Freddie King, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, 1972

I’m including Freddie King here because I never hear his name anymore, and I consider him to be one of the best bluesmen I ever heard. He was also pivotal, in my mind, to Austin becoming the all encompassing musical center it’s become. In the early days of the Armadillo, when they were still searching for an audience, Freddie King would draw the hordes of hippies like nobody else. There was a musical and cultural cross-pollination that occurred on those hot un-airconditioned summer nights that set up all that came after. The hippies, it turned out, discovered they absolutely loved Freddie’s joyous renditions of the Blues Freddie died too young, but his Muse carries on, annointing others in their turn…

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