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“Happy birthday, Willie” — Bill Mack

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

I just called Willie. We had a long conversation and I wished him a Happy Birthday! He has reached the ripe-young-age of 86, is in grand form. You might want to join me in repeating:


Willie Nelson and Bill Mack, “Drinking Champagne” (Live from Carl’s Corner)

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Bill Mack visit in Abbott

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Bill Mack, Willie Nelson, Morgan Freeman

“Willie Nelson was parked in his bus near his hometown, Abbott, Texas, and he decided to call me, asking me to drop by for a visit. Since Abbott is a short hop from my home in Fort Worth, I whizzed over. When I walked on the bus, Willie started chatting in a normal way, asking how things were going with me, etc. Finally, after quite a while, I noticed another visitor was on the bus with his back to me. Finally, he turned around, smiled and shook my hand. It was Morgan Freeman! Willie loves to surprise me.

It ended up being a very special occasion. Morgan, a multi-Oscar winner, is one of my favorite actors. We talked about his life in the movies, although he didn’t appear to want to spotlight his activities on film. I did find out his favorite roles were in “Shawshank Redemption”, “Driving Miss Daisy” (my favorite of his roles), “Glory” and “Unforgiven”. He claimed those movies were the highlights of his career. When asked his personal favorite movies he had seen down through the years, he mentioned “King Kong”, made in 1933, “High Noon” (1952), “Moby Dick” (1956) and “Moulin Rouge” (1952).

He informed me that watching Gary Cooper in movies as a kid was responsible for his interest in films. Although Morgan is regarded as one of Hollywood’s top stars, he doesn’t live in Los Angeles. His home is in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he owns the “Ground Zero” bar & grill and a great restaurant named “Madidi”. I was really taken by Morgan, would like to spend more time with him in the future. I asked him what had brought him to Abbott, Texas. He laughed and replied, “Well, I heard Willie was in his bus over here, was lonely, and I just decided to drive over!” Willie finally roared with laughter and said, “Oh, I forgot to introduce you guys! Bill, this is Morgan Freeman. He’s a movie star of sorts. Morgan, this is Bill Mack Smith. Bill dropped his last name when he became sort of a disk jockey on radio.” All-in-all, it was a great day.”

Willie Nelson and Bill Mack

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Bill Mack

“As many of you know, Willie Nelson cancelled some personal appearances recently. It was stated there were some health issues involved. Rumors began circulating so I called Willie and we discussed the “health issues”. He was in grand form as we chatted, telling me he came down with a case of the flu while in England.

“It was colder than Amarillo over there, Bill,” he laughed. I visited a jail in England and it was so cold I came down with the worst cold I’ve had in years and it developed into the flu. I decided to cancel those gigs, but I’ll be makin’ ’em up soon.”

Willie is currently working on a new album of Merle Haggard songs. Might say a few prayers for our pal for rapid healing. He’ll be fine.

Bill Mack and Willie Nelson

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016


“Willie called me from his bus Tuesday to check things out. He said he was “somewhere in North Carolina, didn’t know exactly where”. He and his group will be performing in Charlottesville, Virginia Wednesday, May 25.

“That’s tomorrow night, isn’t it?”, he asked.

I replied, “Yep.”

He mentioned seeing former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, seated on the front row at the Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta Friday night. They are true fans of Willie. They sang along as he crooned “Georgia On My Mind”, then shared the stage with him for a moment, waving at the applauding audience of almost 7000 “Willie lovers”.

Merle Haggard was set to play the Atlanta show with Willie earlier this year. Kris Kristofferson replaced Hag after a “make-up” date was set for l last Friday. Willie said, “Kris did a super job.” “As expected,” I said. Will, like so many others, is still super sad over the passing of our old friend, Haggard. “Merle was like a brother to me,” said Willie. I replied, “I feel the same.”

Changing the subject, Will jokingly asked, “How long have you been in radio, Bill? As I recall, when you started they hadn’t even invented microphones!”

I replied, “Right. Since we didn’t have microphones, we used ‘smoke signals’. From what I hear, you still use ‘smoke signals’ don’t you?”

He laughed loudly and said,”Well, it’s always good to talk with you, pal. Guess I’d better take a short nap … or somethin’.”

I said, “Be careful on the bus, Will.”

He said, “Shut up, Bill! It’s my bus, I’ll do as I please. Maybe I’ll be careful … maybe I won’t.”

End of a needed bit of chatter with a super pal.

— Bill Mack

Paula Nelson, Bill Mack, Connie Nelson

Saturday, November 7th, 2015


“Two of my favorite Beauties: Paula Nelson and her precious mom, Connie. Paula, Willie’s daughter, is an award-winning vocalist — Connie has been my super pal for decades (No … she’s not old, never will be). I’ve never met a more caring individual. She’s always there if a friend is ill or having problems. When our good pal Ray Price was in failing health, Connie made daily calls of sincere concern. When he passed away, she made a solo trip from Austin to pay her respect for him, was one of the first to arrive at the church (just an example of many similar acts of respect and love). Both of these ladies reflect true warmth and realism. To know them is to love them.”

— Bill Mack

Happy birthday, Bill Mack

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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Best wishes to Bill Mack for a great birthday.




Pauline Reese, pictured here with Willie Nelson and Bill Mack (photo from

Thanks to Cherie for this picture of Willie Nelson and Bill Mack at Willie’s Place, Carl’s Corner, Texas (12/16/09)


Willie Nelson and Cindy Mack

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


“Now … here’s one for the books!  My pal, Willie, layin’ a hug on my beautiful Cindy … on his bus! Forgot where I was when this picture was taken.  Oh, well! Willie said, ‘Don’t take it so serious, Bill.  It’s just show business!’

— Bill Mack

Willie Nelson, Bill Mack, “Drinking Champagne”

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Willie Wednesdays are back on SiriusXM Radio on Willie’s Roadhouse, with Bill Mack

Thursday, June 7th, 2012


Who says there isn’t enough good news anymore? This here’s some: Willie Nelson will resume his weekly telephone conversations with Bill Mack on Wednesdays, on Willie’s Roadhouse, on SiriusXM Radio. Commencing next Wednesday, June 13, 2012, Bill Mack will be hosting Willie’s Roadhouse in the afternoon, and Willie Nelson has kindly agreed to call in, visit with him,  and take calls from fans. Thanks, Willie!

And more good news for Bill Mack fans — he will be a regular on the radio again, every weeknight on the overnight hours.

If you have been thinking about subscribing to satellite radio, this will be a pretty good time to do so. For information on how you can subscribe and listen in your car, or in your house — or even over the internet, like I do — visit

Happy Birthday, Bill Mack

Monday, June 4th, 2012

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Best wishes to Bill Mack for a great birthday.




Pauline Reese, pictured here with Willie Nelson and Bill Mack (photo from

Thanks to Cherie for this picture of Willie Nelson and Bill Mack at Willie’s Place, Carl’s Corner, Texas (12/16/09)


Willie Nelson and Bill Mack, ‘Drinking Champagne’ (live from Carl’s Corner, TX)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012


Carl’s Corner, Texas

Willie Nelson, “Drinking Champagne”, with Bill Mack

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Carl’s Corner, Texas

Bobbie Nelson, Bill and Cindy Mack, Carl’s Corner, TX

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


Bobbie Nelson poses with Bill and Cindy Mack at the Abbott High School 50th reunion at Carl’s Corner, Texas (11/9/2010). Thanks to Joyce Reed who shared her photos with us.

Willie Nelson and Bill Mack, Carl’s Corner, Texas (11/9/2010)

Monday, November 15th, 2010

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Bill Mack introduces Willie Nelson before his performance at Carl’s Corner, Texas.