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Erv Woolsey

A message from Johnny Rodriguez:

I just received word of the death of my friend, Erv Woolsey, in Clearwater, FL due to complications following surgery. I extend my condolences to his son, Clint and family. Rest in Peace, Erv.

Love, Johnny

Desperado: A Piece of My Soul is now available at Amazon!

This article originally appeared in the May 2023 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “A Game That I Can’t Win.” One Track Mind is a minicolumn in which writers dive deep into a track from a new or forthcoming Texas album.
The sexual liberation of the sixties finally crashed country music’s gates in the early seventies, in the form of two young Texans: Sabinal’s Johnny Rodriguez, whose luxuriant black hair and Merle Haggard timbre made him country’s first “youth sex symbol,” per historian Bill C. Malone; and Seminole’s Tanya Tucker, with her skintight, midriff-baring outfits and husky alto—a mature voice for a very underage teen. The two often toured together during their early stardom, and they’ve reunited on Rodriguez’s first studio album in more than a decade. (Tucker made her own return to the studio after a ten-year absence with 2019’s While I’m Livin’, which won the Grammy for Best Country Album.) “A Game That I Can’t Win,” written by fellow Texan Dennis Quaid, is a classic-sounding, slow two-step weeper about broken-up lovers feeling the sting of each other’s absence. It’s potent, with Rodriguez, at age 71, crooning alongside Tucker, age 64, fifty years after they first made millions of country fans’ knees go weak.
Illustration by Molly Snee
AJohnny Rodriguez Book Cover Final
Photo by: Patrice L Ash Design by: Mantera Design (Matt Molina)


To the WINNERS of the Q&A contest for my Desperado: A Piece of My Soul book. I received great entries; some questions were already shared in the book; and a few came in past deadline, and some were friendly greetings. I thank everyone who participated. I enjoyed reading each one. Launch date to be announced soon. Love, Johnny
The “Lucky” Winners are:

Connie Arreola
Rita Lewis
Rhonda Shawn
Donna Smith
Monica Villa

11002 HIGHWAY 87
March 31, 2021

Cooks Garage
11002 US 87
Lubbock, TX

2021 CMA of Texas Awards Show

Due to many factors influencing travel, crowd gatherings, and numerous
other restrictions related to the spread of COVID, we have made the
decision to move the Awards Show to the month of March, 2021.

2021 Award Recipients

Artist of the Year – Will Banister
Band of the Year – Kelly Hastey and Cadillac Jack Band
Joe DeLeon Drummer of the Year – Bruce Carter
Instrumentalist of the Year – Jeremy Moyers
Songwriter of the Year – Dennis Quaid
Song of the Year – “My Caroline” by Spur 327 Band
Album of the Year – Gary Nix and West Texas Band
Americana Artist of the Year – Hilda Lamas
Producer of the Year – Rick “Reno” Stevens
Cowboy Western Entertainer of the Year – R.J. Vandygriff
Choice Award – Katherine McLamore “Lubbock Summer Nights”
Waylon Jennings Artist Award – Scooter Brown
Country Gospel Artist Award – Jerry Brownlow
KSSL Radio Program of the Year – Billy Bowles
“Swinging Country”
Living Legend Award – Tanya Tucker
Lifetime Achievement Award – Rick Garcia

TOP OF TEXAS AWARD – Johnny Rodriguez

The above list of Award Recipients is not a complete list. This
year’s show will include a few surprises with three more new
award categories and recipients announced at the show. Stay
tuned for updates.

Questions or concerns, 713-927-7265.

Johnny recently did a photo shoot for his forthcoming CD
produced in Bakersfield, CA. We are all anxious for this CD to
be released.

A special announcement was made at Main Street Crossing
in Tomball, Texas by Mary Minter and Troy Bates of the
Texas Country Music Association (CMA of Texas)
that on October 16th at Cook’s Garage in Lubbock, TX
Johnny will be receiving the LIVING LEGEND AWARD.  
Johnny is very appreciative of this award and his fans are
also rejoicing !

Photo copyrighted by Patrice Ash.  Please
do not copy, share or use in any way without
written permission from Patrice.

Two of Johnny’s devoted fans, Belinda
Anderson-Machen and Patrice Ash, have launched
petitions, etc so that the Board of Directors of the
CMA Hall of Fame in Nashville will recognize the
significance that Johnny Rodriguez has played during
his career of country music.  More information can be
found on the Facebook pages, Johnny Rodriguez
Official Internet Fan Club, The Legendary Johnny
Rodriguez Fan Group,Living Legend Johnny
Rodriguez Fan Site and Chasin’ Johnny Rodriguez,
Country Music Legend.  If you would like to write
something in behalf of Johnny’s career, the email
address is:
There is also a “Campaign Page” on Facebook, titled
“Johnny Rodriguez CMA Hall of Fame Campaign”.
This page has a link to send an email.
Let’s get Johnny into the CMA Hall of Fame.

From the New York Times……
“While the Lukes, Blakes and FGLs may get the lion’s share of publicity at CMA
Fest, the backbone of the festival are the veteran artists who connect today’s
Nashville with its roots. Bobby Bare, Jeannie Seely and T.G. Sheppard all turned in
nostalgic sets on the Fan Fair X concourse, with the appearance of Johnny
Rodriquez a rare treat. Although the 65-year-old Texas singer… sported a cast on
his right hand that prohibited him from playing guitar, he was in excellent voice during
a heartfelt performance on Friday afternoon, offering hits like “Ridin’ My Thumb to
Mexico” and “You Always Come Back (To Hurtin’ Me).” But it was his beautiful
rendition of his 1973 Number One “That’s the Way Love Goes” that reminded fans
how important Rodriguez was to Seventies country. J.H.”

An interesting blog about one of my performances held at the Sportsman’s  BBQ &
Back Yard in Lake City, CO  has surfaced on the Internet.   The name of the blog is

“JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ – LESSON IN COURAGE” written by  Shannon.  Thank
you, Shannon, for sharing this blog and in turn I am sharing it to my fans.
To view this blog by Shannon 
click here.

For those of you who were not able to purchase the Country Music People Magazine with the recent article about me, it can be previewed and printed by clicking on Johnny Rodriguez Feature.
This is a pdf file and can be magnified for your convenience in reading and printing. Hope you enjoy the article. Thank you to Duncan Warwick, editor; Adrian Peel, writer, and Ron Losey, photographer, for the assistance on this article.

Thanks to everyone who has in the past, and continues to call their favorite radio stations to
request my songs.