James and Annetta White opened the Broken Spoke in 1964, then a mile south of the Austin city limits, under a massive live oak, and beside what would eventually become South Lamar Boulevard White built the place himself, beginning construction on the day he received his honorable discharge from the US Army And for than fifty years, the Broken Spoke has served up, in the words of Whites well worn opening speech, cold beer, good whiskey, the best chicken fried steak in town and good country music White paid thirty two dollars to his first opening act, D G Burrow and the Western Melodies, back in 1964 Since then, the stage at the Spoke has hosted the likes of Bob Wills, Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Marcia Ball, Pauline Reese, Roy Acuff, Kris Kristofferson, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel, and the late, great Kitty Wells But it hasnt always been easy through the years, the Whites and the Spoke have withstood their share of hardshipa breast cancer diagnosis, heart trouble, the buildings leaky roof, and a tour bus driven through its back wall Today the original rustic, barn style building, surrounded by sleek, high rise apartment buildings, still sits on South Lamar, a tribute and remembrance to an Austin that has almost vanished Housing fifty years of country music memorabilia and about a thousand lifetimes of memories at the Broken Spoke, the Whites still honor a promise made to Ernest Tubb years ago theyre keepin it country....
|Title||:||The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University)|
|Publisher||:||Texas A 1st Edition edition April 24, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||969 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University) Reviews
Great book with humorous stories describing the history of the Broken Spoke from day one. Donna Marie Miller's book is full of juicy vignettes, nostalgic pictures and captures the spirit of Austin's authentic country dance hall. It took me back to my two-stepping days and the good thing is that I can still go there and enjoy the music and the hospitality of the owners, James and Annetta White.
Thoroughly enjoyed the tale of this historic (and still running) TX dancehall. Great history lesson for those in Austin who've had a chance to visit the Broken Spoke. Enjoy the book and the Spoke, while you can!
Excellent read celebrating the White families contributions to the music industry and the local community. I hope to visit the broken spoke and experience this nostalgic gem in person!
"How was the Broken Spoke?" The obvious question to a Texan who reports she's just back from Austin.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of Austin, it's local music scene, and country music. The author Donna Marie Miller has captured the essence of the Broken Spokes humble beginnings and the determination of James and Annetta White to bring their Honky Tonk dream to life. Humerous stories told by the Whites. So many country legends known around the world have played there at the beginning of their careers. And still return to play. A fun, enjoyable read.
great read. Broken Spoke is the heart of Austin Texas.
This book tells the history of the world's best honky-tonk! The Broken Spoke is family owned & operated since 1964! Great quotes and interviews with George Strait, Willie Nelson, Robert Duvall and so many more! This is a great read!