honky tonks

Austin’s Broken Spoke Dance Hall Finally Gets Its Texas Historical Marker

April 14, 2023 | By Jen Hamilton Hernandez

On what would have been James M. White’s 83rd birthday, friends of the White family, local musicians, politicians, and press, along with longtime patrons, gathered in the dirt parking lot under the storied oak tree outside the Broken Spoke in Austin.

A Look Back at How Gilley’s Gave Us ‘Urban Cowboy’

November 20, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

The shout-out the 1980 film Urban Cowboy received earlier this month at the Country Music Association Awards show got me thinking about its stars, John Travolta and Debra Winger, and the funky old place that roused an era of garishly feathered hat bands, belt buckles the size of hubcaps, jewelry-studded designer jeans, and $1,000 boots: Gilley’s Nightclub in Pasadena.

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