“Nothing more impressive than 12 XL Prevost Buses in a row.” — Budrock “The Illuminator” Prewitt, Lighting Director for Willie Nelson & Family.
Life on the road, setting up shows for Willie Nelson & Family all over the world is always an adventure, and hard work, but sometimes Mother Nature throws in some extra challenges.
The day started out with blue skies, nothing but blue skies, and a few puffy clouds, on Prevost Row at BamaJam yesterday.
But the weather turned!
“Now it’s raining inside the bus………….Gigantic Storm is on us.
Hail is banging on the roof. Raining sideways. Bus is shakin! Lightining bolts flying. A Little scary for us and thousands of others out here in buses, RV’s, campers, and cars in this big ol’ field.” — Budrock
“Bama Jam finally got started a little after 10 PM. I think Eric Church was beginning on Stage B as we pulled out. It was starting to rain again and am not sure if Tim McGraw ever played.
Aside from the lightining, after the deluge of rain and hail, our crew was faced with a few key pieces of gear that were filled with water. This was primarily due to part of the roof breaking loose during high winds and letting large collections of water that had collected on the roof hit the equipment on the stage.
The stage was certainly unplayable at 8:30 which is when we were supposed to play. The show was supposed to play Stage A and Stage B alternating. All acts were cancelled except the final act on each stage (as of 10 PM when we left). No one was injured.”
The guys worked hard to keep everything safe. And we’re all glad they are all safe!
See more photos from the storm, and read more stories from the road by Buddy, at the Willie Nelson’s Crew’s View Facebook Page he created.