Thanks to all the wonderful people of Lubbock, Texas. It is true that West Texas is the friendliest place on Earth. It was great to be back in America. We arrived in 90 degree heat and it snowed the next morning. We ate Breakfast at the Pancake House where the special of the day is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. We set up the show with our new friends Linda Cullum and Maisie. Linda showed us the campus of LHUCA, The art center was put there after a tornado destroyed the neighborhood. Beautiful and impressive. Our friends Larry the Lighting master and Heidi [whose relative Black Jack Ketchum the outlaw, who was the victim of a botched hanging… his head came off] own the Tornado Gallery a fantastic place. Larry does wonders with neon. We met Brittany Price and her cool cameraman from Fox 34 Lubbock for some early morning news. Lubbock is a musical hotbed. We saw the Buddy Holly Center. Thanks to our talented velvet artists we brought Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison from the brushes of Richard Bustamante.
Thanks to Diane Bombshelter for her stunning paintings of Tanya Tucker TNT and Mac Davis. Miguel in Tijuana, Mexico for his Buddy Holly. Thanks so much. Jennifer “Juanita” Kenworth for her painting of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. People really enjoyed it. Diana Cone’s painting of the Blue Swallow in Tucumcari reminded a few people of their wanderings. We were happy to meet Baron Batch artist and NFL star from the Pittsburgh Steelers. What a nice guy! We met the Legendary Johnny Hughes Texas Gambler and Raconteur extraordinaire. His book Famous Gamblers, Poker History and Texas Stories is a must read. Anchors Away on the Permian Seas as we have met Admiral Foghorn who reminded us he is a higher rank than Captain Kangaroo. Lubbock Arts Festival is for the children showing art, music and theatre. This festival is molding the future artists of Lubbock. Who will carry on the originality and creativity from this wellspring of Talent? Here are some photos of their reactions to the “Velveteria Experience”. Most of all, Caren and I want to thank and send our love to Elizabeth Regner the genius and driving force of nature who puts the Lubbock Arts Festival together. She is the hardest working person in Texas. A TRUE VISIONARY. What a Blessing she is for the good people of Lubbock. We love your Phrase the “Velveteria Experience”. We can’t wait to see what Elizabeth comes up with in 2014. Good Luck! We will treasure this experience for all our days and always remember with great appreciation and fondness the wonderful people of Lubbock and the Great State of Texas.
On the way out from Lubbock we pulled into a small town for a pit stop. I wanted to see what this place looked like. Then we found this. There it was the Waylon Jennings trailer park. It was free. Then we saw that. The Fannie Mae Jennings Whitfield Horseshoe Court set in the Littlefield National Forest. We were on to something. Downtown was barren. Then driving out we found it. The Waylon Wall. This was turning into a pilgrimage. We went inside and there was the Waylon Museum and the most well stocked liquor store I have ever seen in My life. We met Waylon’s sister Helen. And there was Waylon’s niece Darla. While Caren got betting tips from Darla, I went crazy taking photos and looking at the museum. Visiting with the Jennings we found out there was a big family reunion in June on Waylon’s Birthday. Around the country various birthday celebrations take place to raise money to conquer Diabetes which took Waylon and Johnny Cash. Jeff Bridges “the Dude” played a concert in Phoenix to support the cause, as many others have done all over this land. To contribute to this cutting edge research contact thewaylonfund.org. When we heard about this great work being done by Jessi Colter and Shooter Jennings we had to help so we gave them Waylon’s portrait done by Richard Bustamate. We gave them a book for the auction. The painting may still be in the museum. The museum is filled with interesting mementos, Waylon’s first guitar, so many cool photos.
A wonderment in Littlefield Texas. We left the Jennings headed for Billy the Kid’s Gravesite in Fort Sumner New Mexico. Then we got a call to be on TV in Las Vegas. We saw the Petrified Forest seeing the visage of Duke Mantee in the Cumulus. Across the desert snow wind blazing heat battled our old van. We charmed the Vegas boys then headed to California where we are plotting and planning the Next Big Thing. Stay Tuned. Look here for announcements about upcoming media stories about to happen. We will Open the Velveteria soon. Look Out!