The Last Ballad at the Dry Creek Cafe

The Last Ballad at the Dry Creek Cafe

Freda and the Firedogs at Dry Creek InnA few days before Halloween, a small crowd of aging hippies gathered in an old Austin beer joint to hear an old Austin band play an old murder ballad. The bar—Dry Creek Cafe & Boat Dock—had been open since 1953 but was closing for good at the end of the month. The band—Freda and the Firedogs—had officially broken up in 1974 but the musicians had performed at various reunion shows over the years. Now they convened in the early afternoon of a blustery day on the creaky second floor of Dry Creek to play a song inspired by the bar, to make a video, and to say goodbye to a place and a time.“I’m ready to roll,” said Bobby Earl Smith, who had set the…View Original Post

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