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Lou Ann Barton

With a Texas drawl as thick as the August humidity, Lou Ann Barton stepped into the role of chanteuse and never looked back. Barton cut her blues teeth performing in the notorious roadhouses that lined Jacksboro Highway outside Fort Worth before moving to Austin in the mid-Seventies. Her stylish mode of vintage dress stood in contrast to the hippie look of the day but fit in well with the equally glossy look of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, who promptly hired her as their vocalist. It wasn't the right fit for either Barton or the band, and they parted ways amicably. Not long after, Barton fell in with Stevie Ray Vaughan, who'd talked bassist W.C. Clark out of retirement and into a band called Triple Threat Revue, also featuring pianist Mike Kindred and drummer Freddie "Pharaoh" Walden. Triple Threat dazzled for a short time, but Barton sought more satisfaction with a solo career, as did Clark, while Vaughan kept the band that evolved into Double Trouble. After recording two incendiary albums on her own, the Jerry Wexler-produced Old Enough (1982) and Forbidden Tones (1986), Barton teamed with Marcia Ball and Angela Strehli for a modern-day girl group album titled Dreams Come True. Barton stepped out of the scene in the Nineties, but when Jimmie Vaughan cranked up his solo career later in the decade, he invited the singer to record and tour with him. Lou Ann Barton remains a featured member of his band and one of the finest vocalists Austin's ever been proud to call its own. – Margaret Moser

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10/19/13 @ Antone's CLOSED
Jimmie Vaughan & Tilt-a-Whirl

Like any other longtime band, the Tilt-A-Whirl Band shifts gears and positions to keep itself fine-tuned and in shape, with Jimmie Vaughan’s driving guitar at the wheel. Mapping a smokin’ repertoire of blues, ballads, and other essential favorites with Lou Ann Barton riding shotgun on vocals, the local combine asks only that you put on your Wayfarers and let the Strat master do it to ya, baby, like a Texan should. Mike Flanigan’s mighty B3 and the Bluebonnets’ rootsy crunch rev it up.

09/24/13 @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
All ATX HAAM Benefit

November is two months off, yet thanks-giving arrives with this bounty of Austin talent banding together for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. The eye-popping bill features Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan & Lou Ann Barton, Eric Johnson, Ray Benson, Charlie & Will Sexton, Carolyn Wonderland, Malford Milligan with Van Wilks and Marcia Ball, Monte Montgomery, Shake Russell & Michael Hearne, Suzanna Choffel, and Quiet Company. Grab a copy of the All ATX CD too!

07/24/13 @ Antone's CLOSED
Antone’s 38th Anniversary

Remember your 38th birthday? No? Well, Antone’s aims to make its 38th anniversary memorable by honoring Pinetop Perkins’ 100th birthday. Derek O’Brien rounds up the usual all-star suspects including Denny Freeman, David Grissom, Chris Layton, Malford Milligan, Emily Gimble, Cindy Cashdollar, Larry Fulcher, Sarah Brown, George Rains, and Johnny Nicholas in a stellar salute to the late beloved pianist.

05/12/13 @ Continental Club
Margaret Moser Birthday Bash

My sad, panicked reaction to Margaret Moser’s text from the hospital back in February to tell me she had cancer and was undergoing surgery turned into action. I asked her permission to plan a benefit show. We’re calling it her birthday bash since her birthday’s May 16. I interviewed Moser with my version of the Marcel Proust questionnaire.

William Harries Graham: What no one knows about you?

Margaret Moser: I’m a high school dropout who got a GED in my 30s by taking night classes through AISD.

WHG: Your idea of perfect happiness?

MM: Sitting outside Saturday evenings with my boyfriend, a tall glass of iced tea, and Paul Ray’s Twine Time on KUTX.

WHG: Greatest fear?

MM: It used to be the fear of dying in an unknown way. Now it’s that I won’t get to do all the things I want before I check out, like travel. I’d like to go to Eastern Europe.

WHG: Trait you most deplore in yourself?

MM: Being too bossy.

WHG: Most overrated virtue?

MM: Virtuousness.

WHG: When and where were you happiest?

MM: Three days in 2010 I spent in Amsterdam alone.

WHG: Current state of mind?

MM: Doing pretty good for the shape I’m in, to quote the Arc Angels.

WHG: Greatest achievement?

MM: That there’s a generation of young local musicians I helped introduce.

WHG: Lowest depth of misery?

MM: Drug addiction as a speed freak.

WHG: What do you most value in your friends?

MM: Their loyalty, support, and humor.

WHG: Favorite musicians?

MM: Jimi Hendrix, Slim Harpo, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmie Vaughan.


3:45pm: Finley Sexton/Seaside Swifts
4:30: Ty Gavin
4:45: Kathy Valentine
5: Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
5:30: Wagoneers
6: Shoulders
6:30: Jon Dee Graham & the Skunks
7: Alejandro Escovedo
7:30 Wild Seeds
8: Mystic Knights of the Sea, with Lou Ann Barton and Jimmie Vaughan

12/27/12 @ Antone's CLOSED
Antone’s Alumni Winter Ball
Looking to add some nostalgic glow to the holiday season since chestnuts on an open fire aren’t really an option? There’s plenty around, though nothing like the classy reunion at Antone’s Alumni Winter Ball. Belters including Lou Ann Barton and Malford Milligan get six-string support from the likes of Kathy Valentine, Denny Freeman, and Derek O’Brien to ensure rockin’ R&B. Mike Flanigin, George Rains, J.J. Johnson, Georgia Bramhall, Larry Fulcher, and Scott Nelson act as icing on that holiday sweet.
10/27/12 @ The Backyard at Bee Cave
ZZ Top’s Second Annual La Grange Fest
“Same three guys,” waved Billy Gibbons Sunday night inside San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre, soul brothers Dusty Hill and Frank Beard nodding. “Same three chords.” Thirty minutes in and Houston’s little ol’ trio had already reeled off “I Thank You,” “Waitin’ for the Bus,” “Jesus Just Left Chicago,” “Heard It On the X,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” and corrosive new single “I Gotsta Get Paid.” Last year’s inaugural La Grange Fest found the Top on fire. With Cody Canada, Robert Randolph, and Jimmie Vaughan this year, you’ll thank them.
03/12/11 @ Antone's CLOSED
Jimmie Vaughan
In town for a festival and looking for Texas? You struck gold here. The eldest Vaughan slinger comes off a banner year with his 2010 disc, Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites, Grammy-nominated gold within his catalog. That was Steve Miller rocking JV’s “Hey Yeah” at two recent Austin City Limits events, so with Lou Ann Barton out front and the Horton Bros. honking open – not to mention barbecue and Lone Star in your belly – you just died and went to Texas.
02/23/11 @ Antone's CLOSED
Women's Show for Clifford
Lou Ann Barton and Kathy Valentine’s full-speed-ahead BlueBonnets top a sweetheart bill that includes the smokin’ Eve Monsees, caliente Patricia Vonne, and rockin’ Rosie Flores, plus Cindy Cashdollar and many more. No birthday, no anniversary, just an excuse to head Downtown midweek for a little reminder of why we’re called the live music capital of the world.
10/17/09 @ Antone's CLOSED
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Carolyn Wonderland, Pinetop Perkins, Lou Ann Barton, and more blow through Chicago blues.
12/29/08 @ Antone's CLOSED
Lou Ann Barton
Texas soul on Monday, with the Blue Tuesday Band.
03/22/08 @ Antone's CLOSED
The Guitar Women Show
Ready for some girl-on-girl action? Only Antone’s could put together a ladies’ night this good, as still-missed former local Sue Foley imports her Fender and Dobro and steel-guitar wonder Cindy Cashdollar, genre-bending drummer Lisa Pankratz, and bassist Sarah Brown gather for a night of blues-rock revelry. Later in the evening, Lou Ann Barton, Carolyn Wonderland, Eve Monsees, and Erin Jaimes join in for good measure.
02/17/08 @ Antone's CLOSED
A Celebration of Floyd Moore
You’ve done something right in your life when you pass on to the big tavern in the sky and Jimmie Vaughan plays at your memorial. That would be Port Arthur’s Floyd Moore – guitarist, friend, scenester, and Bayou philosopher. In addition to Vaughan, Omar Kent Dykes, Lou Ann Barton, and Derek O’Brien are on hand, so here’s betting you’ll hear “Jimmy Reed Highway” as “Highway 90.” Hope the crawfish are bubbling.
12/26/07 @ Antone's CLOSED
Pinetop Perkins, Lou Ann Barton
’Twas the night after Christmas, and piano man Pinetop’s in the house.
09/28/07 @ Antone's CLOSED
Jimmie Vaughan & Omar Kent Dykes
Reprising last month’s CD-release parties for their terrific new tribute, On the Jimmy Reed Highway, compadres Vaughan and Dykes return to the scene of the crime with Lou Ann Barton in tow, this time adding the B3 contours of soulful Nick Connelly and the whiplash beat of drummer Chris Layton. No doubt Reed, “the Big Boss Man,” and Clifford Antone will be smiling down from on high. Benefits the Palmer Drug Abuse Program.
08/24/07 @ Antone's CLOSED
Jimmy Reed Highway
A lifetime love of fellow Mississippian Jimmy Reed’s blues inspired Omar Kent Dykes to begin a tribute album, and he found a willing partner in Jimmie Vaughan. Thus, their new CD, On the Jimmy Reed Highway, crackles with the bluesman’s smoky Southern sound, as envisioned by Dykes, Vaughan, Lou Ann Barton, and a stellar rhythm section that includes Derek O’Brien. All of the players are serious Reed fans, so for two nights they’ll reach deep into those muddy Delta blues.
12/08/06 @ Antone's CLOSED
Pinetop Perkins, Lou Ann Barton
A very Pinetop Christmas.
07/10/06 @ Antone's CLOSED
Girls Night
“Thirty-one shows, days, years,” reads Antone’s July ad in tribute to Clifford Antone, and on this single night, the venue’s departed patriarch is celebrated in a manner that would’ve left him damp-eyed at the foot of the stage. Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli, Eve Monsees, Lou Ann Barton, Carolyn Wonderland, and more fete Antone with a Girls Night guaranteed to encapsulate everything bluesy, brassy, bountiful about Austin music and Antone’s nightclub. R-e-s-p-e-c-t, find out what it means in the A-T-X.
05/03/06 @ Bullock Texas State History Museum
Lone Star Plaza Party
As thousands descend on River City next week for the World Congress on Information Technology, Austin serves up a little Southern hospitality the only way we know how: a lot of music, a lot of booze, a lot of food. The evening goes 7pm-midnight with performances from Brannen Temple’s jazzy Blaze, Warren Hood, Bob Schneider, Pinetop Perkins, Stephen Bruton, James McMurtry, Lou Ann Barton, Cyril Neville, James Hand, Papa Mali, Terry Allen, Joe Ely and more. Got to for ticket info.
07/13/05 @ Antone's CLOSED
Antone's 30th Anniversary
When Antone’s celebrates its 30th year, the ghosts of 10,000 blues shows raise their voices. Howlin’ Wolfman/guitarist Hubert Sumlin kicks off the Friday show, followed by the anticipated Soulhat reunion. There’s more rock & roll Saturday with Vallejo, Podunk, and Truth for Leo, while the blues return to form Sunday with Guy Forsyth and the Greyhounds. Derek O’Brien heads up Big Blue Monday with Sumlin, Paul Ray, Toni Price, Stephen Bruton, and guests. A freshly minted 92-year-old Pinetop Perkins kicks off Tuesday’s smokin’ Chicago blues show with Sumlin, Calvin Jones, and Willie Smith, plus Angela Strehli, Marcia Ball, Sue Foley, O’Brien, and the Eric Tessmer Band. Wednesday’s girls’ night out, bringing Marcia Ball and Strehli together with the divine Lou Ann Barton, Foley, Carolyn Wonderland, Cindy Cashdollar, Sarah Brown, Candye Kane, Eve Monsees, and Jane Bond, plus Cory Keller, Jay Moeller, Tommy Shannon, and O’Brien. Breedlove closes the Thursday show with Perkins, Smith, Jones, Strehli, and Foley opening. Hear the blues choral?
Last Updated: August 31, 2007

February 17, 1954
Genre: Country/Bluegrass and Singer-Songwriter/Folk
Austin Music Awards:
1991: Hall of Fame Inductee
1987: Best Female Vocals
1986: Best Female Vocals
1984: Best Female Vocals
Record Reviews:
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Old Enough
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Full Discography:
Old Enough
Discovery (1982)
Forbidden Tones
Spindletop (1986)
Read My Lips
Discovery (1989)
Dreams Come True
Antone's (1990)
Sugar Coated Love
MIL Multimedia (1998)
Blues Factory (2001)
Catfish (2002)
Old Enough Reissue
American Beat (2007)
From the Archives:
Page Two: It's Always Twine Time (January 21, 2016)

Follow the music
Crazy From the Heat (Music Story August 7, 2014)

Texas Platters go mondo
Ten Fingers (Music Story December 2, 2011)

Denny Freeman returns
30 Rock (Music Story September 2, 2011)

Thirty years, 30 recordings
Page Two: More Stars Than There Are in Heaven (June 2, 2006)

Honoring those who helped create, and now tend, the legacy of Clifford Antone
Spangles and High Heels (Music Story June 20, 2003)

Long, Tall Marcia Ball
After a Fashion (January 18, 2002)

Who called LouAnn? Who dined with Gwyneth? "Walk this way" and find out!
All-American (Music Story November 23, 2001)

Jimmie Vaughan's got the blues -- and everything else a man could ask for
After a Fashion (November 2, 2001)

Your Style Avatar revels in his New York state of mind, having just visited our noble Big Apple. Come along for the ride.
Dancing About Architecture (Music Column May 4, 2001)

Keeping up with Lucinda, Britney, Thurston, Kim, and a bunch of sick people
Austin Confessions (Music Story March 9, 2001)

The 2000-01 Austin Music Awards You Won't See on HBO
Blue Monday (Music Story December 29, 2000)

Twenty-five Years and Counting, the Tradition Lives On
A Man and a Half (Music Story December 1, 2000)

Jerry Wexler, 'The Funky Jewish King of Black Music'
Dancing About Architecture (Music Column September 22, 2000)

NXNW news; speak of the devil and Chris Gates shall appear.
Dancing About Architecture (Music Column December 31, 1999)

All the good and happy things that happened in Austin music, 1999.