Monday, March 23, 2009
The Golden Light -- My Town Monday
Graffiti stains it's unpainted plywood walls. The place is decorated with beer signs, band posters, and . A dusty, full sized coyote stands guard over the door. The taxidermied critter stares out the window at Sixth street and what once was Route 66.
The Golden Light Cantina is not what anyone would call fancy or even nice. Picnic table serves as table and chairs but night after night you can find great live music, cheap beer, and good times within its walls. The Golden Light has a tiny dance floor but often the place gets too crowded for there to be room for much two-steppin'. That was the case a few weeks ago when I headed out to the Golden Light to catch The Gourds in action.
The Golden Light is a small intimate venue but that hasn't stopped them from gathering an impressive list of musicians over the years. No, not the Nashville pop country that taints the airwaves, but the roots rock, outlaw country that provides the rhythm of my soul. If you don't live in Texas, or veer off the mainstream path of commercial music these names might not mean much to you, but here is a list of some of the acts to grace the Golden Light's stage.
The Gourds, Guy Forsyth, Eleven Hundred Springs, Lonesome Goat, Cooder Graw, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Thrift Store Cowboys, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen and West 84, Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motorcars, , Stoney Larue, Jack Ingram, Bleu Edmonson, Shooter Jennings, Aaron Watson, Fred Eaglesmith, Charlie Robison, Slaid Cleaves, Bruce Robison, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Gary P. Nunn, Cory Morrow, Pat Green, Joe Ely, Speedtrucker, Dub Miller, Owen Temple, Doug Moreland, Gary P. Nunn, Trent Summar and The New Row Mob.
Next door to the cantina is the Golden Light Cafe which holds the distinction of being the longest running restaurant along Route 66. The Cafe opened in 1946 and has been serving up greasy burgers and homecut fries in the exact same location ever since.
The Cantina has live music dang near every night and the cafe has tasty burgers every day except Sunday. To read about one of my other adventures at the Golden Light click here.
I had more pictures and even a bit of video but sadly I can't get any of it to load.
For more My Town Monday posts check back later. (I may be slow in adding as I still have much work to do on the new abode)
Jenn Jilks -- Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
Cloudia -- Honolulu, Hawaii
Patti Abbott -- Detroit, Michigan
Linda McLaughlin -- Orange County, California
Barbara Martin -- Toronto, Canada
Debra -- Village of Peninsula, Ohio
Terrie Farley Moran -- New York City, New York
Chris -- Hong Kong, China
Mary -- Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Reb -- Old Strathcona (Edmonton) Alberta, Canada
Chuck -- PeeWee Valley, Kentucky
Lauren -- Chicago, Illinois
J Winter -- Cincinnati, Ohio
Melanie Avila -- Zihua, Mexico
Barrie Summy -- Fallbrook, California
Paul Brazill -- Bydgoszcz, Poland
Clair Dickson -- Livingston County, Michigan
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