If you would like to help some of our good friends in Wimberley and San Marcos, Texas who have lost everything in the recent devastating floods, here is a list of ways to help.
How to donate, volunteer to help Hays Co. flood victims
Hays County was slammed by massive flooding this weekend that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes.
Here’s how you can help the flood victims:
- KVUE has set up a GoFundMe account for Hays County victims. Go here to donate and use the hashtag #HelpHays to spread the word.
- The Austin Disaster Relief Network is accepting monetary donations. The fund’s name is the Memorial Weekend Flood Fund. Go to the organization’s website to donate.
- The American Red Cross is also in need of volunteers. Go here to find out how you can become one.
- The Hays County Food Bank will be open to the public from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. for emergency distribution. Individuals will receive a box of non-perishable items. For a list of most-needed items, go here.
- Cabela’s, Barton Middle School, Wallace Middle School, Chapa Middle School, Katherine Anne Porter School and others are accepting food donations for the Hays County Food Bank.
- The United Way of Hays County is accepting monetary donations. Donate through their webpage here or text “FLOODS” to 41444 to make a donation. The organization is also accepting volunteers Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers can check in at the Half Price Books parking lot in San Marcos at 900 Bugg Lane.
- For other ways to help those in need, check out Hays County CISD’s “Helping Our Neighbors” page here.
Review: Saturday’s Mystic Lake casino concert was short and sweet, but far from rote.
By CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , STAR TRIBUNE - http://m.startribune.com/variety/music/304043921.html
If Saturday’s sold-out Mystic Showroom audience needed any reassurance Willie Nelson is still worth the $60-$70 ticket, it came just a few songs into the rudimentary concert when Texas’ Gandalf-like lord of the smoke rings lit into “Night Life.”
Yes, “Night Life” is a song ol’ Willie has played so often he could do it with one hand tied behind his ponytails. But it’s one of many Willie Nelson classics famously rerecorded by other American music icons, in this case B.B. King, who died two days earlier.
“Night Life” thus served as a reminder to see these giants while they still walk among us — although, if his New Balance shoes were any indicator, Willie still jogs among us at 82.
Like King, Nelson’s set lists have become routine since he entered his 80s. Saturday’s concert was shorter than usual, too, clocking in at 75 minutes on the dot. Unlike B.B., though, Willie hasn’t resorted to personality-driven shtick and canned humor to prop up his shows. He still lets the music do the talking. And boy oh boy, did it scream at times on Saturday.
Look no further than “Night Life,” during which he ripped out a lengthy, bluesy solo on his haggard-looking acoustic guitar Trigger that would have bedazzled King himself.
Not only were his picking skills exemplary — they’ve never slipped, actually — but his singing stood strong, too. Only a few shows into his latest tour leg, he was able to deliver a heartbreaking version of “Always on My Mind” and an elegant “Georgia on My Mind,” standards he famously reinterpreted on record. It still means something when Willie sings the songs that meant a lot to him. He also threw in his usual spirited batch of Hank Williams tunes (“Jambalaya,” “Move It on Over” and “I Saw the Light”), and paid tribute to a couple of his favorite songwriters, Tom T. Hall (“Shoeshine Man”) and Kris Kristofferson (“Help Me Make It Through the Night”).
As always, Nelson improvised vocally like a more bloodshot-eyed Frank Sinatra to give his own tunes a special, sometimes mystical flavor, including “Crazy,” “On the Road Again,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and an especially slow-stirring take on “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.” He even put a playful rhythmic twist on his newest song, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” which he introduced after “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” as “another gospel tune.”
Willie’s Family band hasn’t been as resilient as its leader, but the mere presence of its surviving members added sentimental value Saturday.
His older sister, Bobbie Nelson, was back on piano and able to strut her stuff in “Down Yonder.” Drummer Paul English mostly left the timekeeping to his brother Billy but did return to the snare during “Me and Paul.” And harmonica player Mickey Raphael — who literally grew up in the Family — was integral throughout, with the same kind of uniquely identifiable sound as Willie’s guitar.
“Leave me if you need to / I will still remember,” Willie sang beside his bandmates in “Angel Flying,” still doing justice to their unforgettable legacy.
SAN ANTONIO - As he reflected on his life on the road, Ben Dorcy said, “I love the road … the road is my life.”
Dorcy, who will turn 90 Monday, still travels often with country music legend Willie Nelson. In addition to Nelson, Dorcy has worked for other entertainment legends including the late Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.
“I’ve worked with some pretty nice people,” Dorcy said.
Nelson considers Dorcy more than just a roadie.
“He’s family,” Nelson said. “A good, hard-working man.”
That’s a sentiment shared by Nelson’s youngest daughter, Amy Nelson.
“Ben is the oldest of our tribe,” she said. “We respect him and want to preserve his legacy.”
To that end, Amy Nelson and her cousin, Trevor Nelson, are producing a documentary on Dorcy’s life called “King of the Roadies.”
“The man is a legend among legends yet most people have no idea who he is,” Amy Nelson said.
Dorcy is not totally comfortable with the term “legend.”
“I’m simply a roadie .. somebody who takes care of the equipment and makes sure the show goes on,” Dorcy said.
He said that he’s finally ready to slow down.
“I’ve had a good life and I love the road,” Dorcy said. “I guess it’s as they say, the road is my life.”
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The world lost an incredible musician and dear friend to Willie. Our hearts go out to all near and dear to Mr. B.B. King.
Dad recently did a PSA for the homeless veterans in America. Production crews set up cameras on the bus before the concert, and the Redheaded Stranger asked that everyone open their hearts to our many homeless vets. A highly decorated Viet Nam veteran, who was also a fan, had given Dad this well worn, heavy medal hat to wear in honor of all those who have served our country with honor and pride. God Bless our American veterans and please support them when you can. They have already supported you.
Well I have no idea if the is the right place to be sending this, as it was an e-mail address passed on by a stranger on FB.
But to make a long story short, a few months ago I commissioned a portrait for gentleman who’s dream it was to have a picture taken with Willie. Suffice to say, he never got the chance and asked me to draw one for him. He had been told for years that he looked like his idol Willie, and he wanted to show everyone they were all crazy! ( I personally thought he looked like Willie too! lol ). 24 hours after a family member of his picked up his portrait, Basil unfortunately passed away . Now I don’t personally know Basil well, but from in the short time I got to know him all he could talk about was Willie. So I’m hoping to do him one last honor of knowing Willie got to see this picture, and where ever Basil is now I know he would smiling from ear to ear!
If there is any way you can pass a copy of this picture Willie in anyway, I know you would make one life long Willie fan and his family a great honor.
Here is a link to Basil’s FB page. People still send him Willie updates lol
Thank you Kindly
The Starlight Theater in Kansas City was packed with love tonight. Jason Isbell opened up the hearts of everyone with his beautiful voice, then Alison Krause and Union Station stepped up to the stage and melted even the toughest among us. She sings like a sweet, soft, fragile winged angel.