October 4, 2008
After enjoying Patrick Nichols’ great article on the 9513 about Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel and Willie Nelson, I recalled a cute story I read years ago….
Back in 2000, when the Dixie Chicks decided to ask Willie Nelson to play a few shows on their first headlining tour, they went for the personal touch. Although they knew they could contact him through his agent, they really wanted to call him personally. So, one day when Emily Robison ran into Ray Benson, a friend of the band, in Texas, she exclaimed, “Hey, you would have Willie’s number!” He responded by giving her Willie’s … bus number. He said, “Willie’s at home, but even while he’s at home, he hangs out on his bus.” And sure enough, soon after she left a message on Willie’s bus phone, he called back.
I personally found that hysterical. I could just picture Willie hanging out on his tour bus in his driveway. No one questions Willie Nelson’s dedication after releasing over 70 albums, but man, that’s hard-core!
I imagine there are a lot of fun stories and/or anecdotes out there (most likely much cooler than mine). Many of you have been fans for a long time – got any great ones to share?