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Randall & Donya Stockton

Maybe that's what the Statesman's Michael Barnes was referring to when he detected an underground gay vibe in Red River cornerstone Beerland. Owners Randall and Donya Stockton have done so much for live music in Austin: They not only opened a hole in the wall four years ago that catered to small-crowd, punk rock shows knowing it was a far-from-prosperous venture, but they also fought tooth and nail against Austin's citywide smoking ban, a potential coffin nail for many small clubs. The Stocktons – neither of whom smoke – spoke out for those who are in this business for the right reasons: The love of music. Randall has been a staunch supporter of Austin's music since his days at Bates Motel, and despite the city's very mixed message (donning the Live Music Capital cap, yet doing little to encourage clubs and musicians), Randall and Donya aren't going to stop supporting now. By the way, all you nonsmokers out there, clubowners like Randall and Donya need you now more than ever. Come out before it's far too late. The time is drawing nigh.

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