Archive for the ‘Crew’ Category

Rest in Peace, Ben Dorcy

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Willie Nelson:   Ben Dorcy, The Worlds First Roadie, 1925-2017

“Ben ‘Lovey’ Dorcy was our friend and part of the Willie Nelson Family. Thank you Ben for years of hard work and sound advice. We love you.”

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Ben Dorcy worked in the entertainment business on the road for 70 years.  He worked with Willie Nelson & Family,  John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, , Johnny Cash,  Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many more.  Up until his passing, Ben still  worked with several bands including Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Willie Nelson.  These artists supported Ben, and put on a fundraising “Bed Dorcy Day” at Floores Country store every year to raise money to care for him.

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Presumably at a 4th of July Picnic in the 1970's...Ben Dorcy, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Margot Kidder, and Bee Spears.

Ben met Willie Nelson in the early 1960’s when they were both working for Ray Price.  Ben was the roadie, and Willie was the bass player.  When Willie took his own show on the road, he hired Ben, who was already legendary for his ability to get the job done, despite obstacles and perceived impossibilities.

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Thanks to Andy Bush, from Georgia, for his photo of Johnny Bush and Ben Dorcy, who kindly posed for him, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic.

Willie Nelson’s Bus Drivers open up

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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Even at 84, Willie Nelson still spends about 150 days a year on the road (again). At the helm of the Honeysuckle Rose, his tour bus, are Gates “Gator” Moore and Tony Sizemore, who’ve split Willie’s driving duties for nearly 40 years. Calling from a hamburger joint in Nebraska, they offered their tips on driving without GPS.

Unplug

GATES: Don’t be afraid to override the GPS. We did it last night. We’ll go 30 miles out of the way to bypass a city we suspect will have heavy traffic by the time we get there.

TONY: If you’re coming from Chicago to Nashville, people assume you come down 65 through Indianapolis. But if you take 57 on the Illinois side and hit 24, it’s 20 miles faster with no major cities in between.

Use the Numbers

TONY: For interstates, generally, north–south routes have odd numbers, growing larger from west to east. East–west routes are even, getting bigger from south to north. That’s not the kind of thing you’re gonna learn from GPS.

Prepare to Overshoot

TONY: If I know I have to get off on Omaha Street, I study the map for street names just beyond Omaha. That way, if you see ’em fly by, you say, “Oh, I missed it, I have to go back.”

When all else fails, FAKE IT

GATES: If you’re lost, keep it to yourself. Act confident, even if you’ve got no idea where you are. Make a couple turns, make a few educated guesses, and more often than not you’ll come out all right. If somebody asks why you’re late, say you rerouted to avoid construction. Either way, you’ll come out smelling like a rose.

Ask for Directions

TONY: I’ve never been afraid to call ahead. But asking for instructions is an art.

GATES: People say, “Head out on Main.” Which way is out? Or, “Hit 27.” Hit it how? Insist that they be as specific as possible.

Use Billboards

TONY: Even with GPS, read the signs. It’s always nice to see “Holiday Inn, Exit 81,” when that’s your Holiday Inn. And if billboards are advertising the city you meant to leave behind, you know you might be headed the wrong way.

When I ask for directions, people want to help. No one asks why I don’t just use my phone.

Willie Nelson’s Crew

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for these photos of the hard working guys who make it all happen so we can enjoy a Willie Nelson and Family Show. Janis took these photos in Luck, at the Luck Reunion.

Kevin Smith, Budrock Prewitt, Aaron Foye, Willie Nelson’s band and crew and bike gang

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

So fun to see Willie Nelson’s crew enjoying their day off from creating music and shows for us fans to enjoy.

Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

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Great photo by Kathy Johnson, of lighting director for Willie Nelson & Family.

L. G. and Wendy

Monday, November 14th, 2016

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L.G. and Wendy Strout Gorman

 

Happy birthday Kenny Koepke! Happy birthday Tony Sizemore!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

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Budrock took this picture of Kenny.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen him sitting down before.

Happy birthday to Willie Nelson and Family members Kenny Koepke and Tony Sizemore.  We get to see Kenny on stage before shows,  getting  ready for the shows.  Tony Sizemore, drives the bus and we never see him.  Thanks, guys, for all your hard work, so we fans can enjoy seeing Willie Nelson & Family.

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Tony during his spare time, supporting his candidate for president.

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Thanks to Kevin Smith for sharing this cool photo of Kenny with Budrock.

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Tony has driven or Willie Nelson and Family for going on 30 years.

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Budrock Prewitt and Kenny Koepke

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

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Thanks to Kevin Smith for sharing this cool crew photo.

Tunin’ Tom Hawkins

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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Tunin’ Tom Hawkins, in NYC

“‘The Office’ today for Flaco and Budrock. Wilmington, NC.”

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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Thanks to Margie Lemons for sharing photo of hubby Flaco, getting ready for tonight’s Willie Nelson & Family Show

Happy happy birthday Tunin’ Tom Hawkins

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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Best wishes to Tunin’ Tom Hawkins, who celebrates a birthday today.
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photo:  Randy Turner

Thanks for keeping things in tune.

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And thanks to John Selman, for this behind the scenes photo of  Tom preparing Trigger for an appearance on the David Letterman show.

Kevin Smith took this picture of Tom tuning Neil Young’s piano at Farm Aid.

World’s Most Famous Armadillo: Ol’ Dillo

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

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He crews with Willie Nelson & Family , he hangs out with rock stars and he’s got his own face book page. The girls love him.  The stuff of legends — he was mysteriously kidnapped a few years back in San Francisco, and then returned, just as mysteriously.  Some say his captors couldn’t handle him and brought him back, others say Ol’ Dillo staged the whole thing to get a few days off from work.  Regardless, his legend and fame grew.   Everyone wants a picture with him.

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Ol’ Dillo always has the best seat at Willie Nelson & Family shows — atop the console of monitor engineer Aaron Foye.

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Happy happy birthday, Aaron Foye

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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Best wishes to Aaron, monitor engineer for Willie Nelson & Family.
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Willie Nelson and Family (photos by Neil Leifer)

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

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Portrait of Willie Nelson and Family during photo shoot at the Golden Nugget Hotel.
Las Vegas, Nevada 8/1978
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Tunin’ Tom, tuning Neil Young’s piano at Farm Aid 2015 (Chicago)

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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Tunin’ Tom, a/k/a  Thomas Hawkins, has been tuning Bobbie Nelson’s piano for years, and here he is tuning Neil Young’s piano before the Farm Aid concert in Chicago on 9/19/15.

Thanks to Kevin Smith, Willie Nelson’s bass player, for sharing this photo of his fellow Willie Nelson & Family Member, Tunin Tom.