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(Almost) 30 Years Out: Home Of The Blues

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 16, 2008 by 30daysout

At the Port Arthur News in the late 1970s-1980s, we had plenty to keep us busy.  But for some reason we also had a lot of time to goof off.  Our editor sensed this, and he gave us a truly dismal assignment – drive to Austin and interview people who are from the Golden Triangle (Beaumont/Port Arthur) area of Southeast Texas.  So photographer Art Meripol and I climbed into the company car.

It was 1980, and the first couple of expatriates were predictably boring.  But one guy who ran a restaurant said, “You oughta talk to Clifford … he’s from Port Arthur.”  Wha?  Clifford Antone, the guy who ran the hottest blues club in Austin.  And the restauranteur offered to make a phone call to set it all up.

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