Saturday, February 17, 2007

Stephen Bruton

I recently read in the Austin Chronicle that Stephen Bruton is being treated for throat cancer. I sure am hoping that this is something that he can fight and have been thinking about him a lot lately. I really don't know how many times we've seen this guy play. We are fans of his. He's an outstanding songwriter, the guy just has a way with words, and his dry jokes will never fail to crack you up. A lot of them are right there in his lyrics. He's got quite a music history of being in other people's bands, like Kris Kristofferson and Bonnie Raitt -- and both in their heyday. His resume is a mile long.

EDIT FEB. 20: I have heard from a friend of a friend (of Stephen's) that the cancer was caught early, so it looks hopeful. He performed with the Resentments at the Saxon Pub on Sunday eve. That's the best place to see him.

Here's a video I found on his website. It's a song that was recorded by Bonnie Raitt, but I usually prefer hearing the songwriter do their own songs, no matter what. This is not the usual Stephen Bruton show because it includes Tosca Strings, but it sounds good.

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beepbeepitsme said...

Sorry to hear about such a fine artist having health problems. Let's hope he makes a full recovery.

BTW You're tagged ;)

Old Broad said...

Oh, I do hope he can fight this horrid disease.
And thank you for the vid. It's beautiful.

Mando Mama said...

Thanks for this genuine gift. You are right, there's nothing like hearing the song in the same voice what that conceived it.

What's that on the floor? Oh my goodness, it's my heart! This guy just ripped it out with that beautiful song.

"What makes you grow old/Is placing hope with regret..."


I hope he and his family can get through this challenging time. Thanks for sharing his story.

Blueberry said...

He does write some powerful lyrics, and I truly do love his voice and delivery. Most of the time there's a little dry humor woven in. This song... not so much.

AustinAtheist said...

I certainly hope Stephen is able to recover.

I take it you like to hang out at the Green Muse. I haven't been there in a while, but I'll make it a point to go have a beer or a cup o' jo sometime soon.

Speaking of local musicians, I just posted a video of the King of 6th Street performing downtown for Mardi Gras. Feel free to feature it in a post over here if you wish.

Long live the King!

Blueberry said...

The Green Muse sounds like a place we need to visit soon! Especially if the prices are right. We usually end up at Jo's Coffee, esp. on First Thursday when Gary Primich and Mike Keller play. The pic with the oleanders is taken at Threadgill's.

AustinAtheist said...

Ah! It sure looks like the back patio at the Green Muse.