The Avenue Community Relations Director
Ever notice how one song leads you to another, and another after that, and pretty soon an entire afternoon has passed as you’ve taken an unintended journey down a musical memory lane? This happened to me recently and it all started with a comment made by James McMurtry at The Riverside Theater last week.
His comment about The Continental Club in Austin, Texas got me nostalgic for the times I visited the club. One of the artists I probably saw there the most was Toni Price, an Austin-based country blues singer. I love the stories she tells so sweetly through song. Here’s how the musical dominoes fell:
I started with a couple beauties from Toni Price -
Low Down and Up https://youtu.be/sBVewHGptSc
West Texas Lullaby https://youtu.be/z3uvKJNcUbg
Toni Price led to Marcia Ball (familiar to Avenue listeners), who along with Angela Strehli and Lou Ann Barton were Austin’s leading ladies of the blues. I’d seen them perform at Antone’s, and their Dreams Come True album was the best-selling release of all time on the Antone’s label. Here’s Love, Sweet Love from that album https://youtu.be/z_QIPQhSFXQ
Next came Susan Tedeschi, another Austin favorite, who Avenue listeners will know from Tedeschi Trucks band. I came to know her in 2002 with her release of Wait for Me. I think I wore this album out when it was released and it’s still a favorite today. Here’s Susan performing the title track https://youtu.be/DvvlLs8ScIQ
Susan Tedeschi led to Dr. John, which led to Sue Foley followed by Lyle Lovett, Francine Reed and Delbert McClinton. You get the idea because you’re Avenue listeners and this is how we roll!
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