Willie Nelson Concert Poster by Danny Garrett. Show was a benefit for Comanche Trail Park Ampitheatre on March 14, 1987. Here are Danny’s notes on the piece:
This is a print from an extremely rare poster. It is one of two bills that I did for Clifford Antone personally. This one is promoting a benefit performance on March 14, 1987 by Willie Nelson and the other doing the same for the The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – together they are known in collecting circles as “the prison posters” When I found this out, it was thought that there was only one prison poster, that of SRV and the Thunderbirds. Actually, that one precedes this one by a month.
In 1987 Clifford was winding up his first federal marijuana sentence at a minimum-security facility near Big Spring, Texas. As part of his community service he arranged for these benefit performances to raise funds for the preservation of the Comanche Trail Park Amphitheater – an excellent 6500-seat outdoor arena built by the National Recovery Administration (NRA) as a New Deal project in the 1930s. As this was a performance venue, it was the perfect type of project for Clifford. He called Tim O’Connor, who was managing Willie and The Austin Opry House at the time, asked for Willie’s assistance and he readily agreed. And so it was in this way that my two biggest poster clients, Antone’s and Willie Nelson were able to be brought together and incarnated in this one poster.
The concert itself, which was held in a much larger indoor arena, was a sell-out. A native-son of Texas, Willie was extremely well received and Big Spring got to hear Willie without going to Amarillo or Lubbock to do so. The amphitheater was repaired and enhanced from the funds raised from these performers. And it, in turn, provides for the art of other performers to come.
Poster is offered on behalf of, and with permission by, Danny Garrett.
- 175 gsm fine art paper
- Matte finish
- For indoor use