I have a number of photographs that I would like to put up on this blog, but I can never figure out how to make them connect to a post. I’ve decided to start a series of posts (here and there) with the photos at the top and the story behind the photos following. This is the first.
As most of you know from one of my previous posts, I’m not much of a concert goer. I hate the noise, I hate the people standing up in front of me, I hate the drunks, etc. Well, I got a call a few days ago from Dan Parker, former track star at the University of Kentucky, and one of my regular golfing buddies (whom I regularly beat like a rented mule) asking me if I wanted to go to a Willie Nelson concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Dan is an old rock and roller himself, having spent 20 years in the business. He was involved in the management of the Beach Boys, Rick Springfield, Andy Gibb, and a few others I can’t remember right now. (Tonight Brian Wilson is in concert here in Santa Barbara, and Dan is over doing the sound checks with him this afternoon. I could have gone, but I had a golf tournament.) He knows just about everyone in the music business, and he got two tickets for the concert from Willie’s road manager.
Since I didn’t want to go to the concert, I asked MD if she wanted to go. She jumped at the chance, so she and Dan went to the concert while I stayed home and read like the nerd I am.
The warm up for Willie was Jakob Dylan (Bob’s son – Bob was appearing the next night at the Santa Barbara Bowl), and toward the end of Jakob’s set, Dan got up and told MD to follow him. Dan had the credentials to get through security, and the two of them made their way to Willie’s bus, where Dan’s friend got them in. Dan, MD and Willie chatted for a bit, then had this photo taken. MD said Willie was as nice and friendly as he could be. And she said he put on a heck of a show starting a few minutes after this photo was taken.
That’s Dan in front, MD and Willie in the back. And that’s the story of this photo.
The story behind the picture