Best wishes to Lana Nelson on her birthday.
My world is filled with darkness
And I’m lost without your love
And I realize the storm has just begun…
Lana Nelson published this article in the Pedernales Poo Poo, on March 19, 2000. Read more at Willie Nelson’s website.
Every morning’s an adventure. Now the handle has broken off the only door on the bus and we can’t get out. After struggling for about 20 minutes Mickey finally happened by, I passed the keys out the window to him and he opened the door from the outside. It’s not all peaches and cream out here ladies and gentlemen.
The rain got here early and stayed late. Of course all the indoor shows in Florida have had beautiful weather and so far, all the outdoor ones have rained. A leak formed in the roof over Paul’s drums so the show was delayed 10 minutes while the local crew that spoke no English moved the equipment back a few feet. Aunt Bobbie’s piano was once again wrapped in plastic like a burrito headed for the microwave. Within 20 minutes of the first Whiskey River, another river had formed under our sound man Gunk who sat around a trillion volts of electricity. Poodie’s new Teenie Llama’s filled up in record time, holding a whopping 3 inches each.
A fine mist blew over the piano keys until Aunt Bobbie pulled the black water proof plastic over her head. Tuning Tom came out on stage and positioned it for her up over her cowboy hat, and she finished the concert under the plastic tent.
Poodie’s cowboy rain gauges
[Thanks to Alice from Georgia for sending along this posting by Lana Nelson, in her Pedernales PooPoo, at WillieNelson.com. Lana posts to the newsletter from time to time, and you can read more here. Enjoy this one from a Willie Nelson and Family show at Red Rocks Amphitheater, west of Denver, in 1999.
Rocky Mountain High – Morrison, Colorado
“The bright lights of Denver were shining like diamonds
Like ten thousand jewels in the sky …”
Denver sparkled below us as Dad and the band performed at the Red Rocks Amphitheater for the 21st time. Nestled among 25 million year old rocks, this natural amphitheater allows the performer to be on stage, and all 15,000 in attendance can hear without a microphone.
There may not be a more beautiful place in the world to perform. Today is the opposite of yesterday.
“Goose” Gossage, former pitcher for the New York Yankees, dropped in to see his old friends. He brought by his handsome sons, who are already avid fans of Dad’s. He had a lot of fans of his own in the audience. One guy even offered him his front row seats for the show when security made us move away from the stage.
Dwight Yokam and The Mavericks were also on today’s Willie Nelson Picnic. Raul and the Boys stopped by the bus after their fantastic show. They are booked on Farm Aid with Trisha Yearwood, say they look forward to the September 12th show.
The Mavericks are one of many artists included on the new “Grievous Angel” CD. A tribute to the late, great, Graham Parsons, this has fast become our most listened to CD on Bus #1.
Parsons’ music is a timeless treasure, like someone else I know.
Linda and friends welcomed Willie Nelson to Minnesota for his show at the Grand Casino Mille Lac.
Aren’t they cute. Looks like they roped Lana Nelson into helping spread the birthday wishes. I hope Willie looked out and saw them, it would have made him smile.
Later, during the concert, they all brought their signs and message to the front of the stage for Willie, and Linda told me when he saw the sign, he smiled and then started singing Happy Birthday to himself. What fun. Thanks, Linda for the pictures and the stories.
I love this picture Lana Nelson took of her dad working. We fans are so grateful for Lana and the care she gives her dad and her aunt, keeping things working and comfortable out on the Road. And of course, we love her stories and photographs, from her rare perspective. What a job. I think she got on the bus on Take your Daughter to Work Day’, and never got off.
Story and Photograph by Lana Nelson
The Old Farts and Jackass tour began in Durham, NC on January 18th at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Then Saturday night Willie Nelson and Family performed in Bowling Green, KY at the Performing Arts Center before heading south to The Tabernacle in Atlanta. But now it’s January 20th, excitement is in the air, and Inauguration Day is finally here.
After the annual Bacon and Egg luncheon, the Swearing Ceremony took center stage as Willie stepped forward and placed his hand on Peg Bible. The Joint Congressional Committee spoke of the logistics of presenting such an unpresidential event in an old Church and of security concerns that have plagued the event from the beginning. The growing crowd stood in line for hours and wondered. “What will he wear? Willie cut bangs?”
After much anticipation Willie Nelson finally emerged. Dressed in an all black ensemble by American designer Levi Strauss, the co-leader of the Old Fart Party mesmerized the crowd with the first dance, Whiskey River.
The lip synching controversy would take over the headlines later, but the official answer from Nelson’s camp remained no. No Willie Vanillie here ladies and gentlemen, no tricky audio antics. Willie sang it all live. What we have elected to see is just a man, his band, his family and his guitar. The audience in Atlanta will testify before any congress; country is in good hands.
at the BMI Awards in Nashville 11/6/07
Willie Nelson, Paula Nelson, Amy Nelson, Lana Nelson (Photo by Lindsay Greene, bass player for the Paula Nelson Band)
Willie Nelson invited his family to tour with him in November and December, and Paula Nelson shared these photos on her Facebook page.
Amy Nelson, Micah Nelson, Paula Nelson, Lana Nelson, Lukas Nelson (Photo by Lindsay Greene, bass player for the Paula Nelson Band)
at the BMI Awards in Nashville 11/6/07