Margaret Moser Tribute: Eve Monsees

The confidence booster


Photo by David Brendan Hall

I first saw her name in the paper. When I started learning to play music, I always read her column. I was drawn to the way she wrote and she was interested in the things I was interested in: roots and blues music, younger artists. She was the window into this world I first became aware of as a 13-year-old.

She wanted to do an interview with me when I was 16 or 17 [see "Blue Monday," Dec. 29, 2000]. At that age, for the first several years I played, I was around all these really great, way more experienced musicians. When she wanted to interview me, I couldn't understand why. I was really anxious. Here was this name I'd seen in the paper week after week, and she wanted to talk to me?

The more we spoke, the more comfortable I got. The way she spoke to me, it made it effortless. There may have been smaller ones, but this was one of the first interviews I'd done. It was a big deal because it was the Chronicle, and a bigger deal because it was Margaret.

She could sense I was uneasy. She naturally geared her questions toward some of the things I was already talking about. She was able to bring the conversation back around to what she wanted to discuss by talking about other things. I realized that's what she does: She makes people feel better about themselves. She makes them feel relevant, and confident in what they do.

After I got off the phone with her, I remember feeling a little better about myself. "Wow, I got through this interview with Margaret Moser." I've talked to so many people who've said the same thing – that she'd champion all these musicians, all these artists who, on their own, wouldn't have necessarily had some of the opportunities that she helped present for them.

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    The importance of being Margaret Moser as told to 23 of her peers, mentors & protégés
  • Susan Antone

    “If I could do in my lifetime half of what she’s done, I’d be a happy person”

    Marcia Ball

    “She’s a music writer who writes to enlighten”

    Lou Ann Barton

    The blues belter on what it's like to have your career chronicled by the best

    Ray Benson

    Soap Creek Saloon on a 10-cent tequila night

    Alice Berry

    On the Texas Blondes: “We were just cute girls who liked cute bands”

    John Cale

    Velvet Underground co-founder on first meet: “Up walks a petite blonde with all the swagger of someone 10 feet tall”

    Alvin Crow

    Summer camp with the kids

    Joe Doerr

    Pulling out a seat at Austin music’s banquet table

    Joe Ely

    “She always stirred up whatever trouble there was”

    Roky Erickson

    On Margaret’s personal and passionate way of writing about music

    Alejandro Escovedo

    “Her love for the Velvet Underground and John Cale was the same as I had”

    Rosie Flores

    “Austin wouldn’t be Austin if it wasn’t for Margaret”

    Gary Floyd

    Promoting punk, Austin, Texas-style

    Denny Freeman

    Remembering that “little blues cult”

    Chris Gates

    The power of print – and a 20-inch dildo

    Eliza Gilkyson

    The best advice she ever received? Keep your dogs clean.

    Jon Dee Graham

    A champion of Austin music – and Austin music writers

    Emily Gimble

    “She’s such a positive force in the world”

    Warren Hood

    “She’s the coolest, hippest lady”

    Tamir Kalifa

    Mother Falcon's mama bear
  • Barbara K

    The power of music for fixing things and opening hearts

    Chris Layton

    Antone’s, 1979: Hurricane Margaret blows in

    Paddy Moloney

    "You felt you were in safe hands with Margaret"

    Jason McMaster

    “She’s as metal as anyone – maybe even more”

    Augie Meyers

    “You can’t replace Margaret. There’s no more people like her.”

    Derek O'Brien

    A great writer, and a great partier, too

    Rose Reyes

    “She was the leadership in Austin journalism that made sure women, Latinos, blacks, and youth weren’t overlooked”

    The Rolling Stones

    That Margaret Moser, she’s a rainbow

    Shawn & Shandon Sahm

    Beautiful Texas sunshine

    Larry Seaman

    “I don’t want to be greedy, but I want a little more time”

    Charlie Sexton

    The United Nations of Margaret

    Jeff Smith

    The case for San Antonio as the true heart of Texas music

    Angela Strehli

    “Margaret was always exuberant, cherubic, and mischievous simultaneously”

    Jesse Sublett

    When the Queen calls, you come

    Tiarra Girls

    “She will always be such an important part of our story”

    Kathy Valentine

    Right place, right time, right woman to share the joy with

    Jimmie Vaughan

    “Everything back then felt like us versus them – and she was one of us”

    Patricia Vonne

    Shine a light

    Monte Warden

    The career kick-starter

    Lucinda Williams

    The life of the party

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