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Gary Claxton

"The King Of Broken Hearts"

Austin Honky Tonkers'
Artist of the Decade

Aug 15, 1960 - Jan 6, 2011

Gary's Impact

Perhaps it takes someone with profound shyness to explain how Gary Claxton was able to so easily vocalize both the highs and lows of country music. While most fans swayed in their seats or danced on the floor, the shy ones stayed in the shadows, hidden from view. Some forever, some for years before being able to make even a few steps forward to dance in public. The truly shy ones could hear it, even when he was smiling. Gary receded into the shadows, taking his own life on January 6, 2011. It was a great loss for live music, Austin and his family. With just one year into the past decade, he easily and deservedly takes top honors.

Gary Would Want You To Seek Help

If you're in trouble, seek help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. For Austin Musicians who need an ear and some help moving forward, there is the Sims Foundation, 512-494-1007.

The King of Broken Hearts

The king of broken hearts doesn't ask much from his friends
And he has quite a few of them
They know he will understand
That's just the way it goes
The king of broken hearts doesn't know he's a king
He's tryin' to forget other things
Like some old ship at sea, he's walkin' through life alone

He talks to angels and the stars start to spin
He thinks of troubles that he's gotten in
He recalls how his heart got broken
And how it's still that way
The king of broken hearts is so sad and wise
He can smile while he's cryin' inside
We know he'll be brave tonight 'cause he's the king of broken hearts

The king of broken hearts thinks that he's no fool
He's a little like me and you
So what's a king like that supposed to do with all that blue time
We know he'll be brave tonight
'Cause he's the king of broken hearts
He's the king of broken hearts.

Let's Celebrate Gary's Life and Music With A Few Songs!

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Anhalt Dance Hall (No Dance) For Closed @ Anhalt Dance Hall 2390 Anhalt Road
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Driftwood, TX 78619 United States
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Bubba Cox and the Can’t Hardly PlayBoyz For $10 @ Pardners Night Club 15615 TX-29
Buchanan Dam, TX 78609 United States
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What a great country band!!!! https://youtu.be/O0g_Fx2sy1c

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Just some pals playing western swing and country dance music. https://youtu.be/os7cyjrbRUw

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Paul Gleason is a guitarist and songwriter known as a member of Kevin Fowler's band. He plays solo acoustic shows on his own. https://youtu.be/omnaoPf4088

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All Good in the Hood w/ Warren Hood Band For Tips @ ABGB (The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.) 1305 W. Oltorf
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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The band Warren plays with - Marshall Hood and Willie Pipkin on guitar, Nate Rowe on bass, and Jordan Cook on drums - is the current version of the band he started back in 2004 at Momo’s. This band plays every week at ABGB, drawing a mix of “old Austin” and newcomers, musicians and music…

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John Reed (John X. Reed, Johnny X) is an Austin, Texas-based blues and alternative country guitarist. https://youtu.be/rrn0Yay5BwQ

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Lost Sounds of Texas Honky Tonks For $7 – $20 @ Hye Hall 10260 West US Highway 290
Hye, TX 78635 United States
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Dance the night away with the The Lost Sounds and enjoy family and friends. Chef Matt Church will be debuting his new menu for Hye Hall that will offer a wider selection of food. Call 830-868-2300 to make your reservation. https://youtu.be/msQmRx_1Vtw

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“The Outsider” Songwriter Spotlight Series with Host Stephen K. Morris For Tips @ Western Edge Cellars (Kitchen and Cocktails) 228 W Main St.
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Western Edge is Proud to Present "The Outsider" Spotlight Series with Host Stephen K. Morris and his weekly special guest. Join us as we host the KFAN Rebel Radio broadcast of Host, Stephen K. Morris, and "The Outsider" Spotlight Series, live on Wednesdays, at Western Edge! For more information visit KFAN Rebel Radio or Stephen K. Morris' Website. https://youtu.be/qRfYdbbWK3U

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No Bad Days Open Mic with B.B. Morse For Tips @ Poodie’s Roadhouse 22308 State Highway 71 W
Spicewood, TX 78669 United States
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Jazz Wednesdays w/ Paul Klemperer and Special Guests For Tips @ Skylark Lounge 2039 Airport
Austin, TX 78722 United States
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Every Wednesday is Jazz at the Skylark Lounge! This tradition has been going for over 4 years, and each week, you can count on incredible, world-class musicians performing from a range of jazz periods, composers and styles, along with an inspiring array of guest vocalists. Band leader Paul Klemperer curates this weekly event with panache…

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Frank Cavitt & The Honky Tonk Doctors For Tips @ Donn’s Depot 1600 W. 5th Street
Austin, TX 78703 United States
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His music is filled with a love of country music and many nights of two-stepping the night away at more honky-tonks than he can count. https://youtu.be/DXPdHJGwp28

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Bob Appel For $7 @ Broken Spoke Dancehall 3201 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, 78704 United States
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After one visit to Austin, Texas, Bob found music brought back to the basics, on a small stage with a small audience -- a participatory audience with diverse ways of appreciating traditional country music, by two-stepping and waltzing, tapping a foot, singing along, marveling at the fiddle and steel, or simply reminiscing. Since moving to…

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Austin, Texas 78704 United States
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Matt Hubbard Trio Matt Hubbard plays "back-alley beatnik blues" (Austin Chronicle) on his funky Hammond organ, honky-tonk piano, hobo harmonica and down-home trombone. https://youtu.be/AUvNoMOWRT0  

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James McMurtry @12, Jon Dee Graham @10:30, William Harries Graham @9:45 For $8 @ The Continental Club – Austin 1315 South Congress Avenue
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James McMurtry @Midnight, Jon Dee Graham @10:15pm, William Harries Graham @9:45pm – $8 cover at the door @9:30pm. No advance tickets. 21+ only. Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a “must-see” powerhouse performance. ‘The Washington Post’ noted McMurtry’s live prowess: “Much attention is paid…

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Austin, Texas 78702 United States
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Trube, Farrell & Sniz for ONE Month Only! @11pm, Matt Hubbard Trio @10pm For $7 @ The Continental Gallery 1313 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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Returning to where it all started! For one month only! It all came together on a Whim in 2005 when the Greyhounds ( Andrew Trube And Anthony Farrell ) were asked to play the ACL Festival. ACL had a contract / agreement that the band would not play local Gigs within a certain period of…

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Mike Buck & Friends For Tips @ Antone’s Nightclub 305 E 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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Altamesa @11:30pm, Berkshire Hounds @10pm For $7 @ C-Boy’s Heart and Soul 2008 South Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78704 United States
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Hospital Bed Karaoke w/Scott Wade For Tips @ Sam’s Town Point 2115 Allred Dr
Austin, TX 78748 United States
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