Joe Bev presents documentary on the birth of Austin music, part of "The Joe Bev 3-hour Block" airing every Saturday, starting 1 pm (ET) / 10 am (PT) at cultradioagogo.com
Host Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) presents "From Moonshine to Armadillos: The Birth of the Austin Music Scene" on 12th edition of The Joe Bev Experience airing Saturday, October 12 at 3 pm ET / noon PT on cultradioagogo.com right after Joe Bev's Comedy-O-Rama Hour and Jazz-O-Rama Hour (part of "The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block" starting 1 pm ET).
Veteran award-winning producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts this hour long program outlining the History of Threadgill's and Armadillo World Headquarters and their contribution to the birth of the Austin music scene and their influence on the Nashville Sound and Country Rock.
Featuring commentary and music by many of the key players of the time.
"This program offers a soup to nuts history of Austin's growth into the live music Mecca that it's become today. The show is more than just contemporary talking heads and music--it features an amazing collection of archival interviews and recordings (including tape of some never-before-heard early Janis Joplin performances, which should qualify as an authentic archival treasure). The production is well put-together, flowing smoothly between many different elements." -Eric Nuzum, NPR's Vice President for Programming.
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Soon, the filling station became a favorite spot for traveling musicians since it was open 24 hours for drinking, gambling and jamming. Kenneth would sing songs by his beloved Jimmie Rodgers nightly. Musicians who came to play were paid in beer. Such was the atmosphere at Threadgill's, it was only when a curfew was enacted in 1942 that its owner had to get a key for the front door, before that it had yet to have been locked. The quintessential Austin beer joint continued to flourish into the sixties, and changed with the social climate of the era by inviting the folkies, hippies and beatniks to his Wednesday night singing sessions with open arms.
In 1974, when Austinites and the nation were extolling the benefits of living in the heart of the Lone Star State, and the "Cosmic Cowboy" movement, which had its roots directly planted in the history of Threadgill's and Armadillo World Headquarters, was at its peak, tragedy struck Kenneth Threadgill when his wife Mildred died, and he decided to close his club. After nearly succumbing to the city of Austin's desire to demolish the original Threadgill's site which had become an eyesore, it was purchased by Eddie Wilson, owner of the Armadillo World Headquarters, a sister venue of a kindred spirit. Wilson's idea, however, was to make Threadgill's a Southern style restaurant, based on the success of the menu that he offered at his kitchen at the Armadillo. So, on New Year's Eve 1980, the Armadillo closed, and on New Year's Eve 1981, Threadgill's opened as a restaurant. It was an instant success.
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