Archive for August, 2011
By Mike Copeland
Tribune-Herald staff writer
Willie’s Place is not Willie’s place anymore.
Travel Centers of America will turn the iconic truck stop at Carl’s Corner north of Hillsboro into a Petro Stopping Center for motorists. Country music legend Willie Nelson and partners opened Willie’s Place there in 2008. It served as a combination fuel stop, saloon, gift shop and performance hall.
Today we remember Wynn Stewart, a man who pioneered the harsh hard-driving telecaster sound of country music in the 1960′s. Wynn Stewart, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and many others enjoyed great success back then.
Leroy Van Dyke lives just outside of Sedalia Missouri and that makes it easy for him to sing at the Missouri State fair this week in Sedalia. In fact the fairgrounds has a street named after Leroy Van Dyke.
Many of our visitors are looking for truck driving songs. Just as important are true stories about truck drivers. This is one of them: