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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blackguts, Jan 24, 2021.
James White, Broken Spoke legend has passed away.
Damn. I was afraid of that.
Ironically, I was re-watching this documentary just this morning before church.
The end of an Era. The end of the Broken Spoke I'm afraid. RIP Mr. White. So Sad.
he had a heck of a run. hope they let him run the honky tonk up north...
never heard of him, but, rip james white!
Probably so, sadly.
Not sure this town really deserves its presence anymore, anyway.
I started playing the Spoke in 1979.
I have played there with many acts, many times.
I even recorded a video with Erik (Hokkanen) And The Offbeats there.
I can think of 10 bands I played there with.
It’s a great sounding room.
The ceiling is low and there’s lots of wood.
Here is Erik’s record.
It was recorded in 1985.
Though I’m not pictured, I played acoustic rhythm guitar on every track, and electric guitar on two.
I used to (jokingly) tell people I was standing on the bass drum case in the cover picture.
RIP, Mr. White.
RIP. A hero for keeping The Spoke open. A wonderful place where folks danced. I spent some great nights there. I remember when it was by itself in a field and the old tour bus out front.
Sad news....In my quest to hit as many awesome Texas Honky Tonks as I can, I had dinner there a couple years ago.
James stopped by the table and said hello.....
there was a solo act playing the supper hour out front...it was pretty cute as 2 dads where there with their little daughters both I would guess about 5 or 6 years old all dressed up with fancy dresses and cowboy boots.
The singer was doing the usual classics Haggard, Jones etc, when one of the little girls went up to him and asked him something...he couldn't hear her tiny voice and had to ask her to repeat 3 or 4 times, then he said in a rather surprised voice "Taylor Swift??...do I look like I know any Taylor Swift?"
Thats my Broken Spoke story.....RIP Mr. White
The old guard is leaving us and the future of the honky tonk and dancehall does not look good.
Ginny Kalmbach of Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon died in late December.
Rest In Peace .
Ginny was my neighbor for ten years.
She and I lived in adjoining apartments.
Her son Tommy is my age, so we’d talk often.
I played her venue many times, also.
She sold the LL to Dale Watson, and he sold it to it’s current owner, Terry.
I still play there, and have done several “livestream” gigs there.
The old guard is fading fast.
The documentary I posted above is really pretty good. It's also on Amazon Prime. The footage toward the beginning with Dale Watson playing was from the Spoke's 50th Birthday celebration in 2014. The wife and I are wandering around in the crowd there somewhere. Cool night.