photo: George Fowler
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The Oxford American is proud to release the 16th annual Southern Music Issue, which honors the profound musical history of TEXAS in 160 pages of writing and art, along with a 25-song CD compilation.
The cover features a stunning portrait of Guy and Susanna Clark taken in 1975 by iconic Nashville photographer Jim McGuire. Guy Clark’s song “My Favorite Picture of You,” the title track from his Grammy-winning 2013 album—written for his wife just a year before she died in 2012—is a highlight of the CD.
Along with Clark, the Texas compilation features music that best exemplifies the state’s rich, diverse sounds and traditions. Artists showcased on the album include Ray Price and Bob Wills, Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry, Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings, Lee Ann Womack, Ornette Coleman, Sarah Jarosz, Freddy Fender, Willie Nelson, Barbara Lynn, Johnny Winter, and others.
In the magazine: Tamara Saviano on the poetry of Guy Clark; Joe Nick Patoski profiles Willie Nelson’s longtime drummer, Paul “The Devil” English; Amanda Petrusich remembers Houston hip-hop genius DJ Screw; Dom Flemons interviews Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz; Rachel Monroe tries on Roy Orbison’s glasses; Michelle García searches for the birth of Tejano music; Margaret Moser pays tribute to the Austin music scene; Tom Maxwell, Cynthia Shearer, and Nathan Salsburg profile Texas folklorists and the musicians they recorded—and much more. The issue also presents new poetry by John Poch, Naomi Shihab Nye, and David Tomas Martinez, and short fiction by Bret Anthony Johnston.
The Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue has generated high praise during its years of publication. The Houston Chronicle described it as “the single best music-related magazine of any given year,” while the Boston Globe simply termed the issue “a welcome fix.” Chris Issak called it “a great, great magazine . . . like getting four years of Rolling Stone all in the same magazine.” In December of 2012, New York Times critic Dwight Garner wrote that the Music Issue CDs “practically belong in the Smithsonian.”
The Texas Music Issue was funded, in part, by a successful kickstarter campaign that raised $53,757 from 1,008 individuals.
Lots of great pictures of Willie Nelson and Family at www.WillieNelson.com
A 1983 tour bus belonging to a band member of Hill Country resident and country music legend Willie Nelson sold for $80,000 over the weekend after it was put up for sale on Craigslist by its Dallas-area owner.
The bus was owned by Nelson’s longtime drummer Paul English and had an original sale price of $29,000 that quickly attracted interest and media coverage all over the Internet, driving its price higher. Rolling Stone reports current owner Tom O’Leary bought the bus in 2010 “on a whim”and used it to travel to NASCAR races and hunting trips.
“I mainly just thought it looked cool,” he said. “It needed quite a bit of work when I got it and I did it all myself: fuel systems, electrical, floors, plumbing.”
The bus named Scout was one of four Nelson and his crew used on tour and reportedly clocked seven miles per gallon of eco-friendly fuel.
Willie Nelson’s publicist can’t confirm, only because “I promised to give him a break,” but Florida Coachcan: The bus for sale on Craigslist is indeed a Willie Nelson tour bus … technically. But despite what you may have read elsewhere, it wasn’t Willie’s.
Says so right there on the plaque pictured below and in the seller’s slideshow: “This coach was designed for Paul English of the Willie Nelson Band.” Which is almost good enough: The Fort Worth-born English has been Nelson’s drummer, tour manager and best friend since the mid-1950s. But Florida Coach’s Johnny Temples, who drove those buses during the ’80s, wants to be clear: The Scout, as it was called, was one of four buses on that tour, along with Willie’s iconic Honeysuckle Rose, the crew members’ Warrior and the band’s Red-Headed Stranger.
Eventually, the bus you see here was rechristened Me & Paul, so named for the 1985 record of the same name.
“Willie rode that bus when he played dominoes,” says Temples, “but that was not his personal bus.” The bus actually remained in Florida Coach’s fleet till 1989, when the company sold it down the long road that’s finally led to Tyler.
A friend sent the want ad yesterday, a few days after the bus hit the Internet’s open road, and surely it’ll be gone sooner than later. The seller, a feller named Alan, told The Village Voice he’s selling it for someone else — a gent without much tech savvy who doesn’t really need the money, but, based on the amount of almost-offers so far, figures it was probably priced too low.
That may be true. Buses that have been part of Nelson’s tour convoys show up for sale from time to time, and this 1986 Eagle I sold at auction for $47,580 in 2011. And: “As you’d imagine, THC residue and weed stems were all over the place.”
But of course. Clearly, priced too low.
I asked Paul English if I could do a selfie with him, and he said, “I have no idea what that is, but okay.” Then I said I would love to have a Me and Paul picture; that everyone wants one. He is such a gracious man.
Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt
I took these selfies in the morning before the Willie Nelson and family show at the BackYard Amphitheater last Tuesday. Now I think I know why everyone avoided me all afternoon — fear of selfies on Facebook.
Thanks to these kind folks for being good sports; no one said no, even though they were all busy and on their way to do something somewhere.
Willie Nelson had so much love and affection for everyone at the concert at the BackYard Tuesday, and this is how it looked from the front row, when Janis from Texas took this picture of him looking at her.
Thanks to Janis for her great photos from the show.
I love when I see Janis haul in her big ass camera, as heavy as it may be, because I know we will get to enjoy photos like these of Paul, and Bobbie.