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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Arkansas Girls (HEART) Crazy Horse: A Roadtrip Tale

Arkansas Girls (HEART) Crazy Horse
8/5 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
10/14 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Convention Center
11/10 Seattle, WA – Key Arena
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The road always produces adventures.

So we bring you the remarkable roadtrip tale of the Arkansas Girls who love Crazy Horse...
For me, it started as a “bucket list” dream…to see Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Red Rocks.

I had always been a huge fan, but those guys never tour close to my hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas. The last time I had seen them was in 1997, so I was long overdue. I bought the tickets and planned the trip, elated with my 3rd row center seat. Meanwhile, my new facebook friend and Neil enthusiast, Sandy Horne and her husband George were planning a Red Rocks trip from Missouri. Before I left home I scratched out a primitive sign with a half-dried magic marker that said, “Arkansas Girls (HEART) Crazy Horse” and threw it in the suitcase, thinking Neil and the guys might get a kick out of it if they noticed it in the crowd.

After my boyfriend Vince and I got to Red Rocks on night #2, we met our new friends in person. George took a picture of Sandy and me holding the sign, then we migrated to our seats. The beauty of Red Rocks was astounding, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse took my breath away. I held up the sign occasionally showing my support. I heard new songs that touched me to the core, and tried hard to take in everything that was going on before it slipped away. As soon as the show was over, I knew I had to hear that sound again as soon as possible!

The next thing I knew, Sandy and I were planning a trip to Tulsa. We talked online endlessly about our next concert adventure. Although our “significant others” were Crazy Horse fans, they weren’t like us. We knew we had to see the show up front and TOGETHER. It was meant to be. Once again, I headed in from Arkansas and she and George headed in from Missouri. I had been working hard and traveling a lot that week. I was tired, but I felt good about seeing Crazy Horse once again with my sweet friend. We waited all afternoon in GA line, then made it down to the front, where we had a great spot. Someone took our picture with the little sign as we awaited the show. Then disaster struck.

I felt someone pushing me from behind, then realized they were in fact, fainting. The man was lowered to the floor and fanned with my sign until the paramedics came to take him to the hospital. The next thing I knew, I was the one on the floor being fanned by the sign. I had collapsed and it was my turn to be rushed to the ER. I was surprised, frustrated, and embarrassed. I insisted that I would be okay, but the paramedics weren’t buying it. The worst part of it all was that I caused my friend Sandy to miss the show she had looked forward to for so long. I told her to stay, but she would have no part of it. Sandy rode with me in the ambulance, and stayed with me at the hospital until I was released. Her husband George, who stayed at the show with the rest of Sandy’s family, sent us photos and text messages of the song titles as Neil and the band played. The sign was retrieved by a kind Rustie named Randy, who mailed it back to me.

To say we were devastated by the Tulsa experience would be an understatement. Sandy and George decided to try once more and booked a trip to the Seattle show. They asked me numerous times to come with them, and I knew they felt a sense of guilt by going without me. Neither Sandy nor I could imagine seeing Crazy Horse without the other. Thankfully, at the eleventh hour, there was an unexpected turn of events, and I was packing the tattered little sign and heading to Seattle.

In Seattle, Sandy and I had one of the best experiences of our lives. We laughed, cried, danced, and sang – in the company of fellow Rusties, as Neil and Crazy Horse played a fiery show. The best part for me was when the band came onstage. I held my little sign high as Ralph blew a kiss and pointed it out to Billy, who grinned at the two crazy Southern girls who were smiling broadly. Later, during Cinnamon Girl, Neil saw the sign and chuckled. Life was good.

The sign that has now traveled thousands of miles, now rests in my Arkansas home, awaiting its next assignment. Will it make it to another show? Never underestimate the power of 2 determined cowgirls…

Tami C.
a.k.a. SandCowgirl
Many, many thanks to the Arkansas Cowgirls, Tami & Sandy. Long may you both run.

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At 11/19/2012 09:23:00 AM, Blogger Jack's Trade List said...

Love my Crazy Horse SISTERS!
jack/icy sky at night

At 11/19/2012 11:08:00 AM, Anonymous Elke said...

That's a great story! I loved reading it and could really imagine being there myself. I'm still hoping for a Horse show (or a couple of them) in Germany.
Love from Elke

At 11/19/2012 03:15:00 PM, Blogger Dominic Holdem said...

cool story brosephina.

At 11/19/2012 04:32:00 PM, Anonymous SandCowgirl said...

Thanks so much! Love to you from Arkansas...SandCowgirl (Tami C.)

At 11/19/2012 04:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here'S a beautiful clip with Neil, his family and his toy trains. Just found it by accident and wanted to share:

At 11/19/2012 05:56:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

The clip is from a segment on Linda Ellerbee's show on Nickelodeon, back in the mid 90's...I'm guessing it was 1995. I have this on videotape somewhere, probably in a box down in my basement. I was just thinking about this a few days back, so thanks very much for posting it! Unfortunately I keep getting a "...video unavailable" message each time I play it, about thirty seconds in. Were you able to view the entire clip? Amber is adorable and Neil looks very happy!

And great story about your trips to see Neil and especially about your friendship. Felt like I was there with you--thanks Arkansas girls!

At 11/19/2012 08:56:00 PM, Blogger D. I. Kertis said...

I was able to watch the video all the way through. Thanks for linking to it, Mr. Anonymous. The only thing is, I think it has potential to upstage the original post here! It's so cool, though.

So if Amber is ten years old there, I distinctly remember that Waging Heavy Peace mentions that she was born in 1984 (also when the song 'Amber Jean' dates from). So that means this video was from 1994 or maybe 1995. But did anyone else notice that at the end, 'Train of Love' (an appropriate selection indeed) is playing in the background. That song is from 'Sleeps with Angels', which I believe is from 1994. So that's an indicator. It makes sense if they were subtly 'advertising' his newest work.

I'd never really seen pictures of Amber before. Even that age, she looks a lot like her mom.

At 11/19/2012 09:19:00 PM, Anonymous Shakey Maj said...

You two girls are the envy of all Crazy Horse obsesses fans. Glad that Seattle worked out with both of you without any hospital visits. Your dedication got me to get tix to Virginia, as I missed Hollywood due to illness and Seattle due to stupidity. Rock on Rusted sisters

At 11/19/2012 09:59:00 PM, Anonymous Sandy Horne said...

@Shakey Maj... Virginia!! So glad we were the inspiration for to you to make it to a show!! You will not regret it. If you are GA, get there early and get up close. Tami and I have been harboring the extremely unrealistic desire to attend the Virginia show....

Thrasher, it was so sweet of you to feature the story of our adventure. It sure means alot to us and it is nice to know that others enjoyed reading about it. I hope you have some shows lined up!!

An update on BigChief. He continues to make progress after his massive stroke, almost 5 weeks ago. He will be moved to a rehab hospital tomorrow in Michigan, where he lives. His girlfriend and family have been very good about keeping us all updated. In fact, she read our story to him last night while visiting him. She said he became teary eyed. Not sure how long he will be there, but hopefully by Christmas. That would be nice. I'll keep you updated.


At 11/19/2012 10:52:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

I wish they all could be Neil's Arkansas girls....

Road Trips are for Crazy Horse Lovers. Virginia too I've heard. That would be 51 years into it that day for me. Life that is. That's a home game for ya Thrasher, And some of you others. Have a great time.

I say as long as there's something happening, new roads to hoe, it's all a great thing being a Neilfan, and the positive vibe of folks making their plans, getting involved, seeing old and new friends and celebrating the tour keeps me, and I suspect, all of you smiling. It IS contageous, comes straight off the stage and through the ears and hearts.

At 11/20/2012 10:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tami and Sandy.

It's funny how things work out sometimes. I always like to think they work out for the best. In your case, I think that's true!

Looking at your collage of great pics and seeing you in Tulsa with your sign brings back memories for me too. Especially since I was about 10 feet to your right when you went down. At the time, I felt bad for you both, but now I have to admit I'm just a little jealous.

I'm jealous of your great friendship and that you've seen more shows than me! It was slim pickings in the Midwest for this tour and I don't have the means to travel all over. Hell, I drove 500 miles as it was.

If you go to Virginia, can I come too?! You could add "Arkansas Girls (and a boy from Kansas) Love Neil Young & Crazy Horse" to your sign!!

You two really are inspiring. Here's hoping there's another North American leg added to the tour next year! I'm not joking about the new sign!

I still think Neil should just fly you two to any and all shows you want to go to!! Or at least one. You both deserve it!! Thanks Thrasher for sharing such a great story.

Steven James

At 11/20/2012 10:34:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

Thanks again to Tami & Sandy for sharing their road adventures.

@SONY - exactly. This blog is all about sharing road adventures. Or Neil stories, as we sometimes say. There is afterall a fork in the road ahead. We know which fork we're taking...

@Steven J. - your welcome. And won't you please come to VA for awhile?

At 11/20/2012 11:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Thrasher, don't I wish!! Thanks for the invite. I've been to VA once, just driving through. Spent the night there and woke up to snow on the car! It's a beautiful place for sure. I'll be there in spirit, you can count on that!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a movie of this tour will surface someday (while I'm still living)!!


Steven James

At 11/20/2012 09:21:00 PM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

Love it Arkansas Girls!, and get all the way well, BIG CHIEF!

A Friend Of Yours

At 11/21/2012 12:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to everyone for your kind words! Steven, I'm so glad you had a better Tulsa experience than we did, and I hope that another show is in your near future. I am thrilled that Big Chief John heard our story...and, Sandy, never say never...xo Tami

At 11/21/2012 12:02:00 PM, Anonymous SandCowgirl said...

Thanks to everyone for your kind words! Steven, I'm so glad you had a better Tulsa experience than we did, and I hope that another show is in your near future. I am thrilled that Big Chief John heard our story...and, Sandy, never say never...xo Tami

At 11/26/2012 10:27:00 PM, Anonymous SandCowgirl (Tami C.) said...

Uh oh...Look out, Virginia.... :)


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