Thursday, May 25, 2006

Clifford Antone, R.I.P.

Clifford and Jimmy are missed.

Blues lover Clifford Antone was found dead Tuesday in his Austin home. He was 56. Antone founded the celebrated nightclub and record label bearing his name. I was introduced to Antone a couple times; he was warm and friendly on both occasions. I first started going to Antone's when the club was on Guadalupe. My memory is foggy, but I recall that there was a great barbecue restaurant next door, and the Antone's record store was across the street. It was something special. This live Jimmy Rogers song opens with Antone pontificating about a number of things, as he often would. His generous spirit will be sorely missed.

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