Blessings for The Man in Black

Blessings at the Spoke by Jann Alexander © 2013
Blessings at the Spoke by Jann Alexander © 2013

A broken-down bus that long lived at Austin’s famous honky-tonk shows some respect for the Man in Black.

The missing 1948 Flxible Clipper bus that once lent its retro funk to Austin’s best-known dance hall, the Broken Spoke, made an unannounced road trip last spring to Adkins, Texas and ended up parked at Texas Pride Barbecue. Seems that the leader of the 1960s Western swing band, the Texas Top Hands, finally reclaimed his ownership rights to their touring bus, putting himself firmly back at its wheel. But the Clipper’s disappearance came as an unwelcome surprise to the Broken Spoke’s owner and fans—as Johnny himself might describe them, “men with broken hearts.”

Vanishing Austin Lonely Bus by Jann Alexander ©2014
Reclaimed: One Lonely Bus by Jann Alexander ©2014
Vanishing Austin_Texas Proud Since 1964 ©2013
Texas Proud Since 1964 ©2013

During its time spent at the Broken Spoke‘s parking lot, the bus had become a landmark there, but despite its rough condition, the band’s passion for Johnny Cash still showed on one of its many cracked windows. God Bless Johnny Cash. And broken old tour buses, too. 

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Endangered Species of Austin, poster by Jann Alexander © 2009
Endangered Species of Austin poster

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