BackYard, Austin, Texas (2008)
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.