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Willie Nelson and Turk Pipkin

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

 
Photo by Sam Jones (1999)

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Yesterday’s Nine – The Willie Way
by Turk Pipkin

“You gotta understand,” Willie Nelson tells me as we start our fourth nine of the day, “Golf isn’t just a game. It’s an addiction.”

His blue eyes shining like wrinkled sapphires, Willie then makes one of his patented loopy swings, launching a near-perfect drive.

“I press you for a million pesos!” he says with a grin. “Double on birdies!”

Pedernales Local Rule #1.
When another is shooting, no player should talk,
whistle, hum, clink coins, or pass gas.

I guess my Willie story really starts back in 1980 – a time when I was recently single and spending wasted days and wasted nights in crummy bars that never seemed to close. Somehow I always managed to make it home, but the truth is you can only live like that for so long.One night, seeing that I hadn’t slept in about a week, songwriter Steve Fromholz invited me to come out the next morning and play a little golf with Willie and the gang at Pedernales (for you non-Texans, that’s pronounced purd-n-Alice, though I defy anyone to explain why). Though I’d grown up in West Texas with golf in my blood, I hadn’t played a lick in eight years and this seemed like an embarrassing way to find out whether I could still hit it.But golf with Willie seemed too good to turn down so I dug out my old Wilson X-31’s and made my way to the course. Already gathered on the first tee were Fromholz, novelist and sportswriter Bud Shrake and Willie Nelson hisownself who, like the others, had already hit his opening shot. Pretty damn nervous about my extended lay-off, I inquired as to the location of the driving range.All three of them pointed to the first fairway.“That is the driving range,” said Fromholz.

With a golf ball-sized lump in my throat, I closed my eyes and miraculously whacked one about 250 yards.

“Nine years, my ass,” said Willie, and we were off.

Having rediscovered the game for a lifetime, I soon wised up, traded the night life for the right wife, and began to do what I’d always wanted to do, which was to write. The writing, by the way, really took off when I published a novel called “Fast Greens” that was set at Pedernales Golf Club. So there you have it: Pedernales and Willie Nelson changed my life.

Pedernales Local Rule #4
Replace divots, smooth footprints in bunkers, brush backtrail with branches, park car under brush, and have the office tell your spouse you’re in converence.

Here’s how the Willie game usually goes down.First I get a call letting me know I should forget about getting any work done because the man in town and the game is afoot. By the time I get to the course, Willie is usually on his second or third loop around the hilly nine-hole track, but there’s no problem finding him. I just head out to the hole where between five and fifteen golfers in an equal number of carts are scattering balls in all directions, usually claiming whichever ball they find as their own, and making outrageous bets which will never be paid.For the rest of the day, it’s hit fast, drive fast, move it off the rocks and roots which litter the course, and don’t try to tell a joke if you have to think to remember the punch line. In other words, golf the Willie way.”I first saw Pedernales playing in a celebrity tournament in the mid-seventies,” Willie told me recently on his custom tour bus as he made mental preparations for the game ahead. The air on the bus, by the way, is almost guaranteed to make you forget a lifetime of swing thoughts. I’ve long-thought there ought to be a sign on the door reading, “Ye who enter here, abandon all hope of breaking 90… on the front nine.”“A year or two later another guy and I bought the club,” continued Willie. “Then I let him have it, but later I bought it back. Then I lost it to the IRS ,so Darrell Royal and Jim Bob Moffett bought it back for me. The Feds said my guys didn’t pay enough for it, so the IRS took it back and sold it to an Iranian fellow. We didn’t get along so I convinced a theater owner in Branson, Missouri to buy it for me and I did six months of shows to pay him back. So I guess I’ve paid for this course a few times.”

Why, you wonder, would a guy notorious for his money troubles pay for a golf course several times over? Well the obvious answer is that he wouldn’t be complete without it. Pedernales is his home.

“I was in Tokyo once,” Willie reminisced, “Couldn’t get anything I wanted to eat, drink or smoke, and I couldn’t find a place to play golf. So I got to thinking about Larry Trader back at Pedernales, sitting out there on the front porch of the pro shop and playing every day, and I thought, ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ ”

Larry Trader is the course’s pro and guardian angel. Since the day they first saw the course, he and Willie have taken on all comers in marathon matches for big-time bragging rights.

“Our finest day was when Willie and I scrambled against Treviño,” Trader tells me proudly as the course’s pet peacock fans its tail nearby. “Lee shot a six-under 30 on his own ball and we had to shoot 29 to beat him.”

“The secret of golf,” says Willie. “Is all in picking your partner.”

Another of Willie’s long time golf partners is former University of Texas football Coach Darrell Royal who once knocked Willie nearly unconscious by throwing him a two iron and beaning him in the head.

“Am I bleeding out the ears?” asked Willie after he’d picked himself up off the ground. Royal shook his head. “Then I guess I’m not hurt,” concluded Willie.

“What you have to understand about Willie,” says Royal, “Is that he doesn’t care about score; he just wants to play golf. And nothing’s going to keep him from it. In the dead of winter, he used to play Pedernales in his Mercedes because it had the best heater.”

And play Willie does, hitting it from dawn till dark-thirty, then heading to his clubhouse/recording studio where nights often alternate between playing music, pool, poker, dominoes or chess. What all of these activities have in common, in case you didn’t notice, is the word play.

A proud practical joker, one of Willie’s rituals has been to take a guest in his cart to the third hole and drive at full speed towards a large, low-hanging oak limb that by all appearances will soon rip the top off the cart. Of course, having done this a hundred times, Willie knows the limb is exactly one eighth of an inch taller than the cart.

When legendary golf journalist Bob Drum was in town filming one of “Drummer’s Moments” for CBS sports, Willie had a chance to immortalize his little stunt.

“Holyshitdogcrap!” screamed Drum as the cart raced at the limb, an invective string that caused the rest of our group to pretty much fall out of our own carts laughing. Red-faced and flustered, Drum still had Willie go back and do it again for the cameras.

“That limb has always been one of Willie’s favorite escapes from the real world,” says Trader. “Putting people through that little thrill just to make them loosen their grip on all the things they’re so sure of.”

Unfortunately, Trader had a new guy trimming trees last year who wasn’t in on the joke. Whacked Willie’s favorite limb off with a chain saw.

“Damn near broke Willie’s heart,” laments Trader.

Willie first became known as a golfer when he was quoted as having said, “Par at my course is whatever I say it is. Today I made a fourteen on the first hole and it turned out to be a birdie.”

Despite the snappy sound of this, Willie no longer remembers saying it, and anyone who’s played with him knows he’d pick up his ball long before making a fourteen.

When the Legends of Golf was still held in Austin, Treviño showed up every Spring. He’d take six or eight of us out onto the course for a playing lesson, talking a mile a minute in his backswing, saying, “Here’s how I like to hit it.” Then pow, he’d bust it what seemed like a mile.

“I’ve been working on my long game,” Lee told us the year he turned 50. “So I can make a buck or two on the senior tour.” He then proceeded to tee up a ball and knock it on the green of the downhill par four, a distance of 345 yards.

“Lee could do that,” says Willie. “Because the golf swing is a part of him, like walking and talking. That’s the way a guitar is to me. And that’s the basis of our friendship.”

“Willie Nelson plays guitar like it’s an extension of his body and soul,” says Kris Kristofferson. “Totally responsive to the power of his imagination.”

And when he puts the guitar down and picks up the golf club, more often than you’d think, the same thing seems to happen.

“Every now and then,” Willie wrote in his autobiography, “All this action comes together just right and you hit a golf shot that is so beautiful that you wouldn’t trade it for an orgasm.”

Pedernales Local Rule #11.
No bikinis, mini-skirts or skimpy see-through attire. Except on women.

One of the best things about golf at Willie-World is you never know who’ll show up. I got a kick out of rock-n-roller Neil Young who waited glumly for a video session until jumping at an invitation to play a few holes with Willie while the cameras got set. Strangest of all was an afternoon spent teeing it up with Willie and the Sherriff of McClennan County, who’d just bailed his old picking buddy Willie out of jail after he was busted by an over-eager deputy for having been asleep by the side of his road with a roach visible in his ashtray.Actor Dennis Hopper was in Austin making a B-movie sequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. His career at an all-time low-point, Hopper had recently cleaned up his act, quitting alcohol and drugs, and he was on the verge of a comeback with the impending releases of “Hoosiers” and “Blue Velvet.” In the meantime, he was bored.“How do you spend all your time,” he asked old pal Bud Shrake who had also recently given up his chemical habits.“Golf,” answered Shrake who, when he’s not playing is likely to be watching, reading, or dreaming about the vagaries of the golf swing.“So I took Hopper to a golf shop,” recalls Shrake. “He laid down a credit card for a full set and we went out to Pedernales and started hitting it.”

Whether it was the place, the friends or simply the game, Hopper was hooked. For the next six or eight weeks, when the game was on – which was every day of course – Hopper was there. And when Larry and Linda Trader were married at sunset on the seventh tee, Hopper cried like a baby. Pedernales will do that to you

“People want to know everything about the golfswing,” says Willie. “But Trader always told me to ‘just hit the ball.’ Its not anything special. Little kids usually hit it great the first swing. Lots of people do. But when they start getting instruction, they go all to hell. Kristofferson and I are going to do a golf instruction video. He has the worst swing in the world and I’m the worst teacher, so it’s basically gonna be about cowboy-zen golf. It’s the only thing we know.”

Cowboy-zen golf. That’s Willie to a tee.

Not too long ago I went to Pedernales on a Monday when the course was closed and the carts locked up. I suggested to Willie that, despite the daunting hills, we should walk for a change. Taking five clubs each we teed off from number seven, pausing a moment to take in the distant views of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

I should have known I’d never slow him down. As we headed down the fairway, Willie started jogging toward his ball, an activicty which he continued for the full nine holes. We must have made quite a picture, 64-year old musical legend dashing from shot to shot and 44-year old golf writer trying his best to keep up.

“You know what I like about golf,” Willie asked me as I gasped for breath. “You can play it a long time. The way I see it, it’ll keep you from weaving baskets.”

Pedernales Local Rule #12.
Please leave the course
in the condition
you’d like to be found.

Give Litter the Boot

Monday, May 26th, 2008

If you live in Texas, you can get a free litter bag, at
http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org .

Litter isn’t cool. Especially when 827 million pieces are accumulating on Texas roadways every year. We know. We counted. That’s why Don’t Mess with Texas is offering free limited-edition litterbags to everyone in Texas in an effort to get a litterbag in every car.

Killer campaigns by famous real Texans. When you start using your free Don’t Mess with Texas litterbag in your car or truck, you’ll be keeping some pretty awesome company. Just ask Willie Nelson, Matthew McConaughey, Owen Wilson, Los Lonely Boys, Chuck Norris, Jennifer Love Hewitt or Lance Armstrong.

Willie Nelson featured in, “Unforseen”

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

 

by Jim Ridley
www.westward.com  

Austin, 1972:  The cowboys and hippies are making peace, not war; short-haired, clean-shaven Willie Nelson is gearing up for conquest at Armadillo World Headquarters; the city looms as a green mecca, so much so that the late, blessedly tart-tongued Ann Richards jokes of wanting to fence off the city from outsiders.  Outsiders like West Texas refugee Gary Bradley, a high-flying wheeler-dealer headquartered in a castle.  “Austin looked perfect to me,”  Bradley says, then amends himself: “…in terms of a place to develop.”

And so he did. (more…)

Seeing Willie in Waco, TX (3/13/08)

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

All floor seats for Thursday night’s big Willie Nelson concert are sold out — and at $46 a pop.

Seating remains available in the balconies, including some box seats on the far end of the coliseum — far from the stage, that is. And there’s some fairly good seating in the balcony closer up, though if you’re a little too particular, you may not find two seats together. Those tickets run $41 each.

The gang at the Heart O’ Texas Coliseum say they’re now preparing for the rush of folks coming in Thursday, which is pretty typical of concert-goers in Waco. We concert-goers in this town routinely wait till the last minute, even for a Willie Nelson concert.

“They’ll all want seats up front, too,” one coliseum official said.

The concert begins at 7:30.

Where’s Willie Nelson playing tonight?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Mar 12, 2008

San Angelo Coliseum

San Angelo, TX

Austin City Limits is Moving

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

www.cmt.com

While flipping through channels, true music fans will always pause on Austin City Limits as soon as they see that signature skyline backdrop. Longtime viewers might have seen Willie Nelson in the 1975 pilot episode. It’s almost impossible to fathom the country music stars who have graced the stage since then.

Now the PBS staple is moving — to a new downtown theater which should be ready in the next two or three years. The black, rectangular, wooden stage is going, too. There’s no way you could leave something like that behind. (more…)

Willie’s Place at Carl’s Corner

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

www.hillsbororeporter.com

After months of speculation on the future of Willie’s Place at Carl’s Corner, formerly Carl’s Corner Truck Stop, construction has resumed.

Earth Biofuels, Inc., who is in partners with a private investment group on the project, announced last week the completion of a financing package needed to finish the project.

“We are pleased to begin the final phase of construction on Willie’s Place,” stated Dennis McLaughlin, CEO and chairman of Earth Biofuels. “Although the project has experienced delays, we believe that once customers and visitors experience this unique truck stop and restaurant, they will feel it was worth the wait.”

Contractors pulled off the job the last part of July, and the project had been at a standstill.

Officials with Bryant-Russell Construction said that they expected to be back on location Monday, March 3.

Kitchen equipment and coolers must be installed on the interior, and on the exterior, wastewater-treatment facilities and concrete pavement are needed.

The largest challenge is getting the pumps installed and the canopies over the fuel bays constructed before a project mid-summer opening.

This truck stop will feature 13 Ultra-High Flow Master/Satellite dispensers for fueling 12 trucks at a time, including a wide load island.

There will also be four standard-sized fueling stations with eight pumps.

All fuel sold at “Willie’s Place” will have some percentage of bio-fuels, including “BioWillie®” premium biodiesel and ethanol, enabling more drivers to participate in the green movement in the United States.

In addition to the truck-stop fueling facilities, Willie’s Place at Carl’s Corner will feature two restaurants, a convenience store and saloon.

There will also be a gift shop featuring official merchandise and memorabilia from Abbott-native Willie Nelson, plus the 750-seat performance hall which still remains from the original truck stop.

Other added features include wireless internet access, clean restrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities, plenty of parking and a video-game and TV-entertainment area.

XM Radio will also broadcast its Willie’s Place program featuring Eddie Kilroy from the satellite-radio provider’s studio in the theater.

There are also plans to carry live performances on XM from the theater.

Work on the project began shortly after Nelson’s July 3 con-cert in 2006, and completion had originally been slated for last summer.

For more information, visit www.williesplacetx.com and www.biowillieusa.com.

See Willie Nelson in Dallas, TONIGHT!

Thursday, March 6th, 2008


www.dallassymphony.com

More Willie Nelson Fans (Hillary and Bill Clinton)

Friday, February 29th, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) — Garry Mauro will never forget that night in 1972 when he says Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham ignored the post-election party surrounding them, instead preferring to huddle in a corner and talk about changing the future.

The young then-unmarried couple and he were three among a group of Young Turk Democrats working that summer to register voters in Texas. The Clintons had just started dating, said Mauro, who years later became Texas land commissioner. “They obviously had a lot of respect for each other, and they would spend hours talking to each other.”

Mauro recalls the night it was all over in 1972, after Democrat George McGovern lost to Republican Richard Nixon. He says he and the Clintons decided to let loose in lively Austin, paying $1.50 to see a Texas singer by the name of Willie Nelson before rambling back to a colleague’s tiny apartment.

Willie Nelson Interview: the last rodeo at the Astrodome

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

The Houston Rodeo took place at the Houston Astrodome from 1966, when it moved there from the Sam Houston Coliseum, until 2002, when it moved to the Reliant Park, where the lifestock exhibition and rodeo now takes place. 

Wille Nelson performed at the final rodeo at the Astrodome in 2002, and immediately after the show gave an interview to Houston journalist Mike McGuff.    You can watch the interview at Houston Rodeo TV.

Thanks to Mike for sharing the interview.  Mike has a blog at
www.MikeMcGuff.blogspot.com, for more interesting posts about Houston and Texas.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is called the world’s largest livestock exhibition and world’s largest rodeo event.  In 2007, attendance reached more than 1.8 million keeping with an average of almost 2 million a year which requires the support of approximately 19,000 volunteers.  The 20 day event is held at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas and features bull riding, livestock judging, concerts, a parade, a carnival, trail rides, barbecue and wine competitions, shopping, sales, and auctions.  Traditional trail rides, which start in different areas of Texas and end in Houston, precede the Rodeo events.


Willie Nelson, at the Houston Rodeo
Posted at www.WillieNelson.com

In addition to Willie Nelson, the rodeo has drawn some of the world’s biggest stars and music legends including Selena, Elvis Presley, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Barry Manilow,Beyoncé Knowles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Maroon 5.

 For more interesting information about the rodeo and it’s history, visit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Show website at http://www.hlsr.com.

The Willie Nelson Doll on the Road Again (in Conroe, Texas!)

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Thanks to Lisa, of Houston, for sending these pictures of Willie Doll backstage at the Crighton Theater, in Conroe, Texas.


Willie Doll hanging out with Singer/ song writer Gary Nicholson… aka     Whitey Johnson, who wrote the song, ‘Worry Be Gone’ with Guy Clark.  Willie and Kenny Chesney sing this song on Willie’s new album, ‘A Moment in Time.’

Delbert McClinton invites Willie doll to take the Delbert McClinton & Friends Sandy Beaches Cruise….
 

Willie doll back stage at the Crighton with DJ  Rick Heysquierdo of the Lone Star Jukebox on KPFT 90.1 radio station

And here is the lovely Lisa, Del Mclinton, and an unidentified representative of LoneStar Jukebox.

Mona’s Closes (1/10/1989)

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

 

Austin-American Statesman
January 10, 1989

by John Kelso

SPICEWOOD:  It was a few days before Christmas when an Austin/Travis County Health Department inspector shut down Mona’s Place, a tiny beer/home cookin’ joint on the Pedernales River, for not having a chlorinator.

Mona’s alias Camp Pedernales, alias Mona’s Yacht club, is a funky little establishment just big enough for 12 chairs.  One of the house rules listed on a plaque inside announces, simply, “No indiscriminate goosing.”

They stick colored egg cartons over the fluorescent light to cut down on the glare, says Mona Miller, who bought the business in 1972.

The establishment is legend, Willie Nelson owns the property, and various stars — from James Michener to Moe Bandy — have showed up here.  Their photos cover the walls.

Barbara Walters even raved about the groceries when she visited Mona’s in 1982 to interview Willie.  “She said, ‘I want everybody to look at this; this is a French fry,'” recalled Mona, explaining that the TV interview person held a French fry aloft for all to look at.

Mona’s fans, and Mona herself, are still crabbing about the closing, though the health department defends itself — despite the yuletide timing.

“It was just a regular inspection,” said Mary Bell Lockhart, manager of the health department’s general environmental programs.  “We didn’t go out there with the purpose of shutting her down.  But when we go into a place and find a critical problem, we do have to do it.”

The critical problem she mentioned was the lack of a water chlorinator to kill germs.  But when the inspector came in and closed the place… he was challenged and accosted by some of the patrons who were out there…

John Colby, a Mona’s regular who writes for the Lake Travis View, also gave the inspector a piece of his mind by calling him Scrooge several times in his Jan 5 column.  “Scrooge had no evidence whatsoever that any customer had ever fallen ill from ingesting a Mona-burger, an order of tacos or a platter of sizzling-hot enchiladas,” he wrote.  “No customer had ever succumbed to a water-borne ailment – indeed, no one could remember when a customer had drunk water.”

What fool orders the water at Monas?  Her business card brags about “REAL COLD BEER.”  And chlorinator or no, the place is loved.  Some have even offered Mona financial assistance since hearing about her troubles.

“I’ve had four people offer up $2,000, but I’m not taking any money for anything,” Mona said.  “Willie offered, but we told him no.  This is our place inside here.  Willie just owns the building.”

The good news is that Mona has put in that chlorinator, and can reopen any time she wants to, Lockart said.  But as of Monday, she was still closed, and still miffed.

After all, folks like her food, and nobody’s ever complained about falling down wounded after trying it.  “If they did, they died and didn’t come back and tell us,” Mona joked.

Pat Greene writes about Texas Music

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

http://www.woai.com

Pat Green’s new book, ‘Dance Halls & Dreamers’ is an all access look at Texas’ legendary music venues and the musicians who make them great. Author Luke Gilliam and photographer Guy Rogers take readers into a day in the life of the people who make the Texas music scene flourish through candid interviews and more than 200 action-packed color photos. Each of the 10 chapters chronicle the activities and atmosphere as everyone prepares then parties at the biggest show in town.

Texas icon and three-time Grammy nominee Pat Green shares his memories and favorite stories of each venue. He also gives fans a backstage pass into his world at a performance at his favorite dance hall Gruene Hall.

Pat Green was born in San Antonio and raised in Waco, Texas, the eighth of nine siblings. His father was a stage actor, and Green fell in love with the musicals his father acted in.

Green began his musical career when he was 18 and in college at Texas Tech in Lubbock. “I started playing guitar to pick up the chicks,” Green laughs. “Before that, I only sang in the shower. I could mimic other people’s voices. It took me a long time to find my own voice, but once I did, I became very comfortable with it. It’s not real pretty but it’s believable.”

During those college years, Green started playing clubs and opening shows for other artists. In 1995, he put out his first independent record.

“I don’t know exactly where it began, if it was Willie Nelson’s picnic or one of Jerry Jeff’s shows, but I got asked to play and there was a huge crowd there,” Green says. “After that show, we started getting some radio support. All of a sudden, everything started happening at once. We were selling a ton of records. We were able sell out Billy Bob’s. In Dallas-Fort Worth, we were selling 4, 5, 6000 seats. In Houston and everywhere else, it started being 1000, 2000 seats. It just started steamrolling. I think it was a combination of the popularity of Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson leading the forefront for us little guys. We just all fell in line behind them.”

You can purchase the book at www.patgreen.com, and learn more about the book at dancehallsanddreamers.com.

And she won’t back down

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

EL CALABOZ, Texas (CNN) — Eloisa Tamez says she isn’t scared anymore, just determined. “I am not backing down,” she said.


The U.S. government wants to build a border fence like this one. About 100 landowners are fighting it.

Tamez owns three acres of land along the Texas-Mexico border where the Department of Homeland Security would like to build a border fence. The property is a remnant of a 12,000-acre grant from Spain to her family in 1767, before the United States even existed.

“It is my history. It is my heritage,” Tamez said.

This week, the Justice Department began legal action against landowners and municipalities who have refused to give government surveyors access to their land.

Tamez expects she will be sued sometime soon, but she is not intimidated.

Asked how long she will fight, she said, “As long as I have to.”

Baylor University President Cancels Willie Nelson Concert (8/21/88)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

 

August 21, 1988

HOUSTON:  Singer Willie Nelson says he is very upset that Baylor University president Herbert Reynolds will not let him play a benefit concert at the school’s new events center in Waco.

“They do really make me mad when they tell me I can’t play in Waco. Waco’s my hometown.  It gets my red Irish hair up, “Nelson told a Houston newspaper Friday from his hotel in Beverly Hills, California.  “Some pressure was applied, or maybe the guy felt sanctimonious, like his hallowed hall was too good for me to play in.”

Nelson, a country singer and movie star who is no red-headed stranger to trouble, said his concert promoter, Tom Gresham, was told by Reynolds that the benefit concert was canceled this week because of protests that Nelson’s concerts have drawn from police groups.

His concerts in Rhode Island were picketed last month by police who objected to Nelson’s benefit last year for an American Indian convicted of killing a federal officer.

Reynolds said little about why he canceled the show, which was to raise money for the legal fund of some of the citizens of Leroy.  More than 300 people in the small Central Texas town are fighting to recover part of the savings they lost last year when state authorities closed the uninsured Leroy Bank.

To keep the Leroy benefit alive, Nelson has made arrangements to move the concert to the Heart O’ Texas Coliseum, a county owned arena.

Nelson said he became involved when his barber in Abbott, where Nelson grew up, introduced him to a preacher in nearby Leroy, who explained the town’s problem.

Reynolds said only that Nelson had not done what he could to “strengthen the moral fiber of our nation.”

But Nelson said that if Reynolds did not like something he had done, he should not take it out on the people of Leroy.

Nelson said plans for the concert called for 80 percent of the proceeds to go to the Leroy Bank Depositor’s Association and 20 percent for Baylor’s new Ferrell Special Events Center.  Nelson attended Baylor for two semesters in 1954.