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.
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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.



In July 2013, Willie Nelson and Family played the Weesner Family Amphitheater, Apple Valley, MN, at the Minnesota Zoo Tuesday night to a sold-out crowd braving the 90 plus heat. ] TOM WALLACE tom.wallace@startribune.com ASSIGNMENT #20029772A SLUG/SAXO# 557073 willie 071713 EXTRA INFORMATION: review of Willie Nelson, 80, in his debut at MN Zoo — Tom Wallace, Star Tribune file

In July 2013, Willie Nelson and Family played the Weesner Family Amphitheater, Apple Valley, MN, at the Minnesota Zoo Tuesday night to a sold-out crowd braving the 90 plus heat. ] TOM WALLACE tom.wallace@startribune.com ASSIGNMENT #20029772A SLUG/SAXO# 557073 willie 071713 EXTRA INFORMATION: review of Willie Nelson, 80, in his debut at MN Zoo — Tom Wallace, Star Tribune file


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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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Country Radio’s Rare Flower

Does the name Gwyneth Seese ring a bell?
If you listened to country radio in the 1980s and ’90s, you probably know Seese as “Dandalion,” the popular DJ on Carlisle stations WCAT-FM 106.7 and the former WRKZ-FM 102.3 Z-Country, where she kept listeners company during the overnight hours.
She came to be known as Dandalion in a roundabout way.
A third-shift postal worker back in the 1970s, Seese had bought a CB radio to feel more secure at night. For her handle, she first chose “Delta Dawn,” after the popular song by Tanya Tucker. Little did Seese know that prostitutes worked the highway over CB radio, and the handle of the No. 1 hooker was Delta Dawn.
“I got some interesting offers, some I never heard of before, and I was married,” Seese said in a recent telephone interview from her home in Canadensis, north of Stroudsburg.
Seese’s granddaughter suggested changing her handle to “Dandelion,” as they were looking out over a yard full of the yellow-flowered weeds. She took her granddaughters advice but misspelled the name “Dandalion,” with an “a” instead of an “e.” The misspelling stuck, and so did her moniker.
She began writing for trucker magazines and became friends with Big John Trimble, a Richmond, Va., DJ who broadcast live from a truck stop. Trimble asked her to fill in for him during a two-week vacation. She couldn’t take off from her postal job, so she quit in order to do it.
Seese enjoyed the experience and started looking for full-time DJ work. WIOV-FM I-105 in Ephrata took a chance and put her on the overnights in 1979. Her love of country music and her knowledge of truckers set her on the path to a successful career.
She joined Z-Country in 1981, and her popularity soared over the next two decades. Seese hosted a request show, playing only upbeat music, often with a theme. She would talk about her family and play new artists, often trying out a song on her listeners instead of waiting to hear if it was a hit.
“It was important to expose music to listeners,” Seese said. “I took chances with artists during the overnight. I took a chance with Garth Brooks.”
Brooks has since repaid the favor. The two share a bond, and Brooks, one of the most popular country artists of all time, has taken Seese to Ireland twice. Fellow country legend Willie Nelson took her to Europe. Musicians driving through the area would call her while she was on the air.
Her bond with the audience was even greater. She kept truckers and third-shifters awake and helped others fall asleep. She recalled one listener who told her, “Dandalion, I’ve been sleeping with you for four years. I just hope it’s been as good for you as it was for me.”
Seese was 41 when she started in radio and wasn’t a threat to female listeners. “I was a grandmother and worked overnight,” she said. “You could relate to me. If I was skinny, 20 and blond, people might not have liked me. People could identify with me.”
Seese earned widespread acclaim for her show, which was carried by a network of six stations in 1999. Her numerous national awards include the Academy of Country Music’s Disc Jockey of the Year honor in 1989. She is one of only two women in the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame.
She went off the air in 2002 to work as a music director for WRKZ and WCAT.
“My life was so productive,” Seese said. “I’ve done everything I wanted to do.”
Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009  
ERIC STARK, Stark Ravings
Dandalion passed away yesterday after a long and painful illness. Fellow country disc jockeys, once Willie and Dandalion they met they hit it off right away. She was also a genuine fan of his music, playing his songs regularly on the air. Dandy became the first official president of the Willie Nelson Fan Club, and remained with the fan club until her death. She kept thousands of fans in touch with Willie Nelson and Family long before social media made it easy. She was old school; writing articles, reading fan mail and caring about the fans. She typed, cut and pasted all the fan club newsletters and faithfully mailed them out to fans for over 30 years.
Dandalion was loved by many who knew her and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.
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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.

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Willie is just beside himself over the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine.




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Mr. Mister

willienelson —  July 21, 2014 — 112 Comments

Our bodyguard, Mr. Mister,  had a run in with the local police in Cincinnati, Ohio before the concert. Luckily no formal charges were filed and after a brief period of questioning he was free to continue on with the rest of the tour. Hey man, he was just doing his job!

Mr_and_Dad MrMisterBbbie

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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.

Veterans PSA

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Letters to Willie

willienelson —  July 15, 2014 — 11 Comments

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

Denise CollinsBasil and Willie

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Kansas City, Missouri

willienelson —  July 12, 2014 — 82 Comments

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.

Speaking of little angels, Tatum Lee and her family drove up from Joplin, Missouri to see the show. The volunteers at the Make a Wish Foundation arranged for Tatum to meet her favorite singer, Willie Nelson, who also signed her guitar backstage after the concert. Tatum must endure painful operations every four months to extend the rods in her back, and music seems to help.  The next operation won’t be too long from now. But this time when she’s recovering and playing her guitar she can look down, see Willie’s signature and remember how many people were involved and what all it took to get it. She can be absolutely sure she is loved by the very best.
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