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Willie Nelson and his fans

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Willie Nelson & Family Tour Bus For Sale

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
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by:  Will Anderson

One of Willie Nelson’s tour buses is back on the market,according to an online ad.

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The Craiglist’s post, first noticed by Reddit, says the “Me and Paul” bus, named after Willie Nelson Family Band drummer Paul English, was used to ferry the Red Headed Stranger and his friends around the country for years on tour.

The auction closes Nov. 7. Go to meandpaulbus.com to bid on the vehicle — as of Wednesday afternoon, the top bid was $75,500.

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Austinites Taylor Perkins and Michael Tashnick, backed by a group of investors, bought the 1983 Eagle bus in 2014 for $100,000. They had planned to rent it out through their business, Vintage Innovations. But the Craiglists ad indicates the two “have been too busy with work and family and have decided to get the bus on the road again for its next journey.”

Click on the slideshow attached to this story to take a look inside the bus when an Austin Business Journal photographer climbed aboard in 2014.  see more photos here.

1,000,000 miles on the Red Headed Stranger

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

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Jack Calhoun started Florida Coach over 30 years ago.   He started building Tour Coaches out of a love of music and the desire to provide touring artists with a level of comfort, style, and reliability that was unavailable at that time.

Florida Coach is still owned solely by Jack and is now headed by his son Caleb Calhoun. Florida Coach continues to set the standard by which others are judged into the new millennium.

With the introduction of a brand new fleet of Prevost H3-45 VIP’s, XLII Entertainer’s and MCI J Models Florida Coach remains a leader and innovator in the Tour Coach industry.  Florida Coach has introduced features such as bunk windows and roomier floor plans that other companies are still trying to implement.

Florida Coach is one of the few Tour Coach companies that are Owner Operated. We don’t answer to shareholders or a board of directors. When you call us, you know whom you are dealing with.

As an example of our dedication to keeping our fleet in great condition and our customers happy, you might have seen an episode of VH-1’s “Firsts”. Florida Coach has provided buses for Willie Nelson for 30 Years and recently, one of Willie’s buses passed the Million Mile Mark. It is the first time in the industry that One Bus, on One Tour, with One Driver (Our own Tony Sizemore) has logged over one million miles!

Florida Coach maintains a fleet of over 50 buses, years of experience has taught us that this is the optimum number to maintain a highly reliable fleet and to be able to offer our clients the best drivers available. We firmly believe that you can’t be the largest Tour Coach provider while being the best.

We spare no expense on immediate repairs. Interiors are updated as soon as they are needed, something a lot of our competitors fail to do. We work hard to satisfy our customers so their tours can be as pleasurable as possible.

 

 

Budrock sent this addendum:

This Bus was originally the Band Bus, then became the Smoking Bus, which evolved into the Crew Bus.

Tony was the Driver and stopped one early morning just outside of Bakersfield and pulled the speedometer which read 999,999.9. This was just before it would have rolled back to all zeros.

Bee, Budrock, and Jody also occasionally drove this bus as relief drivers on long trips.

I believe we put another 30 thousand miles on it before it was retired.”

— Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson & Family

Willie Nelson & Family Tour Bus, “Me and Paul”

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

 

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www.vintageinnovations.net

One of the original Willie Nelson & The Family Band tour buses is “On The Road Again” and available to rent for your event!

The 1983 Silver Eagle named “Me & Paul” (after Willie’s well-renowned song and album) is an iconic piece of music history. This 40-foot bus was built for the Willie Nelson Family Band, and was owned by his drummer, Paul English. It is the most well-preserved out of the four Florida Coaches designed and built for them in 1982/1983.

The band toured on this bus for 4 years during the ‘80s. Almost entirely original on the interior, “Me & Paul” offers any of its passengers the opportunity to enjoy a moment back in time, and chance to experience what it was like to tour with Willie, Paul, and the band.

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SPECS:

  • Seats up to 20 people
  • Comfortable air-conditioned lounge seating
  • Original Americana murals and craftsmanship
  • Vintage “Stagecoach” aesthetic throughout entire bus
  • Crushed red velvet upholstery and curtains
  • Incredible mahogany woodwork
  • Surround-sound stereo system
  • WiFi on board
  • Auxiliary cord for customized playlists
  • Phone and computer charging stations

 

 

Austin Dining Experience Includes Ride in former Willie Nelson & Family Tour Bus

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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http://austin.culturemap.com

A new dinner series from Apis Restaurant and Apiary introduces an entirely immersive experience for fans of the Red Headed Stranger.

The restaurant, known for its bee and honey motif, is launching Willie Wednesdays, a Hill Country excursion in the former Willie Nelson’s Family Band tour bus followed by a succulent supper at Apis.

Apis has partnered with vehicle rental company Vintage Innovations, which not only owns and operates the bus but also employs Nelson’s granddaughter, Rebecca Thomas.

“When we heard about Willie’s Family Band bus and what Rebecca, Willie’s granddaughter, was offering through Vintage Innovations, we saw an opportunity to welcome people in Austin to what Spicewood has to offer,” said Apis Co-owner Casie Hall in a statement.

The journey begins at the Willie Nelson statue in front of ACL Live in downtown Austin. Guests are picked up by the tour bus — the same one that madeheadlines when it popped up on Craigslist — and escorted to Spicewood for a guided tour of the Apis property. Once at the restaurant, guests are greeted with a drink and treated to a three-course dinner designed by Chef Taylor Hall.

“Guests are able to experience a little taste of Willie Nelson’s life,” notes a release, by riding on the bus, interacting with his granddaughter, and visiting the city where his ranch is located.

The price per guest for this unique experience is $150, which includes transportation, dinner, one drink, tax, and gratuity. There are only 20 spaces available each week, so reservations are required.

The Willie Wednesdays series begins Wednesday, September 30, and runs through November 18.

Monday, August 10th, 2015

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“Me and Paul” — rare opportunity to ride in vintage Willie Nelson & Family Tour Bus

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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www.vintageinnovations.net

“ME & PAUL”

One of the original Willie Nelson & The Family Band tour buses is “On The Road Again!” and available to rent for your event! The 1983 Silver Eagle named “Me & Paul” (after Willie’s well-renowned song and album) is an iconic piece of music history. This 40-foot bus was built for the Willie Nelson Family Band, and was owned by his drummer, Paul English. It is the most well-preserved out of the four Florida Coaches designed and built for them in 1982/1983. The band toured on this bus for 4 years during the ‘80s. Almost entirely original on the interior, “Me & Paul” offers any of its passengers the opportunity to enjoy a moment back in time, and chance to experience what it was like to tour with Willie, Paul, and the band.

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SPECS:

Seats up to 20 people
Comfortable air-conditioned lounge seating
Original Americana murals and craftsmanship
Vintage “Stagecoach” aesthetic throughout entire bus
Crushed red velvet upholstery and curtains
Incredible mahogany woodwork
Surround-sound stereo system
WiFi on board
Auxiliary cord for customized playlists
Phone and computer charging stations
PRICING:

Hourly Rate: $250 (4 hour minimum, includes 100 miles)
Daily Rate: $2,500 (12 hour rental, includes 250 miles)
$2.50 per mile over the allotted mileage
$95 cleaning fee
NOTE:

Rates vary for special event weekends, including SXSW, ACL and F1 events. For more info, please call or email us here.
For monthly rental rates, please call or email us here.

Honeysuckle Rose @ Fenway

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Honeysuckle Rose, Fenway Park, Boston

Buddy Cannon and James Caan

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

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“You never know who you will run into on Willie Nelson’s bus.” — Buddy Cannon

Willie Nelson’ bus

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Visit to classic Willie Nelson & Family Tour Bus

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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by:  Jon Blistein

In the Eighties,  Willie Nelson and his Family Band toured the states in a caravan of four decked-out buses. One of those custom rides, a 1983 Silver Eagle dubbed “Me and Paul,” will be featured on the first episode of Great American Country’s new show, Celebrity Motor Homes (think Cribs on a bus), but a special preview of Nelson’s chariot is available to watch now.

Nelson curator Taylor Perkins gives the grand tour of the bus, which looks essentially as it did in the Eighties, with only a few modern upgrades. The interior was designed to mimic a Twenties saloon, and while Perkins notes such decor might seem cheesy for another group, it was the perfect fit for Nelson and Co.

The main area, where the band would’ve hung out, boasts stained-glass windows and seats, sofas and curtains all made out of red-crushed velvet. A marquee that can display the name of the bus, or a number of other phrases or names (including “John Denver”), sits up front above the driver’s seat. The bus also features a kick-back area that comes complete with a bar stocked with the band’s house bourbon, “Ole Whiskey River,” and rolling tray for, as Perkins puts it, “the various musicians who roll their own cigarettes.” Nelson even had a private lounge added, where passengers could relax and play a couple hands of poker.

Celebrity Motor Homes premieres Wednesday, November 26th at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Great American Country. Along with Nelson’s bus, the debut episode will include a look inside the motor home of Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson and the Plain White T’s tour bus.

Willie Nelson Bus Reunion, Gilly’sDallas (Nov. 13, 2014)

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver at Gilly’s, Dallas Texas (11/13/14

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

http://gilleysdallas.com/event/tribute-texas-music-legacy-willie-nelson/

“Occasionally, but Rarely, Great People and Great Purposes come-together with the Energy of a You-had-to-be-there Entertainment Event. This is One of Those“

Two living legends, Godfathers of Outlaw Music, together on one stage for One Night Only.

This is unique non-profit charitable Event is presented by Texas Legends Care, a 501c3 supporting Veterans with The Fallen Soldiers Project and Special Children with Dream Makers.

Sponsorship and Donor packages designed for corporate, commercial and individual patron donors.
Sponsor and Donor Packages can be constructed with custom features and tailored with donation tiers based on levels of participation and individual requests.!

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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Willie Nelson, “You Don’t Know Me”

Monday, July 14th, 2014