Views and Brews: Rhythm and Blues in Austin
It was a magical night of great conversation and amazing live music as KUT’s John L. Hanson Jr. and Paul Ray talked about what it was like to bring R&B to Austin in the late 70s and Quentin Moore, along with Kenny Washington on drums and Nick Clark on bass, illustrated the sounds of the time.
“What I wanted to bring to Austin was what I grew up listening to in Detroit,” said the longtime KUT stalwart that we all affectionately call Mr. Hanson. In reality what he brought to Austin and the airwaves was much more than a sound, it was a state of mind. A space for musicians and DJ’s like Paul Ray to find their place in Austin and shape the collective memory of the Rhythm and Blues scene.
If you didn’t make it to the event or even if you did and just want to revisit the discussion you can enjoy the recording by clicking on the player at the top of this post.
On a side note, KUT is in the midst of constructing the new KUT Public Media Studios. Our new home will have street level studios, community spaces, an outdoor performance area, green room spaces for performers and the staff, and more. We’re all excited that a generous capital gift has been made to KUT in the name of Mr. Hanson to establish the John L. Hanson, Jr. Staff Green Room.
Paul Ray and Twine Time are being similarly honored by the establishment by Ms. Dianne Kline, with the Paul Ray Twine Time Equipment Endowment that will used to help maintain the equipment in the new KUT – including the increasingly precious LP players needed for Paul’s program.