Archive for the ‘Kevin Smith’ Category

Three wild and crazy guys: Willie Nelson’s Band and Crew

Monday, August 24th, 2015


Thanks to Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt for sending along this photo of him and bassist Kevin Smith and Sound Engineer Bobby Flaco Lemon.  They work so hard, and still have time to have fun and take a goofy picture!

Willie Nelson & Family

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015


Willie Nelson and Family on the 4th of July in Austin

Monday, July 13th, 2015

photo: Janis Tillerson
Willie and Paul

Bobbie Nelson

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Mickey Raphael IMG_2955

Kevin Smith

The Bass Player’s View at a Willie Nelson Show — Live from Missoula!

Thursday, June 18th, 2015



Thanks, Kevin Smith, for sharing this photo of your view from the stage at the Willie Nelson & Family show in Missoula yesterday.

See Heybale — With Dallas Wayne, Kevin Smith — Every Wednesday Night at the Broken Spoke, in Austin

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
A user's photo.

Kevin Smith, on bass

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Mardh 26, 2015 Whitewater in New Braunfels,Tx-3665

Mardh 26, 2015 Whitewater in New Braunfels,Tx-3662

Last Year’s Austin Rodeo 2014 (March 9, 2014)

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Willie Nelson, Kevin Smith

Remember these great photos from Janis Tillerson, from the Austin Rodeo last year?    Thanks so much ,Janis.

Bobbie Nelson

Mickey Raphael

Kevin Smith, Paul English

Happy belated birthday, Kevin Smith

Sunday, December 21st, 2014


Sorry I missed Kevin Smith’s birthday, on Dec. 15th.  Kevin is bass player for Willie Nelson & Family, and also with Haybale, when he is off the road in Austin.

Janis Tillerson took this great photo.



Willie Nelson, Billy English, Kevin Smith (7/4/14)

Monday, July 14th, 2014


Kevin’s view from the stage

Friday, April 11th, 2014


Willie Nelson bassist Kevin Smith shares his view from the stage.

Willie Nelson & Family & Friends on the Jimmy Kimmel Show

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Willie Nelson & Jimmy Kimmel

photo:  Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson and Lily Meola

photo:  Janis Tillerson

Jimmy Kimmel:  “What do you remember about this album cover?”

Willie Nelson:  “I remember the girl.”


Billy English, Mickey Raphael, Lily Meola, Tom Conway, Kevin Smith



Kevin Smith, Billy English (12/31/13) (Austin City Limits/Live)

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014



Willie Nelson and Kevin Smith (Dec. 30, 2013)

Friday, January 3rd, 2014


Kevin Smith, Willie Nelson


Willie Nelson & Family, the Golden Nugget (Dec. 10, 2013)

Thursday, December 12th, 2013


I love when Carol Sidoran goes to a Willie Nelson & Family show because I know, whenever possible, she will take pictures and share them with the rest of us fans. And they are always great. Thanks, Carol, was fun to see you in Las Vegas.



Willie Nelson & Family at the Golden Nugget, Las Vegas (12/10/13) (The Whole Fam-Damily’s Back!)

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

photo: Janis Tillerson

This might be the best Willie Nelson & Family Concert I have ever seen. I know, I know, I say that every time I am lucky enough to get to see my favorite band, but last night in Vegas was remarkable.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real performed before Willie, and Lukas joined the band for their set.

This was the band’s first show back after an accident last month involving one of the band’s tour busses, which seriously injured band and crew members. Initial reports were so frightening, but, fortunately, the injuries, while painful and serious, were not life threatening. So thank God, or whomever you thank when you are feeling gratitude, give thanks that everyone survived the accident, has been released from the hospital, and after a short recovery period, have all been cleared by doctors to go back on the road!  Great news for us fans. Every body was happy to see the crew and band on the stage, doing what they usually do.


Janis from Texas took this picture. I took the others on the page, but these really good ones are from Janis! Thank you.

And last night’s show at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, was their first show back after the accident. The show marked the return of Mickey Raphael, as well, who had taken a short break from the road for personal reasons, and returned last night. It was touching, watching the band come on stage for the show, hugging, greeting each other. I mean, they always get along, I’m just sentimental, but gosh darn it, the Fam-Damily is back, and it felt right, that’s all

photo:  Janis Tillerson

The show was so much fun. Willie was on fire, he was amazing, his guitar playing was amazing, so fresh and so fast, it seemed like the band had to scramble to keep up with him on the fast tunes. But then he spent so much time on the slow tunes, the ballads, all our favors, stretching them out, it was like hearing them for the first time again. Other times, he was playing was so sparse and the guitar playing took a back seat to his voice. He puts on such an amazing show, and every one is different.

And it was the kind of night where he would do things like, sometimes he says, “big finish”, and the band knows, I guess, to wrap up the song. But last night a couple times he said, ‘Big Finish”, and then he would wrap around into the song again, one more time. It was so much fun to see how he keeps the band on their toes. He makes it fresh for himself, and that keeps it fresh for the band. Last night fans shouted out requests, and he played them. Someone wanted to hear “Just Breathe”, so he called Lukas up and said he had a request. Someone asked for ‘It’s not supposed to be that way,’ and he said, “Okay, I’ll try to remember the words, and do that later.” Then, he sang it later, and said, “I think I got most of it right.” He really is the band leader on stage and it’s so interesting to watch the ways he communicates with everyone.

Willie spent all night acknowledging the crowd who were crazy about him. “I hear you! I do!” I love when he says that. The theater only holds a thousand people, and that is a cozy space. Willie waved and interacted with the fans like he always does, and it was pretty much a love fest. He took a note from a woman who came up, he bent over and talked to someone in the front row, he played requests that fans shouted out from the audience.


Willie tossed a lot of bandannas, these girls caught a couple.  Everyone looks good in a Willie Nelson bandanna, and you can’t wear one and not smile.  It’s like bandanna magic, or something.  I’ve seen it hundreds, or lots of times.

It was a loud crowd. They mostly sat throughout the show, which is troubling for those of us who like to stand for the entire show, but maybe it’s a casino thing, so I tied myself to my chair, mostly. (I mean, how can you sit through On The Road Again? Right?)



It was so great to see Paul English, who’s toe (foot?) was injured in the bus accident, and treated in a local hospital. He walked out with assistance, but it was amazing he was able to play at all after the recent accident. He played the drums, moved back and forth between the snare and percussion, with Micah. The man is a rock star.



After the show, Willie traversed the stage several times, back and forth, signing, shaking hands. He was out there a long time, then Bobby stayed and signed, and Lukas, who always gathers a gorgeous group of young women, and several drunk men fans.



Annie waited off stage with a jacket for Willie to put on after the show, keeping her man warm. That’s sweet.