The Beer Barn
This was a club that me and many of my friends went to all of the time to play shuffleboard and pool. It was a very rough club. We were only about 16 at the time but we knew the owner of the club. She would let us drink and hang out.
She added on a room with a stage and a dance floor eventually. She had mostly local rock bands and a few country bands. Country was not popular yet. This was in 1977. The movie "Urban Cowboy" came out in 1980 to make the big country push in the metropolitan areas. Never thought I would see two stepping in New York City! Thank you John Travolta.
Needless to say I was ecstatic when I heard that she had booked the "George Srait and the Ace in the Hole Band" to play the club I was hanging out at! I had been seeing George Strait and Ace playing only in the hill country. For them to play in Houston was a major event.
The band included, George Strait (singer), Mike Daily (steel guitar), Terry Hale (bass), Tommy Foote (Drums) & Ron Cable (lead guitar)-(recently deceased).
The stage was very small and the band could barely fit on it. The dance floor was about 20 feet by 15 feet. No room to dance! But I would give anything to be able to dance to George & Ace like in the old days!
They continued to play here for a year or two. Even though George Strait was not well known, we always had good crowds because the club was about a 1/2 mile from the high school me and my brother graduated from. So there was plenty of friends and family to fill the honky-tonk. My brother was more of the celebrity here.