Spinning backward

Maverick LP-001
In honor of Record Store Day, on the turntable is a vinyl relic of Austin’s musical past. It’s Maverick LP-001, “For the Record: Austin Country 1973-1978.” Google finds it only on discography pages for Augie and for Doug. I love this LP, without a single dud track, more than I can say and am very happy that it’s still with me. There’s lots of wonderful recorded music out there waiting for you, and tomorrow’s a wonderful day and a wonderful way to seek it out.

Maverick was at 808 West 10th Street. The artist’s signature cannot be deciphered and I don’t find a credit among the liner notes; I hope to be forgiven for the lack of attribution and for the cropping. If there was more info on the inner paper sleeve, too bad, because that’s gone. Favorite tracks from this album are a version of Henrietta by Doug, one of Cowboy’s Sweetheart by Marcia Ball, and, of course, the immortal and rollicking Meet Me in Seguin. The liner notes, attributed to one Teddy Jack Eddy, can’t be beat for summoning up some ghosts (all punctuation copied faithfully):

During the early to mid-seventies, progressive country radiated outward from Austin, being generated by the breeding grounds of the local scene. Bands like Plum Nelly, Rat Creek, Buckdancer’s Choice, The Bronco Brothers, Bill and Bonnie Hearne, Alvin Crow and the Neon Angels, Freda and the Firedogs, Doug Sahm, Jon Emery and the Missouri Valley Boys, Augie Meyers and the Western Head Band, Greezy Wheels, Silver City Saddle Tramps, Steve Fromholtz, Kenneth Threadgill and the Velvet Cowpasture, The Reynolds Sisters and the New Oso Band, Denim, Howlin’ at the Moon, the Lost Gonzo Band, Joe Ely, Doak Sneed, Wild Bill and his Buffalo Yankees, kept a live music scene cooking nightly. Clubs like Alliance Wagon Yard, The Split Rail, the old Soap Creek Saloon, The Broken Spoke, The Skyline, Armadillo World Headquarters, Buffalo Gap, The El Paso Cattle Company, the the Ritz.

Record Store Day is tomorrow. A dozen outfits will participate in the Austin indie record store crawl: Antone’s, BackSpin, Cheapo Discs, DJ Dojo, Encore, End of an Ear, Friends of Sound, MusicMania, Sound on Sound, Trailer Space, Waterloo, and Whetstone. Look for special events and special discounts at each store. Be sure to present your receipt for what you bought at the prior store when you visit the next one. This event is a great excuse for getting out and around without going far from the heart of town.

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