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Remembering Poodie Locke

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

“This is a memorial to Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s Stage Manager forever. I was filming a TV show when he passed away. He will be missed.”

Tony Dell’Abate-Realtor

Happy Birthday, Poodie Locke (October 3, 1952)

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Hard to believe, Poodie left us 8 years ago today. Still miss seeinghim at shows.





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Country Line Magazine
June 2002
PoodieLocke: Country Music’s Backstage Legend
by Sheryl Bucsanyi

Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s stage manager for almost 30 years has heard and seen it all. And, he doesn’t mind telling it the way it is or the way it was.

Poodie is a nickname he ws branded with since he was a kid. “I guess, because I was a mess. I don’t know,” Poodie says.

I ask Poodie to describe himself in three words. “Pretty f#%*@ lucky.” He stops laughing, thinks, and decides to say, “A gifted life.”

In his spare time he likes to play golf, drink tequila, and chase women, but not necessarily in that order. His motto for life is “a fartin’ horse never tires.” He also claims that a rolling stone gathers neither moss nor dirt.

His proudest accomplishment is getting a job with Willie andstill being alive. “We’re still here. We’re the oldest band and crew alive who still travels. “We’ve outlived outlived the Beatles. We got underwear older than most of those kids who are playing right now,” Poodie confesses.

Poodie was 12 years old when he met Willie in Waco. ” Who is Willie Nelson?”, Poodie says, “The king of the common man.”

I asked him if he could tell me something about Willie that no one else knows. “Yes, but I can’t put it in print.” Poodie tells me how Willie is a national treasure, but that he’s definitely had his lower moments. “He’s had five wives, hell what do you think?”

Riding on the road for about 275 days a year, Poodie says keeps him young. When Poodie first started out on the road he says that every day was a story. Their first bus was previously owned by Porter Wagner and Dolly Parton. It had 6 bunks in the back and three private cabins. “We were in hog heaven. We were bullet proof. We were young.”

Poodieexplains, “Willie got real hot real fast. We did eight shows in eight days. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain went from member 70 to number one in two weeks. And then, we didn’t come back for eight months. We had to buy new underwear in Arizona.

In the words of Willie according to Poodie, ‘Indecision may or may not be our biggest problem. Strive to be mediocre and those who contribute must leave.’ We are like the most unorganized bunch andpeople try to organize us. One guy from the Rolling Stones lasted only one gig because he couldn’t findthe gig or the band.”

Poodiesays that the band wasn’t hired. “It was conceived. The people in this organization stay.”

Willie is 69 years old. He jogs five miles a day, plays 18 holes of golf, does 2 1/2 hour shows, and then signs autographs for 2 hours. “The man is an animal,” Poodie says. I ask him what was Willie’s secret. Poodie insists that it’s the road. It keeps you alive and it keeps you going. I go home and see people my age, ones I went to school with ahd they’re old.” They look old.” Born in 1952 in Waco, Poodie’s birthday is the same day as Stevie Ray Vaughan – October 3.

Surrounded by gifted women in show business, Poodie has had flings or relationps with legendary Emmy Lou Harris, Tanya Tucker and Bonnie Raitt. “I was married to Bonnie Rait once, until we got sober,” Poodie admits. He has also shopped with Dolly once when she was wearing a t-shirt and no wig or makeup.

Austin area country western singer Kevin Fowler walks up, “I’m trying to find something good to say about you, Poodie,” Kevin jokes. “Nah, he’s a true friend to Texas musicians.”

Poodie comments, “He (Kevin) used to have hair on his ass, now there ain’t none at all.”

Kevin says that Poodie gave him a gig at the Hilltop when no one else would. First Kevin would play for tips and$50. Then he got a band and was paid $100. “Then,” Poodie says, “He started selling thongs and it was all downhill from there.” Kevin offers me an onion ring. “Sample this.” This is what it’s all about, Kevin insists.

There are two memorable moments that stick out in Poodie’s mind. The first one was when they played for the 92nd Airborne in North Carolina for 25,000 soldiers. “It was during the IRS ordeal.” According to Poodie, the general placed his hand on Willie’s shoulder and said, “Let me tell you something Willie Nelson. We know you’ve had a little trouble with the government, and I know it wasn’t your fault. Everyone here at the 82ndAirborne will defend you and build a perimeter aound you to protect you anytime, anywhere. You are what America is all about.”

Poodie says that they paid their taxes to a guy in Connecticut who didn’t pay their taxes nor filed them causing Willie a two and half million-dollar debt. Poodie says that they ended up filing suit.

The second unforgettble experience was playing at the Olympics. Willie wore his cowboy hat and black jacket. “Willie’s presence was not advertised before hand. He sang Bridge Over Troubled Waterstalking through the chorus saying, “That will ease our mind.” Poodie says that Willie signed about 2,000 autographs to Russians, Chinese, everybody. “He’s like the grandfather of the world.” Somebody told Poodie, “Ya know they’re taking medals away from these athletes for doing drugs, but they bring Willie Nelson to close the damn Olympics. What’s up with that?”

Poodie believes that marijuana should be legalized. “Nobody is going to smoke a joint and go kill 10 kids at McDonald’s”, Poodie preaches. “I never smoked any pot like that. And I’ve smoked a lot of pot in many different places all over the world.”

Flashing back to the fairgrounds in Baton Rouge, Poodie remembers when Wille’s crew played with Jimmy Buffet, Jerry Jeff Walker and Asleep at the Wheel. Willie’s time to perform was supposed to be at 9 p.m. They didn’t go on until 1 a.m. “We did everything we could waiting ” drank five cases of beer. We were toast. And Bee Spears, the bass player, walked over to Willie and goes, tell ya what Willie boy, you don’t have a hair on your ass if you don’t play until the sun comes up. Willie goes (Poodie playing an imaginary guitar) dair, dair and dair for 7 1/2 hours. It started out 50 to 60,000 people. When the sun came up, there was still about 20,000 people there,” Poodie tells. “Willie never peed. I couldn’t believe it. Bee just went over and peed off the side of the stage and never stopped playing.

The Caesar’s Palace in Vegas is not known for entertainers wearing blue jeans. However, Willie played two shows a day for two weeks. Bee and Poodie met a couple of riggers at 4.a.m. in a bar. “Bee is the craziest human being next to Dennis Hopper who is dangerously crazy,” Poodie claims. “The worst thing Bee can say to you is hey, I got this great idea.” Bee asked one of the riggers, whose father used to rig for Mary Martin on Broadway’s Peter Pan, if he could fly.

Willie had written this song, Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground, for his wife at the time named Connie. “We’ve been up for about a week. Bee’s hair looked like a firecracker hit it. He took off his boots andhad a mouth full of water Bee was flying up and around behind Wilie. The crowd started going crazy. Willie thought it was cause he was rockin. Bee is hilarious. Then Willie saw Bee and Bee spit water on him. The whole place cracks up. Willie thought it was funny and then made Bee sing a song in his socked feet because Bee hates to sing. You could do a whole book on Bee.”

The most interesting person Poodie has ever met is Dennis Hopper because “He was the 60s, 70s,80s, and the 90s,” Poodie claims. “Dennis is a time bomb fixin to go off. He would eat five pounds of mushrooms, get naked and scale the Golden Gate Bridge. One time in Peru in the 70s, he ate a bunch of mushrooms and climbed a high line pole naked. Every one of his wives would catch him doing something always when he was naked, and he never could defend himself.”

Poodie’s favorite famous person whom he has met is Walter Cronkite. “The only autographs that I’ve ever got was him and John Wayne,” Poodie says.

Poodie grew up with people like Johnny Cash, Kris Krisstofferson, and Waylon Jennings. According to Poodie, Waylon was a wild and crazy guy who did a lot of drugs and chased a lot of women. Back in the older days, most of the musicians Poodie was around popped pills. Until one day when the crew stopped at a honky tonk and somebody gave Waylon some cocaine.

“Waylon called his road manager over and said, “hey Johnny, that was some good stuff. How much is it?” Johnny said about $2,000 an ounce. Waylon goes, cool get me a pound. Johnny said, I can’t get that for you. I’m not carrying a pound of blow around with me!” Poodie informs.

Poodie describes Waylon as the macho man. “I loved Waylon. He loved to play. He would play for  1/2 horus and if you didn’t like him, he’d play for another hour.”

Kris was very ‘military-oriented and very opinioned.” Poodie remembers how Kris and Waylon used to argue all the time about politics.

I asked Poodie if the story was true about the day Kris andWillie ran out of gas somewhere around Austin and nobody would pick them up. Poodie says, “Yea, they looked to scraggily.”

One time Poodie played golf with Kris in Australia. “Kris hates to lose,” Poodie says. “And he lost $2. He cussed at me for about a week.”

Kris is the “black experience” In the 1984 movie Songwriter, Kris’ character’s name was Blacky Buck. According to Poodie he could get along with Kris’ military-style personality, so he was Kris’ driver. “We would have a 4:30 a.m. call for a 7:30 a.m. shoot. Kris is outside standing on the curb. I get there at 4:45. Now Kris, I say, how many movies have you’ve been in? Ah, 30 or 40 why? What time you actually think we’re gong to do anythinhg? He goes, ah, 5:30 or 7. Then why are we going anywhere at 4:30 a.m.? I just got home!”

Every day, about 200 girls would line up outside of Kris’ trailer. “They wren’t getting autographs or photos.” Poodie announces.

Poodie’s favorite song Kris has written is Sunday Morning Coming Down. Poodie begins singing, “Well I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt. And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert.” Johnny Cash leased this song.

The man in balck, Johnny Cash, is real “Stoic, humble, big and strong.” Poodie demonstrates how Cash could be sitting down andfrom his lap, throws a pill andcatches it in his mouth. “He would take a Percadan from right here and throw it andcatch it in his mouth like a frog. Never missed,” Poodie says.

The Cowboys flew Willie down to play after the Superbowl in Miami in 1976. “I was in the Cowboys’ dressing room with Billy Graham watching Pittsburgh beat their ass when it was like the Lord walked in. Johnny Cash is a huge man. His hands are big like Dennis Rodman big,” Poodie describes.

Dallas lost the game (21-17) but they still had a party. I ask why Billy Graham was there. Poodie answers, “Because he was a big Cowboys fan and Tom Landry was one of his disciples.”

Being raised in a religous family, Poodie believes in a supreme being. “I believe that everybody should have something to believe in. Everybody can have their own God as long as you are on the same track. I was taught to read the Bible. I can even recite the books of the Bible.”

Poodie’s advice to new country artists is to have your own identity, and don’t sound like everybody else.

During this interview Poodie’sfriends surroundhim. One friend, Stiffy Williams decides to demonstrate his talent by singing his song he wrote when they all were in Amsterdam. He sings, “Hey, hey Willie, what’s going on? We’re out on the road and a long ways from home. Smokin lots of week, the girls are fine. I need $20 so I get back in line.  Hot damn I’m in Amsterdam. Hot damn I’m in Amsterdam. Ain’t no body knows who I am. Kept my zipper zipped up, ani’t done nothing wrong….” The circle laughs and applauds.

His mother, Gloria Lock, comes down to Austin to visit her son whenever he’s off the road. She describes him as outspoken, well loved, helpful, and busy. She says that she has met many famous people including James Gardner and that they all call her Momma Locke.

“When I’m here I cook the boys five pounds of butter beans, five pounds of fried okra, smothered pork chops, a special relish, hot water corn bread, and peach cobbler. Sometimes it’s meat loaf, another liver.” I loved the butter beans myself.”

“In 1952, Poodie was voted Most Beautiful Baby in Waco,” Momma Locke proudly boasts. “I never had any problems raising him. When I would go shopping, he would squat down right beside me.”

Poodie has owned the Hilltop Bar and Grill for four years. It is known for the best cheesburgers in the world and great music. You never know who might walk in the door like Tracy Byrd did the other day.  Also, Merle Haggard played there once for 3 1/2 hours for free.

Besides Willie, his favorite all time musician he laughs is Stiffy Williams. Then he says no, it has to be the Eagles.

If he weren’t working for WIllie, he says that he would probably be dead. You would lthink it would be the opposite.

Towards the end of May, Willie’s crew will fly overseas to do 28 shows in 34 days all over Europe. Willie says he plans to stop touring in 15 years, according to Poodie.

There is not going to be a Willie Nelson 4th of July picnic this year, however, Pat Green will be having one at Waterloo Park in Austin. Nice trade off. Bet Poodies there.

Sheryl Bucsanyi

Rest in Peace, Bobby Boyd

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Bobby Boyd and Poodie Locke, Pedernales Country Club  (Thanks, Douglas Milford)

“Two of a Kind” Songwriter Bobby Boyd Has Died

bobby-boydSongwriter and performer Bobby Boyd, who was known for writing numerous hits, including the Garth Brooks #1 “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” Aaron Tippin’s “Working Man’s PHD,” as well as songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Earl Thomas Conley, Billy Dean, Martina McBride, Vern Gosdin, Patty Loveless, and many more, has passed away.

Bobby Boyd was a staff writer for Jimmy Bowen at Elektra Asylum Publishing, starting his professional songwriting career in Nashville in 1980. A native of Dunlap, Tennessee, Boyd began playing in his first band in Tennessee at the age of 12 called The Boyd Brothers. Bobby cut his teeth in the late 60’s and early 70’s performing residencies at a club called The Castaways in Chattanooga, TN, sometimes playing five hours each night, six hours a week, and learning his way in the music business.

Later in his career, Bobby Boyd relocated to Spicewood, Texas, just outside of Austin and near Willie Nelson’s Luck ranch, and was well-known throughout the Austin music scene. Though he’s mostly known for his country music contributions, Bobby Boyd also had a deep influences with the blues and R&B. Early in his career, he played shows opening for Little Richard, The Coasters, and The Platters. After moving to the Austin area, he worked with artists such as Stephen Bruton and W. C. Clark, as well as the local country music talent.

Bobby Boyd was a regular performer at Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse in Spicewood, and other local clubs and honky tonks. Over his career he shared the stage with folks such as Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Toby Keith, Cory Morrow, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dub Miller, Roger Creager, and others.

Though interest in Bobby Boyd’s music has faded away in recent years, his influence never did. His song “In Pictures”—originally a Top 5 hit for Alabama, was the song Craig Wayne Boyd chose to sing on the finale of The Voice in 2014.

We still miss you, Poodie

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Hard to believe, Poodie left us 8 years ago today. Still miss seeinghim at shows.





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Poodie Locke

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

This is a memorial to Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson's Stage Manager forever. I was filming a TV show when he passed away. He will be missed

Posted by Tony Dell'Abate-Realtor on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tony Dell’Abate-Realtor

“This is a memorial to Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s Stage Manager forever. I was filming a TV show when he passed away. He will be missed.”

Willie Nelson, “Kiss Big Bootie Good Bye”

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Pick of the Day: Poodie Locke

Sunday, November 27th, 2016


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

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016


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

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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 or look up Poodie’s Party on Facebook for more information.

Friday, September 9th, 2016


Scott Newton Photography

Friday, July 1st, 2016


“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.” 
Scott Newton

“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.


Willie Nelson and Family (photos by Neil Leifer)

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Family

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


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



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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• $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

• $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

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



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