Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s Longtime Stage Manager, Passed Away

Brody Vercher | May 7th, 2009

  1. Kelly
    May 7, 2009 at 11:08 am

    thanks for the JTE mention…you never hear much about him on The 9513 :-)

  2. Brody Vercher
    May 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I could always ramp up the JTE mentions if you’d like…

  3. Kelly
    May 7, 2009 at 11:19 am

    ok, ok, enough!!!! It has been a strong news week, I had to find something to gripe about…

  4. Rick
    May 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

    JTE will be performing here in LA at McCabe’s Guitar Shop on May 24th and the tickets are $ 16. Think I should go gentlemen?

    Its too bad the Legends & Lyrics episode doesn’t feature just Kris and Merle instead. Oh well…

    I’ve purchased an advance copy of Chuck Mead’s new album and hope it arrives before his concert next Wednesday at The Mint Club. Chuck will be one of the most “country” acts I’ve ever seen at the Mint.

    Opry alert! Tonight’s Classic Country Opry will salute the music of Eddie Arnold. Guest artists of note include Laura Cantrell (who would much rather sing a Rose Maddox song), Daryle Singletary, and Rhonda Vincent. I highly recommend this program to anyone who hasn’t heard it yet! Its from 7 to 9 PM Nashville time on WSM Online.
    Link: http://www.wsmonline.com/

  5. Stormy
    May 7, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Gary Lightbody, the lead singer from alternative rock band Snow Patrol, says he has a country record written that he just needs to record. (via NashvilleGab)

    Has he found a country singer to record it? Cause I love me some Chasing Cars, but that’s boys voice is sweeter and more vanilla pop than Bryan White.

  6. Matt B
    May 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Stormy,

    So was/is Shane Nicholson’s.

  7. stormy
    May 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Yeah, but it might be a bit harder for Gary to book Kasey.

  8. Brody Vercher
    May 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Go for it, Rick. I saw him back in December and it was one of my favorite shows.

  9. Linda
    May 8, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Brody, Billy Bob Thornton wrote a beautiful song in tribute to Poodie, after he learned of his passing. I posted the lyrics at my site, and a link to hear the Boxmasters sing it. Go have a listen if you have time.

    Unsettling days. Hard to imagine a WN&F concert without Poodie up there giving directions, tying down the flag in the wind, folding Willie’s bandannas, lifting drunks off the side of the stage, handing out pics, flirting with girls. Oh, Poodie, we’re gonna miss you. He did know how to enjoy life, doing what he loved with people he loved for thirty plus years. I know of no other road manager who had such an effect on so many people. They really are a family band.

  10. Lee
    May 11, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Very sad to hear about the passing of Poodie. When I was on the road with Gary Allan, we did quite a few shows with Willie and the Family. Poodie was always there to greet with a handshake and a huge smile. I can just picture him standing on stage at Irving Plaza in his kaiki shorts and Tenni-Lama (Tennis shoe boots). When it came time for us to use the small stage, Poodie said, “Lee, hang on. I’ll move Paul’s drum-kit.” Poodie then proceed to pick-up Paul’s snare drum (his whole kit) and move it aside and then look back at me and say, “It’s all yours, Hoss.” That was hilarious and will always stick in my mind as he goes on to stage manage the every growing band in heaven.

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