Margaret Moser Tribute: Joe Doerr

Pulling out a seat at Austin music’s banquet table

Photo by Leon Alesi, courtesy of Joe Doerr
Photo by Leon Alesi, courtesy of Joe Doerr

It was 1983 and I was the new kid in town – not really a member of the LeRoi Brothers at that point even though my brother Steve [Doerr] and Mike Buck were campaigning for me to be a permanent member. I wasn't sure I wanted to step into that world at all. Infamously, [guitarist] Don Leady had the same opinion. A lot of people in the scene had the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. Margaret actually gave me my first ink as a LeRoi Brother – if not as a working musician.

She took notice of me and wrote something positive about a performance in her "In One Ear" column. Things changed after that. It gave me some credibility and put out some of those fires of skepticism that seemed to be burning all around me. It gave me confidence, really, to forge ahead, not just as Kid LeRoi, but to this day. I really have to credit Margaret with giving me a seat at the banquet table of Austin's music scene.

A few years after I came back from grad school in 2003, my brother asked me to become a permanent member in the LeRoi Brothers. We did a show at the Continental Club and Margaret had again written a review of her night on the town. She mentioned how cool my brother was, how unparalleled his singing was, and talked about the great songs like "Chain of Love." Then she gives me the kind of nod I remember from the early days: "It makes me feel better about feeling old because I remember when Joe Doerr was the young buck in the herd."

She's always had the economy and intuition of a master sonneteer.

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    “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

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    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 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.”

    Eve Monsees

    The confidence booster

    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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