Happy Birthday Clifford Antone

Tonight Austin will celebrate and pay respects to the father of Austin’s music scene, Clifford Antone at Antone’s Nightclub.

There was once a time when Austin had no music scene.  Bars didn’t even stay open past midnight.  Then Clifford Antone decided to open up a club on the once remote Sixth Street.  The rest as they say, is history.  From reviving the careers of blues greats such as Clifton Chenier (the first artist to grace the original Antone’s stage), Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Albert Collins, McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters), Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Reed, B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and many others, to jump starting his friend and legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career, Clifford Antone has had a greater impact on the Austin music scene than any other individual.

Tonight’s show will feature the Antone’s house band with Clifford’s good friend and Albert King’s favorite guitar player (one of mine too) Derek O’Brien.  Also playing will W.C. Clark and Malford Milligan.

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s first time playing with Albert King – explained by Clifford:

2 Responses to “Happy Birthday Clifford Antone”

  1. October 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I actually got to meet Pinetop at Nuno’s on 6th street a couple of times and talk with him. Great guy and supposedly he is like 94 now and eats McDonalds and smokes cigarettes. Good genes evidentially and he sure can play the piano. Gives me chills watching. I heard a story that Antone had to beg Albert King to let SRV play with him because Albert was a pretty conceited guy. I guess he had no objections once he heard him

    • 2 Grant
      November 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

      Ya I’ve met him there too! He’s got a little shrine there where he hangs out sometimes. You should check out the video that I posted. It’s from a DVD about Antone’s and has Clifford and the house band talking about the first time Stevie played with Albert.

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