Thursday May 19 – Austin & Will Sexton

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I spent some time at Jo’s then at the pool this morning. I have to record the first hour of Off The Record and I have learned that this is something that takes a lot longer than you might think. Try six hours for a one-hour show!

I have interviews with Steve Wertheimer, owner and manager of The Continental Club, as well as Will Sexton (brother of Charlie). I have to edit these, do intros and outros and add music.

In New Orleans I was able to record three segments with Bob Andrews (ex-Brinsley Schwarz and The Rumour) and this was a lot easier as I did all the intros and outros as we went along.

I am not sure that recording the first hour each week is the greatest idea I have ever had, given the workload. But now that I am in Austin I have a little more time. I think the expensive Rode podcaster microphone sounds a little better this week with not so much reverb.

Everyone else decides to go out to Shepler’s Western Wear store on the other side of town past the university. I opt to stay which is just as well because it takes me until 5.30pm to finish everything and get it sent off. My panel operator Ben will download the files and put them to air for me.

Apparently the bus trip out to Shepler’s was a disaster and people do not return until after six, stuck in cabs in peak hour traffic. I am relaxed. I will pay a visit next week when I have a car. I definitely need a few new shirts because wearing t-shirts around in this weather can be rather sweaty.

I was looking forward to Ian McLagan’s 66th Birthday Bash at the Lucky Lounge but when we arrive there a note on the door informs us that it is cancelled. Hope he is alright.

Instead, it is Happy Hour with Will Sexton at The Saxon Pub (along with Tommy Shannon and David Holt). Great stuff. Real laidback Texas rock ‘n’ roll in the style we saw last year when Will was playing with Denny Freeman and Bill Carter at the same venue.

Later, there is some Jazz with the Mike Flanigin Trio in The Gallery on top of the Continental and here I am assailed by Sarah’s friend Tatey (Wayne) who shares his theories on just about everything and disagrees with me on as much. However, we find common ground and are unanimous that Bob Dylan is the master!

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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