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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.

Rusty Weir

Met Rusty in the late 60's at The Jade Room. Was a personal friend. Followed him to almost every gig, too many clubs to remember and list. My sister Dinah and I miss him very much. He was such a showman and he never wanted to stop.

An Austin Legend - I first

An Austin Legend - I first saw or heard Rusty playing drums 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, Layton DePenning and Leonard 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'. Miss the friends, and miss some of the times, but would trade an instant of the pathways...

Just another Bozo on this bus...