Archive for the ‘Carl’s Corner’ Category

Willie Nelson and Bill Mack, “Drinking Champagne” (Live from Carl’s Corner)

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Bee Spears, Lukas Nelson, Mickey Raphael (Carl’s Corner, TX)(11/9/2010)

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
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Happy Shoeshine Friday! Willie Nelson, “Shoeshine Man” (Carl’s Corner, Texas) (Dec 16, 2009)

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Willie Nelson – “Shoeshine Man” from Luck Films on Vimeo.
“Shoeshine Man”

This is the most recent video of footage taken by Luck Films at the Willie Nelson & Family & Friends concert at Willie’s Place Theater on December 16, 2009.

Willie Nelson eye candy

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Willie Nelson at Carl’s Corner, Texas (7/3/05)
photo:  Greg Mudd

Willie’s Place, Carl’s Corner, TX

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Photo Credit:  Bart Fields

Good times at the Blue Skies Cafe, Carl’s Corner, TX (4/10/10)

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

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.

Willie Nelson and his fans, Carl’s Corner, Texas

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Carl’s Corner, Texas

Willie’s Place, Carl’s Corner, Texas

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

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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!

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And these are only a few of the walls!

Carl’s Corner Truckstop, by Rand Snyderman

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

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.

Here are a few of the shots I took that weekend.

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Willie Nelson, “Drinking Champagne”, with Bill Mack

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Carl’s Corner, Texas

Stay all night, stay a little longer

Saturday, October 15th, 2011


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Willie Nelson, Carl’s Corner, Texas

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

photos:  Carol Sidoran

Stephen Girsh, at Willie’s Place Theater, Carl’s Corner, Texas

Monday, June 6th, 2011


“Brings a special meaning to the song, ‘Precious Memories.'” — Stephen Girsh

Saturday, March 5th, 2011


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Willie Nelson, Carl’s Corner, Texas

Monday, January 31st, 2011


Cherie from Texas took this photo.