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Paul Ray

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In the week when world music lost the great David Bowie, and of course Austin led the way to cool, we lost one of our own superstars: Paul Ray passed on.

Paul was there at One Knite, Paul was there at Soap Creek, Paul hired Stevie Vaughn, Paul founded and ran the voice of Austin Saturday night sound: "Twine Time".

I never met him beyond being in the audience at every stop along the way. It's funny looking back how The Cobras seemed more like a lounge act at the time. You wanted to go to Soap Creek anyway and they were always there.

Paul's passing just shows how hard it is to recognize history in the making.


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Austin and South By Southwest (SXSW), talk about your love/hate relationships. As I recall SXSW started as a townie, insider-only deal that took advantage of everyone being out of town instead of the global destination towards Austin that it is today. Back in the Spring Break of those days, local bands played in near-empty bars to dedicated local folks. It was Louis Black and The Austin Chronicle folks that got the good idea of a one-ticket, all access festival.

I think it was the third year of operation that I heard my first "South By is just too crowded now!" complaint... they hadn't seen nothin' yet.

If anyone has images from those early days, post them here!

Waylon Jennings show


Went to hear Waylon Jennings in either 1976 or 77 at Gregory Gym on a Sunday night

Had a big crowd

Peter Frampton


Heard Peter Frampton at a concert somewhere off I35 back in 1977

It was a very hot day and I remember bringing a cooler of Lone Star Beer

Went with my cousins and I remember meeting a girl there and we dated for a while

Wish I would have remember who else played their

I think concert was called Spring Break
Had a great time there and it was a long day

The One Knite Dive & Tavern

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With my partners Roddy and Roger I ran this club from 1970 through 1976. Those who are interested can find a couple of Facebook pages on the place, one call The One Knite and the other called Survivors of the One Knite. The latter contains lots of my old poster art for the place and, later, for the Continental Club and La Zona Rosa, and it also contains recordings I made at the dive in the early 70s, of The Storm, Freda and the Firedogs, D.K. Little, and Moon Pie.
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Scroll down to Older Posts to find the recorded music.
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And, for the guy who remembered on your site the Last Bash on the Hill concert -- we threw that in 1973 on Crady Bond's land on the way to Lake Austin, just before the land was sold out of Crady's family.
It was Willie Nelson's second gig after moving to Austin -- his first had been at Roundup, and, though he agreed to play too late to make my poster, he did appear onstage before The 13th Floor Elevators, briefly united after Roky's release.
The media claimed it drew 10.000, after Dallas and Houston radio started reporting on it. Admission was free, and we took in enough contributions from hippie businesses to give out 70+ kegs of Lone Star.
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Lavender Hill Express


I first heard Rusty Wier (playing drums), Layton DePenning, and Leonard Arnold, in the Lavender Hill Express, opening for Steppenwolf in '67 or '68 at the Memorial Auditorium. Although a 60's band, LHE had all the right folks in it (Wier, DePenning and Arnold) to lay down the basic track for the Austin Sound in the '70s. Later when I grew some brains, I started hanging with these music guys (Rusty Wier, Bobby Bridger, John Inman, Charles John Quarto, Steve Fromholz), even shooting photos, and carrying a guitar case or two. But they always got the girls, and I got to be a 'friend of the band'. (Oh, per usual, the local band outshown John Kay, who was loaded).

Just another Bozo on the bus...

Balcones Fault


Happy 2010. Any known where abouts of the remaining memebers of Balcones Fault (any still playing music locally)? Have some great memories of seeing them numerous times around town in the mid 70's.

Rusty Wier


Rusty passed on yesterday. He was such a showman, working until the end. It's funny how you take the familiar for granted... Rusty worked so long in Austin, he seemed to be a part of the landscape. His music was simple and simply delivered but it was his personality that made folks pay attention. The days of "good old Austin beer drinking music" have passed and the haunts of the folks from those days are getting scarcer and scarcer. Unfortunately, the folks themselves are getting scarcer too.