Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s Stage Manager, Dies in Texas

Randall “Poodie” Locke, who toured with Willie Nelson for more than three decades, died Wednesday (May 6) of an apparent heart attack at his home in Briarcliff, Texas. He was 56. Nelson’s official Web site described Locke as “Willie’s longtime stage manager, friend and golf partner.” Locke had worked as a roadie for singer-songwriter B.W. Stevenson before becoming Nelson’s stage manager around the time Nelson released his 1975 album, Red Headed Stranger. He appeared in Nelson’s 1980 film, Honeysuckle Rose. After opening Poodie’s Hilltop Bar and Grill in Spicewood, Texas, in 2002, the bar became a favorite stop for musicians.