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photo: Dave Creaney
“The love for Willie Nelson on Sunday at ACL was something beyond music. Watching all the old folks who came just for him, mixing with the EDM kids and young hippies who wanted to say they saw a legend. It’s probably the closest New Austin’s gotten to the Dripping Springs ’72 Reunion vibe. Seeing Willie on the side screens with the big Texas flag behind him and the spectacular skyline behind that, everybody singing along to “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” Pretty perfect Austin 2016 moment.”
Austin Journalist Michael Corcoran
Thank you, Andrew Shapter.
“The crowd for Willie Nelson today was one of the biggest crowds we’ve ever seen at ACL Fest.
Thanks for celebrating 15 years with us Willie!”
Photo by Julian Bajsel
by: Diane Cowen
Sisters Jolie and Anne Sikes, along with their mom, turned their free-spirit style and love of old stuff into a business, roaming through flea markets, junk stores and auctions for things to buy and sell. Along the way, they designed products of their own, produced under their angel-wing Junk Gypsy brand and sold online and in their shop outside of Round Top.
Q: You invoke the name of Willie Nelson a lot. Tell me what your favorite Willie Nelson songs are.
Jolie: There are so many, it’s hard to say. I feel like our favorite is “On the Road Again.” Our dad has been singing that song our whole lives. However, there is no Willie Nelson song that is not great. “Willie for President!”
Jolie: And we adhere to “What would Willie do?”
Amie: But we don’t smoke pot.
Someone in the background is trying to get in on the Willie Nelson conversation.
Amie: That is our mother. She is wielding a hot-glue gun, putting glitter and feathers on a cow skull.
Jolie: Junk Gypsy has some parallels to Willie, I have to say with modesty. We set out to do what we love. Willie did songs that spoke to him, even though Nashville said to do something else. If you try to build a brand based on what everybody else is going to like, you’re not being true to yourself.
Meet the authors: Amie and Jolie Sikes will sign copies of their book at 2 p.m. Sunday at Books-a-Million, 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy.
Junk Gypsy store
Where: 1215 Texas 237 S.
Thanks to Alice Kaufmann from Atlanta, Georgia, for all the great photos she took at Farm Aid 2016 in Bristow, Virginia. It is always fun to see all the shirts from past years’ Farm Aids and other shirts at the Festival.
Political statements, too
and a Government Mule fan, too.
photo: Dee Sulenski
“It was a moving honor to hear Starr Swain sing the National Anthem (no pic as I was saluting the flag) and to hear Willie sing & The Wisdom Dancers interpret The Lord’s Prayer, to officially open FarmAid 2016.” — Dee Sulenski, Virginia
Thanks so much to Dee from Virginia. It was her first Farm Aid, and she’s been sharing her experience with us. Here’s some photos I took of the opening ceremony.
Each year at Farm Aid, supporters proudly wear their Farm Aid shirts from previous years. It’s always fun to see the shirts, and thanks to Alice, from Georgia, for taking pictures of the folks in their shirts. And thanks to the fans for being good sports and letting us take their pictures. Here’s a few and I’ll keep sharing more.
You can get your very own Farm Aid shirt, and learn about how you can support family farmers:
Every year at the Farm Aid Festival, several friends help me report about the festival. There is so much going on, with the workshops, activity tents, speakers and of course the music all day long. These Farm Aid Supporters, music lovers and friends take pictures, interview people and write about their experiences. Thanks so much to Alice, from Georgia (that’s her above, on the right, beside Dee from Virginia, and Dot from Florida), for her great photos of this year’s reporters, at the festival in Bristow, Virginia, on September 17, 2018.
Terry, Dot, Dee, Jenny, Alice
Dot, Dee, Alice, Joanne, me, Pat
Willie Nelson and Family made a lot of Canadians happy with their shows in Windsor and Orillia, Ontario.
The Farm Aid concerts are always a reunion for friends and music fans. We see each other (some of us) only at these concerts, when everyone flies in to support Family Farmers, hear some great music and connect with others. I love these guys.
Thanks so much to Willie Nelson fan Jeff Marsh for sharing photos and stories from the Willie Nelson & Family show last Tuesday.
The concert was in Mt Pleasant Michigan, at the Soaring Eagle Casino. Weather was in low 90’s with 100% humidity. The show opened at 7 pm with John Anderson and the Charlie Daniels band rocked the middle slot with an awesome musical jam type set.
Willie was up next ……same time as the rain :)……Willies voice, song and set list choice, and band performance were all stellar. Quite honestly the best I have heard him sound in years….which is saying a lot cause I am never disappointed. He seemed to play longer than normal also…..a couple of songs from Summertime and one from Ray price tribute…..also 2-3 songs after gospel set.
Attached is pic of my “Wet Willie show”….all of that and Tuning Tom hooked me up with a little something something. ……
From one fan to another
p.s. One more pic I wanted to share with you that sums up my affection for Willie. Last oct. 20th in Detroit. Willie went out of his way to make sure that he got my daughters attention and waved to her and signed her shirt. She still talks about our adventure almost a year later.
Jessica Simpson looks really good in hers.
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