He’s conquered the IRS, helped farmers and is
pioneering the alternative energy market. Now, music legend Willie Nelson is
ready to settle down – at his very own theater.
On Sept. 26 and 27, the red-headed stranger
will open Willie’s Place, an 850-seat theater at the back of Carl’s Corner
Truck Stop, just south of Dallas on Interstate 35, with a little help from his
long-time friend and Carl’s co-owner Carl Cornelius.
“We wanted the truckers and travelers to have
a chance to see live music,” Cornelius told The
Associated Press. “They can’t get to the concerts in their big
trucks. This is a little place where they can come to see Willie and some of
the stars they don’t get to see on the road.”
In March, shortly after Nelson took part
ownership in Carl’s Corner after winning it in a poker game, he hinted to Land Line that he might add live music
while discussing the future of the travel plaza.
“There’ll be a restaurant there, and a place
in the back where we might have some music,” Nelson said.
Carl’s is also the home of “BioWillie” –
Nelson’s very own blend of biodiesel fuel –– which he began selling at the stop
in October 2004.
Cornelius told The AP he hopes the adding of a big-name entertainment
center will help expand the truck stop and the use of biofuels.
“It will make your liver quiver,” Cornelius
said. “There’s not a bad seat in the whole house.”
– By Aaron
Ladage, staff writer