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Dr. John & Friends, final album

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Bill Wittliff stories

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

www.Galveston.com

Bill Wittliff, the Texas screenwriter who wrote the teleplay for the iconic miniseries Lonesome Dove, died on Sunday in Austin at age 79.

Witliff co-wrote Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and wrote Red Headed Stranger (1986) starring Willie Nelson.  He wrote Barbarosa (1982) starring both Willie Nelson and Gary Busey.

Witliff joined J.P. Bryan for a conversation at The Bryan Museum in Galveston on August 4, 2018. He shared stories of growing up during World War II with his mother, who ran a small telephone office in Gregory, Texas. He used that as the foundation for Raggedy Man, a film starring Sissy Spacek playing a version of his mom. He also shared a couple of slightly off-color stories about Willie Nelson and Gary Busey. Watch the video below if you don’t mind a few curse words.

After he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, Wittliff and his wife founded The Encino Press, an Austin-based book publishing company that specialized in tales about Texas and the Southwest, in 1964. 

To preserve the creative process of authors and artists in this region, Witliff and his wife Sally created The Wittliff Collections, including manuscripts from Larry McMurtry, Horton Foote, and J. Frank Dobie; more than 19,000 photographs of the Southwest and Mexico, and music from Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

According to reports, Wittliff and Sally had celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary Saturday, and he died after visiting their Plum Creek ranch near Luling, Texas.

His survivors also include his children, William and Allison; his brother, James, and several grandchildren. Article written by Galveston.com

Bill Wittliff passes

Monday, June 10th, 2019
Willie Nelson with Bill Witliff
Photo: Michael O’Brien

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by: Mike Barnes

The Emmy-nominated Texan also wrote ‘The Perfect Storm,’ three films starring Willie Nelson and two toplined by Sam Shepard.

William D. Wittliff, the elegant Texas screenwriter who penned the teleplay for the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove and worked on such features as Legends of the Fall, Honeysuckle Rose and The Perfect Storm, has died. He was 79.

Wittliff died Sunday in Austin of a heart attack, Hector Saldana of Texas State University told The Hollywood Reporter. In 1986, he and his wife, attorney Sally Wittliff, founded The Wittliff Collections, a research center and archive at the San Marcos school that is home to more than 500 collections of literature, photography, music and film.

Wittliff’s wonderful body of work also includes The Black Stallion (1979), starring Mickey Rooney; Raggedy Man (1981), starring Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts and Sam Shepard; Country (1984), featuring Shepard and Jessica Lange; The Cowboy Way (1994), starring Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland; and A Night in Old Mexico (2013), starring Robert Duvall.

Wittliff co-wrote Honeysuckle Rose (1980), directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving. He then wrote two other features that starred Nelson: the Fred Schepisi-helmed Barbarosa (1982) and Red Headed Stranger (1986), which he also directed.

The four-part Lonesome Dove, based on Larry McMurtry’s 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, collected seven Emmy Awards and was a ratings smash for CBS in 1989. Wittliff earned nominations for writing and producing, two of the project’s 18 noms.

Wittliff was born in 1940 in Taft, Texas. During World War II, his mother ran a small telephone office in Gregory, Texas, and he used that as the foundation for Raggedy Man, with Spacek playing a version of his mom.

After he graduated from the University of Texas, Wittliff and his wife founded The Encino Press, an Austin-based book publishing company that specialized in tales about Texas and the Southwest, in 1964. 

He and Susan Shilliday combined for the screenplay to Edward Zwick’s Legends of the Fall (1994), starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins, and he adapted Sebastian Junger’s book for Wolfgang Petersen’s The Perfect Storm (2000), starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

He also wrote Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life, a pilot for a CBS series that starring Daniel Baldwin.

The Wittliff Collections include manuscripts from the likes of McMurtry, J. Frank Dobie and Horton Foote; more than 19,000 photographs of the Southwest and Mexico (Wittliff was an accomplished photographer in his own right); and music from Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others. 

Wittliff and his wife had celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary Saturday, and he died after visiting their Plum Creek ranch near Luling, Texas, said Saldana, who serves as Texas music curator for The Wittliff Collections.

His survivors also include his children, William and Allison; his brother, James; and several grandchildren.


Rest in Peace, Dr. John

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Rest in Peace, Andrew Shapter, thanks for your art

Monday, March 11th, 2019

I learned this week that filmmaker, photographer Andrew Shapter passed away.  He took some of my all time photographs of Willie Nelson and Family.  Rest in peace, Andrew.
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Happy Birthday Willie Nelson

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Willie plays dominoes

Rest in peace, Fred Foster

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

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Fred Foster (center) signed Willie to his label, Monument Records, in 1964.

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by: Annie Reuter
read entire article here.

Fred Foster, longtime producer and Country Music Hall of Fame member, died in his sleep Feb. 20 following a short illness. He was 87.

The North Carolina native founded Monument Records in 1958 and was at the helm of many iconic country records, including seminal albums from Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Ray Stevens and Jeannie Seely. He also founded Combine Music, which published Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” (co-written with Foster) and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” Orbison’s “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” and Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie.”

Foster had a hand in producing many hits by Orbison in the 1960s, including “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely” and “Crying,” as well as Parton and Jimmy Dean’s first singles. He also helmed Kristofferson’s debut album, the 2007 Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price album Last of the Breed, as well as Price’s final album, 2014’s Beauty Is. His last project was Dawn Landes’ 2018 album, Meet Me at the River.

Willie Nelson & Faron Young, “Four in the Morning” (song by Jerry Chestnut, RIP)

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Rest in peace, singer songwriter Jerry Chestnut, who passed away last Saturday.  He was 87.

You can read more about Jerry Chestnut, his life and songwriting career on the New York Times website.

 

ASHVILLE — Jerry Chesnut, a blue-collar songwriter who wrote hits for Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and more than 100 other popular artists, including another Elvis, Costello, died on Saturday at his home in Brentwood, Tenn. He was 87.

Mr. Chesnut had a gift for illuminating the struggles of working people, like the beleaguered factory hand in “Oney,” a song, drawn from his experience with a tyrannical employer, that became a Top 10 country hit for Johnny Cash in 1972.

“Looking at the World Through a Windshield,” a two-stepping country hit for the singer Del Reeves in 1968, portrays a solitary trucker speeding through the night, longing for home. Written with Mike Hoyer, the song was later recorded by the country-rock bands Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen and Son Volt.

Mr. Chesnut, who grew up in rural eastern Kentucky, came by his working-class sensibilities honestly.

“I was born and raised in the coal-mining camps and the railroad center where they all came together,” he said in 2009 during a program held in his honor at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

To say the least,” he went on, “it was a very poor place to be from. When you’re from Harlan County, there’s no way to go but up.”

Mr. Chesnut wrote compellingly about heartbreak, as he did to great emotional effect in “A Good Year for the Roses,” a ballad that reached No. 2 on the country chart for George Jones in 1970.

In that song, a man pines for the woman who just left him:

I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick on the cigarettes there in the ashtray

Lyin’ cold the way you left ’em

But at least your lips caressed them

While you packed.

 

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Rest in Peace, Roy Clark

Friday, November 16th, 2018


photo: Lester Cohen

We learned that Roy Clark passed away. Rest in peace.

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson on Hee Haw.

Rest in Peace, Martha English

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

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I learned today that Martha English, wife of Billy English, has passed away in Dallas, Texas, after a long illness.  Rest in peace, dear Martha.

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for  great photos from Willie Nelson & Family show at Red Rocks in 2010

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I took this at the Gorge, in Washington.

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Kevin Smith, Martha English, Billy English, before the Willie Nelson & Family show at the Comerca Theater (3/12/2012)

Rest in Peace, Burt Reynolds

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

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Candace Bergen, singer Rita Coolidge, singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, country singer Willie Nelson, and actor Burt Reynolds are seen backstage at New York’s Bottom Line after Coolidge and Kristofferson’s opening night, January 4, 1979. (Photo by Richard Drew/AP Photo)

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Thank the show business gods for Burt Reynolds, talk show raconteur. On Thursday’s Tonight Show, he told Jay Leno how much he loves his Dukes of Hazzard costar Willie Nelson.   And when I say ”loves,” I’m not exaggerating much. Quoth Burt: ”When I worked with Willie Nelson, who is just about the nicest man I’ve ever worked with in my life, the sweetest, kindest man, I thought, ‘If I’d have been gay, it would have saved me millions.”’ The 69-year-old actor added that, if he and the 72-year-old singer had become a couple way back when, they’d still be ”happily together.” I don’t know what Nelson thought of Reynolds, but I’m just glad they didn’t work their relationship into the movie. A romance between Boss Hogg and Uncle Jesse might just have sent poor Cooter over the edge.

WIllie Nelson’s kind words about Aretha Franklin

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Missing Poodie

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

 

Poodie Locke passed away on this day in 2009.

courtesy of the Austin American Statesman

**Randall “Poodie” Locke 1952- 2009**

By Michael Corcoran

“There are no bad days” was the slogan Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s stage manager of 34 years, put on a sign outside his Poodie’s Hilltop beer joint in Spicewood. But Wednesday was a dark one for members of the extended Willie Nelson family as Locke died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Briarcliff, about 30 miles west of Austin. He was 56.

“He wasn’t feeling well and Shaye (Locke’s girlfriend) called for EMS at around two in the afternoon,” said Bryan Dixon, a manager at the Hilltop. “Poodie collapsed just as the ambulance got there, but they couldn’t revive him.” As news spread, Locke’s 133-capacity club quickly filled up with mourners.

“Willie loved Poodie’s exuberance,” said Casey Monahan of the Texas Music Office, who hung out with Locke Saturday at Nelson’s show at Carl’s Corner. “Willie’s whole thing is living in the moment and that was Poodie.” I

In Willie’s band of gypsies, Locke was the ringleader who had a hug for everyone no matter how much else was going on. Everybody loved Poodie, the only roadie with his own logo and line of barbecue sauces, but there was work to be done so both of the Nelson crew buses had signs that said “Poodie’s on the other bus.”

“He was the heart and soul of the road crew,” said Joe Nick Patoski, author of the definitive Nelson biography “An Epic Life.” Although the touring life can be stressful, Poodie always had a smile because, after all, he had the best seat in the house.

“I do not recall ever seeing him any way but calm,” said lawyer Bobby Earl Smith, who met Locke as a member of Freda and the Firedogs. “All hell would be falling around him and he just kept keeping on, slow, deliberate, getting the job done.”

Locke was a gentle giant who treated everyone special, which is why it was inevitable that, in 2002, he opened Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill. It would be a place where Willie’s cronies and crew could hang out between tours, but Poodie spent many of his “off” days working on his laptop at the bar, setting up stage specifications for tours. He’d always drop everything, however, when an old friend popped in.

The Hilltop became a place where the famous, such as Willie, Merle Haggard, Garth Hudson of the Band and Big & Rich would sometimes play for hours, unannounced.

As his mother Gloria “Momma” Locke loved to say, Poodie won the Most Beautiful Baby contest in Waco when he was just a few months old. The nickname “Poodie” came from a younger sister who couldn’t pronounce “pretty” in describing her sibling.

A 12-year-old Locke met Nelson, from nearby Abbott, in Waco. Before hooking up with Willie just before “Red Headed Stranger” blew up, Locke was a roadie for B.W. Stevenson.

“Indecision may or may not be our biggest problem,” Locke quoted Willie as summing up the life of being on the road for up to 275 days a year. Although he’s met countless celebrities through the years, Poodie’s only asked for two autographs: John Wayne and Walter Cronkite.

Locke worked a Willie show at Carl’s Corner Saturday and seemed to be in good health, according to Patoski. He’s survived by his girlfriend Shaye, his sister Cindy and his mother.

You were lucky if you knew Poodie Locke, a larger-than-life folk hero who epitomized, behind the scenes, the humor and humility and edication his boss presented onstage. You can be sure there is devastation in Willie World. A member of the immediate family, Willie’s spiritual kid brother, has passed on.

There’s a little less love out on the road. But, as Poodie knew better than anyone, the road still calls.

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Country Line Magazine
June 2002
PoodieLocke: Country Music’s Backstage Legend
by Sheryl Bucsanyi

Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s stage manager for almost 30 years has heard and seen it all. And, he doesn’t mind telling it the way it is or the way it was.

Poodie is a nickname he ws branded with since he was a kid. “I guess, because I was a mess. I don’t know,” Poodie says.

I ask Poodie to describe himself in three words. “Pretty f#%*@ lucky.” He stops laughing, thinks, and decides to say, “A gifted life.”

In his spare time he likes to play golf, drink tequila, and chase women, but not necessarily in that order. His motto for life is “a fartin’ horse never tires.” He also claims that a rolling stone gathers neither moss nor dirt.

His proudest accomplishment is getting a job with Willie andstill being alive. “We’re still here. We’re the oldest band and crew alive who still travels. “We’ve outlived outlived the Beatles. We got underwear older than most of those kids who are playing right now,” Poodie confesses.

Poodie was 12 years old when he met Willie in Waco. ” Who is Willie Nelson?”, Poodie says, “The king of the common man.”

I asked him if he could tell me something about Willie that no one else knows. “Yes, but I can’t put it in print.” Poodie tells me how Willie is a national treasure, but that he’s definitely had his lower moments. “He’s had five wives, hell what do you think?”

Riding on the road for about 275 days a year, Poodie says keeps him young. When Poodie first started out on the road he says that every day was a story. Their first bus was previously owned by Porter Wagner and Dolly Parton. It had 6 bunks in the back and three private cabins. “We were in hog heaven. We were bullet proof. We were young.”

Poodieexplains, “Willie got real hot real fast. We did eight shows in eight days. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain went from member 70 to number one in two weeks. And then, we didn’t come back for eight months. We had to buy new underwear in Arizona.

In the words of Willie according to Poodie, ‘Indecision may or may not be our biggest problem. Strive to be mediocre and those who contribute must leave.’ We are like the most unorganized bunch andpeople try to organize us. One guy from the Rolling Stones lasted only one gig because he couldn’t findthe gig or the band.”

Poodiesays that the band wasn’t hired. “It was conceived. The people in this organization stay.”

Willie is 69 years old. He jogs five miles a day, plays 18 holes of golf, does 2 1/2 hour shows, and then signs autographs for 2 hours. “The man is an animal,” Poodie says. I ask him what was Willie’s secret. Poodie insists that it’s the road. It keeps you alive and it keeps you going. I go home and see people my age, ones I went to school with ahd they’re old.” They look old.” Born in 1952 in Waco, Poodie’s birthday is the same day as Stevie Ray Vaughan – October 3.

Surrounded by gifted women in show business, Poodie has had flings or relationps with legendary Emmy Lou Harris, Tanya Tucker and Bonnie Raitt. “I was married to Bonnie Rait once, until we got sober,” Poodie admits. He has also shopped with Dolly once when she was wearing a t-shirt and no wig or makeup.

Austin area country western singer Kevin Fowler walks up, “I’m trying to find something good to say about you, Poodie,” Kevin jokes. “Nah, he’s a true friend to Texas musicians.”

Poodie comments, “He (Kevin) used to have hair on his ass, now there ain’t none at all.”

Kevin says that Poodie gave him a gig at the Hilltop when no one else would. First Kevin would play for tips and$50. Then he got a band and was paid $100. “Then,” Poodie says, “He started selling thongs and it was all downhill from there.” Kevin offers me an onion ring. “Sample this.” This is what it’s all about, Kevin insists.

There are two memorable moments that stick out in Poodie’s mind. The first one was when they played for the 92nd Airborne in North Carolina for 25,000 soldiers. “It was during the IRS ordeal.” According to Poodie, the general placed his hand on Willie’s shoulder and said, “Let me tell you something Willie Nelson. We know you’ve had a little trouble with the government, and I know it wasn’t your fault. Everyone here at the 82ndAirborne will defend you and build a perimeter aound you to protect you anytime, anywhere. You are what America is all about.”

Poodie says that they paid their taxes to a guy in Connecticut who didn’t pay their taxes nor filed them causing Willie a two and half million-dollar debt. Poodie says that they ended up filing suit.

The second unforgettble experience was playing at the Olympics. Willie wore his cowboy hat and black jacket. “Willie’s presence was not advertised before hand. He sang Bridge Over Troubled Waterstalking through the chorus saying, “That will ease our mind.” Poodie says that Willie signed about 2,000 autographs to Russians, Chinese, everybody. “He’s like the grandfather of the world.” Somebody told Poodie, “Ya know they’re taking medals away from these athletes for doing drugs, but they bring Willie Nelson to close the damn Olympics. What’s up with that?”

Poodie believes that marijuana should be legalized. “Nobody is going to smoke a joint and go kill 10 kids at McDonald’s”, Poodie preaches. “I never smoked any pot like that. And I’ve smoked a lot of pot in many different places all over the world.”

Flashing back to the fairgrounds in Baton Rouge, Poodie remembers when Wille’s crew played with Jimmy Buffet, Jerry Jeff Walker and Asleep at the Wheel. Willie’s time to perform was supposed to be at 9 p.m. They didn’t go on until 1 a.m. “We did everything we could waiting ” drank five cases of beer. We were toast. And Bee Spears, the bass player, walked over to Willie and goes, tell ya what Willie boy, you don’t have a hair on your ass if you don’t play until the sun comes up. Willie goes (Poodie playing an imaginary guitar) dair, dair and dair for 7 1/2 hours. It started out 50 to 60,000 people. When the sun came up, there was still about 20,000 people there,” Poodie tells. “Willie never peed. I couldn’t believe it. Bee just went over and peed off the side of the stage and never stopped playing.

The Caesar’s Palace in Vegas is not known for entertainers wearing blue jeans. However, Willie played two shows a day for two weeks. Bee and Poodie met a couple of riggers at 4.a.m. in a bar. “Bee is the craziest human being next to Dennis Hopper who is dangerously crazy,” Poodie claims. “The worst thing Bee can say to you is hey, I got this great idea.” Bee asked one of the riggers, whose father used to rig for Mary Martin on Broadway’s Peter Pan, if he could fly.

Willie had written this song, Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground, for his wife at the time named Connie. “We’ve been up for about a week. Bee’s hair looked like a firecracker hit it. He took off his boots andhad a mouth full of water Bee was flying up and around behind Wilie. The crowd started going crazy. Willie thought it was cause he was rockin. Bee is hilarious. Then Willie saw Bee and Bee spit water on him. The whole place cracks up. Willie thought it was funny and then made Bee sing a song in his socked feet because Bee hates to sing. You could do a whole book on Bee.”

The most interesting person Poodie has ever met is Dennis Hopper because “He was the 60s, 70s,80s, and the 90s,” Poodie claims. “Dennis is a time bomb fixin to go off. He would eat five pounds of mushrooms, get naked and scale the Golden Gate Bridge. One time in Peru in the 70s, he ate a bunch of mushrooms and climbed a high line pole naked. Every one of his wives would catch him doing something always when he was naked, and he never could defend himself.”

Poodie’s favorite famous person whom he has met is Walter Cronkite. “The only autographs that I’ve ever got was him and John Wayne,” Poodie says.

Poodie grew up with people like Johnny Cash, Kris Krisstofferson, and Waylon Jennings. According to Poodie, Waylon was a wild and crazy guy who did a lot of drugs and chased a lot of women. Back in the older days, most of the musicians Poodie was around popped pills. Until one day when the crew stopped at a honky tonk and somebody gave Waylon some cocaine.

“Waylon called his road manager over and said, “hey Johnny, that was some good stuff. How much is it?” Johnny said about $2,000 an ounce. Waylon goes, cool get me a pound. Johnny said, I can’t get that for you. I’m not carrying a pound of blow around with me!” Poodie informs.

Poodie describes Waylon as the macho man. “I loved Waylon. He loved to play. He would play for  1/2 horus and if you didn’t like him, he’d play for another hour.”

Kris was very ‘military-oriented and very opinioned.” Poodie remembers how Kris and Waylon used to argue all the time about politics.

I asked Poodie if the story was true about the day Kris andWillie ran out of gas somewhere around Austin and nobody would pick them up. Poodie says, “Yea, they looked to scraggily.”

One time Poodie played golf with Kris in Australia. “Kris hates to lose,” Poodie says. “And he lost $2. He cussed at me for about a week.”

Kris is the “black experience” In the 1984 movie Songwriter, Kris’ character’s name was Blacky Buck. According to Poodie he could get along with Kris’ military-style personality, so he was Kris’ driver. “We would have a 4:30 a.m. call for a 7:30 a.m. shoot. Kris is outside standing on the curb. I get there at 4:45. Now Kris, I say, how many movies have you’ve been in? Ah, 30 or 40 why? What time you actually think we’re gong to do anythinhg? He goes, ah, 5:30 or 7. Then why are we going anywhere at 4:30 a.m.? I just got home!”

Every day, about 200 girls would line up outside of Kris’ trailer. “They wren’t getting autographs or photos.” Poodie announces.

Poodie’s favorite song Kris has written is Sunday Morning Coming Down. Poodie begins singing, “Well I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt. And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert.” Johnny Cash leased this song.

The man in balck, Johnny Cash, is real “Stoic, humble, big and strong.” Poodie demonstrates how Cash could be sitting down andfrom his lap, throws a pill andcatches it in his mouth. “He would take a Percadan from right here and throw it andcatch it in his mouth like a frog. Never missed,” Poodie says.

The Cowboys flew Willie down to play after the Superbowl in Miami in 1976. “I was in the Cowboys’ dressing room with Billy Graham watching Pittsburgh beat their ass when it was like the Lord walked in. Johnny Cash is a huge man. His hands are big like Dennis Rodman big,” Poodie describes.

Dallas lost the game (21-17) but they still had a party. I ask why Billy Graham was there. Poodie answers, “Because he was a big Cowboys fan and Tom Landry was one of his disciples.”

Being raised in a religous family, Poodie believes in a supreme being. “I believe that everybody should have something to believe in. Everybody can have their own God as long as you are on the same track. I was taught to read the Bible. I can even recite the books of the Bible.”

Poodie’s advice to new country artists is to have your own identity, and don’t sound like everybody else.

During this interview Poodie’sfriends surroundhim. One friend, Stiffy Williams decides to demonstrate his talent by singing his song he wrote when they all were in Amsterdam. He sings, “Hey, hey Willie, what’s going on? We’re out on the road and a long ways from home. Smokin lots of week, the girls are fine. I need $20 so I get back in line.  Hot damn I’m in Amsterdam. Hot damn I’m in Amsterdam. Ain’t no body knows who I am. Kept my zipper zipped up, ani’t done nothing wrong….” The circle laughs and applauds.

His mother, Gloria Lock, comes down to Austin to visit her son whenever he’s off the road. She describes him as outspoken, well loved, helpful, and busy. She says that she has met many famous people including James Gardner and that they all call her Momma Locke.

“When I’m here I cook the boys five pounds of butter beans, five pounds of fried okra, smothered pork chops, a special relish, hot water corn bread, and peach cobbler. Sometimes it’s meat loaf, another liver.” I loved the butter beans myself.”

“In 1952, Poodie was voted Most Beautiful Baby in Waco,” Momma Locke proudly boasts. “I never had any problems raising him. When I would go shopping, he would squat down right beside me.”

Poodie has owned the Hilltop Bar and Grill for four years. It is known for the best cheesburgers in the world and great music. You never know who might walk in the door like Tracy Byrd did the other day.  Also, Merle Haggard played there once for 3 1/2 hours for free.

Besides Willie, his favorite all time musician he laughs is Stiffy Williams. Then he says no, it has to be the Eagles.

If he weren’t working for WIllie, he says that he would probably be dead. You would lthink it would be the opposite.

Towards the end of May, Willie’s crew will fly overseas to do 28 shows in 34 days all over Europe. Willie says he plans to stop touring in 15 years, according to Poodie.

There is not going to be a Willie Nelson 4th of July picnic this year, however, Pat Green will be having one at Waterloo Park in Austin. Nice trade off. Bet Poodies there.

Sheryl Bucsanyi

 

Bobby Boyd and Poodie Locke, Pedernales Country Club  (Thanks, Douglas Milford)

 

 

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Rest in Peace, Don Reed

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Don Reed has passed away, at his home in Texas.  He and Willie Nelson were friends for over 70 years, and grew up in Abbott, Texas together.

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Willie Nelson and friends, Joyce Reed, Fayedell Clements, Don Reed, Jackie Clements and Bobby Messer, taken on Willie’s bus, at Carl’s Corner, Texas.  Thanks to Stephen Girsh, for sharing this photo.

Janis from Texas took this picture at Carl’s Corner of Willie and Bobbie Nelson’s friends from Abbott:  Donald and Joyce Reed, and Fayedell and Jackie Clements.

When Willie Nelson learned that the Methodist Church in Abbott, where he and Bobbie and Don Reed attended with their families, was going to be sold and moved out of town, he bought the church building.   Don Reed said Willie told him, “Don, I bought that church.  And I am depending on you to take care of it.”  “And here I am,” said Don.

Rest in Peace, Jon Lacey

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Jon Lacey has passed away. Jon was a close friend and associate of Luck Films, and is shown here making a film in Luck, Texas. Thanks so much to Keith Moyer for sharing these photos.

Jon Lacey has passed away.   Jon was a close friend and associate of Luck Films, and is shown here making a film in Luck, Texas.  Thanks so much to Keith Moyer for sharing these photos.

We still miss you, Bee Spears (1949 – 2011)

Friday, December 8th, 2017


Photo:  Jay Janner

Bee Spears passed away on December 8, 2011.

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