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Another Willie Nelson Fan

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
by:  Wade Tatangelo

Meeting one of my country music heroes following a mind-blowing performance

I was in the middle of an intense classic country music phase, a senior in college and my new favorite professor at University of South Florida, Willie Reader, was teaching a poetry class that includes fascinating analysis of lyrics by the likes of Willie Nelson.

My friend, we’ll call him Charlie, drove us from Tampa to Gainesville to see Willie Nelson perform in a parking lot outside a venue called Brick City Music Hall, which I think had recently been gutted by a blaze. It was a Thursday, March 16, 2000.

We arrived early and found Red Headed Stranger, the Nelson band tour bus, and, well, loitered. Paul English, Nelson’s longtime drummer and partner in crime immortalized in Nelson’s song “Me and Paul” came out and greeted us. I think he got a kick out of hearing a 22-year-old clutching a can of beer (me) raving about their music.

By the time the concert started, a fun crowd ranging from twentysomething neo-hippies to God-fearing grandmas filled the fenced-off parking lot area. My professor, Willie Reader, was there, too, and we bonded over a couple longneck Budweisers.

Nelson and his outstanding band played for about two hours and it went by in a blur of Americana brilliance. Nelson mixed his classic originals (“Funny How Times Slips Away,” “Crazy,” “Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground”) with songs by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell and the greatest hillbilly poet of ’em all, Hank Williams. Nelson did all his big hits, too, (“Always on My Mind,” etc.) and really impressed me with his acoustic guitar playing, some of the finest I had ever witnessed.

The show ended and I about sprinted to Nelson’s bus and soon found myself at the front of a long line of fans waiting to meet the legend. He came out through a cloud of, yep, marijuana smoke. I shook the hand of the man I addressed as “Mr. Nelson” and then started talking to Paul English again, who was standing nearby.

Everyone had their autographs and Nelson turned to me and said, “You got something you want me to sign?” I was happy with a handshake, but, hell, it’s Willie Nelson and he’s asking. I handed him my ticket stub and he scribbled his name with a black Sharpie. Mr. Nelson also handed me a guitar pick. Of course, I still have the signed ticket stub, the guitar pick, and a very special memory.

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Waiting for Willie at John T. Floore’s

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Fans bring their chairs and line up early, for the Willie Nelson & Family Show in Helotes



We and Paul

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Fans love our Me and Paul pictures. Paul English is so gracious, stopping to visit with fans and pose for photos, as he walks around Floore’s.

Willie Nelson fans at Floore Country Store

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

These fans were on their way to the concert at Floores Country Store last night.  Always so fun to run into a group of adults dressed in matching shirts for WN&F show.

Willie Nelson Fans at Floores

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Friends and music lovers at the Willie Nelson & Family Show at Floores


Another Willie Nelson fan

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson and his fans

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Thanks to Phil Weisman for finding this cool, classic photo of Willie Nelson giving back to the people who love him.

Supporting family farmers and Farm Aid: A Family Tradition

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Thanks so much to Alice from Atlanta for sharing these photos from the Farm Aid concert. Every year, several Farm Aid supporters, music lovers, friends and Willie Nelson fans join me at Farm Aid, and help share the experience through photos and stories. I couldn’t make it this year, but they are sending me photos and stories to share with all of us. Alice always takes really cool photos of some of the cool tee-shirts at the concert. People wear their coolest tee-shirts to the Farm Aid concert.

Hi Linda,

As I was wandering around trying to find interesting t-shirts, I found this father, Jason, and his son, Tucker.  Jason told me that 15 years ago, in 2002, he and his wife attended their first Farm Aid concert, which coincidentally was also held in Burgettstown, Pa.

One year later, his 3 month old son Tucker attended his first Farm Aid!

He said to me:  “You do the math!”  😉

Since then, they have attended every Farm Aid that they could.  This year was Jason’s 9th Farm Aid and Tucker’s 8th!

What a wonderful family tradition!


Farm Aid Friends

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Friends and music lovers and Family Farmer supporters gather in the press tent, before Farm Aid 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Saturday. I see Jodi, Dot, and Janis and Alice and her friend, and Pat.

Alice from Atlanta, and Terry from Oklahoma.

Janis Tillerson and Rand Snyderman

Dot from Florida and Jodi from Texas

Willie Nelson and Chick Galella #realheros

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

 Have you met Armando “Chick” Galella? He is a Pearl Harbor survivor and a friend of Willie’s. #realheros

Pearl Harbor survivor Armando “Chick” Galella gets a ride from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a yellow 1955 Corvette, after a ceremony to open the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. Peter Carr/lohud

Add one more honor to the list bestowed on Armando “Chick” Galella, a WWII and Pearl Harbor veteran, who recently became the first person across the newly opened Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge when he rode over the span with Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

Singer Willie Nelson called Galella “an American hero.”

A post on Nelson’s Facebook page shows the singer with the 96-year-old Galella, a Sleepy Hollow native.

Galella was a private first class in the U.S. Army’s 53rd Signal Corps at Hickam Field, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He lost his best friend, John Horan, in the attack.


Farm Aid Supporters gather in Pittsburgh

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Jenny and Terry Thompson arrive in Pittsburgh for the Farm Aid Festival this weekend.

Willie Nelson & Family (Poughkeepsie, September 13, 2017)

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Thanks, Carol Sidoran.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Thanks, Willie Nelson

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Willie Nelson and his fans

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
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