Rachel Fowler and mom Lana
Congratulations, Budrock “Buddy” Prewitt, beginning a new year as Lighting Director with Willie Nelson & Family.
This concert with WN&F and Linda Ronstadt was his first show first show, at the SuperDome in New Orleans. This is the poster from that show.
Thanks to Kevin Smith, for sharing this photo of his two crewmates.
Budrock has been a good friend of mine, and helpful with this blog, sending me photos and pictures and sharing his collections with me. Busy before shows, he finds time to take a picture of a billboard, or poster, and sends it to me to post on the blog. He knows how much Willie Nelson fans love hearing about Willie and seeing Willie. Buddy’s introduced me to some dear people, too, like Guthrie Thomas, who left us too soon. His Willie Nelson and Family guitar picks, designed by Buddy and Guthrie, and produced by Guthrie will be collected and loved by fans forever. I love my collection.
Congratulations, Buddy, here’s to many more years to come.
“That was awhile back and I’m still here. Lucky, I guess. Greatful, for sure.” — Buddy
Buddy has seen more Willie Nelson & Family shows than anyone ever anywhere!
“On the road again”. Buddy “Budrock” Prewitt (SHOWCO lighting designer/director) catches a smoke during David Bowie’s 1976 Isolar “Station to Station” tour. Buddy resigned from SHOWCO in 1980 to work exclusively for Willie Nelson as his lighting director. Please like our FB page SHOWCO the Book. Thank you!”
by Sarah Netemeyer
Country music icon Willie Nelson has been married four times— Martha Matthews (1952-1962), Shirley Collie (1963-1971), Connie Koepke (1971-1988), and Annie D’Angelo (1991-present)— and has fathered a total of seven children. Though his first three marriages have ended in divorce, his fourth and current wife, Ann Marie D’Angelo aka Annie, has proven to be his rock through multiple drug arrests and health issues.
The couple met when Annie was working as a makeup artist on the set of his 1986 film Stagecoach. The pair got hitched on September 16, 1991, at St. Alouin Church in Nashville, Tennessee and have two sons together, Lukas Autry and Jacob Micah.
Like most couples, Willie and Annie enjoy spending time together and especially love exploring the great outdoors surrounding their Maui, Hawaii home, which is nestled in largely self-sustaining community that is also home to Kris Kristofferson. They also frequent their ranch near Austin, Texas.
As he has gotten older, Nelson has admitted that his abilities as a husband have gotten stronger over the years, “You get older, you get wiser.” The country legend also claims that the biggest lessons he’s learned about a lasting relationship have actually spawned from his string of divorces.
We wish Willie and Annie many more years of wedded bliss!
[Capital photo © Ben Droz Photography]
Willie Nelson holding the hemp flag that Mike Lewis of Growing Warriors and Joe Schroeder presented to him.
On this Memorial Day, where we pause, remember, and give thanks for those Americans who have died in the service of their country and our freedom, we’d like to share this beautiful photo of Mike Lewis flying a hemp flag.
A military veteran himself, Mike is founder of the Growing Warriors, whose mission is to equip, assist, and train veterans with the skills they need to produce high-quality, naturally grown produce for their families and communities. And more recently, he was one of the first farmers in the country legally allowed to grow industrial hemp.
We were honored that this flag, made from veteran-grown hemp, was flown at the Farm Aid concert in Chicago last year and then presented to Willie Nelson.
Learn more about the project and why Mike is one of our Farmer Heroes at: https://www.farmaid.org/
“We need to finish up with somebody who knows a little bit about music, knows a little bit about America, and loves our troops, Mr. Willie Nelson. Willie says I’m going to have to sing with him, so I’m going to try it out.” — President Obama
by Billy Dukes
Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson! But don’t take it from us. Nearly two dozen country stars gathered to wish the country legend a happy 83rd birthday recently. See special messages from Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Charles Kelley and more.
Cole Swindell, a Thousand Horses, Clay Walker and Dustin Lynch are a few more who were eager to wish Nelson a Happy Birthday. The “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” singer was born on April 29, 1933. His country music career began after a short stint in the military and some time as a radio deejay. First he was a burgeoning songwriter, but beginning with “Willingly” in 1962, Nelson became a hit recording artist, as well.
Lynch and Mickey Guyton were sure to thank for all he has done for country musicians. Rhett and Swindell say meeting the legend tops their bucket lists. Kelley and Jana Kramer refer to Nelson’s favorite habit — you know the one. In all, eighteen country hitmakers took time during the 2016 ACM Awards to offer well-wishes for a country music original in his seventh decade of recording and touring.
Nelson has a lot ahead in 2016. His tour schedule begins in May with a show in Florence, S.C. and he’ll stay busy through the summer. New music is always on the horizon. Just last year he released the Django and Jimmie album with Merle Haggard. The critically acclaimed project inspired a tour with two country icons. Sadly, Haggard became ill before he was able to finish the tour.
Jessica Simpson took some time out on Friday to wish the legendary country singer a happy 83rd birthday, whom she bonded with after the two starred together in 2005’s The Dukes of Hazzard. Simpson played Daisy Duke in the movie version of the hit TV series to Nelson’s Uncle Jesse.
“Happy Birthday” Simpson captioned an Instagram pic of the two gazing at one another. “You are the best human this lady knows. Are you even human? #willienelsonforpresident.”