Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

Los Lonely Boys and the Cowboys (9/28/09)

Thursday, September 24th, 2009


The Los Lonely Boys will be singing the National Anthem and performing at halftime for the upcoming Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers. Game coverage commences next Monday, September 28th at 8:30pm EST (ESPN). This is the first performance for the LLB at the Cowboy’s new stadium.

Monday will not the first time the Los Lonely Boys have performed the national anthem. Among other occasions the most storied has been their performance at game one of the 2009 World Series. During halftime of the Cowboy’s game, fans will also be treated to the debut of “Let’s Go Cowboys”, a raw rocker crafted specially for their favorite team. The Cowboys and cheerleaders have been jamming the song for weeks at training camp. Be sure not to miss!

Farm Aid responds to Drought in Texas

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

by Joel Morton 

With the concert just around the corner, Farm Aid staff has been working in overdrive to pull together the best benefit event we can. But that doesn’t mean our good work to keep family farmers on the land takes a back seat. Thanks to the generous support of a Farm Aid donor, we have some exciting news to share regarding recent emergency relief efforts in drought-affected Texas.

In early August, Farm Aid received a very generous gift earmarked to battle extreme drought in Texas. Yes, everything’s big in Texas, but the three-year drought there has been a bone-drying monster. According to one report, “[n]early 80 of Texas’ 254 counties are in ‘extreme’ or ‘exceptional’ drought, the worst possible levels on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s index.

Though other states are experiencing drought, no counties in the continental U.S. outside Texas currently register worse than ‘severe’.” Central and south Texas are the hardest hit areas, with the drying up of Austin’s spring-fed Barton Creek Pool typical of what’s happening in those regions.

Set in motion by our supporter’s generous gift, Farm Aid’s response has been to organize on-the-ground help to disperse emergency funds to the hardest-hit farmers and ranchers. To this end, Farm Aid granted $35,000 to four Texas organizations. One of those Texas groups is Lutheran Social Services of the South, whose long record of cooperation with Farm Aid includes help last year after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike blasted into the Gulf Coast in early fall. Thirty thousand dollars in additional funds from the same donor will be used to support long-term drought mitigation and farm sustainability projects for Texas producers.

In addition, because we know that sustainable and organic producers often have little or no access to crop insurance and suffer disproportionately when natural disaster strikes, we sought and secured the cooperation of both The Sustainable Food Center and the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Finally, we are very pleased to include the Texas-Mexico Border Coalition in this relief effort. Their participation will ensure that Hispanic growers in drought-stricken counties along the border will receive relief.

These Texas groups have already begun to tap their producer networks to get the word out about the availability of Farm Aid drought relief funds. If you know a farmer or rancher in Texas who has been hard-hit by drought, urge them to contact one of these organizations to apply for assistance. Or have them call us at 1-800-FARM-AID or email and we will direct them to the help they need.

Paula Nelson and the Guilty Pleasures dedicate Downtown Texas, Texas (10/3/09)

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Paula Nelson and the Guilty Pleasures in Lyons, Colorado last July.

Paula Nelson will join Melam County Judge Frank Summers and officially dedicate the newly formed community of Downtown Texas, Texas, on Saturday, October 3rd.  The new town was created by proclamation on April 24, 2009.

The dedication is at 6:00 p.m., and Paula Nelson and the Guilty Pleasures will perform at 8:00 p.m.

If you can go, Downtown Texas, Texas is located 5.8 miles northeast of Thorndale, Texas, 7.5 miles northwest of Rockdale, Texas, 13.6 miles southwest of Cameron, Texas, Milam County seat, and 46 miles northeast of the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, on FM 908 and County Road 428 in Milam County. Coordinates N. 30.41.350 W.097.08.306 Elevation: 375’ ASL.

Paula Nelson and the Guilty Pleasures will play at 8:00 p.m.


April 24, 2009

Whereas, on this day, individual residents, landowners, business owners and taxpayers of the area come together to form our unincorporated community Downtown Texas, Texas, in Milam County.

Whereas, an unincorporated community is one general term for a geographic area having a common social identity without benefit of municipal organization or official political designation (i.e. incorporation as a city or town).

Whereas, Downtown Texas, Texas is located 5.8 miles northeast of Thorndale, Texas, 7.5 miles northwest of Rockdale, Texas, 13.6 miles southwest of Cameron, Texas, our county seat, and 46 miles northeast of the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, on FM 908 and County Road 428 in Milam County. Coordinates N. 30.41.350 W.097.08.306 Elevation: 375’ ASL.

Whereas, the action taken today provides our community identity which will be depicted on available mapping and almanacs, etc., better enabling our economic development committee to attract other businesses, tourist and residents. Our proximity to the El Camino Real De Los Tejas, which is a National Historic Trail, and the three 17th century Spanish Mission sites and Presidio, are showing to be additional assets attracting tourism to not only our State, county and cities, but as well to our community, Downtown Texas, Texas.

Therefore, be it resolved, and let it be known, that on April 24, 2009, the unincorporated community Downtown Texas, Texas, in the State of Texas, in Milam County has been established by this proclamation.

Willie Nelson offers up guitar for auction to benefit Texas Legal Hospice

Thursday, August 27th, 2009


Heat of the Night’ benefits Legal Hospice

The annual “In the Heat of the Night” fundraiser benefiting Legal Hospice of Texas will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at Studios 1019, 2278 Monitor St.    The Dallas Legal Hospice provides free legal assistance to residents of Dallas and surrounding areas who cannot afford an attorney; are either HIV positive or have AIDS or a terminal illness, and have legal problems relating to or impacted by their health.

The event will include music by guest DJs the Perry Twins from Los Angeles, dancing, a silent auction, food and beverages.

The silent auction includes an autographed guitar from Willie Nelson, a Rock Star package with a Maserati for the weekend and dinner at Nana, a Downtown Done Right package with a night at The Joule, dinner and breakfast at Charlie Palmer, bottle service at PM Lounge, Uptown packages with a night a Hotel ZaZa and dinner at Dragonfly or a night at the Ritz Carlton and dinner at Fearings, a Texas Rangers Suite, collectable art, dinners and more.

Tickets are $50 and are available online at or at the door.

Texas is #1 (Guiness World Record: largest guitar ensemble)

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009


On August 23rd, 1,859 Texas musicians came together and officially broke the Guinness World Record for largest guitar ensemble. Luckenbach, Texas teamed up with Gibson Guitar, the Kerrville Folk Festival, Cheatham Street Warehouse, The Texas Music Office, RADIOFREETEXAS.ORG and the Voices of a Grateful Nation project to host Pickin’ for the Record – a benefit event supporting US troops and their families. The proceeds from this event were donated to the Welcome Home Project’s “Sound Healing” program that provides guitar lessons to veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries as a component of their therapy and recovery.

The Germans set the record in 2007 with 1802 players. There have been several attempts since; they have all been just shy of 1800 players. But of course everything is bigger in Texas and everybody is somebody in Luchenbach; the event resulted in a town with a population of 3 hosting nearly 2,000 guitar players and achieving the world record. Texas music mainstay and Gibson artist Roger Creager led the crowd with the performance of the Luckenbach song (Back to the Basics of Love – made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson). Gibson Guitar donated a Les Paul Studio that was played by the designated “record-breaking” 1,803rd picker, Monte Montgomery, the nationally recognized guitar sensation who also dedicated a performance tribute to Les Paul for his lifetime contribution to guitar and music recording. Afterward, the guitar was raffled to support the Welcome Home Project’s music therapy program for wounded soldiers.

(Thanks to Budrock for sending this article; I got a kick out of it.  I hope some videos show up on YouTube.)

Willie Nelson: Redneck Hip

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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Texas Monthly
November 1973
by Don Roth and Jan Reid

Austin’s number one, long-hair, honkey-tonk, Armadillo World Headquarters, always draws a crowd Saturday night.  The Armadillo, an abandoned armory adjacent to a skating rink, has already atttracted its share of myth, mystique, and tall tales.  Its concrete floors temper the urge to dance with the fear of shin splints, its walls bear some artwork of modest inspiration, and there is apparently no way to air condition the damn thing.  However, the Armadillo has a license to sell beer, some pretty fair food for sale, suprisingly good acoustics, and for the heat-exhausted, an outdoor beer garden. And most important to the faithful who part with their money one Saturday night after another, Armadillo offers some of the best live music in the country.

Getting things started the night of April 7 was Whistler, Austin’s first country-rock band, together again for the first time in nearly two years.  They got a nostalgic reception.  Then came Man Mountain and the Green Slime Boys, four converted San Antonio rock & rollers who offer originallyrics in the Nashville mode but can still bring the house down with a revival of the 1957 Cadillacs hit, “Speedo.”  The crowd got off to Man Mountain, bringing them back for an encore, a tribute which left the boys a little abashed, considering who was waiting in the wings.

Even before country music became fashionable, it was possible to appreciate the music of Willie Nelson:  His lyrics seemed to grasp the problems associated with coming of age in Texas, even as his voice rubbed them in.

Ten years ago Willie Nelson wore business suits for his national television appearances; for the Armadillo audience he was a little looser:  boots, beard, cowboy hat, and gold earring.  Nelson may look different, but except for the addition of some rock licks and lyrical references to Rita Coolidge’s cleavage,  his music hasn’t changed all that much.  His old songs — “Hello, Walls,” “The Party’s Over,” “Yesterday’s Wine” — still evoke memories of beery nights and jukeboxes, but they blend nicely with the newer, more upbeat numbers.  Onstage, Nelson accepts praise withan irresistible smile, yet never lets audience enthusiasm interfere with his standard act, a non-stop, carefully-rehearsed medley of his own tunes.

As remarkable as Nelson’s act that night, was his audience.  While freaks in gingham gowns and cowboy boots sashayed like they invented country music, remnants of Wille’s old audiences had themselves a time, too.  A prim little grandmother from Taylor sat at a table beaming with excitement.  “Oh lord, hon,” she said. “I got ever’ one of Wille’s records, but I never got to see him before.”  A booted, western dress beauty drove down from Waxahachie for the show, and she said, “I just love Willie Nelson and I’d drive anywhere to see him… but you know, he’s sure been doin’ some changin’ lately.”  She looked around.  “I have never seen so many hippies in all my life.”

The crowd kept pressing toward the stage, resulting in a bobbing, visually bizarre mix of beehive hairdos, naked midriffs and bare hippie feet.  An aging man in a sportcoat and turtleneck stubbed out his cigar and dragged his wife into the madness, where she received a jolt she probably did not deserve:  a marijuana cigarette passed in front of her face.  A young girl, noticing the woman’s discomfort, looked the woman in the eye and took another hit.

But Nelson’s music relieved any cultural strain that developed beneath him.  He played straight through for nearly two hours, singing all his recorded songs then starting over.   They handed him beer, threw bluebonnets onstage, yelled, “We love you, Willie!” — a sentiment he returned when he finally called it quits:  “I love you all.  Good night.”  A night that for many had been a sort of hillbilly heaven, though Tex Ritter would have undoubtedly taken issue with the form.

The April 7 Willie Nelson concert was not all that unusual.  Nelson is merely the most established of a gang of performers who have distilled a blend of music that reflects the background, outlook and needs of a unique Austin audience.  The audience is largely comprised of middle class youths who hail from Texas’ cities yet are rarely more than two or three genrations removed form them more rural times; they came to Austin becuase the feel of those rural  times still lingers there.  In a way, they are a new breed of conservative who despair over big-city hype and 20th century progress and romatanticizes “getting back to the land.”

However, they are inescapably children of the mid-20th century:  they grew up with their fingers on radio dials and headsets clapedover their ears.  Their need for music is insatiable.  Living in Texas they grew up with country and western, which in its whining way has stressed themes bewildered displacement for years.  The performers popular in Austin today also grew up with country music, and by sophisticating the lyrics and upbeating the tempo they have transformed country from a music of middle-class misery to one of down-home delight.

Austin musicians were nto the first to borrow form country music; indeeed, one of the Austin lyricists writes, “Them city-slicker pickers got a lot of slicker licks than you and me.”  But Los Angeles country rock is slick rather than soulful:  West Coast musicians are generally too citified to play country without a trace of put-down.  In Austin the roots are real.  the music rings tru and that ring could estabislh as Amera’s next curturla sub-capital

Austin’s easy-going mix of musical styles did not originate with Armadillo World Headquares, it dates back to 19933, when Kenneth Trheadgill purchased Travis County’s first beer license an turned a little filling station on North Lamar into a bar that reverberated one night a week with the liveliest music in Austin.  The house band was straight hillbilly.  Threadgill himself highlighted the jam sessions withhis Jimmie Rodgers yodeling, but he had an ear for almost any kind of music.  The mike was open to anybody with the nerve to stand up and sing.  Threadgill was also the first of Austin’s clubowners to realize there was gold in those university hills.  Anybody interested in a good time was welcome in his place.

Musically, the most exciting days at Threadgills were the early sixties, when the little bar became a haven for folk purists who were reaching deep into America’s music heritage of white country, black blues and backwoods ballads.  The most memorial of those performers was a young woman named Janis Joplin who wandered in one day carrying an autoharp.  Janis of course went on to a meteoric career, but she never forgot the cherubic old man in the gas station music hall.  Before she died she told a surfacing songwriter named Kris Kristofferson about her old patron.  In 1972 zealous fire marshals forced Threadgill to close his bar, but the same year Kristofferson looked him up at a party in Austin, listened to his music, and in three weeks had Threadgill in Nashville recording his first album. Thsu things have come full circle for Austin’s kindly 63-year-old patriarch.

At Threadgill’s one heard just about any kind of music that fingers could make, but the little bar couldn’t contain all the music alexcitement that seized the country during the sixties:  Rock ‘n Roll.  The bands that sprang up in Austin were hard up for somewhere to play until 1967 when a group of friends secured a location on south  Congress and built themselves a rock & roll joint, incurring the universal wrath of the Austin establishment.  the Vulcan Gas Company never had a beer license, which meant the only revenue came from the gate, but Lockett booked the best of Texas’ black blues singers, carefully spaced between Austin rock bands that kept the place jumpting.  Two of those house bands, Conqueroo and the Thirteenth Floor Elevator, attracted fanatical following who came out with ritualized regularity to watch their electric leaders perform.  The stoned crowds of teeny boppers, hippies an servicemen bore little resemblance to the beer-drinkers at Threadgills, but rock & roll had come to Austin.

Unfortunately, the Vulcan scene soured.  The club’s cult rockers quickly found the music business wasn’t all incense and acid:  The Elevator was the victim of an unfortunate recording contract, and the Conqueroo found that San Francisco’s rock gurus had no use for bands from Texas.  And at home, psychedelics had turned into speed and violence had spilled over into the Vulcan.  Tired of the hassle, Lockett looked for someone to tak over the Vulcan, but none of the new manager worked out, and the club died in 1970.

The Vulcan was ill-fated because it sought to import a California scene that was itself short-lived, but its owners had set a precedent that would make things much easier for future rock music entrepreneurs.  They had illustrated that a club could operate on a basis other than beer sales and broken down the Austin musician’s union opposition to freak pickers.  Additionally, they had provided a training ground for the manager, publicists, technicians and graphic artists who are as necessary to a music industry as the musicians themselves.

Eddie Wilson, who’s Armadillo World Headquarter rose from the ashes of the extinct Vulcan, got into the music business in a roundabout manner.  Wilson wound up at North Texas State in 1963, where he joined the campus folk music club.   After the Vulcan closed Wilson started looking for a suitable site for a new club, found the abandoned armory in southAustin, and with his friends, he turned the building into the “the archetype of the ugly, cold, uncomfortable rock and roll emporium.” 

Armadillo opened in August 1970 to the anguish of establishment spokesmen who thought the flea-bitten menacehad died with the Vulcan.  Since then the Armadillo has grown, likes namesake, by rooting and foraging.  First came the beer license, then a new stage, tables an d chairs, heating, an improved sound system, and most recently, the beer garden that offers a measure of economic security.  But more important, word has spread among performser that Armadillo’s audiences are perhaps the most spontaneous and appreciative in the country.  The bellowing, stomping, cowboy-hatted mobs can scare a tough-assed lady like Bette Midler, but more often they win the affection of a John Prine, a Waylon Jennings, a Gram Parson.  As a result the national reputation makers have been very kind to Eddie Wilson and his Armadillo, and he is now booking acts that he once could barely afford to phone.

[Just read the rest of the article, and there is more about Willie, the Dripping Springs show.  I’ll put it up later.]

Remembering Poodie at the Back Yard

Sunday, June 28th, 2009


Janis from Texas took this picture of a man and his photo of Poodie.  She and I are sitting backstage at the BackYard, in front of a fan, trying to get cool.  We can hear Poodies name floating from other tables, laughter, silence. 

They opened the doors, the crowd is arriving, and it’s hot.  I thought leaving the high altitude of Colorado, coming down to sea level, that there would be more air to breathe.  But it’s so hot, and there doesn’t seem to be any air to breathe. Maybe when the sun goes down….

Willie Played For Free at the Bull Creek Party Barn (the more things change, the more they stay the same)

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009


Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings a the Bull Creek Party Barn, Austin, Texas, 1975.  Photo by Scott Newton

“We had all kinds of parties out there,”  Judy Johnson recalled. “Everybody wanted their party there.  We paid Jerry Jeff Walker $5,000 to play, but Willie played for free.”
by: Michele Chan Santos

On a breezy, quiet hill in Northwest Austin a piece of Austin’s musical history is for sale, along with a luxury home and the landscaped grounds around it.

The Bull Creek Party Barn, as it was known in the 1970s, was the site of concerts by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Janis Joplin, the Lost Gonzo Band and others. 

The barn was originally built more than 40 years ago as a gathering place for ranch workers and was part of a huge spread in Long Canyon. In the 1970s, it became a music venue and was rented out for weddings, dances, fraternity parties and concerts.

At the time, the hills around the barn, just south of RM 2222, were empty. Hundreds of people would gather, bathing in nearby Bull Creek, building fires at night, parking vans and trailers in the fields and sprawling on blankets to drink beer and listen to music. The barn’s setting is mentioned in “The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock,” a 1974 book by Jan Reid and Scott Newton about the 1970s music scene in Austin.

The land was owned by Johnson Properties, a real estate company owned by Judy Johnson.  Johnson, who now lives in Dripping Springs, says that the barn and the pastures around it were part of a massive 1,000-acre property. Johnson later sold the property in 250-acre tracts, she said. One tract became the Long Canyon neighborhood (including the barn and fields around it), another two went to other developments, and the final 250 acres went to the City of Austin for a conservation easement.

Today, you can buy the renovated Party Barn, a four-bedroom, 31/2-bathroom house next to the barn and the 1.75 acres around it for $1.1 million. The listing agent for the property, at 6300 Fern Spring Cove, is Clare Moore of Wilson and Goldrick Realtors.

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Home, home on the ranch

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Willie Nelson, Jesse Ventura, and Alex Jones, in Texas

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Thanks to good friend and Willie Nelson fan George, from California, for sending me the link to these photos.  I am going to have to double your reporter’s salary, George! 

Visit to see all the pictures pictures of Willie Nelson, Jesse Ventura and Alex Jones, in Luck, Texas, yesterday. 


Willie Nelson Supports the Nike+ Human Race

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Willie Nelson’s bike, by his bus

Willie Nelson Challenges TX to Run the Nike+ Human Race 10K

Nike’s launching the Nike+ Human Race, the world’s largest running event ever and legendary artist Willie Nelson is rallying up Texas, from his US Tour, to participate in Austin on 8-31-08.

Willie’s inviting y’all to run with us on 8-31-08 and shares some insight on Austin’s high energy running community, his buddy Lance Armstrong’s and why Ben Harper is the perfect match for the Austin race.

Nike:  What were your thoughts when you heard that the Nike+ human Race was coming to Austin, and was one of only 25 cities?

Willie Nelson:  Well, I think it’s natural because Austin is always out in front and lined up with whoever else is out in front, doing the right thing, so I wasn’t surprised at all that Austin was one of the places to be hosting the big race.

N:  What does this mean for Austin?

WN:  I can’t speak for Austin all the way, but I have been here thirty years and I know Austin is not trying to bump its own name, here. We’re just trying to join in with the rest of the world and do a run for a cause.

N:  What are your thoughts on Ben Harper performing?

WN:  He’s a good buddy of mine. I think he’s a great musician, singer, writer, and a good friend. I’m not surprised at all that he’s involved in this.

N:  Lance Armstrong is going to be running the race. What are your thoughts on Lance’s involvement in health and fitness, and athleticism, in general?

WN:  Lance has done a lot for the world and he has shown what one individual is capable of doing, even while facing all kinds of adversities. You know, he’s a hero to a lot of us, and the fact that he’s from Austin makes it a little sweeter.

N:  How many years have you been running and why do you run?

WN:  I just try to exercise…I try to do enough in the morning to make up for what I did, detrimentally, the night before. I try to make it even out, but you know, we don’t live the greatest lifestyles out here traveling on the road and eating whatever we can get a hold of. So, any kind of exercise we can do daily is good, and I try to get in a run or a bike ride or something every day.

Q:  Austin is such a running town. Can you tell us a little about its view on fitness and running, as a whole?

WN:  Well, you’re absolutely right. Paul has had a lot to do with that too and has set an example for runners and people around Austin. You know, I enjoy running around Austin. I enjoy going downtown and running on the rivers and lakes down there, and you see just loads and loads of people doing it every single day. There’s not a more beautiful place to run and Austin has so many great roads and trails

N:  Why should Texans run this race?

WN:  Texans should join the Austin race together with the other cities for this great race. The charities are great, the money will be going to good causes and I’m just proud to be a part of it. I urge all Texans, and really, people all over the world to do this, and mainly Texas – let’s go out there and lead the way.

N:  Any final thoughts for our readers?

WN:  Hey, this is Willie and I want to invite all our friends and family and everybody all over the world, especially you folks from Texas, to come out on August 31st for the Nike+ Human Race.  It brings the world’s attention to the benefits of running and we’re supporting running all over the world AND it’ll be in 25 different cities. So, if you’d like to get involved, just go to .

Willie Nelson, the Hill Country and Miss Mona’s Yacht Club

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008


Janis from Texas sent this youtube video of Willie,  which features Miss Mona and her Yacht Club, and this picture of Miss Mona, with the comment:

“Miss Mona has not changed, guess it is from hanging around Willie.”


This is a great video.  Thanks, Janis!

Willie Nelson’s Cut-N-Putt Golf Course

Friday, June 20th, 2008

This is a beautiful nine-hole course spanning the hill-tops near the Pedernales River in western Travis County, Texas. It’s just 8 songs away from Austin. Owned by Willie Nelson and operated by PGA Professional, Chris Woolery, the Pedernales Golf Club is more than just a beautiful course; it’s a relaxing and refreshing divergence from the formal country club scene. The rules here are a little different. We play golf here to have fun, and as you would expect, a lot of fun is had by all.

Events and Tournaments are welcome. Please contact the Pro Shop to arrange any size tournament, and let all your friends discover how fun a round of golf can be.

Adjacent to Willie’s recording studio and condos, the Pedernales Golf Club is a place where you might see just about anybody, from the famous recording artists who frequent the place to Willie’s very extended “Family” members. Our Pro Shop features all kinds of Willie Nelson golf paraphernalia, and most of it is available here online.

The Pedernales Golf Club is a one-of-a-kind treasure of a spot, and we virtually guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself. Though memberships are available, we are open to the public. You’re welcome here if you love the game.

Course Rules

We don’t need no stinkin’ rules. Wait, yes we do have a few unusual ones.

Reserving a Tee Time is easy. Call the Pro Shop at 512-264-1489.

We’ve got your sports drinks and sodas at the Pro Shop. You are on your own for food, but the best burgers in Central Texas are at Poodies Hilltop on Hwy 71 nearby. They taste even better after a round of golf. Poodie, Willie’s Stage Manger, literally “lives” on the course, just play through.

A brief history:

The Cut-N-Putt and associated buildings were formerly The Briarcliff Yacht and Golf Club, a full-fledged country club.The course was designed and built by Frank Howard in 1968. Purchased by Willie in 1979, the Club House became Willie’s operating recording studio that attracts recording artists from all around. The adjacent condos and houses around the course are home for a lot of Willie’s family, friends, staff, and roadies, and a few regular folks too. None of the neighbors get too mad when you slice over into their yard, but just forget the ball, it’s off limits.

The Pedernales Golf Club is supported by the Pro Shop and the fleet of powerful golf carts (gasoline powered ClubCars), which is your entry point into the course, and a place to pick up a new logo ball or cap.

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Willie Nelson Road

Monday, June 2nd, 2008  

Hillsboro, the county seat of Hill, known for its historic courthouse, outlet center and now its highways?

Interstate 35 has been well known to travelers from across the state for some time on holiday weekends as traffic back-ups in all directions are common from the east-west split.

But a different type of highway issue is putting Hillsboro on the map in construction circles.

Two I-35 reconstruction projects continue to put a new face on the roadway, one north and the other south of Old Brandon Road in Hillsboro.

The new northbound service road from Farm Road 310 past Willie Nelson Road should be open by mid-July.

Opening a new entrance ramp north of Willie Nelson Road will clear the way for the northbound FM 310 entrance ramp to be closed for reconstruction.

It will also lead to the demolition of the Willie Nelson Road bridge, which will close the southbound service road on the west side of the interstate. (more…)

Bring back the Armadillo?

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

photo by Steve Dobson

Could the Armadillo World Headquarters Live Again?
City weighing options for property on Barton Springs Road

by Jean Kwon

City leaders are looking at redeveloping the former site of the Armadillo World Headquarters for music-related uses. The site, a little over an acre at Barton Springs Road and South First Street, is a surface parking lot for city government operations at One Texas Center.

The city may eventually take bids to redevelop the two sites, say city officials. Dallas-based Forest City Enterprises originally expressed interest in redeveloping One Texas Center’s parking lot, city officials say. Forest City is one of five firms that recently submitted bids to redevelop the Green Water Treatment Plant; a developer for the plant will be chosen next month.

McCracken says redevelopment of the former Armadillo World Headquarters site poses an opportunity to bolster the live music sector. The Armadillo was Austin’s flagship live music venue in the 1970s and is credited with kick starting the city’s claim to fame as the now-trademarked Live Music Capital of the World.

Founded by musician and Threadgill’s owner Eddie Wilson, the Armadillo hosted performances by the likes of Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, ZZ Top and Bruce Springsteen. Frank Zappa, Freddie King and Commander Cody recorded live albums there before it went bankrupt and closed in 1980. (more…)