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Pick of the Day: Poodie Locke

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

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Pick of the day: Poodie Locke, “No Bad Days”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

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Poodie Golf and Music Fest in Spicewood (Oct. 1, 2016)

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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by:  Daniel Clifton

Poodie’s Party, a music festival and golf tournament, is Oct. 1 at Willie Nelson’s Cut-N-Putt in Spicewood. The event is in honor of Randall ‘Poodie’ Locke, Nelson’s longtime stage manager and the former owner of Poodie’s in Spicewood. He died in 2009. Courtesy photo

SPICEWOOD — While he worked alongside Willie Nelson for more than three decades as a roadie and then a stage manager, Randall “Poodie” Locke’s real contribution to the world was probably how he helped out young musicians or just anyone who needed a little assistance.

“He just took care of everyone,” said Louie Long, who knew the man simply as Poodie for two decades. “He affected so many people over the years, we just wanted to keep that going.”

Long and several other of Poodie’s friends are keeping that legacy going with Poodie’s Party, set for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Willie Nelson’s Cut-N-Putt. Proceeds go to the Helping Hand of Spicewood Crisis Ministry and the Pedernales and Spicewood fire departments and their auxiliaries.

Poodie joined Nelson’s crew in 1975 as a set-up and load-out man, but he eventually worked his way up to stage manager. He worked with Nelson for 34 years, becoming known as the “King of the Roadies.”

“There were some places I think Poodie was more known than Willie,” Long said with a laugh.

He added that Poodie, who passed away in 2009, helped many an up-and-coming band or musician, either through his venue, Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse in Spicewood, as a booking agent, or just as a great supporter of live music.

Poodie, who was once voted the “Prettiest Baby in Waco,” and served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, passed away in May 2009. After his death, Long and several other of Poodie’s friends would gather, play some music, share stories, and just remember the man.

“But then I opened my mouth and said, ‘Let’s go bigger,’” Long recalled.

That led to the creation of Poodie’s Party, aka No Bad Days Music Festival and Golf Tournament, which celebrates its third year this time around. The event features a four-person golf scramble on Willie Nelson’s Cut-N-Putt Golf Course, 807 Paisley Drive in Spicewood (Briarcliff), plus a music festival with quite a lineup.

The golf tournament’s first wave tees off at 9 a.m. with the second wave hitting the nine-hole course at 1 p.m.

The music festival, which is also at Cut-N-Putt, gets going at noon and keeps rolling until 6 p.m.

The golf tournament is limited to 22 teams, or 88 golfers, and often fills up quickly, but you can always check and see if there’s a spot open. The cost is $75 per person.

The music festival is $20 per person with no admission for kids 13 and younger. It’s a BYOB event, but you can also bring a chair.

The musical lineup includes The Troubadillos, Bobby Boyd, Jimmy Lee Jones, Lucas Johnson, Ru Coleman, Andrea Marie, Bad Rodeo, Paul Logan, Extreme Heat, and the Peterson Brothers.

Long said several of the acts, such as The Troubadillos, Bobby Boyd, and Jimmy Lee Jones, have performed at the previous two festivals, but he does that on purpose because of those musicians’ connection with Poodie. Long himself is a member of The Troubadillos.

But keeping to Poodie’s mission of helping promising musicians, the lineup features several younger ones such as the Peterson Brothers out of Austin and Lucas Johnson of Spicewood.

“You’re hearing a lot about Lucas (Johnson) right now,” Long said. “That’s because he’s good. He’s going somewhere.”

All the musicians donate their time for the event.

“They’re doing it to honor Poodie and (the donations are) in Poodie’s name,” Long added. “He was quite a guy, and people … want to help out when they hear about this event and what it’s for.”

Last year, Poodie’s Party raised enough money that organizers donated $3,500 to Spicewood Elementary School for the purchase of musical instruments and $3,500 to Helping Hand of Spicewood Crisis Ministry, which assists area residents who are going through difficult times. This year, along with the ministry, organizers are adding Pedernales and Spicewood fire departments and first responders along with their auxiliaries to the recipients.

“We keep it local,” Long added.

Though it’s only in its third year, Long said he and the other organizers (B.B. Morse, Bill Crow, and Bill Noble) plan to keep it going.

“We’re looking for many, many more years,” Long said. “We want to remember Poodie, but he was always so giving, and this is a way we can keep giving back to the community in his name.”

Go to poodiesparty.com or look up Poodie’s Party on Facebook for more information.

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Scott Newton Photography

Friday, July 1st, 2016

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“Poodie. Randall “Poodie” Locke. 1979 Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, Briarcliff, TX. This is the famous Poodie, reaching into a bag of mic cords. For almost his entire adult life he was the guy who made things happen in Willie World. He knew who was who, and who should be where; he was the heart and soul of the traveling circus. He was also pretty much the one person you had to know if you wanted access to the stage while Willie was on it.

While not working he was the nicest, warmest guy you could know; generous, intelligent, hearty, fun. But during a show, he was the tempestuous stage dictator, and woe is you if you were a photographer onstage who didn’t belong.

The fact I have immortal images to show you, taken at the Picnics, is directly because Poodie thought I was worthy; I was often the only photographer up there during the really rich moments. Poodie, in a very real way, was my good friend. He died in 2009 at age 56. A great guy and an excellent human being.” 
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“Kiss Big Bootie Goodbye”

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Sonny Throckmorton wrote “Kiss Big Bootie Goodbye” and sat in when the music video was filmed at Poodies’s Hilltop Lounge, outside Austin.

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Willie Nelson and Family (photos by Neil Leifer)

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

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Portrait of Willie Nelson and Family during photo shoot at the Golden Nugget Hotel.
Las Vegas, Nevada 8/1978
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2nd Annual Poodies’ Party (Oct. 3, 2015)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

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Thanks, Janis from Texas, for the photo.  She is there today, volunteering and helping to make it happen.

2nd Annual Poodie’s Party Golf Tournament and Music Festival (Oct. 3, 2015) (Spicewood, Tx)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

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CALLING ALL FRIENDS OF POODIE LOCKE!!!

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Poodie’s Party No Bad Days Golf Tournament & Music Festival benefitting Helping Hand Crisis Ministry of Spicewood and towards the purchase of Musical Instruments benefitting the students of Spicewood Elementary!!

Please make plans to join us Saturday, October 03rd, 2015 at Willie Nelson’s Cut-N-Putt, Pedernales Golf Club,
807 Paisley Drive, Spicewood, Texas 78669 (512)264-1489

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NO BAD DAYS GOLF TOURNAMENT
• $75 per Player/$300 per Team of 4 Players (includes the Music Festival)
• 4 man 9 hole scramble
• 8am Check-In for a 9am Tee Off of 11 Teams that includes Breakfast
• 12pm Check-In for a 1pm Tee Off of 11 Teams that includes lunch

MUSIC FESTIVAL
• $20 Admission for Music Festival Only
• 12 and under FREE!!!
• Live Music from 12 Noon-7pm
* Waylon Payne, Ru Coleman, Bobby Boyd, Jimmy Lee Jones, The Troubadillos, Bad Rodeo, Fabrizlo Poggi & Chicken Mambo, and THE LARRY BUTLER SHOW featuring Larry Butler, Greg and Denny Coleman, Carl Wats, Brian Collins, Loretta Turner, Mike Samuels, Joe Butler, Janet Lynn, Brent Wilson
• Hosted by the Totally Terrific Troubadillos

VENDORS
• Food and Refreshments (BYOB No Alcohol Sales)
• Crafts
• Face Painting

AUCTIONS, RAFFLES, DOOR PRIZES, A WILLIE AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

NON ALCOHOL SALES EVENT BYOB AND BRING A CHAIR!!!

To sign up for the golf tournament, and more info and event updates, visit us at @[NjQyMTgzOTU5MjA4MTA3Omh0dHBcYS8vd3d3LnBvb2RpZXNwYXJ0eS5jb20vOjo=:www.poodiesparty.com]

SPONSORS NEEDED
4 Levels of Sponsorship
• The Swing: Hole or Tee Box Sponsor
• The Fairway: Hole or Tee Box Sponsor, plus Flagstick
• UnderPar: Hole Sponsor, Flagstick, plus Sound Booth Banner
• Hole In One: Hole Sponsor, Flagstick, Stage Banner prominently displayed in Stage Area, AND Team Sponsorship

DONATIONS ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE SILENT AND STAGE AUCTIONS
• For Sponsorship Info email bbmorse@poodiesparty.com

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW AND REMEMBER:
NO BAD DAYS!!!

2nd Annual Poodie’s Party Golf Tournament and Music Festival (October 3, 2015) No Bad Days!

Friday, August 14th, 2015

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Mark your calendars!  The second annual party celebrating the life and times and friendships of Poodie Locke will take place on October 3, 2015, at Pedenales Golf Club, Spicewood, Texas.  October 3 is Poodie’s birthday, born this day in 1952.  He would turn 63 in October, check my math though.  He is still missed.

www.poodiesparty.com

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CALLING ALL FRIENDS OF POODIE LOCKE!!!

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Poodie’s Party No Bad Days Golf Tournament & Music Festival benefitting Helping Hand Crisis Ministry of Spicewood and towards the purchase of Musical Instruments benefitting the students of Spicewood Elementary!!

Please make plans to join us Saturday, October 03rd, 2015 at Willie Nelson’s Cut-N-Putt, Pedernales Golf Club,
807 Paisley Drive, Spicewood, Texas 78669 (512)264-1489

NO BAD DAYS GOLF TOURNAMENT
• $75 per Player/$300 per Team of 4 Players (includes the Music Festival)
• 4 man 9 hole scramble
• 8am Check-In for a 9am Tee Off of 11 Teams that includes Breakfast
• 12pm Check-In for a 1pm Tee Off of 11 Teams that includes lunch

MUSIC FESTIVAL
• $20 Admission for Music Festival Only
• 12 and under FREE!!!
• Live Music from 12 Noon-7pm
* Waylon Payne, Ru Coleman, Bobby Boyd, Jimmy Lee Jones, The Troubadillos, Bad Rodeo, Fabrizlo Poggi, and THE LARRY BUTLER SHOW featuring Larry Butler, Greg and Denny Coleman, Carl Wats, Brian Collins, Loretta Turner, Mike Samuals, Joe Butler, Janet Lynn, Brent Wilson
• Hosted by the Totally Terrific Troubadillos

VENDORS
• Food and Refreshments (BYOB No Alcohol Sales)
• Crafts
• Face Painting

AUCTIONS, RAFFLES, DOOR PRIZES, A WILLIE AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

NON ALCOHOL SALES EVENT BYOB AND BRING A CHAIR!!!

To sign up for the golf tournament, and more info and event updates, visit us at www.poodiesparty.com

SPONSORS NEEDED
4 Levels of Sponsorship
• The Swing: Hole or Tee Box Sponsor
• The Fairway: Hole or Tee Box Sponsor, plus Flagstick
• UnderPar: Hole Sponsor, Flagstick, plus Sound Booth Banner
• Hole In One: Hole Sponsor, Flagstick, Stage Banner prominently displayed in Stage Area, AND Team Sponsorship

DONATIONS ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE SILENT AND STAGE AUCTIONS
• For Sponsorship Info email bbmorse@poodiesparty.com

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Still Missing Poodie Locke

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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picture credit: www.statesman.com

Poodie Locke, stage manager for WN&F,  passed away on this day, and  he is still missed, every day, by so many.  Especially fans who go to shows — it will always be strange not to see Poodie on stage.

Mickey Raphael, Mark Rothbaum, Poodie Locke
photo:  Cathy Cunningham

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Thanks to Margie Lemon, for sharing this picture she took of Poodie at Farm Aid II, in Austin, in 1986.

 

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Poodie and Chris Nelsen. Grand Rapids, Michigan-1982.

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Jason Hardison has written a tribute to Poodie Locke that appears in the Summer 2009 Texas Monthly.

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Johnny Knoxville posted this at his site www.jackassworld.com

I had a good friend pass away yesterday. Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s stage manager for 34 years, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Briarcliff, Texas. I kept this photo of me and him by my bed up until I moved into our new house. He used to laugh and tell people, “Knoxville keeps a picture of me next to his nightstand.” It was true. He was a tequila swiggin’ big, round, bear of a man and he was as sweet as they come. Poodie was just funny as all hell, too, and the best dancer I ever saw. My cousin Roger Alan Wade and I once had him on our radio show, The Big Ass Happy Family Jubilee, and you can listen to that below.

Most memorably, Poodie was never in bad spirits. I mean, don’t get me wrong, ol’ Poodie was usually in the spirits (and I was right there with him), but he was always positive, always smilin’. “Waco Texas’s Prettiest Baby of 1952? was full of good advice, too. One time, he sagely told me, “It’s alright to step on your dick, Knox, just don’t stand on it.” At his restaurant, Poodie’s Hilltop Bar and Grill in Spicewood, Texas, he put a sign up at the door that said, “There are no bad days.” When Poodie was around there sure wasn’t, but now that he’s passed on I think today is going to be kinda rough.

I love you, Poodie. Rest in peace, buddy.

Sincerely,

Knox

 

Poodie, Budrock and Kris, Jr.

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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Thanks to Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, lighing director for Willie Nelson & Family for sharing this cool rare photo of him with Poodie and Kris Kristofferson, Jr., taken at Highwaymen Show.

Celebrating Poodie Locke: “No Bad Days” (First Annual Golf Tournament) (Briarwood, TX) (10/4/14)

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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Thank you Janis from Texas Tillerson, for sharing photos from Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Golf Course, at the First Annual Golf Tournament Celebration (first Sat in Oct; mark your calendar).

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This beautiful guitar, signed by Willie Nelson, will be auctioned off today at 4:20 p.m.

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Sweet Cherie is celebrating her friend Poodie.

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the lovely SueAnn

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The lost interviews: Budrock Prewitt’s interview with Willie Nelson about Poodie Locke (circa 1980)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014





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“This was done in my living room in Dallas in 1980. It was me and a few Willie Vinyl Albums and a cassette machine.  Crude but funny.”

Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt
Willie Nelson & Family
Lighting Director aka “The Illuminator”

Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out the car window.

I feel bad that Budrock “The Illuminator” is still off the road, home in Texas, healing from an injury last June.  It’s gotta be killing him.   But, he continues to heal, slowly, and I know he appreciates all the good wishes folks send him.

Thanks to Buddy for sharing this ‘interview’ he had about Poodie Locke, with someone who knew him well,  Willie Nelson.

 

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Pick of the day: Poodie Locke

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

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Thanks to Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt for sharing a picture of the Poodie Locke pick.