My second night in Austin found me at a classic Texas band bar, The Continental Club, to see Junior Brown. I knew nothing of Junior Brown but on arrival, it seemed clear that Mr. Brown is an Austin legend and regular at The Continental Club. Just inside the door was this painting of the club:
And if you notice the sign in the window, Junior Brown is the featured performer:
The Continental Club has been an Austin tradition since the late 50s and it's got the Texas dive-bar attitude to prove it, with walls and fixtures that are weathered in a way you can only accomplish with 60 or so years of drinking, dancing, and hard living.
While I knew nothing about Junior Brown, he delivered a perfect country rock soundtrack for a dark bar with lots of old red velvet. Brown is an old-school guitar player and country crooner with original songs that run the gamut from country tragic to sublime goofiness. With a rockabilly sensibility, Junior delivered a technically-brilliant, musically-dazzling night of torch and twang. It seems I may like country a little more than previously imagined. Here are a few more pictures from a night of country continental: