The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk

The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk

by Donna Marie Miller


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623495190
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Series: John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 651,197
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

DONNA MARIE MILLER is a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer living in Austin. Her work has appeared in Alternate Root, Americana Rhythm, Austin Food, Austin Fusion, Austin Monthly, Creative Screenwriting, Elmore, Fiddler, and Texas Highways magazines.

Table of Contents

Foreword Charles Townsend vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I The 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s 13

Chapter 1 Dance Hall Tradition 15

Chapter 2 James White Receives His Honky-Tonk Education 18

Chapter 3 Dance Hall Influences on James White 22

Part II The 1960s 27

Chapter 4 Origins of Country Music 29

Chapter 5 The Broken Spoke Opens 31

Chapter 6 First Performers Booked for Dancing at the Spoke 43

Part III The 1970s 63

Chapter 7 The Progressive Country Movement 65

Chapter 8 The White Family Expands 67

Chapter 9 George Strait, Alvin Crow, Jerry Jeff Walker, and the Wheel 72

Part IV The 1980s 103

Chapter 10 Urban Cowboy, Dallas, and South by Southwest 105

Chapter 11 "The Broken Spoke Legend" Song 107

Chapter 12 Mixed Drinks and Loyal Customers 111

Part V The 1990s 129

Chapter 13 Austin Becomes the "Live Music Capital of the World" 131

Chapter 14 "If There's a Willie, There's a Way" Fund-Raiser and the "Broken Spoke Series" 132

Chapter 15 Making Movies and Introducing New Talent 142

Part VI The 2000s 157

Chapter 16 Movie and Music Mecca 159

Chapter 17 Sale of the Land and a Rash of Health Issues 160

Chapter 18 The Dixie Chicks, Kinky Friedman, Ray Price, and a Bus Crash 166

Part VII The 2010s 179

Chapter 19 The Whites' Small Family Business Thrives 181

Chapter 20 New Neighbors, Dance Lessons, and Celebrations 182

Chapter 21 Documenting the Broken Spoke 198

Notes 207

Bibliography 213

Index 229


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