Archive for the ‘Carl’s Corner’ Category
Willie Nelson at Carl’s Corner, Texas (7/3/05)
photo: Greg Mudd
Photo Credit: Bart Fields
Steve Gilcrease says I never put his picture on the blog. So to prove him wrong (I should have bet on it), here’s a picture I posted a couple years ago of Janis from Texas and Steve sharing stories and late night laughs at the Blue Skies Cafe after a Paula Nelson’s Show at Carl’s Corner. We were all blushing. I think Steve had told us an inappropriate dirty joke.
Oh, those were good times, everybody in a great mood, after hearing some great music by Paula Nelson and her band, and not so surprised guest Willie Nelson, following sets by Waylon Payne, Jarrett Schaub and the Vagabonds and Clay Canfield. I still miss that place; I would get to see people I only see there, and I miss those fans, too. As well as it being the best place to see Willie Nelson & Family.
Carl’s Corner, Texas
I’m so glad we have pictures from the walls of Willie’s Place. There will never be another place like that. That theater was the place to see Willie. Tiny tables pressed up to his stage, tiered floor every seat had such good view. Willie Nelson & Family played frequently, and other Texas musicians played regularly. Willie’s Place on XM Radio had a broadcasting studio from there, the place sold bio-fuel, they had a great gift shop, and lots of stuff for the truckers. It’s still a truckstop; ownership transferred a few years ago to a chain, I think.
One thing I miss most from Carl’s Corner was the Willie Nelson & Family and Friends displays that Janis Tillerson put together. She put hours and hours and thousands of dollars of her own money on those displays. Pictures of Willie with movie stars, and with his fans and his family, magazines, unique Farm Aid souveniers. I’m glad we got some pictures!
And these are only a few of the walls!
by Rand Snyderman
In 2009, I was determined to develop a reality TV show with Truck Driving as the premise. I’m actually continuing that journey, but for now suffice it to say I was on the trail towards success.
As I drove around the continental United States, I was graciously invited to attend the opening of Willie’s Place, located in Carl’s Corner,Texas, 75 miles south of Dallas.
I had the honor of being greeted the day I arrived by Carl Cornelius himself. One of the most gracious and down home men I had ever had the pleasure of meeting. I could spend hours speaking about Carl, but for now, I’ll simply say that I will remember that meeting as one of my major lifetime milestones.
The weekend was special because Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel were going to end their North American tour that evening. I was truly excited, not only to be able to see Willie, but also since Ray Benson the founder of Asleep at the Wheel had grown up here in the Philadelphia area. Montgomery Township to be exact, just north of the city.
Given the opportunity, I could probably to this day, recount every single moment of that weekend. The people I met, the music I heard, the food I tasted, and the sense of belonging in a rare and special community.
Carl’s Corner, Texas
Friend and photographer Greg Mudd from Boulder took this picture.