Paul Simon and the Red Headed Stranger

Occasionally, we receive private messages Willie Nelson from Bingo friends. Often, we read and respond in private. In this case, the message from Lisa Ledbetter Gerhardt included a compelling story about the world debut of Red Headed Stranger. Lisa gave us permission to post her note and for that we thank her.

“Hey Dahr Jamail! I doubt you remember me, but I remember you! We met in Houston in 1975 while attending Univ. of St Thomas. You were putting on a concert at Shepherd Drive In Theater for Willie and needed some help to sell tickets.

Me and Christy, both Arkansas girls, went along for the fun. A guy with a guitar slung over his back walked right up to us and said he was there to see Willie. We told him he had to buy a ticket and he did.

Willie went on and did his thing. All of a sudden, the guy we sold that ticket to walked on stage with Willie and the crowd was wild. I had no idea it was Paul Simon, but I did know the song they played, The Boxer.

Of course it was the Red Headed Stranger release , and I knew I was in the middle of something big. You could feel it in the air.

Paul was great, but Willie and his bunch owned that night. Now I told this story to everyone, some kinda believed me; others did not. Finally when Willie’s biography Epic Life came out, I could prove it, it was in print! So thanks Dahr, you and Willie changed my direction. I am forever grateful.

One more thing, I listened to your music so now I have played Titty Bingo. You guys are awesome and have a sound all your own which is not easy to do these days! Thanks man! I will sure catch a Titty Bingo show next time I’m in Austin or maybe you will play here in Little Rock; stranger things have happened.

Oh yeah, fast forward to the 1980′s. Willie came thru Little Rock, and I remembered who Snake was so my girlfriend and I got up close to the stage. I left alone; she left with Mickey on the bus. She didn’t last long, but she made it on the bus and on the road with the band of gypsies!!!

Sorry for my rambling message, but I got excited when I found you! Take care and tell Willie I did a Willie Wednesday today as I do every Wednesday. Little Rock did not know about Willie Wednesday, but they do now! I will share Titty Bingo too; I am a Titty Bingo fan now!!

p.s. Before that night had ended, I discovered who Lisa really was! I knew who I was not, but did not know who I was, Hell, I am an Outlaw, I was HOME!!!”

 

Goodbye, Andy Johns.

As many of you know, producer/engineer/friend Andy Johns recently passed away. If you’re not familiar with Andy’s legend, you can read about his accomplishments here and here.

We had the pleasure and honor of recording four albums with Andy. Hell, we had as long a run with Andy as many of the more well known bands he worked with.

Dahr had this to say, “Andy was funny, smart, well read. He lived for the music and was our dear friend. We will miss him.”

We put together and posted a string of five Bingo tunes which exemplify Andy’s work with us. Plus, watch the video and you’ll see Andy in action during a Bingo session.

Goodbye, Andy.