Willie Nelson’s New Guitar Strap (oh, I wish I still knew how to macrame)

photo by Jan Janner
Willie Nelson at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo 3/4/08
by John T. Davis

For the first time in my experience (except for when Trigger was in hiding after the IRS seizures of Willie’s property), Nelson wasn’t wearing his famous woven red-white-and-blue guitar strap on stage. The distinctive item — for decades as much a part of his persona as his bandana or long hair — looped around his neck, rather than over the shoulder as most straps do.

But Tuesday night, he was playing Trigger with a plain leather strap. Poodie Locke, Nelson’s longtime stage manager, said the woven strap had begun hurting his neck. “We had to buy him the softest (new) strap we could find,” Locke said.

13 Responses to “Willie Nelson’s New Guitar Strap (oh, I wish I still knew how to macrame)”

  1. Willietattoos(Dee) says:

    Oh, no! I hope it’s lined with lamb’s wool!

  2. MissTex says:

    Bless his heart…we have no idea what Willie goes through to entertain us. BUT I’m glad he does.

    Willie, I hope your neck gets better. I don’t care what your guitar strap looks like as long as you can keep on making that sweet music!!

  3. Willietattoos(Dee) says:

    Amen, MissTex, Healing thoughts headed your way, dear Willie.

  4. LindaLee says:

    I agree, Pat.

  5. Chris says:

    Check out the following website for custom macrame items, adjustable guitar straps also, just not posted on site yet. http://www.septemberschild.com

  6. LindaLee says:

    Thanks, Chris.

  7. Greetings!
    My site is up and running and I would like to announce that the guitar straps are finally here!
    Take a look: http://www.septemberschild.com
    Custom orders are encouraged
    Thank you, I look foward to hearing from you….
    Elena Springett

  8. LindaLee says:

    Thank you. Your work is beautiful. The guitar straps are nice! Willie has been using his guitar strap; part of the time at least. I know he switched off for a couple shows with the leather one.

  9. I would just like to know how your famous guitar is but togather.

  10. I would really kike to know how the strap is put togather?

  11. Dallas Miley says:

    Willie’s strap was made by Richard Blocker in 2003.

  12. Dallas Miley says:

    My dad, Richard Blocker, wove Willie’s red, white & blue guitar strap. He made the strap when he lived in Gainesville, Fla. in 1993. He would spend a Lot of time with a friend of his & Willie’s, Donny Moore (O’Berry) & worked on it while there. Dad died in Belguim in 2009. He left me his 1973 Fender Bass & I would like to ask Willie to do something that would help our wounded men & women coming back from Afganistan & Iraq. I would ask that he sign the guitar with the words “My good friend, Richard Blocker” & sign it. The guitar would then be sold & all money received be donated to the “Wounded Warriers”. This would help thousand’s that need it desperately. What I would like to get from it is that my dad would be rembered for a very long time. I never met my dad until I was 30 year’s old because my parent’s divorced when I was less than a year old. I grew to know him as a man that would help anybody in any way. To know that his guitar will help so many is what he would want to do.
    Dallas Miley AT1 USN Ret.

  13. Matt Crunk says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble, Dallas, But Willie Nelson has been wearing that same strap since at least the mid-1970s. I saw him with it in concert in 1980 myself. If your dad made one for him, it was a copy of what he already had.

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