In the 60’s I was involved in the Austin music explosion at the Vulcan Gas Company

January 4, 2016
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In the 60’s I was involved in the Austin music explosion at the Vulcan Gas Company

In the 60’s I was involved in the Austin music explosion at the Vulcan Gas Company

“I grew up in Clarksdale, but my dad was in the military and we moved around the world. In the 60’s I was involved in the Austin music explosion at the Vulcan Gas Company, the predecessor to the Armadillo World Headquarters. Johnny Winter was the house band before he got his Columbia gig. Johnny was outrageous and he is important to me. I have always been around the music business and my life was changed when I was 9 or 10-years old and saw Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show. I started going to juke joints on Issaquena Avenue and police would pull me out and say white boys weren’t supposed to be there. I knew Stevie Ray Vaughan when he was 15-years old and I know his family. I was one of the producers for the Reggae movie “Blockers.” My wife’s first husband was the bass player for The Who. I am moving from Lake Tahoe back to Clarksdale to help take care of my parents, my dad is 92 and my mom is 90. I have had two prayers in my life–please God don’t let me get involved in another rock’n’roll band and please don’t let me get involved in another start-up. I keep doing both and I am trying to sell a high-tech startup now. I am ready to come home and do what I can to help Clarksdale wherever they need me. I tried to help the town a few years ago with the Delta Blues Museum. It is time to come back home. When I watch Kingfish play the guitar, I know what I am watching. I know talent. There is talent with this young man and it is going to happen for him. The magic here is in the dirt.”

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