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

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015



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.


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

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

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


“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
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


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

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

“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


Willie Nelson, “You Don’t Know Me”

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Good morning, America, how are you?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


Willie Nelson & Family in NYC

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014


Thanks, Ashley Morales, for sharing a photo from NYC and Radio City Music Hall.

Willie Nelson Band Bus becomes traveling museum for rent

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

by:  Ryan Lakich

A piece of Texas music history will soon be on the road again, thanks to some entrepreneurial Texans. Taylor Perkins, founder of Austin Restaurant Week and Vintage Innovations, and Michael “Stix” Tashnick have purchased Willie Nelson and the Family Band’s former tour bus, which they will turn into a mobile museum of sorts for superfans.

It all started with a Craigslist ad posted last month auctioning off the 1983 Eagle tour bus, which was previously owned by Willie Nelson Family Band drummer Paul English. Christened “Me and Paul,” after the popular album and song, the bus was sold by Tom O’Leary of Whitehouse, Texas, for more than $80,000.

Perkins operates Vintage Innovations, a company that restores and rents vintage trailers and buses. Through that outlet, fans can charter the bus for festivals and concerts, as a living tribute to his legacy (and a pretty sweet ride in general).

Although the bus currently features iconic exterior murals, interior velvet curtains and stained-glass windows from Nelson’s era of travel, Vintage Innovations plans to hire local artisans to completely restore the bus to its original glory.

“We are nostalgia geeks, and when I found the opportunity to own something this cool, I had to move quickly,” Perkins said. “This was something we couldn’t pass up. We are excited to give fans a chance to experience a taste of life as Willie lives it.”

Perkins and Tashnick plan to give a little something back to Nelson in the process Vintage Innovations will donate portions of the bus rental fees to Farm Aid, the charity organization co-founded by Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp to assist American family farms.

“We felt this was a great way we could give something back to Willie, who has done so much for our state and the people in it.”

Willie Nelson Band Bus on the Road Again

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


The iconic Willie Nelson Family Band tour bus that spurred a frantic worldwide bidding war will return to Texas highways as a mobile piece of music history, thanks to a pair of Austin entrepreneurs.

Taylor Perkins, founder of Austin Restaurant Week and Vintage Innovations, and his business partner, local entrepreneur Michael “Stix” Tashnick, made the winning bid to obtain the 1983 Eagle tour bus made for Paul English, Willie’s best friend and Family Band drummer. Nelson and English whiled away countless hours together inside that brown-and-silver bus, originally called “The Scout” and later named “Me and Paul,” after Nelson’s renowned album and song.

Perkins and Tashnick purchased it from owner Tom O’Leary of Whitehouse, Texas, recognizing its value as a rolling tribute to Nelson’s musical legacy and uniquely Texas heritage. Fans will be able to charter the vehicle, which has been kept in perfect running condition, for festivals, concerts and other events. Vintage Innovations, which restores and rents vintage Airstreams, buses and other classic vehicles, will donate part of “Me and Paul’s” rental income to Farm Aid, the charity co-founded by Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp to support family farms.

“We are all huge Willie Nelson fans and have been our entire lives,” says Perkins. “We felt this was a great way we could give something back to Willie, who has done so much for our state and the people in it.”

The bus’ instantly recognizable, mural-adorned exterior and dark-wood interior, complete with red velvet curtains and stained glass, are still mostly original; Vintage Innovations has hired Bob “Daddy-O” Wade and other local artisans to fully restore its splendor, assuring fans will experience total immersion in the vibe of Willie. Of course, it will retain every ounce (and maybe even some seeds) of the inimitable character that could only be imbued by Nelson and his bandmates.

“We are nostalgia geeks, and when I found the opportunity to own something this cool I had to move quickly,” Taylor says. “This was something we couldn’t pass up. We are excited to give fans a chance to experience a taste of life as Willie lives it — on the road again.”

More here:

Rental information: Vintage Innovations, 512.750.2845,

Saturday, May 10th, 2014


Willie Nelson & Family Tour Bus sells for $80,000

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

by:  Jason Newman

             UPDATE (5/4): The bus sold for more than $80,000, according to seller Tom O’Leary.

Willie Nelson fans hoping to emulate the perpetually itinerant country singer can now buy a tour bus belonging to the singer’s crew.

Rolling Stone has confirmed the vehicle’s authenticity, with a spokesperson for the singer confirming that the bus belonged to Nelson’s longtime drummer Paul English.

The owner, Tom O’Leary, purchased the bus on eBay in 2010 “on a whim,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I’m not especially a Willie Nelson fan,” O’Leary says. “I mainly just thought it looked cool. It needed quite a bit of work when I got it and I did it all myself: fuel systems, electrical, floors, plumbing.”

O’Leary says he only uses it twice a year, “mainly for NASCAR races and hunting trips” and that “it’s just time for someone else to enjoy it for what it is.”

“Due to the extremely high demand and the amount of offers being thrown at us for this bus, we have decided to take offers all the way to 12:00 AM central 5/3/2014 for this bus,” reads the ad. As of press time, the current offer is $65,000.

Courtesy Craigslist

The rear of the bus features a drawing of a bald eagle with outstretched wings with the text, “Looking back at myself.” There is also a sign that says “We love Willie” on the front of the bus where the bus’ destination would normally go. The ornate vehicle also features stained glass windows, red velvet curtains, a framed portrait of Jimmie Rodgers and Native American artwork. As the ad notes, the 1983 bus gets seven miles per gallon and has “four air conditioning units on the roof with heat as well.” As Village Voicethe outlet that first spotted the ad, notes, the bus had three owners before O’Leary bought it.

Johnny Temples, one of Nelson’s bus drivers in the Eighties, told the Dallas Morning News that the bus was named The Scout and was one of four buses on the tour, “along with Willie’s iconic Honeysuckle Rose, the crew members’ Warrior and the band’s Red-Headed Stranger.” The bus was later renamed Me & Paul after the 1985 Nelson album of the same name. “Willie rode that bus when he played dominoes,” Temples told the Morning News. “But that was not his personal bus.”

In 2011, Nelson’s 1986 Eagle 1 tour bus sold for more than $43,000 ($47,580 Canadian).