Margaret Moser Tribute: Monte Warden

The career kick-starter

Margaret Moser Tribute: Monte Warden

Margaret has given me two careers. She started my career as the first person to write about me. She was the only reason that [manager] Carlyne Majer ever heard about me. She's the only reason the guys from Rank & File ever heard of me. Then, after I'd transitioned to just writing songs and making a great living doing it and having hits, she got me back onstage by putting the Wagoneers in the Austin Music Hall of Fame and begging us to perform.

When she asked us to play the induction, we hadn't been in a room together in 10 years. Me and Brent [Wilson] were close, but all I remembered about the other two guys is we hated each other, and I couldn't remember why we hated each other, but we did. It was a very "I will if he will" thing. We got together, and it took back off – all because of Margaret. I owe her everything.

The first time she wrote about me, I was 14. I was in Lubbock with Joe Ely, and he was fixin' to do all these Buddy Holly duets with Linda Ronstadt. I was giving Joe vocal cues so he knew the order of the verses. Margaret was there, and the way she tells it, I got out of an elevator with a guitar, and she felt like a star had walked in the room. She talked to me and realized I was real serious about my music.

A young country act in 1982 was 40, so I think, in any other town, if you had a 14-year-old singing original country, it would be easy to have a novelty aspect to it. Margaret didn't write about it like that. She wrote about me like an artist. She took me seriously, therefore Austin took me seriously.

The Wagoneers got signed to A&M nine months after our first gig. We recorded an episode of Austin City Limits before our record was even recorded. That was all because of Margaret. It's so weird to be able to point to one person and say, "They started my career." Everybody thinks they're Margaret Moser's one special thing. That's how much of an angel she is.

  • Margaret Moser Tribute: Leader of the Pack

    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.”

    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

    Lucinda Williams

    The life of the party

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Margaret Moser, Monte Warden, Carlyne Majer, Rank & File, Wagoneers, Austin Music Awards, Brent Wilson, Joe Ely, Austin City Limits, Kevin Curtin, Margaret Moser Tribute

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