Always such a treat to get to meet up with Amy Nelson.
Amy hanging out with Budrock “the Illuminator” Prewitt, after the show. I found them in the sushi bar.
Budrock “the Illuminator” Prewitt, lighting director for WN&F and Guthrie Thomas, kindly sent me these gifts over the past couple of years. How cool is that? Those guys are so sweet. I love these picks.
Guthrie is a singer/songwriter, in addition to being the owner/operator/chief bottle washer at GT Guitar Picks
Check out his guitar picks at www.gtpicks.com. If you need guitar picks for your business or band, he’s your guy.
Listen to his music, and learn more about Guthrie here.
Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt worked his first show as lighting director for Willie Nelson and Family 36 years ago today at the SuperDome in New Orleans, with Linda Ronstadt on the bill, too.. This is the poster from that show.
Sometimes on my blog, you know, I refer to him as Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, I think that’s a name Willie gave him once, and I think it’s such a great name. I’m grateful to Buddy because he sends me photos from the road, all the time. It’s a big deal, as busy as the guy is, he’ll step across the street to get a picture of a bill board (I love those photos) and he’ll text me the picture. He wakes up, sees the Honeysuckle Rose in the parking lot outside his window, he’ll send me a picture. He knows what a kick us fans get out of seeing Willie Nelson’s bus. Or sitting at the soundboard, he’ll send pictures of the concert happening live right then. And then there’s the ongoing flow of material he shares from his voluminous private collection, of photo and guitar picks and posters and more.
And I know it’s because Buddy is a Willie Nelson fan, and he knows how much us fans love those photos, fans who love Willie but only get to see him once a year. Or the fans all over the world that love Willie, but will never get to see him live in concert – we love those pictures. And the photos remind me that Buddy is a guy who loves his job, is happy to be lighting up Willie Nelson and Family so us fans can see them.
Congratulations, Buddy, here’s to many more years to come.
“That was awhile back and I’m still here. Lucky, I guess. Greatful, for sure.” — Buddy
Think about it, Buddy has seen more Willie Nelson & Family shows than anyone ever anywhere! His job doesn’t just involve getting in early and getting the lights set up, he works throughout the show and can’t slip away for a nap or snack. That’s a lot of Willie Nelson & Family music!
[ed note: I wanted to write that Buddy can't 'slip away to get stoned or get laid', but it didn't seem appropriate to write here, so I went with the nap and the snack thing. -- Linda]
“On the road again”. Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt (SHOWCO lighting designer/director) catches a smoke during David Bowie’s 1976 Isolar “Station to Station” tour. Buddy resigned from SHOWCO in 1980 to work exclusively for Willie Nelson as his lighting director. Please like our FB page SHOWCO the Book. Thank you!”
Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson and Family, took these pictures of Willie Nelson and Family at Choteau, Montana. David Letterman invited Willie to perform for the citizens of Choteau and Teton County in Montana, to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Another cool Willie Nelson & Family Guitar pick, designed by Budrock Prewitt and Guthrie Thomas, Guthrie Thomas Guitar Pick Company.
Design by Steve Brooks and Budrock Prewitt
Hello Willie Fans,
After looking at all the great 80th birthday poster art, I thought some of you might be interested in helping me bring a little hapiness to those hard working stagehands across our country who help us set up the Willie Nelson & Family Road Show.
I am accepting artwork for an upcoming gimme guitar pick that will be printed for me to personally give away to stagehands and spotlight operators who help me during set up and tear down of the Willie Nelson & Family shows. This will be a souvineer for them for a job well done. A keepsake.
It will be laser printed, It will not be hot stamped, so there are no limitations due to dyes.
One idea……………………….I helped hang Willie’s lights (with lighting instruments)
another…………………….I ran a spotlight for Willie Nelson (with spotlight)
another………….. I helped hang Willie’s Texas flag (with Flag)
another…….I helped Willie get “On the Road Again” (person pushing a road case) or (lifting an amplifier)
I am open to other ideas…………..
Gimme something to look at………………
remember this will be printed on a tiny canvas approx 1″ x 1″ in this shape (below).
This is a downloadable template….for reference
I will be accepting artwork via WilliesLD@aol.com
Looking forward to some awesome submissions.
If yours is used, you will receive credit for the Design
Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt
Willie Nelson & Family
aka “The Illuminator”