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It is entirely possible Adrian Quesada is the most talented and inspired musician, producer, and songwriter Austin has seen in 20 years.
When I spoke to Andy Hedges for a 2006 Texas Highways feature on the cowboy music revival, his initial response was, “Well, first off, I’m not a cowboy.” And when I reached out last week to talk about the Lubbock-based singer’s new double album, Roll On, Cowboys, which features duets with a dozen fellow curator-performers of the traditional and modern Western repertoire, he stuck to his guns.
Autumn has arrived in Texas. For some (heck, for most), fall doesn’t seem terribly different from summer, especially given the comparatively mild temperatures much of the state experienced in 2021.
He’s one of the world’s great photographers, with a legendary sense for the mystery in the mundane. But right now he’s at home in Beaumont, and his longtime assistant, Cathy Spence, is calling for help from a side door.
In broad daylight, the Silver Slipper is hardly a looker. The compact building 4 miles northeast of downtown Houston is about as long and wide as an eight-lane bowling alley—“indistinct Minimal Traditional,” according to The Handbook of Texas. Three days a week, it’s a bar, short-order eatery, and neighborhood hangout.
Saturday nights, however, the Silver Slipper transforms into something else.