Margaret Moser Tribute: Lucinda Williams

The life of the party


Margaret and Lucinda, 2014 Austin Music Awards, Austin Convention Center (Photo by Gary Miller)

The thing that happens when you get older as a woman is that other women are having babies – just because of the fact we’re women and can have babies. So those choices come up, and a lot of women’s lives take a different turn. Meanwhile, I’m still hanging out and drinking in bars and drinking with the best of them. And there was Margaret, hanging in the bars and drinking with the best of them.

Margaret is one of those – like I am, as a female artist – who was one of the only women in the room, so to speak. I think she and I have very similar attitudes about relationships between men and women, and breaking down stereotypes. She has a sisterhood quality about her, but not in a corny way. It was to the point where she would champion the professional groupies, women who step outside of the lines and aren’t afraid to talk about it. She wasn’t intimidated. She wasn’t afraid to let her freak flag fly.

The song I wrote, “Lake Charles,” was written about this guy Clyde [Woodward], who I’d met when I moved to Houston and moved back to Austin with him. He and I, at one point, rented a place nicknamed Willie’s Condos, because Willie Nelson owned them. They were these old apartments right on South Congress, and there was a big swimming pool there. I remember Margaret would come over, and we’d smoke pot and go swimming. Inevitably the swimming suit tops would come off. I adored her.

She and Clyde became close, and later, when Clyde died, she was with him at the moment of his passing. When she described it to me, that’s when I started working on “Lake Charles,” just from imagining what she’d told me – what it was like being with him when he actually passed and that feeling. I tried to describe that in the chorus of the song: “Did an angel whisper in your ear and hold you close and take away your fear?” When I was recording the first version of it, I was recording in Austin and I wanted her to hear it. She came by, and I played it for her. She sat next to me and fell over and buried her head in my lap. She sobbed and sobbed after she heard the song.

Margaret is so intelligent, well-read, funny as hell. She was always the life of the party. Unfortunately, the partying could get a little out of hand back then, you know. She was just this wild woman in the most brilliant way. But she has this sweetness. There was a real soulfulness there, too. She’s always been one of the most favorite people I’ve ever known.

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  • 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.”

    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

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