Archive for the ‘Picnic’ Category
Thank you, Brad Wheeler, for finding this gem.
Isn’t this a great photo of Jenny and Terry Thompson? Their expressions really say it all, just how much fun it is to spend a day with friends and family at Willie Nelson’s picnic at Billy Bob’s Texas, at the Stockyards of Fort Worth. Yeah, it was hot, it was crowded, and it was hard to get to see all the stages and all the great acts, but it was so much fun. And the music was fantastic.
Do yourself a favor, mark your calendar and write Willie on your 2014 calendar for July 4, and never miss another Fourth of July Picnic that Willie Nelson invites you to. You’ll thank me later.
And thanks to Jesse Collins for taking the photo.
It’s always exciting at the end of a Willie Nelson & Family show when other artists or family members come on stage to sing with the band, and it’s especially fun at the Picnic, when the artists who played during the day sing gospel tunes with Willie, and whatever other songs Willie leads them in. . Some folks had to leave for other shows or other reason, but the stage was full.
Willie Nelson always invites so many artists to his picnic, that they won’t all fit on one stage, or even two. There were great bands performing on three stages, the South Stage, the North Stage and Inside Billy Bob’s stage. The sound system was so good, and they broadcast all the performances so you could hear all the bands performing from anywhere you were. And that’s really good because it gets so crowded that you can’t (easily) move from stage to stage to see all the bands you want to see. And that is the only bummer, not getting to see all the bands. We park ourselves in front of Willie’s stage, and just stay put. It’s too hot and too hard to try to get to other stage at end of field, but it means you don’t get to see everybody. We got to hear but not see Ryan Bingham, Ray Wyley Hubbard, Quebe Sisters, Ryan Bingham and Dirty River band, and
In years past, you could turn around and see the artists, from a distance of course. But for the past couple of years they have brought in a VIP skybox in the middle of the field. It’s a raised, tent, with tables and waiters and air-conditioning. The VIP experience, is $250.00, which includes early entry, private bar and waiters and some food and drink. But it was when I learned the toilets were air-conditioned, that I got it. There are no words to describe the smell of a port-o-potty on the 4th of July, in Forth Worth, Texas about 3:00 p.m., if you know what I mean.
But best part about the VIP Box, you can sit there and swivel around on your swivel chair and watch either stage. It’s not the same as being up front where we were, of course, but if you can’t go through what it takes to sit up front, or if you can’t take the Texas heat, then the Skybox might be the place for you.
It’s so fun to go see Willie Nelson & Family in Texas, and hang out with fans and friends I only see in Texas. This is Jan, a/k/a RailRoad Lady, Texas Clem, and Janis, on the 4th of July. They are Willie Nelson & Family fans, and I am happy to call them friends
Janis and I got there early and was greeted by this beautiful site, empty field waiting for Willie Nelson & Family and Friends and Fans and friends.
And here was the place a few hours later. This picture thanks to Flaco, from his unique position at the soundboard, who sends photos to his lovely wife Margie photos every concert, so she can experience the show.
Janis from Texas took this great photo of Willie Nelson’s hands on his Martin Guitar, at the BackYard in Austin last Sunday. Janis has been my gracious hostess and travelling companion for shows in Texas for many years now, and we have had some fun following Willie Nelson & Family around. She takes the greatest photos, and lets me share them here.
We just got home from celebrating the 4th of July with Willie Nelson & Family & Fans & Friends, then on to Quataw, OK for a show at the Downstream Casino, ending up at the BackYard on Sunday, at Bee Cave outside of Austin, to celebrate their 20th anniversary. I flew back to Denver Monday morning and took the bus back to Boulder and work. Good to be back at work so I can catch up on my rest!
Janis and I and took lots and lots of photos, and now that I have caught my breathe a bit, I will start sharing them here. Later, though, I’m off to work now.
Ever wonder what it feels like to have Willie Nelson put a bandanna on your head at his 4th of July Picnic?Saturday, July 6th, 2013
Jamey Johnson’s daughter joined her dad on stage for a few songs during his set in Fort Worth at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, then she came out to join everyone onstage for the gospel set and finale.
She watched Willie taking bandannas from his amp, putting them on, then tossing them to the fans. At one point, when he tossed a bandanna, she ran and grabbed a bandanna and ran up to the edge of the stage where Willie was, and handed him the bandanna to put on. Something I’ve never seen, and it was so sweet. Then, after that one got tossed, Willie grabbed one and put it on her head, and you can see how much she enjoyed it.
David Allan Coe watches as she ties it on.
“Good 4th of July to you Linda..! And, here is the 40th “Willie Nelson” 4th of July Picnic Pick. Of Course. Due to a slight miscommunication between Dr. “Budrock” and myself, it was supposed to read just Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, rather I received the same art that read, Willie and Family, so, mistakes happen, although Dr. Budrock took the blame, I, too, must be responsible equally, as we work on Willie’s Picks so close together on these.. So, it is now a Very Rare Pick, much like the upside down airplane on that very famous postage stamp. I see the bright lights in everything. And, since the Family was there, my guess is, Both Dr. “Budrock” and myself, satisfied the powers of the fans in all aspects…”
– Guthrie Thomas