Thanks for the good times Waylon
Waylon and about every other artist one could mention
performed at the Golden Nugget,the Mint the
Horseshoe or the Four Queens in Las Vegas when the Casino's knew how
to treat customers right. 5-6 working bands everyday at the Nugget, great
owners in the Blaines and the Green's who really
cared about the artist and treated them with class. It''s
Certainly not the same now. My band the Dave Bunker Show featuring the
"Wilkinsons" was one of the main groups
for 10 years having a blast working along side of
such great musicians, though they all were a little crazy, and carried on a
lot, they also knew how to treat one another. Waylon was my gambling
partner many times and was fun to be around with his rich humor people
loved him around town.
I remember one night, after doing our sets at
the Nugget, Waylon and me were playing 21 at one of the black jack tables
when these two gorgeous lady's of the night sat down across the pit from
us. After Waylon making a comment to them of how well they were endowed
they in unison reached up and pulled there skimpy
tops down to reveal all, needless to say the players got a little extra
treat that night, good old Waylon, love him forever.
The great Johnny cash everybody’s friend
Another artist the great Johnny Cash
who spent much of his time at the Mint Casino just across the street from
the Nugget was gifted with a great friend in Abbie
Neal a wonderful lady and artist for many years in Las Vegas. In my humble judgment I
believe that Abby Neal probably saved Johnny's musical carrier, at least in
Vegas. Many a night when Johnny was unable to perform Abby would round up
guys like me to assist in getting him through his sets. We would hold
Johnny by the back of his jacket through the big red curtain at the mint
while he did his show so he didn't fall off the stool. He'd still put on a
solid entertaining show even then. Thanks to you Abby wherever you are you
were our best friend, God Bless you for it.
The way I became acquainted with Abby was at the
Showboat Hotel and Casino it was my first job with the Wilkinson in Las Vegas. Abby's all
girl band had not had time off in three years and needed someone to replace
her girls for several weeks so she hired the Wilkinsons
girls and of course I had to come along with the package,It
was great fun. Actually my first job in Las Vegas was with Red
Fox at the Silver Slipper on the strip. I walked in one day with my
guitar and asked if they needed a guitar player and they told me to ask Red
if he needed someone to play his breaks. Let me tell you right now for a 20
year old kid from Forks Washington,
I mean that is the sticks, to spell such a wonderful entertainer as Red Fox
was mind boggling to say the least and tender ears weren't tender for long
listening to Reds act.
Dave Bunker has put his instruments (as well as his hair style)
through many grueling paces.
His tenure as a "giggling musician" and a Luthier of many
years is the cornerstone of Bunker Guitar Technology.
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