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photo: Joe Palca
In 1975, I was living in San Diego, and needed a job. The roommate of a friend of mine was a scientist at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. He said a colleague of his was looking to hire a lab technician, so I applied and got the job. The scientist I worked for was some guy from a small town in Texas. His name? Jim Allison.
Jim has invented a new kind of cancer therapy that enables patients’ own immune systems to fight off their disease. He’s won all kinds of awards for his work, and some say he’ll win the Nobel Prize before long. But in 1975, he was just my boss.
But Jim was also my pal. We ate lunch together almost every day. We’d go drinking together after work. We were regulars at a honky-tonk called the Stingaree that had live music. Jim was particularly fond of outlaw country music — artists like Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kris Kristofferson, Gary P. Nunn and especially Willie Nelson.
Jim was a nut about Nelson. One night he crashed a record party being held in San Diego for Nelson’s album Red Headed Stranger. Never shy, Jim went over and talked to Nelson, told him he was a fellow Texan, and how much he liked his music.
Nelson asked Jim if there was someplace he and the band could play after the party, so Jim took them up to the Stingaree, where it was open mic night. Nelson and the band played until the bar closed. They even let Jim sit in with his harmonica on a set or two. Jim was on cloud nine for at least a week after that night.
Credit: Courtesy of Jim Allison
by: Susan L. Angstadt
Judy Stetzler’s mother, Lou Dotterer, booked famous country acts to perform in the region, then had each sign an article of clothing. Dotterer would later embroider the signatures. She died this year, leaving Stetzler with an unusual collection of autographed clothing.”
Thanks to Andy Bush for sharing photos from the Willie Nelson & Family Show in Georgia tonight. Andy said that President Carter was in the audience.
Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers, Merle Haggard’s band, also performed, in celebration of Merle.
This is what happens at every show where fans can get to the stage, and Willie Nelson can get to his fans. At the Schermmerhorn in Nashville there were no security barricades in front of the stage, and as efficient and firm as the ushers were, fans made it to the stage. The symphony plays there, and their fans probably don’t rush the stage like us. Willie is so kind.
Alice Kaufmann has extra tickets for the Atlanta, Georgia show tomorrow night!
It appears I’ve ended up with 4 extra tickets for Willie Nelson at Chastain Park Amphitheatre for tomorrow night. Seats are located in Orchestra section, Row L, very near center of row.
Opening act is Aaron Lewis. Face value of each ticket is $74.40.
Would love to sell to some Willie or Aaron fan!”
Alice is on Facebook, if you want to send her a message. I wish I could go!
I love that they celebrate Willie Nelson’s birthdays all over the world. The big stars go on Youtube and send him a message; music lovers and fans gather in small bars across the country to sing his music. I love those fans.
by Aaron Thackery
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. But if you do, make sure they learn how to play plenty of Willie Nelson songs on a beat-up old guitar. That’s what a whole posse of denim-clad musicians did at Globe Hall on Friday, April 29, where the Texas song smith’s birthday was celebrated in style. All photos by Aaron Thackeray.
See more photos of folks having fun at the Globe:
April 29 ·
“I can’t let the day go by, or the weekend start, without wishing my friend Willie Nelson a heartfelt happy birthday. May he have a health and happy year ahead full of continued creativity.
I first met Willie through his music but have had the good fortune over the years to interview him many times. There are so many wonderful things you can say about him as a person and an artist. Yet what always sticks with me is that he seems to embody the best traditions and impulses of our great land and her people.
He is kind and authentic. His words speak to the human struggles and joys that battle within all of us. And you can tell by the air with which he carries himself that he has seen so much through the eyes of a poet.
May Willie’s tour bus keep racking up the miles as he brings his music to his fans across America, and around the world. In a time of such tumult and complexity his work is a potent reminder that a seemingly simple tune with evocative lyrics can be both beautiful and profound.”