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Tatum Lee got to see her favorite singer perform in Kansas City, at the Starlight Theater, thanks to Make a Wish Foundation.
Make a Wish Foundation arranged for Tatum to meet Willie Nelson, who also met with Tatum and her family backstage after the concert, and signed her guitar.
Tatum must endure painful operations every four months to extend the rods in her back, and music seems to help. The next operation won’t be too long from now. But this time when she’s recovering and playing her guitar she can look down, see Willie’s signature and remember how many people were involved and what all it took to get it. She can be absolutely sure she is loved by the very best.
“I watched my friend Willie Nelson on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer last night. What an enormous honor it has been to have him as a beacon on this journey of this thing called my life. He has shown me as well as everyone in the business how it is done. Proof that when you make it about the right thing, the possibilities are endless. Hell, he just had another number one album. He doesn’t know it but he recently reminded me how important it is to be passionate about what you do. He also reminded me that I can’t do anything about yesterday and I can’t do anything about tomorrow but I do have right now. And right now everything’s ok. Pretty good mantra to live by. I love you Willie. Thanks so very much.” — Waylon Payne
Singer, actor, and writer of songs, like this one he wrote, recorded by LeeAnn Womack: Solitary Thinking
The son of music royalty – his father is Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne, his mother was Nashville hitmaker Sammi Smith of “Help Me Make It Through the Night” fame – Waylon Payne is one of the best of the new breed of yyoung writers and was nominated for a Grammy for writing Lee Ann Womack’s “Solitary Thinkin’.”
By: Tom Didato
Some people go to a concert wanting to see the lead act and wanting to hear from the lead act only. Not many go with ears wide open hoping to take away something more than a singer performing something more than just their old or new hits.
As he made his way to his first concert, to see Willie Nelson on stage, a young Jacob Johnson got more than he bargained for at the show. Of course, he heard the Red-headed Stranger sing his songs which have endeared him to generations of fans whose musical tastes can run the gamut across several genres of music.
On that evening, Johnson — a native of Travelers Rest — was exposed to a far-reaching world of music performed by Nelson and his band. Rather than a heavy dose of country, Nelson dipped into the American songbook and sang more than a few standards. That show ended up having a profound influence on Johnson who will bring his trio to Camden as one of the headliners for Saturday’s 19th annual Jammin in July at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.
“I listened to Willie Nelson early on. Willie was my first concert,” Johnson said in a telephone interview from his home in the Upstate. “In fact, I’m wearing a Willie shirt, right now. He has connections to all these great singer-songwriters like (Bob) Dylan, Kris Kristofferson.
“At the first concert I went to, (Nelson) had just put out a jazz album so, he was playing some Django Reinhardt and Cole Porter. At 12 or 13, I discovered Django Reinhart through Willie Nelson.”
Just as a Willie Nelson concert led Jacob Johnson to discovering other artists, his musical quest took him in other directions as he tried to find his own style … his own voice and a personal take on what would become his music.
Everyone missed Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic. He’s been at every picnic I’ve ever been too, and except for the band, he’s probably been to more picnics than anyone, either as a fan or as a crew member.
Budrock is Willie Nelson’s & Family’s Lighting Engineer, and he was injured early last month. He broke his heel, and tore and stretched and bent and punctured other parts of his feet, during a routine jump from the stage, setting up for a show. So sad; surgeons still waiting for swelling and infection to go down before they can do anything. Ouch. I can’t look at the photos; too painful.
Anyway, Budrock wasn’t there, but Budrock the Bear, or Buddy Bear, as the girls call him, was there to represent. He gave orders, growled at a few people, handed out guitar picks to a few lucky fans, and goofed around with Bobby at the sound board. And he posed for pictures with Buddy’s friends.
I know Buddy Bear was a virgin when the day started out, but by the end of the night, I think his life had changed forever. Women kept coming to get him and take him away, then bring him back with his fur all fluffed. I don’ t know. He didn’t say anything, but he was smiling.
Texas Clem, Jodi, and Katie in line early, waiting for the gates to open, at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic