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I thought it would be a hoot to get a guest repoot. This is what he wrote…

University Park, PA – 9/22/02

Oh boy is it hard to find good music nowadays. I
usually like to analogize that music is a lot like a
river. The superfluous, small fish (your Britney
Spears, Backstreet Boys, etc) cling to the bottoms of
rocks in the shallows near the shore. The better and
sturdier fish (Willie, Steve Earle, etc) inhabit the
deeper recesses of the river. Fish (or music) like
them aren’t easy to find; you can’t just turn over a
rock pick one up. But when you do hook one, there’s a
pretty good chance it’ll be worth braggin’ on.
Forgive me for the river analogy, but, water was
certainly on my mind when Willie and the Family rolled
their way into Central Pennsylvania for a gig at the
Eisenhower Auditorium in State College. Well, maybe
they floated more than they rolled, because it was
pourin’ on that cold Monday like Pennsylvania hadn’t
experienced all summer. Of course, Dad and I had no
rain gear.
So we slithered into the beautiful auditorium
drenched to the bone with no dry clothes to give us
salvation. Didn’t matter. There was a Willie concert
to see! I had seen Willie the night before in
Burgettstown at Farm Aid (and one time before that)
but this was Dad’s first experience. Willie did not
Willie and Family came onstage shortly after the
appointed time of 7:30 PM and spun a tale of American
music that no living performer could ever hope to
spin. The weather didn’t slow Mr. Nelson down in the
least – he ripped through the famous Nelson catalog
like a man half his age couldn’t have done. We were
treated to Hank Williams’ covers, gospel favorites,
and some choice selections off the new album. Dad
leaned over during “The Great Divide” and remarked
about how amazing of a song it was. I agree. I’ve
seen a lot of live music – all kinds of performers
doing all kinds of styles – but I don’t think I’ve
ever seen anything like the way he plays “The Great
Divide”. The solo he played, it looked like it hurt
him just a little bit. I know it moved me and Dad.
Dad also commented about how natural Willie’s version
of “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My
Condition Was In)” sounded. Move over Kenny Rogers…
What a wonderful evening of music. I can’t give you
any insider stuff like Lana could, but I sure can tell
you how it was from the outside. Absolutely stunning.
I’ve said it before and I’ll be damned if I don’t say
it a thousand more times. I feel just a little better
about everything after a Willie Nelson concert. Dad
knows what I mean now. And I bet he’s not the only
one who knows that secret. Thanks Willie. See you
next time.

If anyone has any photos of the concert in State
College, I was greatly appreciate it if you could
contact me at

Sweet Memories

admin —  July 7, 2010 — 2 Comments

Tonight Dad did Mickey Newbury’s song “Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Condition Was In” prefacing it with the sad announcement of his passing at 2:30 this morning. Dad and Mickey have been friends for over 35 years, with Dad recording several of his songs through the years. Besides “Just Dropped In” Dad has recorded “33rd of August” and “Sweet Memories.”

Mickey’s writings are the closest to Willie Nelson’s you’ll ever hear. Let’s send love and light to his entire family during these difficult days ahead. For us, there’ll never be another Mickey Newbury. I mean that in so many ways. Needless to say, ours is a sad and quiet bus as we head to Ohio. Good night Mickey. Now you can breathe again.

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