Archive for the ‘Scooterville’ Category
Next time you are at a WN&F show, stop by Scooterville and say hi to Scooter, Keith, Ruth, Ernie, and all of Scootervillians and check out their merchandise. They have the greatest cd collection anywhere of Willie Nelson and Family, and also mugs, hats, souvenirs you don’t see anywhere else, other than a show. And word to the wise, go early before show if you want an event shirts or poster; those sell out fast! It’s a hassle to keep posters from getting wrinkled before the show, but ask them for a rubberband, and roll it up, put it under you seat. Ask for a bag.
Scooter at work in his travelling office.
Dee took this picture of Scooterville at night.
Janis sent this picture of the new tour shirt being sold by the Franks’ Brothers at Scooterville.
This is a new bandanna design being sold at Scooterville, who travel with Willie Nelson and family and sell merchandise at his shows. Scooter Franks says he was inspired by the Paul Newman movie, Judge Roy Bean, when he designed this one.
Do you know the line from the movie? Ask him for the story when you see him sometime.
Cherie texted that she was missing our Scooterville buddies. And I am, too. The nicest folks. And I think that it’s a little known fact that they have the best collection of Willie Nelson vinyl, and most complete collection of Willie Nelson cds that you can find anywhere. So keep that in mind, if you are looking for some hard to find cd. And they have bandanna, and hats, and shirts, bumper stickers, pins, cooleys (is that the word?), posters, books, dvds, key chains. And Scooterville is the only place you can get these items.
So go by and say hi at your next show. Give them all a hug from me, too, while you’re at it.
Thanks to Dee/WillieTattoos for this picture
These were my travelling companions in South Bend. They picked me up in Chicago, we drove to South Bend, then drove back to Minneapolis after the concert on the 4th. That’s Darrin, Rachel, and Margie and me.
I’ve known Margie and Terry for over 30 years, and their kids all their lives. Husband Terry was in China in business, and wanted to be with us so bad. He kept calling from China for updates. Next year, Terry!
Dee/WillieTattoos took this picture of Scooterville at Night at a Last of the Breed Show.
And so they slogged along together from one gig to the next, Willie and his Family, driving through the night until they ran out of gas, taking showers at truck stops, and enduring the cruel indifference of the road. Willie lived as the rest of them did. He wouldn’t forget the loyalty of men like Bo Franks, a radio ad salesman who quit his job to tour the country with Willie’s band to sell Willie Nelson t-shirts out of his 1971 Malibu.
“Several times throughout the seventies,” said Franks, “Willie had the opportunity to sell out my contract for hundreds of thousands of dollars. One fellow was particulary aggressive. Willie finally told him, “Where were you when we were sleeping in cars?”
Scooter Franks and daughter Lyndsey kindly let me take this picture of them at the BackYard.
This shirt was sold by the Frank Brothers, at Scooterville, their official travelling Willie Nelson store. They always have great shirts, maybe not this design anymore, but check them out at the next show. And say hi to Ruth, Scooter and Keith for me.
Willie Nelson, Back Yard, August 10, 2007
The Back Yard we’ve known and loved is closed, gone but not forgotton. We’ll always have our memories! As long as we can remember them, anyway.
On August 10, 2007, Willie Nelson headlined a concert at the Back Yard, in Austin, Texas, to Benefit the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML), The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM). Asleep at the Wheel, Paula Nelson, Folk Uke were among other’s who performed at the festival.
The show was emceed by NORML Advisory Board member, and crowd favorite former Dallas Cowboy football player Mark Stepnoski. Comedian Jackie Martlin told jokes between the artists sets.
Before the concert, the folks from Scooterville put posters on the walls inside the venue.
It took them about an hour to put up, and as soon as the sun started to set, the posters were down in about ten minutes. I thought that was so nice of the Franks Brothers to give those posters away.
Willie Nelson, with daughter Amy and Kathy Guthrie, of Folk Uke, and Bee Spears, on Bass
(This picture: Laura Skelding)
This is one the new shirts being sold by the Frank Brothers, at Scooterville, their travelling Willie Nelson store.
If you are lucky enough to go see Willie Nelson on this leg of his tour, make sure you stop by Scooterville to see all the cool shirts, bandannas, posters, hats, and more they have for sale. This is one of the new ones they had at the Fillmore Shows. I don’t know if they have any left, but they are long sleeved and oh so comfortable. (Yeah, I got one.)
And a word to the wise, don’t wait until after the show — get your goodies on your way in. They often run out of the venue shirts and posters. Plus, if Willie signs autographs from the stage, like he often does, you can see if you can have him autograph your new purchase. I know, you want to keep it nice, and don’t want to put it under your chair. But really, if it gets soaked in beer, by the time the concert’s over, you won’t mind a bit. You will be grinning ear-to-ear and nothing can bother you.