Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982

A new book from UT Press, has just been released: Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982

It was compiled and authored by Alan Schaefer, of the Whitliff Collection and Texas State University. My work is included in it, as is the work of my colleagues Kerry Awn, Ken Featherston, Jim Franklin, Henry Gonzalez, Jack Jackson, Guy Juke, Bill Narum, Micael Priest, Sam Yeates, and Dale Wilkins. This is a comprehensive collection of Austin poster art from that period. If you are curious about how Austin got it’s musical reputation and garnered the title, Live Music Capitol of the World, this book is an indispensable visual explanation of how that came to be. Beautifully done, with excellent reproductions of some of Austin’s finest music posters, this volume is a must for anyone interested in this art. It is an especially important resource for those who collect Austin music art.


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TEXAS MUSIC MATTERS A visual celebration of Texas music

23 January 2011: San Marcos, Texas

The Walkers’ Gallery at the San Marcos Activity Center presents:


A visual celebration of Texas music

January – February, 2011

Public Reception

Friday, January 28
5:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Artists Featured: Robert Hurst, Danny Garrett, Alan Pogue, Eric Morales, Diana Hendricks, Mike Galloway, Christopher Barnett, JamesPlakovic, Rolland Krueger, Julie Sola & David Harmon (Hatch Prints), Margaret Falletta and Jim Holloway.

City of San Marcos Activity Center
Walker Gallery
501 E. Hopkins
San Marcos, TX 78666
512 393 8280

For those in the vicinity, I hope to see you there… dg

Princess April Morning-Glory

23 Sept 2009: Auckland, New Zealand

Princess April Morning-Glory

                       About five years ago I began a project of restoration that is now poised to bear fruit in the form of a timeless and quite unique children’s book. It is called Princess April Morning-Glory and was completed in 1941. It was written and uniquely illustrated by my wife’s stepmother, Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of Hollywood’s very first royal family, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. A timeless tale of a fairy princess and her adventures in a magical realm, it holds a unique spot at the crossroads of children’s literature, Hollywood, history, and art.

                      The restoration itself was a meticulous digital rebuilding of watercolor illustrations and hand-inked calligraphy that had been created front-to-back on porous vellum, with the unfortunate results of bleed through over both image and word, as well as the natural ravages of time. With the vital and tireless help of my wife, Kelley, the restored book has now been placed in the publishing arena by Amanda Millner-Fairbanks, Letitia’s granddaughter and currently a journalist for The New York Times. I will be posting updates as we make progress on this collaborative endeavor.                       –– dg

Nobby Clark 1921 – 2008

Nobby Clark passed away the other day. Nobby was a well known Auckland artist who chronicled much of the life in New Zealand’s largest city in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. His son, Simon Clark, accomplished artist in his own right, heads up Illustration in the School of Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology where I have been teaching since 2005.

Nobby strolled the nocturnal streets of Auckland and wrote, drew and painted the denizens and citizens that he found there. He captured the life on these avenues, especially frequenting the bars and bistros found along Karangahape, or ‘K’ Road as well as those in Ponsonby. In the days of the legendary “six o’clock swill”, he recorded these characters like a Damon Runyon with a brush and a pen. Much of his time was spent in The Wine Bar, a drinking establishment that was able to circumvent the rigid law that denied alcohol in the city’s public houses after 6:00 in the evening, by simply serving wine. Beloved by the regulars there, he told their improbable stories in image and word.

A true individualist, free spirit, and fine art illustrationist — the world needs more like Nobby. He will be sorely missed.



2 December 2008
Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand’s own Katchafire to play SXSW 2008

7 March 2008:Austin, Texas

It’s SXSW time in Central Texas and Danny is pleased to welcome New Zealand’s own Katchafire to Austin. Katchafire will be playing:Friday March 14 – Austin City Hall,
Corner of Cesar Chavez and Lavaca
“Live From The Plaza”
4:30-5:30 PMFree and open to the public!
No wristband needed!


Katchafire can also be seen:Saturday April 15, 9:00pm
Flamingo Cantina
515 E 6th St
This is a SXSW show,
so wristbands are required
The inimitable Guy Juke, Danny’s long-time compadre at the Armadillo first, and later at Sheauxnough Studios, has drawn the artwork for Katchafire’s Austin debut.
“Katchafire represents the best of reggae today, and it’s out of New Zealand.”
Dermot Hussey, Jamaican musicologist/multi-media producer“Contemporary international roots music at its best.” Chuck Foster, Beat Magazine

Guy Forsyth’s latest CD — Unrepentant, Schizophrenic Americana

11 May 2007: Auckland, New Zealand
Guy Forsyth’s latest CD
Unrepentant, Schizophrenic Americana

Guy Forsyth has been a primal force in Austin music for nearly two decades. He is a powerful writer, composer, vocalist, guitarist and harpist — not to mention an accomplished virtuoso of the musical saw. To fully appreciate the scope and depth of his musical talents however, one must see him in person. Recordings do little justice to his live performances. However, this two-CD set, is probably the best of his few forays into recorded live sessions.

It was my very great honor to do the cover(s) for these recordings. The image is a reproduction of the poster that I did in 1996 for his weekly performances at Antone’s — Sunday night gigs that carried the spiritual force of his music in the quietest corner of the weekend. He has been for many years, and remains, my favorite contemporary Austin musician.

Visual Flights of Fancy: The artwork of Danny Garrett

South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

is pleased to present

Visual Flights of Fancy:
The artwork of Danny Garrett
June 17 – July 23, 2006
For all the morning, drive-time, KGSR listeners, hip to all things funky & weird about Austin, you’d better listen up close at the magical hour of 7:09 am, when Bryan Beck offers daily tips into the mystery of 7/09.

There are many events scheduled in conjunction with Danny visit to Austin from Auckland and his show at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, including:

Thursday, 22 June 2006 5:00 – 6:00 pm: At the Austin City Council Chambers, Mayor Will Wynn will declare 7/09 officially Danny Garrett Day in Austin, Texas.

Saturday, 24 June 2006 7:09 pm: At the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture will host the official opening party. Click here for a printable copy of the Press Release (Microsoft Word Document).

Sunday, 9 July 2006 Threadgill’s World Headquarters will be the scene of a massive celebration of all the Austin Artists, including Guy Juke, Bill Narum, Micael Priest, Jaxon, and others. Please join us for this special art sale, with music provided by the Uranium Savages and Guy Forsyth.

Clifford Antone: New York Times obituary

May 25, 2006
Clifford Antone, 56, Is Dead; Started Texas Blues Club

Clifford Antone, founder of Antone’s, the Austin, Tex., blues club that helped start the careers of Texas music artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Charlie Sexton and helped turn Austin into a city that bills itself as the live music capital of the world, died at his home there on Tuesday. He was 56.

Erich Schlegel for The New York Times, 2005 Clifford Antone

Erich Schlegel for The New York Times
Clifford Antone

Mr. Antone was found dead when Austin police officers responded to a 911 call from his home, said Laura Albrecht, a spokeswoman for the department. The cause of death is being investigated but does not appear to be suspicious, she said.

In 1975 he opened Antone’s, first intended as a showcase for his beloved Chicago blues. Over the years, legends like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and B. B. King performed at the club.

“Amid this sea of scenemakers,” Robert Draper wrote in a 1997 profile for Texas Monthly magazine, Mr. Antone was “the unmistakable maker of the scene” who provided an “Atlas-like patronage of this most American of music forms.”

In the late 1960’s, Mr. Antone moved to Austin from Port Arthur, Tex., where he grew up, to attend the University of Texas; for the last few years he taught a course at the university on the history of the blues.

A 2004 documentary titled “Antone’s: Home of the Blues” premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and is being released on DVD next month.

In 1987 Mr. Antone started Antone’s Records, a label that featured many of the club’s top acts, and also opened a record store specializing in American roots music.

The 30 years since he opened Antone’s were not always a smooth ride for Mr. Antone, who served two prison terms, one in the 1980’s for possessing marijuana and another from 2000 to 2002 for dealing more than 9,000 pounds of the drug and laundering money. After the first conviction he had to give up ownership of the club; Antone’s is currently owned by a board of directors headed by his sister, Susan Antone, who survives him.

Mr. Antone was known for his generosity to musicians. He organized a series of benefits for victims of Hurricane Katrina and recently he helped arrange an apartment and nursing care for the 92-year-old pianist Pinetop Perkins.

To read this obituary on the New York Times website, please click here.

Clifford Antone 1949 – 2006

23 May 2006: Danny Garrett mourns the passing of one of blues music’s greatest promoters — Clifford Antone of Austin, Texas.

From his statement to the Austin American-Statesman:

Clifford was an incredible force for the Blues, American popular culture, and a personal and beloved friend. It was a pleasure and honor to have worked with him. I will miss this incredible man. My condolences to his personal and musical families. A genuine Austin treasure…


New Zealand’s Real Groovy Records

6 November 2005: Danny Garrett was honored to be asked by Real Groovy Records of Auckland, New Zealand, to illustrate that Real Groovy is Everything Under the Sun.

Danny’s poster has appeared in the New Zealand Herald, the Dominion Post and other major NZ newspapers on Sunday, 6 November 2005 as a full page color advertisement. It has also sprung up all over Auckland, in A3 and A0 sizes, plastered on prominent corners, along with other bills for upcoming shows.

Danny was able to incorporate some of his favorite music into this poster. In this image, he’s pointing out a miniature of his portrait of Guy Forsyth, a poster drawn in 1995 for Guy because Danny is enthralled by Guy’s blues, harmonica, and saw-playing-with-a-violin-bow talents.

If you haven’t yet heard Guy’s newest album Love Songs: For & Against then, if you are in NZ, order your copy from Real Groovy. If you are in the US, you can order your copy of Love Songs: For & Against from Waterloo Records, the Real Groovy Records of Texas.

Vietnam Veteran: Tears in the Rain

11 August 2005: Danny Garrett is a Vietnam combat veteran. He was drafted in June, 1968 and released from service in March of 1970. He seved in the Americal Division in Quang Ngai province, southern I Corps.

Called “Tears in the Rain”, this drawing is a composite portrait of a Vietnam veteran after a photograph by David Douglas Duncan, and attempts to depict a “generic” image of the soldier that served there, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Given that America is once again at war, Danny thought it proper to bring this portrait out of his portfolio, and show it again.

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.