants you to vote for a Willie Nelson video. Well, this is not a music video. It is a short documentary about Willie Nelson’s passion as a advocate for horses everywhere. Habitat for Horses is greatly featured throughout the documentary. Willie Nelson has worked with Habitat for Horses for many years now, he is even a foster family for several horses that came from Habitat for Horses. We are greatly honored to be so prominently featured in his video The Love of Horses”! Willie will always have a special place in our hearts. Please click on the link below and vote today! You can view the video by going to our home page –


Willie Nelson & Family and Friends at the Heartbreaker Banquet Banquet (3/18/15)

Thursday, March 19th, 2015


Thank you Janis Tillerson for sharing photos from last night’s fundraising banquet at Luck, Texas.

Bobbie Nelson and Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson, with Lukas Nelson, Lily Meola and Tom Conway


Turk Pipkin took this photo of the stage.

Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas (March 19, 2015)

Friday, March 13th, 2015


“We Stand with these family farmers fighting for their land.” — Willie Nelson

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015