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No. 66 (Spring 2016)

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Spring 2016

Three years ago, we spoke with Austin-based rocker and foodie extraordinaire Trish Murphy about coordinating our first food and music feature since 2006. She readily agreed, and set out to scour the state in search of noteworthy restaurants that also serve up a meaty music menu. We’re delighted not merely with her choices but with her captivating write-ups, which will give you a colorful sense of each venue and its offerings.

- The ABGB

- Babb Brothers BBQ & Blues

- Kenney Store

- The Rustic

- Cadillac Pizza Pub

- Evangeline Café

- Jerry Nelson’s Hill Country

- Batanga

- Magnolia Motor Lounge

- The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge

- Redneck Country Club

- Mystic Grape

- The Townsend

- Under the Volcano

Evolution in D+
In 2011, Austin-based Esperanza Spalding startled just about everyone by winning the Grammy for Best New Artist over Justin Bieber. In response, the affable bassist with the bright smile and big afro had to endure backlash: her Wikipedia page was vandalized, and the Recording Academy soon changed its rules, making it tougher for indie acts like Spalding to reach Grammy-level recognition. The irony was that Spalding never craved mainstream validation in the first place, and on her new album, the pop-flavored Emily’s D+Evolution, she’s found an alter ego to speak to her more extroverted, creative side.

Blind Willie Johnson
Gospel-blues artist Blind Willie Johnson is regarded as one of the greatest bottleneck slide guitarists. Yet the Texas street-corner evangelist is known as much for the his powerful and fervent gruff voice as he is for his ability as a player. He most often sang in a rough, bass voice (only occasionally delivering in his natural tenor) with a volume meant to be heard over the sounds of the streets.

Darrell K Royal
In Austin, Darrell Royal, the legendary Texas Longhorns coach for 20 seasons, was just as well known in some circles for his “pickin’ parties,” where artists like Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, Mickey Newbury and Kris Kristofferson would pass around guitars and play until dawn — helping to establish Austin as a city where music was respected as more than just background noise.

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