Wed, 11 February 2015
In Austin, Texas, the honky tonk offers more than inexpensive beer and a place to two-step to the sound of the pedal steel guitar. For locals, it also provides a kind of retreat from the fast, commercial rhythms of the metropolis growing relentlessly around them. In this episode, which continues Zeugma's investigation of Austin's "weirdness," we visit a couple of honky tonks and reflect on their history and their contributions to the city's cultural life. We also speak with Christine J. Warren, whose book Honky Tonk Debutante: The History of Honky-Tonk Music as I Care to Tell It (2014) chronicles the heyday of the jukebox and the Texas honky-tonk community.