Friday, January 26, 2024

Honkytonk Mahem: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stetson Hatboxes and Resistol Dreams

 January 26, 2024

   The painters have finished the north room of the studio and it's a beautiful thing.

   Kathy and I spent a good hour this afternoon utilizing Swedish Death Cleaning techniques on all the crap, I mean treasures, in the garage.

   Does it bring me joy? Can it be replaced? Do I really want to saddle my offspring with this?

Uno Watches The Questions Go Down

   Those are the questions she asked me as I picked up every piece. Needless to say, I filled a big, fat trash container pretty quickly. However, we culled ten pieces for consideration in the BBB Art Studio Yard Sale and this is one of them.

BBB's First Honkytonk Hat

Yes, this is my very first honkytonk hat bought in Austin, Texas in 1978, from Texas Hatters, and I wore this hat when our host Marty Manning took us to the Broken Spoke and we heard Stevie Ray Vaughn and the Fabulous Thunderbirds in the other room while we were in a side barroom and I remember saying, "That band in the other room is pretty damn good." Anyway, this is the hat that heard that classic Texas blues sound. And, full disclosure, the hat is a Resistol and the box is for Stetsons. So sue me.

Daily Whip Outs: "Honkytonk Mahem"

   These are some of the best scenes of my career in this composite of pen and ink and scratchboard scenes culled from real life in real honkytonks. Yes, that is Honkytonk Sue in the upper right and yes, that Jackpot Roper, with the dollar sign shades, was a cover that appeared in New Times Weekly back in the seventies.

   I can't even put a price on these, but I'm sure someone can. Let me know.

"Turn down!"

—The number one request we got in every band I played in for two decades

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