Yes, that bus for sale in Tyler drove on a Willie Nelson tour. But it was Paul English’s ride
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.
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