Troubadours...road stories and roadies

Great moments like this one with our Troubadours hotel rooms

Willie's bus Honeysuckle Rose

Moments like this on Haggard's bus where

he and Buck were singing some songs to each

other while Merle waited to play with Bob Dylan


Merle Haggard's bus in by the backstage door...

somewhere on that long and winding road.


Dave Somerville is founding member and lead vocal for

the World Famous Diamonds...remember "Little Darlin'"?

Haggard and the Strangers sound check before Dylan show.

We'll take you to other sound checks and this exciting part

of the shows that people never get to see...

Running On Empty

Looking out at the road rushing under my

wheelsLooking back at the years gone by

like so many summer fields

In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up

one-o-oneI don't know where I'm running

now, I'm just running on

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind


Jackson Browne's top-selling album was the

1977ís 7-times platinum, life-on-the-road

concept opus Running On Empty



Troubadours John Andrew Parks, Ramblin Jack

Eliott and Bobby Carradine...


Bob Neuwirth said about Rolling Thunder:

"It's going to b a new living room every night.
This is the first existential's a movie...

a closed's rock 'n' roll heaven and it's
historic...It has been Ramblin' Jack's dream

a long time.  He is the one that taught us

all, and the dream is coming true..."


"The best thing I learned on that tour was

that is a small step from the lemo to the
gutter."  Kinky Freidman




Took this pic of this Troubadour at

House of Blues in Hollywood




We plan to take our viewer to the time the big trucks back up and the concert halls and venues,

where we will show the roadies as they unload the trucks and begin to build the elaborate stages,

set up the rigging, fly the sound and get ready for the sound check.  We will show how the catering

companies and the security companies get ready for the nights performance.  Then to the backstage

rooms where we see the band members and the stars get ready to entertain.


Then we will show the road crews breaking down the stage and lighting and loading on the trucks. 

We will talk to the truck drivers as the prepare to hit the road and drive all night to make the next

city and the roadies begin to set up the stage for the next crew.  We will show the life on the rock

and roll busses as the acts then move themselves down the road to the next gig.  


"What keeps us going and always will keep us going is getting out on the road.

That ole bus window and me are really good friends after 30 years."  

                     John Anderson




"We're on the road babe!  It's heavy stuff.  New

blood, new places, new faces...we're getting

our first taste of what the future holds in store: 

A steady diet of greasy burgers  and cardboard

in-flight dinners, burrowing from one backstage

bunker to another,  through interchangeable

airport lounges and indistinguishable hotel rooms.


Rock Skully and David Dalton...


"Yup, we're Roadies.  Just a Backstage

Pass away from being homeless."

(by Jackson Browne & Bryan Garofalo)

Now the seats are all empty
Let the roadies take the stage
Pack it up and tear it down
They're the first to come and last to leave
Working for that minimum wage
They'll set it up in another town
Tonight the people were so fine
They waited there in line
And when they got up on their feet they

      made the show
And that was sweet--
But I can hear the sound
Of slamming doors and folding chairs
And that's a sound they'll never know

Now roll them cases out and lift them amps
Haul them trusses down and get 'em up

     them ramps
'Cause when it comes to moving me
You guys are the champs
But when that last guitar's been packed away
You know that I still want to play
So just make sure you got it all set to go
Before you come for my piano









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