We left 112 degree heat in Texas to begin the tour at the Illinois State Fair in DuQuoin. Milder temperatures would have made us feel better, but in the first week all hell broke loose at home. Several wild fires had broken out around Austin and many of us had property in areas that were being evacuated.
The Pedernales fire threatened many of our homes, including the recording studio, golf course and the town of Luck. The Dripping Springs/Hamilton Pool fire threatened some more of us, and the Bastrop fire threatened the rest of us. Everyone we knew back home was in a state of panic trying to save houses, pets, livestock, and in some cases, their lives. Texas was on fire and we were sitting at a truck stop in Utah.
The show must go on or so they say. So it did. The fans at Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City were thoroughly entertained and spirits were lifted by the Willie Nelson and Family show. Ninety minutes of one hit after another, and some that will be. I don’t know if the crowd noticed or not, but every crew member around the stage was on a cell phone or a computer during the performance. The news was bad. Fires back home were taking everything in their path. Zero containment.
Whiskey River take my mind…
Everyone we could think of to call was evacuated and safe. Sleep finally came that night but it wasn’t easy.