Archive for the ‘Passings’ Category

Rest in Peace, Glen Campbell

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Rest in Peace, Larry Butler. Thanks for the music

Monday, May 15th, 2017

photo:  Rachel Parker

So sad to learn of the passing of the great Larry Butler today.  Rest in peace.  His dear wife passed away last year.

Another Willie Nelson fan, “Jake” Harrell Jacob Myers, RIP

Monday, May 15th, 2017

“Jake” Harrell Jacob Myers, 72, of Pateros, passed away on April 21, 2017, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, while listening to “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson and holding the hands of his two youngest children.

We still miss you, Poodie

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Hard to believe, Poodie left us 8 years ago today. Still miss seeinghim at shows.





DSC_0192 by you.

“Most of all, Jan wanted to thank Willie Nelson” RIP RailroadLady

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

I just learned that Jan Moore, aka RailRoad lady passed away yesterday.  She loved Willie Nelson & Family so much.  Her daughter wrote on facebook:

I am very sad to say my mom Jan M. Moore went on to a much better place, she is free from all the pain and suffering. Thank you all for all the kind words, wonderful memories and the fantastic pictures. I was able to read her some of the comments from the other day, got a giggle out her a few times and many many smiles. My daughter said GranJan is like a celebrity! Yes, yes she was!!! She will be greatly missed, but know she had a love of life, and she just wasn’t getting to live it like she wanted anymore. She told me to tell everyone THANKS that bought her a beer at a concert, but most of all she wanted to thank WILLIE!

Jan was always first in line at a show.


Remember this one?
She had labeled it “Willie’s Parker County Homegrown watermelon’s marriage proposal Abilene Tx”

Remembering Billy Nelson

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

May 12, 1958-Dec 24, 1991

Thanks for the music, Leon Russell. RIP

Sunday, November 13th, 2016


Rest in Peace, Leon Russell, who passed away at his home in Nashville, his wife has reported.  He was still recovering from heart surgery earlier this year, but planned on resuming his tour in January 2017.


Thanks, Leonard Cohen, for the music and the poetry

Friday, November 11th, 2016


Leonard Cohen, the singer and songwriter, whose work spanned five decades, has died at the age of 82.

Sony Music Canada confirmed his death on the singer’s Facebook page.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read.

“We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” A cause of death was not given.

Canadian Cohen was hugely influential during the sixties and early seventies. His work found a deep resonance with the profound changes in society, and his songs dealt with love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression.

He went on to enjoy later success into his eighties and released his final album, You Want It Darker, earlier this year.

Cohen was born in Quebec in 1934 and learned the guitar in his teens and became influenced by the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca.

He later moved to live on the Greek Island of Hydra and from there wrote his poetry collection Flowers for Hitlerand the novels The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers during the 1960s.

Cohen’s foray into music began with a visit to New York in 1966 to gain a taste of the city’s thriving folk scene.

There he met folk singer Judy Collins who included two of his songs on her album In My Life.

Cohen soon established himself and became the songwriter for musicians such as Collins, Willie Nelson and James Taylor.

Rest in Peace, Buckwheat Zydeco, aka Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr.

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Paul Simon and Buckwheat Zydeco performed, “Man With the Blues, at the Gershwin Prize Award honoring recipient Willie Nelson in Washington D. C. last November

Buckwheat Zydeco, aka Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., died Sept. 24 of lung cancer in Lafayette, Louisiana, the town where was born and lived his whole life. He was 68.

In an interview a few years ago, he told his fans:

“Buckwheat’s coming to have a party with you! Bring two pairs of shoes. Let your hair down. We’re going to have fun.”

Services for Guthrie Thomas

Friday, July 15th, 2016


“Our friend and guitar pick maker, Guthrie Thomas passed Wednesday morning from a heart attack in his sleep.

I just spoke with his wife Toni again. She has finalized his Funeral arrangments.

Hites Funeral Home and Creamatory
438 W Sunset Rd.
Henderson, NV 89011

Formal Services and the Eulogy will be on Tuesday July 19, 2016 at High Noon”


Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt
Willie Nelson & Family
Lighting Director

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good

Rest in Peace, Guthrie Thomas, and thank you

Friday, July 15th, 2016


Willie Nelson and Guthrie Thomas backstage at the Smith Center, in Las Vegas, Tuesday, August 13, 2013.

I was so so sad to hear that Guthrie Thomas has passed away. His wife called Budrock yesterday from Las Vegas , telling him that Guthrie had passed away in his sleep.  Willie Nelson fans and music lovers know Guthrie for his Guitar Pick designs and collaborations with Budrock Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson & Family.  He was generous with his music, his stories and his beautiful guitar picks.  He had great respect and admiration for Willie Nelson & Family and his crew.

Services has been set:

Hites Funeral Home and Creamatory
438 W Sunset Rd.
Henderson, NV 89011

Formal Services and the Eulogy will be on Tuesday July 19, 2016 at High Noon”



Guthrie and Budrock sent me this framed pictures of Willie Nelson and guitar picks a few years ago, and I have always treasured it,  And every few weeks there would be a sweet note from him in the mail, with a few guitar picks, which he knew I was crazy about.

guhrie letter

I met Guthrie only once in person, at a Willie Nelson & Family show, of course, in Las Vegas. He and his wife Toni went to the show and I got to hang out with them a little bit. But I talked to Guthrie on the phone so much, we became friends. He was a talented musician and creative songwriter, recording music at his home in Nevada.   He and Buddy sent me these one Christmas


He didn’t complete the 8th grade, but later went back to college and obtained three degrees in music, pharmacy, and psychology.  He was still a licensed pharmacist, practicing at the time of his death.  His childhood was interesting, growing up on a ranch in Californi used for movie sets, friends with Ramblin Jack Elliott, Ringo Star, and too many other artists to name, all helping to inform the interesting adult he grew into and the life he led.  His motto:

Follow Your Dream and You Will Never Get Lost

Read more about his life, see photos, read stories, and listen to his music:


Most of us know and appreciate Guthrie for his beautiful guitar picks. As owner and operator of, Guthrie made guitar picks for Willie Nelson & Family, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and many other famous bands and artists.

Thanks, Guthrie, for the music, the guitar pick art, the stories and your friendship.

Here’s more samples of his art.





prezdjango picks

Rest in Peace, Freddy Powers

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Singer, songwriter, guitar player Freddy Powers has passed away. He was 84.

Sirius/XM Radio broadcast a tribute to Freddy Powers in 2012:

Willie’s Roadhouse salutes Texas songwriting hero Freddy Powers, author of five #1 hits for Merle Haggard (including “A Friend in California” and “Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room Tonight”), who is currently battling Parkinson’s Disease. Dallas Wayne will host this one-hour special, featuring songs written and recorded by Powers, as well as his emotional performance from Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in 2010.

July, 2011Freddy received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Texas Music Academy

April 27, 2011Freddy Powers was Recognized and Honored by the “Center for Texas Music” and is a finalist for the title of “Texas State Musician”.

May 2007 Inducted in to Cowtown Society of Western Music as a Hero of Western Music October 1, 2006 Inducted into the Western Swing Society “Hall of Fame”

May 20, 2006 Received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Texas Guitar Association

April, 2006 The Freddy Powers Parkinson’s Foundation was founded to benefit Texans with Parkinson’s

March 12, 2006 Inducted into the “Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame”

See Freddy in the new Big and Rich video release “Coming To Your City” includes song “Filthy Rich” a Freddy, B&R, Bill McDavid and Sonny Throckmorton collaboration

The Country Jazz Singer Collectors Edition personally autographed….. AVAILABLE AT THE FREDDY POWERS WEBSITE and Waterloo Records in Austin, Texas order on line or www.mytexasmusic/freddypowers

*New Freddy Powers “My Great Escape” cd Produced by and featuring Merle Haggard. Title cut “My Great Escape” written by Big and Rich also sing harmonies on this cut!!!!!!

“Freddy Powers Through the Years” features 50 years of Freddy’s music beginning at 23 years old and last song 73 years old.
more….. at


Farewell, Guy Clark

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

by: Bob Collins

Guy Clark died today. The singer and songwriter’s career always carried an important message: Don’t waste your life not following your passion.

He was an art director at a CBS TV station in Houston in the ’60s, but his love was playing the guitar and writing a few words.

That’s when he got some advice from the woman who would be his wife one day, he said in an interview a decade ago.

She told him, ‘Look, if you’re going to be a songwriter, be a songwriter. Don’t dabble at it and then spend the rest of your life wondering what might have been.’ With that challenge ringing in his ears, Guy moved to L.A. and brought Susanna with him. He got a job in the Dobro factory there and called up every song publisher in Southern California.

“We were living in this garage apartment in this straight neighborhood in Long Beach,” Clark remembers. “We woke up one morning to the sound of the landlord chopping down this beautiful grapefruit tree, and my first reaction was, ‘Pack up all the dishes.’ It sounded like a line in a song, so I wrote it down.

“Just about the only discipline I have as a songwriter is to write down an idea as soon as I have it. You wind up with a stack of bar napkins, and the real work comes the next day or week when you sit down and go through them to see if any of them makes any sense.

“I played in a little string band while I was in L.A., and one night we were driving back from a gig in Mission Beach at four in the morning and I was dozing off. I lifted my head up in this old Cadillac, looked out the window and said, ‘If I can just get off of this L.A. Freeway without getting killed or caught.’ As soon as I said it, I borrowed Susanna’s eyebrow pencil from her purse and wrote the line down on a burger wrapper. If I hadn’t, I might not have that song today.

Read rest of article, see photos and videos. 

by:  Scott Barretta

Songwriter Guy Clark turned 70 last month, and his legacy is celebrated on the new double CD This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark (Music Road Records). Among the 30-plus contributors are fellow country elders Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and artists mentored by Clark including Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell, who opens the album with That Old Time Feeling.

A native of West Texas, Clark cut his teeth in the Texas folk scene of the ’60s, where compatriots included Jerry Jeff Walker, who closes the album with Clark’s new composition My Favorite Picture of You. Walker later helped introduce Clark to a larger audience through his early ’70s versions of L.A. Freeway, covered here by Radney Foster, and Desperadoes Waiting on a Train, which is revisited by Nelson.

In 1971 Clark settled in Nashville, and he and his wife Susanna’s home became the center of a new generation of songwriters. Those included Earle, who gives a solo performance of The Last Gunfighter Ballad, and the late Townes Van Zandt, whose son John Townes Van Zandt II tackles Let Him Roll, a tragic story about a wino’s lost love.

The latter first appeared on Clark’s 1975 debut album Old No. 1, which also featured Texas 1947, a recollection about the first diesel locomotive performed by Robert Earl Keen, and the poignant one-night stand tale Instant Coffee Blues, sung by Suzy Boggus.

Other female artists include Emmylou Harris, whose duet with John Prine on Magnolia Wind is one of the set’s highlights.

Fellow Texan James McMurtry takes on Cold Dog Soup, a Dylanesque ode to a joint populated by characters including Jack Kerouac and Tom Waits.

Other Lone State contributors include Lyle Lovett (Anyhow I Love You) and Joe Ely (Dublin Blues).

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016


We miss you already, Merle Haggard; rest in peace

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016


The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard. It’s an acknowledgment of his artistry and his standing as “the poet of the common man.” It’s a tribute to his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole. It’s apt in every way but one.

The term imposes an aura of loftiness that’s totally at odds with the grit and heart of Haggard’s songs. “I’d be more comfortable with something like “professor,” he once told a reporter, and the description suits him. Studying, analyzing and observing the details of life around him, Haggard relays what he sees, hears and feels through his songs. The lyrics are deceptively simple, the music exceptionally listenable. Others who have lived through those same situations recognize the truth in the stories he tells. But Haggard’s real gift is that anyone who hears his songs recognizes the truth in them. When a Merle Haggard song plays, it can make an innocent-as-apple-pie grandma understand the stark loneliness and self-loathing of a prisoner on death row; a rich kid who never wanted for any material possession get a feel for the pain of wondering where the next meal will come from; a tee-totaling pillar of the community sympathize with the poor heartbroken guy downing shots at the local bar.

As a result, Haggard found his songs at the top of the charts on a regular basis. Immediately embraced by country fans, he also earned the respect of his peers. In addition to the 40 #1 hits included here, Haggard charted scores of Top Ten songs. He won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.