New Hall of Famers

RECEIVED Sun., Nov. 1, 2015

Dear Editor,
    Though it may seem far away, may I and a few hundred old-time Austinites request that you consider two great Austin bands for the upcoming Hall of Fame: Balcones Fault and the Lotions. Both are legendary for contributions to Austin music in the Seventies and Eighties: Balcones Fault for their high-energy shows of wide musical styles, innovative comedy and staging – notably, the famous Full Moon series – Armadillo Headquarters' most frequent headliner, and largest-ever audience. They appeared on Austin City Limits' inaugural season and were the only local band invited. Balcones was one of a kind and there has never been another.
    The Lotions were the band that brought reggae to Austin and put Liberty Lunch on the map. The Lotions packed every house with sweaty dancers, every show, without fail. The Lotions were the go-to band for opening shows like Pointer Sisters, Neville Bros., Joe Cocker, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Peter Tosh, and others, all over Texas and in Austin, one of the few bands who could play at Soap Creek on Friday and Steamboat on Saturday and fill both clubs by themselves, no opener. Both these groups are solid legends of local music in that period. We should do them the honor they deserve. Thanks everyone, please visit our FB page "Balcones Fault for Texas Music Hall of Fame."
Michael McGeary
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