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  • Lewis Cowdrey wrote on October 24, 2012 report

    Mr. McMillian is talking sense. 11th and 12th is where the action was at! On a weekday afternoon there were more great musicians standing around than at Carnagie Hall. Now mostly all gone. As to who played on 11th; Elmore James played at Charlies as did a Harmonicist named Sonny Boy Williamson, not Rice Miller (or real Sonny Boy either). Flip Wilson. I believe that every entertainer of regional or national consequence appeared on 11th Street at one time or another. Pee Wee Crayton told me he never actually played Austin while he lived there.

    This whole subject is something I think about often and I am glad that you continue. Modern people simply cannot envision the beauty, hospitality, creativity, and fun that went on there. I was lucky to have been involved in a minute way for a time. Peace.

  • Josep Pedro wrote on October 24, 2012 report

    Thanks for commenting Lewis. I think 11th street was a fascinating place, just like Beale Street was in Memphis. Like it happened over there, times have changed and so musicians but there's still the Victory Grill, Kenny Dorham's Backyard and the Texas Music Museum.

    Also, young people are going back to discover East Austin which is now more accesible so it's a good time for spreading the word about some of this stuff. I like the way you describe it: beauty, hospitality, creativity and fun!

    Lewis, I believe you were Storm's singer and harp player. I am very interested in Austin's cultural/musical history and would love to hear about your experience sometime!

  • Lewis Cowdrey wrote on October 26, 2012 report

    Guilty as charged. Anytime at all.