Willie Nelson, Webb Pierce, and a Mercedes Golf Cart

Yesterday on Willie’s Place, on Sirius/XM Radio, Willie Nelson talked with Bill Mack about recording with Webb Pierce, and taking a golf break in the middle of their session.  Mark Hughes, of the Willie Nelson & Friends Museum and General Store in Nashville heard the show. 

“I heard Willie commenting on the time he and Webb played golf at his course during a break in recording. My stepdad, Frank Oakley, had gone out to the studio with Webb and his sidekick, Max Powell. Frank wasn’t a golfer but loved taking photos and these are a few he took that day.

Hopefully, y’all can make it to Nashville and stop in to see us. I think you would really like (and appreciate) the Museum, it’s all about traditional country music and those who made it what it is

Thanks, Mark Hughes

P.S. – Too bad we can’t all have a Mercedes golf cart!”

Visit the Willie Nelson Store and Museum in Nashville.

The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store & Museum was founded July 4th, 1979 in Madison, TN with Willie’s good friends Frank and Jeanie Oakley as the storekeepers.  The General Store began life as a local art & picture framing store that Willie frequented often while visiting his friends in nearby Ridgetop, Tennessee.

As a result of his visits, the art shop quickly amassed a large display of framed artwork and photographs of country music stars as well as a lot of Willie memorabilia and souvenirs. In the fall of 1979, Willie was voted country music’s highest honor – “Entertainer of the Year”. And before long more people were coming to see the Willie items than those looking for picture framing…and so the Willie Nelson General Store was born. The original Willie Nelson and Family General store in Nashville, TN

And what a store it was…full of fun but certainly not what you generally expect to find. Sure, we sold souvenirs but in those days we were known as much for our parties as our souvenirs. Storekeeper Frank Oakley was always quick to dream up a new party.


The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store  is located at located at 2613 McGavock Pike, in Nashville (directly across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel).  You can reach them at 615-885-1515 or on the web at www.WillieNelsonGeneralStore.com.

Visit the store in Nashville, to enjoy their extensive collection  exhibits of Willie Nelson, the Willie Nelson and Friends museum displays and exhibits honor Webb Pierce,  of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Porter Wagoner, the Wilburn Brothers, Faron Young, Mel Tillis and many, many others, and or their website for lots more pictures and great stories:

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