||Just read the posting on the back porch that Waylon Payne will be coming in June and there is a possibility that his dad, Jody, will be able to make...all depending on Willie's schedule, of course. We met Jody at a little place called "Pickers Paradise" in Stapleton, Alabama in 1999. Stapleton is where Jody lives when not touring with Willie Nelson. Pickers Paradise is a music store that has a church on one side and a gas station on the other and that is pretty much the whole town since it is really a farming area.
Every Tuesday night the owners of Pickers opens up their place for an open mic and you hear everything from bluegrass to rock...from players who are anywhere from 12 years old to 80. It is a wonderful piece of americana tucked away in the country. Larry wrote a song about it a few years back...part of one of the lines is, "...where young folks sing the old songs...at Pickers Paradise."