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Willie Nelson & Fans

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Willie Nelson Fan Club Official Newsletter (October 1987)

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

October 1987

Anticipation spills over with the first few notes from Mickey’s harmonica. Then, as Willie takes the stage and sings “Whiskey River Take My Mind,” the audience responds as if each person there had just won the New York State Lottery.

This rapport increases throughout the show as Willie glides from Kris Kristofferson gems to gospel, cowboy songs to blues, self-penned classics to ballads. Whatever Willie sings, the people. Funny how two hours slip away.

Willie and Family Show is felt, not just seen and heard. It’s a natural high for those lucky enough to be there. Ad those people will be back for another show.

It’s easy to appreciate the efforts of Willie and the band members on stage. They have given us top quality entertainment. Not so visible, i.e. well-known, are the people involved backstage working before and after each show.

Willie and Family roll coast-to-coast on tires. Five chocolate/tan customized Silver Eagle buses, painted in various Indian and western themes, drive into the shows parking area. these carry the 27 or so experts, including band members, that work with Willie to keep the show running smoothly. And smoothly it does. Also on tour is a motor home with the concessions people, a rental truck, and a semi for equipment.

On tour with Willie can be 200 shows a year, covering up to 100,000 miles. The buses soak up to 200 gallons at truck stops and that translates to about 6 or 7 miles per gallon.

Your ticket might give the show’s starting time as 8 p.m., but the first of Willie’s crew starts long before that. The sound and lights technicians are setting up by 11 in the morning for an 8 p.m. show.

By 3 p.m. the security staff and stage manager are at work. Look for the Wrangler bus around the same time. the fourth bus, with the band members, comes over about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hour before the show starts.

The big question is, of course, When Does Willie Get Here? It varies.

It’s not unusual for Willie to arrive 30 minutes to an hour before show time. Or, it just might be any time from 11 a.m. to 7:45; each show has it’s own circumstances.

Eventually the evening ends, Willie waves goodbye and exits the stage. the audience also heads for home.

Willie’s crew, the same people that set up that morning, have another 2 to 2 1/2 hours of work to tear it all down. When you have the best sound and light equipment available, it takes that long before everything is loaded and ready to roll.

One by one the Silver Eagles and trucks hustle down the highway to the next show and another city.

Many thanks to Wrangler’s Mell Parkhurst who took time at the Salem, Ohio show to answer all our questions.

Jean and Beth Dolezal
Evanston, Indiana

Willie Nelson with Helen Forster, on Boulder’s e-Town

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

“Felt so lucky to connect for a moment with him.” – Helen Forster

“People have been asking abt the two photos I posted a short while ago w/ Willie Nelson (see below). It was a few years ago, when he was playing at Fiddlers Green. We got permission to tape his set and also tape an interview w/him on his bus.

We were given 7 min for the interview. We were signaled at that point to wrap things up. Donna G and I and our engineer at the time all rose to head out the door, when I turned and saw Nick getting a photo done w/Willy at the table there where they’d just done the interview. So, unlike the ‘me’ who know me, this shy Minnesotan girl, I pushed my way back and leaned in to ask Willy “Can I get a picture made w/you?” He smiled and said sure. Nick moved, I sat down, and, in the most fluid and natural of movements, Willie and I joined hands, leaned in and just smiled w/joy at the other. If you click on the photos you can see our hands which to me are a big part of the moment. There you have it.


Waiting for Willie

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

Can’t wait until we can crowd together in front of the stage again, waiting for Willie.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Willie Nelson Art

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Thanks to Stewart Patton for sharing this piece of Willie Nelson art, the newest addition to Stewart’s extensive Willie Nelson Art collection.

He got the photo through the Directory of Illustration artists. You can vist the website here Stewart said he charges $25 for a single figure drawing that he will send to you digitally.

Thanks, Stewart..

Willie Nelson and his fans

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Willie Nelson fans at Red Rocks

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Saturday, July 18th, 2020

Willie and Poodie

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Sirius/XM Zoomed Town Hall with Willie Nelson

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Sirius/XM Radio hosted a Virtual Zoom Town Hall and “First Rose of Spring” Album Release party with Willie Nelson and a few lucky fans.  

Thanks Diane Lynch for sharing these photos.

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Willie Nelson & Family at the Apollo Theater – London, England (June 17, 2010)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020


Tuesday, June 16th, 2020