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WIllie Nelson, Ann Richards, Bob Bullock at the Raw Deal

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

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by:  Michael Barnes

In 1976, Eddie Wilson left his grand experiment, the Armadillo World Headquarters. Four years later, the seminal 1970s Austin music-food-and-drink venue that he had founded at Barton Springs Road and South First Street closed for good.

As Wilson tells it in his marvelous new memoir, “Armadillo World Headquarters,” he next discovered an open spot at 605 Sabine St. — a half-block off East Sixth Street — that rented for $125 a month.

“The name of the joint was the Raw Deal,” he writes. “The modest-to-the-point-of-crude concept was that it would be a beer bar that also sold some stuff to eat.”

It was no Armadillo, but the Raw Deal attracted a storied clientele of artists, politicos and just plain barflies who epitomized a key strata of 1970s Austin cultural history. (Send your memories and images of both places to mbarnes@statesman.com.)

With permission, here is an excerpt from the book that relates some of the more colorful and renowned customers who elbowed the bar at this grand old greasy spoon:

“Among my regular customers, Ann Richards was one of my favorite people to talk to. She and another well-known and powerful Texas politician, Bob Bullock, were very close to each other before they became non-friends. Bullock was state comptroller when I had the Raw Deal and was later elected lieutenant governor and served two terms. With the knowledge that, on occasion, I had special T-shirts printed, one day Ann came to me and asked if I might have some made in honor of her friend Bob.

“Bullock was in the middle of a campaign, and Ann wanted a T-shirt that would pay tribute to his notorious raging temper and mean-spiritedness. What about something that incorporated an image of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin? The more we talked about it, the more perfect it sounded.

“I called (artist) Micael Priest and asked him to create a drawing of Idi Amin wearing his military cap, standing tall behind an old-fashioned cash register, ringing up sales tax. I specified the words ‘Idi Amin for Comptroller’ should appear in large lettering. I sold dozens of the shirts to Bullock’s friends and enemies both — even to members of his staff. Once he found out about the T-shirts, sales immediately stopped. On election day, Bullock sailed to victory, but that was no surprise.

“In 1973, when Bullock was still the Texas secretary of state, he had been a regular at the (Armadillo) beer garden. He was politically ambitious, and it was known that he was thinking about running for either state comptroller or treasurer. Bullock’s daily companion was Ed Wendler, a significant political operator on a more local scale. Wendler was a lawyer who represented developers, a yellow dog Democrat street activist who favored pressed blue jeans. Feeling ballsy one afternoon, I stopped by their table to ask Bob if he’d made up his mind which office he planned to seek.

“‘Yup, just now, and you’ll be the first to know,’ he said. ‘I’ve learned that my liberal friends don’t trust me enough to want me as treasurer. I’ve also learned that they don’t know what comptroller means, so I’m going to take that one and shove it up their (expletive).’

“Later that day, as Ed and Bob were visibly approaching their limit, Bullock waved me over again. He wanted to know if I saw Willie Nelson regularly. At the time I did, and told him so.

“Bullock wanted me to ask Willie to play a fundraiser for his campaign. Then he went on to remind me that he had grown up in Hillsboro, the town next door to Abbott, where Willie had grown up. Willie would come to Hillsboro on the interurban bus, and when he got off the bus toting his guitar, Bullock and his buddies would give Willie a hard time.

“They’d make Willie take his guitar out of his case and sing a few songs under the implied threat that if he refused, they’d beat him up. Bullock seemed to think that was hilarious. Apparently, no one had told him that Willie was generally pleased to sing and play guitar for anyone, anywhere, at the drop of a hat.

“I said I’d be glad to pass along the request.

“I saw Willie a few days later and relayed Bullock’s request. Willie wanted to know what I thought of Bullock’s politics. I told him that Bullock had a future in whatever political arena he chose. Then Willie asked if there was anything else I thought he should know. The only thing I had to add was what Bullock had told me about when they were growing up, which I told him.

“Willie listened thoughtfully, scratched his chin, cocked his head, and said, ‘Would you mind telling Mr. Bullock from me to go (expletive) himself?’

“‘No, I don’t mind at all,’ I said.”

 

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

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“When they go low — we get high.” — Willie Nelson

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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Vote Early! Vote Often! #WillieNelsonforPresident #campaignsong

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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#WillieNelsonforPresident

Willie Nelson launched his run for President  with the most honest campaign slogan by a candidate ever:

“Remember, we’re not happy ’till you’re not happy.”

With a sure-to-win motto:

“Vote early; vote often”

He has released more from his political platform:

“If I’m elected I will abolish crime .  I will make everything legal”

The famous song writer has penned his new theme song for his campaign, too:

The Monkey’s Dead (Turn the Crank):

The monkeys dead, the show is over, the town is fixed, the mayor’s queer
Turn the crank
And they are putting all their money in our bank so we should all stand around holding hands giving thanks
The monkey’ s Dead, The show is over, the town is fixed, the mayors queer
Turn the crank

 

Feel the Willie – Willie For President

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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Thanks, Brad Wheeler.

Willie Nelson for President

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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and he’s got a good campaign slogan already

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Willie Nelson for President #FeeltheWillie

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

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“We’re not happy, ’till you’re not happy”

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Willie Nelson for President

Friday, July 8th, 2016

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by: Ab Hannah

Wllie Nelson may be running for President. The music making activist’s merchandise shop has recently added several “Willie For President” items to their inventory. This is only weeks after Nelson’s camp announced they were hiring employees for his up and coming weed brand. The jobs he created while developing the “Willie’s Reserve” marijuana brand, may be one of the achievements Mr. Nelson can boast about if he does indeed run for president. In fact, this isn’t the only part of Nelson’s track record that may be brought to light if he does run.

In 1990, Nelson had his assets seized and found himself deep in debt after making some unwise investments in the 1980’s.

However, only two years later he was able to repay his outstanding $32 million dollar debt after the success of his album The IRS Tapes: Who’ll buy my memories?

Further additions to his credentials include his position as co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or better known as NORML, which favors the legalization of marijuana in all 50 states and has been one of the leading advocates in the battle for legalization. NORML has assisted in making marijuana enforcement the lowest priority for many local law enforcers.

This led to the freeing of police resources to combat more violent and dangerous crime. Anyone looking for a presidential candidate with a plan for cannabis reform may be interested in voting for Willie Nelson during the next election cycle.

The man who once rescued his guitar from a burning ranch would likely do more for his fellow man. Nelson is no stranger to charity.

In fact in 2001, following the September 11 attacks, he participated in the benefit telethon leading other celebrities in a sing-along of the song “America the Beautiful.”

Willie Nelson is a patriot and has also been politically active since the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries where he raised money for and appeared at events in support of candidate Dennis Kucinich’s campaign.

One year later Nelson and several other business partners formed Willie Nelson Biodiesel, a company marketing vegetable oil as fuel for diesel engines, reducing the waste and burning of fossil fuels.

Nelson is also a known supporter of the LGBT movement and has written letters against the confinement and mistreatment of animals.

He’s proved himself as an activist who cares about issues that matter, he’s successfully brought himself out of debt which this country could use, and he’s a successful business person.

According to his track record, Nelson might be better qualified for the position of the president than many of the candidates running in during this year’s election. If Trump can get as far as he has, there’s no reason Willie Nelson can’t also compete during the next election cycle. Let’s hope he’s running.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic: The Celebration of the Summer

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

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Willie Nelson Pick of the Day: Willie Nelson for President

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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Thanks to Guthrie Thomas for sharing this photo of his election-year Willie Nelson guitar picks!  I love every version.

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Now, I say this every four years, “It would not surprise me in the least, Willie’s been there so many times he already has his own room and he is ready to tell the world exactly like it is, how it should be, and would be when Willie accepts the job.”

Designed by Dr. Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt and C.P. Vaughn.

— Guthrie Thomas

Willie Nelson endorses Democratic Candidates Clinton and Sanders

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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by:  Steven Bernstein

Legendary country music star Willie Nelson was in Washington, D.C., last week celebrating his 60-year career, as a recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. As a long-time supporter of the legalization of marijuana, PJ Media inquired during an interview at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall (where the awards ceremony took place) which candidate he plans to support in the presidential race. “Well, you know, it’s not over yet. I’m still watching the show but I’m a great Bernie and Hillary fan, you know,” Nelson said.

At a performance this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, Nelson – who has a much-admired reputation as a country music outlaw – let his audience know he has a very difference understanding  of what it means to be an outlaw than many of the folks in Texas:

“That was never clearer than when he played Living in the Promised Land, a song he played 30 years ago at Farm Aid, towards the end of night. When he sang the words, ‘There’s still a lot of love living in the promised-land,’ they were met with rapturous applause. When he followed that up with, ‘There’s room for everyone living in the promised land,’ the room fell awkwardly silent. At a time when some Texans see fit to take their guns and protest outside Islamic mosques, Nelson seemed to take pleasure in making clear just what it means (and doesn’t mean) to be an outlaw.”

Country music has typically been the bastion of Conservatives, but Nelson has some superstar country music liberal friends including Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, and Rosanne Cash, daughter of the late country music outlaw Johnny Cash. Cash, a guest at the award presentation honoring Nelson, told PJM:

“I’d love to see a women become president before I die”….offering, as if to make sure no one thought she was referring to Carly Fiorina, “She’s [Clinton] out there. I mean, I do like Bernie as well. It’s tough, you know. I’m an old-school liberal.”

Not surprisingly, Nelson has made some influential political friends as well. Of President Barack Obama, he said: “We talk about a lot of things. I’ve met him several times before, so he’s a good friend.” President Jimmy Carter, who shared this thoughts in a letter, said Nelson’s music has “enriched the lives of people far and wide for decades and that he is truly worthy of this prestigious and well-deserved award.”

Willie Nelson was born 82 years ago in Texas – he was raised a Methodist and still admits to some connection to the Church, but his politics have been liberal. Causes he backs include environmentalism, support for family farms, which he wrote about in an editorial for Politico earlier this year – and notably, the legalization of marijuana. So it should surprise no one that when asked what he likes about Sanders and Clinton, he responded “everything.”

Willie Nelson and Rosanne Cash like Bernie and Hillary

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Rosanne Cash are like most of us liberal progressive types: We think either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton are a better choice for President than any of the Republican contenders.

“I’m still watching the show.” — Willie Nelson

“I’d love to see a woman president before I die. I like Bernie, too. It’s hard.” — Rosanne Cash

Willie Nelson won’t be Roseanne Barr’s offer to be running mate

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

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by:  Robert Kirchgassner

Music star Willie Nelson has turned down Roseanne Barr’s offer to be her running mate in this year’s presidential election.

Barr made the offer to Nelson via Twitter while she is seeking the Green Party nomination.

“Thank you but no thank you. Good luck to you!,” Nelson wrote Tuesday.

Barr replied in kind with: “Is this an actual response? I sure appreciate it! Good luck to you too, Willie!”

She had previously announced that her vice presidential running mate would be announced at Saturday’s debate in San Francisco.

While her presidential prospects have yet to be determined, Barr’s newest pilot for NBC, Downwardly Mobile, may be ordered to series Sunday. It would reunite her with her Roseanne co-star John Goodman.

Barr announced her candidacy in February. By the end of March, she raised just over $31,000. Nearly $25,000 of that amount came from a loan she made to the campaign. Only one person made a donation over the itemized threshold of $200.

“FEC rules limit what one can contribute to one’s own campaign, but staff needs to be paid,” Barr said.

Barr is a proponent of the Occupy Wall Street movement and stated that her involvement in the Green Party is a rejection of Democrats and Republicans.

“They both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals,” Barr said.

She also has a unique campaign slogan:  “Vote for me, I’ll fix this s—-! Barr 2012.”

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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2012!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

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Billy Bob’s Texas announces the return of Willie Nelson’s Legendary 4th of July Picnic to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The long-standing Texas tradition now in it’s 39th year will again be held outside and inside of the famed Billy Bob’s Texas. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 23rd. Willie’s picnic has been held in the Fort Worth Stockyards 4-times previously, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011.

WILLIE NELSON’S 4TH OF JULY PICNIC is designed to provide guests a not-to-be-missed afternoon and evening of exceptional performances by artists from all musical genres, along with some unexpected jam sessions. Although Willie Nelson has not announced his entire picnic line-up, early confirmations include Corey Smith, Whiskey Myers, and Deadman. Past performers include a who’s who of country music and rock. Willie Nelson’s new album “Heros”, will be released in May and features Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, and Kris Kristofferson, along with his sons Micah and Lukas, so you never know who will show up at the picnic!

This year’s setup will again feature the air-conditioned comfort of Billy Bob’s opening to the landscaped beauty of Rodeo Plaza in the Stockyards. Doors will open at 11:30 am with the first artist taking the stage at 12 noon. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 23 at 10 am, and are $35 in advance, $45 day of show, available online at billybobstexas.com and Billy Bob’s Box office 817-624-7117. With the indoor/outdoor format and a limited capacity – Willie’s picnic was a sellout in 2011.

Willie Nelson, Lance Armstrong endorse Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell for re-election

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

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by:  Sarah Coppola

Singer Willie Nelson and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong have endorsed Mayor Lee Leffingwell as he runs for re-election.

Nelson said in a statement that Leffing-well “has done a real good job of helping keep (Austin) a special place.” Armstrong said the mayor “has been a strong leader, and I think he deserves a second term.”

Leffingwell is facing no major opponents this year, though former City Council Member Brigid Shea has said she’s considering challenging him.

The election will be in May.