Bobby Lemons and Budrock Prewitt, hard at work at last night’s show in Florida. Thanks, JoAnne Sevastakis for the great photos.
So fun to see Willie Nelson’s crew enjoying their day off from creating music and shows for us fans to enjoy.
Bus#3 is getting a good going over in the studio parking lot after a 544 mile run from New Orleans last night which put us a little over 2,200 miles for the 6 days we were gone. Call it routine preventative maintainance. #homeiswhereyourbusis #tourbusesgalor #prevost #crewbus #willieandfamilylive #willienelsonandfamily #williescutandputt #willienelsonofficial #florida_coach
Congratulations, Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt, beginning a new year as Lighting Director with Willie Nelson & Family.
This concert with WN&F and Linda Ronstadt was his first show first show, at the SuperDome in New Orleans. This is the poster from that show.
Thanks to Kevin Smith, for sharing this photo of his two crewmates.
Budrock has been a good friend of mine, and helpful with this blog, sending me photos and pictures and sharing his collections with me. Busy before shows, he finds time to take a picture of a billboard, or poster, and sends it to me to post on the blog. He knows how much Willie Nelson fans love hearing about Willie and seeing Willie. Buddy’s introduced me to some dear people, too, like Guthrie Thomas, who left us too soon. His Willie Nelson and Family guitar picks, designed by Buddy and Guthrie, and produced by Guthrie will be collected and loved by fans forever. I love my collection.
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
Buddy has seen more Willie Nelson & Family shows than anyone ever anywhere!
“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!”
Jack Calhoun started Florida Coach over 30 years ago. He started building Tour Coaches out of a love of music and the desire to provide touring artists with a level of comfort, style, and reliability that was unavailable at that time.
Florida Coach is still owned solely by Jack and is now headed by his son Caleb Calhoun. Florida Coach continues to set the standard by which others are judged into the new millennium.
With the introduction of a brand new fleet of Prevost H3-45 VIP’s, XLII Entertainer’s and MCI J Models Florida Coach remains a leader and innovator in the Tour Coach industry. Florida Coach has introduced features such as bunk windows and roomier floor plans that other companies are still trying to implement.
Florida Coach is one of the few Tour Coach companies that are Owner Operated. We don’t answer to shareholders or a board of directors. When you call us, you know whom you are dealing with.
As an example of our dedication to keeping our fleet in great condition and our customers happy, you might have seen an episode of VH-1’s “Firsts”. Florida Coach has provided buses for Willie Nelson for 30 Years and recently, one of Willie’s buses passed the Million Mile Mark. It is the first time in the industry that One Bus, on One Tour, with One Driver (Our own Tony Sizemore) has logged over one million miles!
Florida Coach maintains a fleet of over 50 buses, years of experience has taught us that this is the optimum number to maintain a highly reliable fleet and to be able to offer our clients the best drivers available. We firmly believe that you can’t be the largest Tour Coach provider while being the best.
We spare no expense on immediate repairs. Interiors are updated as soon as they are needed, something a lot of our competitors fail to do. We work hard to satisfy our customers so their tours can be as pleasurable as possible.
Budrock sent this addendum:
This Bus was originally the Band Bus, then became the Smoking Bus, which evolved into the Crew Bus.
Tony was the Driver and stopped one early morning just outside of Bakersfield and pulled the speedometer which read 999,999.9. This was just before it would have rolled back to all zeros.
Bee, Budrock, and Jody also occasionally drove this bus as relief drivers on long trips.
I believe we put another 30 thousand miles on it before it was retired.”
— Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson & Family
You might not recognize him, but that’s Budrock “the Illuminator” Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson & Family, underneath that white beard and festive hat. Doesn’t he make a great Santa! ? And he went to Santa School. If you need a Santa for your holiday party, keep Santa Bud in mind. He lives in Texas, but maybe he’ll travel.
To book him for your festive gig: santaexpresscentral.com.
Thanks to Janis Tillerson for this photo of Budrock, Willie Nelson & Family’s Lighting Director, hard at work.
Thanks to Budrock for this Billboard photo.
“Our friend and guitar pick maker, Guthrie Thomas passed Wednesday morning from a heart attack in his sleep.
I just spoke with his wife Toni again. She has finalized his Funeral arrangments.
Hites Funeral Home and Creamatory
438 W Sunset Rd.
Henderson, NV 89011
Formal Services and the Eulogy will be on Tuesday July 19, 2016 at High Noon”
Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt
Willie Nelson & Family
Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good
For several years, Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt posted another Crew’s View at Willie Nelson’s official website, at www.WillieNelson.com/ppp. Lots of fun, behind-the scenes stories and pictures from life on the road with Willie Nelson, posted by Buddy, WN&F’s Lighting Director.