First there were images of Jesus on toast….

Image In Bathroom Of Odeon Cafe in Auckland

Image In Bathroom Of Odeon Cafe in Auckland

On July 15, 2005 spotted in the bathroom of the Odéon Café, Auckland’s answer to the Cactus Cafe, was a small sign that Austin hippies had preceded us.

This was the same night we met up with Margaret Brown and Lee Daniel, Director and Cinematographer respectively of Be Here To Love Me, a film about the life & times of Townes Van Zandt. Margaret and Lee have told Townes’ story — and that of his family — in a poignant, thoughtful collection of film, dialog, and the singer songwriter’s words and music.

We got to view this magnificent documentary as part of the Auckland International Film Festival.  If you find it at a film festival near you, make it a point to go. You won’t be disappointed.

Antone’s, Austin’s Home of the Blues, celebrates 30 years

On 11 July 2005 Antone’s: Home of the Blues kicked off their 30th anniversary week with a special Blue Monday show, hosted by the incomparable Derek O’Brien.

This photo of (from left to right) Hubert Sumlin, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and was taken at Antone’s on July 11, 2005: 30th Anniversary Blue Monday show.

Photo by Steve Gotesky; (from left to right) Hubert Sumlin, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Photo by Steve Gotesky; (from left to right) Hubert Sumlin, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Willie and Fuzz played bass and drums respectively for Muddy Waters; Hubert was Howlin’ Wolf’s guitarist for years.

Who say’s the blues ain’t living?
It is in Austin, Texas.