Archive for the ‘Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt’ Category

Happy Anniversary, Budrock Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson and Family (first show: 11/18/1977)

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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Congratulations, Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt, beginning a new year as Lighting Director with Willie Nelson & Family.

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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.

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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.

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Congratulations, Buddy, here’s to many more years to come.

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“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!

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“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!”

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1,000,000 miles on the Red Headed Stranger

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

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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

Santa Bud a/k/a Budrock “the Illuminator” Prewitt

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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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.

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Willie Nelson Pick of the Day: Golden Nugget, Las Vegas (Dec 10, 11, 2013)

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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The beautiful guitar pick celebrating the Willie Nelson & Family Show in Las Vegas in 2013.  Another beautiful design by Budrock Prewitt and the late, great, Guthrie Thomas.

Man at Work – Budrock “the Illuminator” Prewitt

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

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Thanks to Janis Tillerson for this photo of Budrock, Willie Nelson & Family’s Lighting Director, hard at work.

Willie Nelson & Family in Concert at The Grand

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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Thanks to Budrock for this Billboard photo.

Services for Guthrie Thomas

Friday, July 15th, 2016

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“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
Lighting Director

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good

Budrock’s Crews View

Sunday, July 10th, 2016


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.

Willie Nelson fans @Grateful Fest

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

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Thanks Budrock, for the photo of the fans up front at the Willie Nelson & Family show last night.

Willie Nelson & Family @ Grateful Fest

Friday, July 1st, 2016

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Thanks, Budrock Prewitt, for sending a photo from Grateful Fest.

Budrock Prewitt and Kenny Koepke

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

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Thanks to Kevin Smith for sharing this cool crew photo.

Willie Nelson Pick of the Day: Willie Nelson for President

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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Thanks to Guthrie Thomas for sharing this photo of his election-year Willie Nelson guitar picks!  I love every version.

“Greetings,

Now, I say this every four years, “It would not surprise me in the least, Willie’s been there so many times he already has his own room and he is ready to tell the world exactly like it is, how it should be, and would be when Willie accepts the job.”

Designed by Dr. Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt and C.P. Vaughn.

— Guthrie Thomas

Happy Birthday, Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt

Monday, March 28th, 2016

All the best wishes for a great birthday to Buddy Prewitt, Willie Nelson & Family lighting director.

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Willie Nelson fans and friends @Luck Reunion

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

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Alice from Atlanta, Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, Willie Nelson & Family’s Lighting Engineer, and Dee from Virginia, meet up

Next to getting to see Willie Nelson perform, it’s always a treat to connect with other Willie Nelson fans, Lukas Nelson fans, Micah Nelson fans and other music lovers at these events. It’s always a reunion, even if we haven’t met before.  Sorry for all the pics of me, but it’s easy to get carried away when we meet up.

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I got to finally meet the brilliant and gorgeous Michelle Barish Manning, fresh from the Kris Kristofferson tribute concert and a 16-hour bus ride from Nashville.  And she looked that fresh first thing in the morning.  At least my hair looks good.   Michelle is a stellar writer.  Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to be informed, inspired and entertained.


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“I haven’t had much access to wi-if so I’ve been a bit delayed in posting. Cherie Brautigam, Linda Banks & Pat Wiley Keeney! It was so great to finally meet y’all. We’ve been Willie friends for so long, it seemed like we had met years ago! Janis Tillerson it was great to see you, again! I wish we’d had more time together and I can’t wait to see y’all on the road again! — with Alice Kaufmann and Linda Banks.” — Dee Boutilier Sulenski

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Friends at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

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The Luck Reunion really was a reunion, and chance for friends to meet.  Alice from Georgia and Dee from Virginia met up with Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt