Where it all began
Port Arthur, TX native Clifford Antone grew up on the gulf coast sounds of Blues music. In 1975 he opened Antone’s Nightclub in downtown Austin, kicking things off by booking Zydeco powerhouse Clifton Chenier for a full week. Over the years, legends such as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Buddy Guy would grace the stage along with up and coming artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In the early 80s the Nightclub relocated to 2915 Guadalupe Street. Building on his passion for sharing the music he loved, Clifford opened Antone’s Record Shop in 1987 directly across the street directly across the street from the Nightclub. The office in the back of the record shop served as headquarters for the newly founded Antone’s Records label which ended up releasing over 60 titles during the course of its existence.
Continuing The Tradition
After Clifford’s passing in 2006, long time employees Mike Buck, Forrest Coppock and Eve Monsees came together to continue the tradition that Clifford started. Both Eve and Mike have also been mainstays at the Nightclub as resident musicians. In recent years, Mike’s son and daughter (Ben & Billie) have started working at the Record Shop as well. Still in its original location just north of the UT campus, Antone’s Record Shop prides itself on its selection of used records including LPs, 45s and 78s. In addition to offering local music for sale, the record shop works hard to promote Texas artists and regularly hosts in-store events and release parties. While there is a heavy emphasis on Texas artists and Blues music, Antone’s Record Shop offers a wide range of genres. You can also expect to find some gems in the CD bins, unique posters, Antone’s T-Shirts and other cool stuff that finds its way through the doors.