Ray Henning's Heart of Texas Music Store
Ray Henning's HoT Music... a more mystical place may not exist for the Austin music lover. Consider this. Ray has been central to the Austin music scene since well before anyone knew there was one. I know a member of an Austin 50's doo-wop group (The Slades, compadres of Ray Campi) that remembers Ray running HoT music even back then. Ray gave the starving, strugging, Stevie Vaughn a guitar from the "used" bin that SRV went on to make his career upon. HoT music directly supports road shows and all Austin music festivals with equipment rentals, loaners, whatever. Ray help define Austin as a Guitar Town well before the the marketing guys woke up to it.
Musicians have come and gone in this town but one of the men behind the scenes, who made the music possible more than most, was always Ray Henning.
Update: Well, the end is here. As reported by the Statesman, Lamar Plaza is being gentrified. Here's the final tombstone for a great Austin tradition.
It is said that HoT Music will keep going in their Temple store... I hope so.
Note: Ray doesn't seem to have a website and a lot of folks end up here after searching for him. Here is his information from the phone book:
Heart Of Texas Music
1002 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 9:30am-6:30pm, Sat 9:30am-6pm
Payment Methods: AMEX, DISCOVER, MASTER CARD and VISA
Ray Henning & Family - A Texas Tradition Since 1961