“I miss my job. I miss the entire road Family. I miss my bus. I miss setting up the lights and hanging the flag. I miss Dinner at 5:30. I miss my routine.
I miss the excitement of the crowd at their first sight of Willie as he strolls onstage, I miss seeing the Texas Flag coming out of it’s bag at the beginning of the show.
I miss telling the spotlight operators to make sure and get a good shot of Bobbie when she does her piano solos and to get ready because Mickey is next and to watch out because he does not stand still.
I miss lighting up the audience and letting Willie see his fans singing back to him and them knowing he is catching their energy. I miss me chasing Willie. I miss those quick left turns he sometimes takes.
I miss it all, but mostly I miss the bonus of getting to see and hear Willie play and sing almost every night while I work. It is Fun. It’s my normal………and I can’t wait to get back.”– Budrock
Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out the car window.
I called down to Texas to visit with Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson & Family, to see how he was healing from his injury in June. Buddy was injured working at a Willie Nelson show, when a freak accident caused him to break his heel, sprain some things and tear up some other things. He has been home, off the road, waiting for the swelling to go down so surgeons and other medical experts can work on it and help put him back together for the road. Most recent xrays in July show no change from June, and the doctors are still telling him to stay put for a couple months.
“I have a wheelchair, Crutches, 2 Knee Scooters(One for upstairs), & a golf cart, but none of em have the ability to keep up with the bus. I can now drive again but not very far because I can’t get the foot comfortable in the truck. I did get a handicap placard for my vehicle, so I don’t have to crutch it too far when I do get out.”
I am used to making things happen…..in a hurry and efficiently. There is nothing going on here that seems to be an immediate priority. I feel like a grain of sand in the desert.
Cabin Fever is setting in.
Everyone missed Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic. He’s been at every picnic I’ve ever been too, and except for the band, he’s probably been to more picnics than anyone, either as a fan or as a crew member.
Budrock is Willie Nelson’s & Family’s Lighting Engineer, and he was injured early last month. He broke his heel, and tore and stretched and bent and punctured other parts of his feet, during a routine jump from the stage, setting up for a show. So sad; surgeons still waiting for swelling and infection to go down before they can do anything. Ouch. I can’t look at the photos; too painful.
Anyway, Budrock wasn’t there, but Budrock the Bear, or Buddy Bear, as the girls call him, was there to represent. He gave orders, growled at a few people, handed out guitar picks to a few lucky fans, and goofed around with Bobby at the sound board. And he posed for pictures with Buddy’s friends.
I know Buddy Bear was a virgin when the day started out, but by the end of the night, I think his life had changed forever. Women kept coming to get him and take him away, then bring him back with his fur all fluffed. I don’ t know. He didn’t say anything, but he was smiling.
Poor Budrock! Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson & Family, was injured working at a Willie Nelson show recently. He was performing something he routinely does every nightm getting off of a stage, but it was a perfect storm for a freak accident, resulting in a broken heel, broken or sprained ankle, and who knows what else. (They have to wait for the swelling to go down to see how bad everything is. Ouch! Just typing that hurts. It’s got to be hard for anyone as active and Budrock is.
These pictures tell the sad story.
Buddy has been to the emergency room, and doctors and specialists, poked and prodded; now he is waiting for the swelling to go down, so a prognosis diagnosis can be done. He is in a lot of pain.
I talked to him last week, and his spirits are amazingly high for the seriousness of the accident.
“I’m discovering new colors for the shows; interesting shades of Black and Blue and Purple and Green.”
“My socks are lasting twice as long.”
If you want to send a card or gift to Budrock, send it to:
The Pro Shop
Pednerales Cut and Put
807 Paisley Drive
Spicewood, Texas 78669
Another beautiful Willie Nelson guitar pick, designed by Budrock Prewitt and Guthrie Thomas, www.gtpicks.com.
The Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss, 3 Month, 2014, Tour has begun…
Guitar Pick designs by Willie’s Executive Lighting Director,
Dr. Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt. This is going to be a great tour, indeed….
I asked Paul English if I could do a selfie with him, and he said, “I have no idea what that is, but okay.” Then I said I would love to have a Me and Paul picture; that everyone wants one. He is such a gracious man.
Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt
I took these selfies in the morning before the Willie Nelson and family show at the BackYard Amphitheater last Tuesday. Now I think I know why everyone avoided me all afternoon — fear of selfies on Facebook.
Thanks to these kind folks for being good sports; no one said no, even though they were all busy and on their way to do something somewhere.
While enjoying a day off Sunday before Willie Nelson’s upcoming performance in Henderson, Nevada, some of Willie’s Road Crew hit the links at the Westin Resort and Spa where Nelson was appearing. Windy conditions greeted the musical fivesome, but amazingly, just two days after his 64th birthday, crew member, Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt had the best round of his life. Despite the 30 to 40 mph winds that blew the crew all day, it helped Mr. Prewitt card not only his personal best, but miraculously one shot off the course record (63) held by Jesper Parnevick.
His amazing 8 under par (64) matches his age. Round highlights include only 3 missed fairways, 1 shot played from the sand, he required 21 putts for the round including 14 one putt holes. He even had two bogeys, but offset them nicely with eight birdies and an amazing eagle on the signature 547 yard, 13th hole, where his second shot ricocheted off the Drink cart, rolling to within 8 inches of the hole.
It was his first ever sub par round. He has been playing golf 52 years. The 15 handicapper had a previous low round of 79 in 1986.
Prewitt, dressed in a red Callaway hat, a blue and white Callaway Shirt, credited Callaway Golf for the clubs, hats, shirts, and balls, thanked his playing partners, and said that during the round that he had the Beatles song “When I’m Sixty Four” playing over and over in his head. He also said he felt like he was in heaven all day and then added he dreamed something similar not too long ago.
Nelson played to a sold out audience Monday Night at the Westin Resort and Spa kicking off their 2014 Spring Music Series.
It was a whole lot easier to get older than it was to get wise