Was Soap Creek the site of the saloon in the movie “Outlaw Blues” when Peter Fonda snuck in and out, backed up by Greezy Wheels? Also, was Soap Creek the place in the movie where Asleep at the Wheel was playing and Chris O’Connell threw something during a brawl during their set, and was this movie “Roadie”, whose soundtrack featured the duet with Roy orbison and Emmylou?
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Soap Creek ….. what can I say ? . Hoo Ray for Boo Ray ….how’s that ?. … if you want great atmosphere … LSU and Saints fans this is your place …. if want GREAT Louisiana style food … look else where…….. The wait staff is hard working but not over friendly … its a neighborhood bar 1st and foremost …. serving West Austin for a long long time ……. I LOVE SOAP CREEK SALOON
and I LOVE the gals that wait tables there ……. sweet as Imperial Cane sugar..at the bottom of a glass of Cold Ice Tea on a hot September day in Austin TeXas.. and brother dats sweet………
I have a poster from the Grand Opening of Soap Creek in Aug of 82, I believe. It was my mothers and I’m going through her stuff. I was wondering if someone was interested in it. It’s got some tears on the corners, and juss looks old, but if someone would like it, let me know. I figured it would do someone else good with the memories. Thanks. Sheena.
Those were the days! We lived in Westlake on Beaver Trail, just one or two streets up from the old dirt road leading to Soap Creek. Close enough that we could walk there. We went often but I especially enjoyed the great jam sessions on Sunday afternoons.
We used to play there a few times a month….Augie Meyer & The Western Head Band….We traveled in an old 1952 Greyhound bus that was repainted by Pearl Brewery….One night we spent the night in the old saloon…..some of the band slept on the bus in the bunks…..Augie, Clay & I slept on the pool tables….LOL…..with the wonderful smell of beer & all kinds of smoke…..
Before we got our bus, George & Carlin would but us up in their home.
Doug Sahm lived right across the parking lot in an old funky but grovey rock house.
Out there in that chug hole filled gravel parking lot is where I first shook hands with Bob Dylan…..He was visiting Doug.
Great fun back in the 70’s.
Tim, Yes they were filmed at Soap Creek…Well at least I know for sure “Roadie” was because my brother Bubba Brown & I were extras in it….Meatball was also in it. When I walked past Roy Orbison all I could think was “jeeze, he’s so chalky white & puffy” He was not a healthy person…..Too bad
Willy’s “Honeysuckle Rose” was filming in Austin at the same time….so Bubba & I would sign up for extra work on one location then scoot across town to the other location and sign up for extra work…..LOL…..we worked both movies…….at the same time…..Were we bad?
i lived in austin in the seventies and part of early eighties. i remember going to the creek on beecaves rd. like it was yesterday. saw dougie 15-20 times there. remember the tues nights when paul ray and the cobras with young stevie ray honing his craft. i remember admiral the dude in the kitchen. we used to go outback and sit in the picnic table and smoke one (or two). these are just a few of the highlights however there were many others. soap creek in its on way was as importsnt to the austin music scene as the dillo or any other venue. oh lord take me back…
Me and my wife were driving to Marble Falls the other day and Soap Creek came up. We were both trying to remeber where it was because it was the 73 -77 that we went there and with 50 cent tequila shot and what went on in the parking lot during the breaks in the bands, our memory is kind of blurred.There must have been an angel in our car because the road in and out was rough.
Yes, I remember it too. Used to go there a lot. I, too, remember a lot of old bands that got their start there — Asleep at the Wheel, Greezy Wheels, Plum Nelly, and lots of others. Lots of kids running around inside and outside, playing pool towards the back of the room, i remember the bar, lots of shots of tequila and going through the doorway to where the band played — lots of memories there.
In 1979 and early 80s, I was in the US during my summer holidays. Also in Austin, looking for where the music came from that I liked.
A bit late in 2008 I wrote a song about my quest for songwriting, called Tupelo Bound. Recently made my slides digital and put it together in a photostory on you tube.
There is also one photo I made of the soap creek saloon used.
Tupelo bound http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSWq1ijId8A
The South Austin Popular Culture Center will feature Soap Creek posters, photos, and ephemera from September 3 through October 8, 2011. The show opens at 7:09 p.m. on September 3 with music at 8:00 by Lissa’s Trip Trio and the Uranium Savages. Poster at http://uraniumsavages.com/.
I believe Ms. Carlyn Major, former president of the Texas branch of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences [the Grammy’s] was the owner. I never went to the Soap Creek Saloon, but one time when I was asking Townes Van Zandt, for some songwriting advice [which was very good music business advice on his part]… as we stood behind Anderson Fair in Houston, after his show there..! Townes invited me to “come and hang out with him”, and he told me to “come to Austin, to the Soap Creek Saloon”, which is where he said he “always hung out”! This occurred in 1980 or 1981. In September 2011, I am still abiding by Townes’ showbizness advice, that he was so kind to share with me, a struggling folksinger, some three decades ago. As for Ms. Major, I had her for two Artist Management classes in 1996-97 in the Commercial Music Management program at Austin Community College, she was absolutely the finest music business teacher I ever had…! I’d love to attend that Soap Creek Saloon exposition at the South Austin Culture Center… sounds like it could be fun!
Roadie was filmed in the lounge at the hotel on Riverside just west of 35–I was singing and playing with the Wheel at that time –and it was Meatloaf not Meatball but hey, what’s the difference?
The brawl took place in the Roadie movie and yeah Chris threw something–don’t remember if it was scripted or not–also remember tires being a part of the set…
so many great memories of all the incarnations of SCS–esp the one on Bee Caves
god Bless you and thank you forever George and Carlin–your support of and involvement in all the real(great) music that happened in Austin will forever be appreciated by me and so many others
I remember hanging out there with my mom. The dogs knew how to open that noisy screen door and come flop down on your feet. Weed was sold at one of the tables by the back. Marcia Ball played there as a very young woman. It was the coolest place. It is one of my best memories I have of Austin as a kid.
Like the Soap Creek Saloon, many places have come and gone in NYC.
The Ritz, Tramps and Tramps 2, CBGB, The Ritz Uptown, Lone Star Cafe, with the Giant Iguana and the Lone Star Roadhouse- way to many to mention.
I’m a former musician and huge music fan-crazed fan actually.
I can not believe I find myself living off Bee Cave and all this history is within earshot.
Can any body provide the exact address or road/cross street this place was on. I’ll take the risk of stepping onto someones front lawn if I have to just to see where it was.
My family is here for the long term-like permanent(I promise not to ruin your city) and if I had the cash my wife knows I would open a place like this.
All the best.
I’ll make sure my young son plays his guitar on the exact spot this place was.
Hopefully his father will be the only one arrested.
Remember somehow getting in the door as a 17 year old after driving down from Temple and making it up the old gravel road. Paul Ray and the Cobras started the show and I came to know Delbert McClinton after sharing a J outside in the parking lot with him. So many memories of SC 70’s and along with all those that shared the memories of Soap Creek, the Armadillo and all the other places back then that made Austin, Austin, I was blessed to have been there. Damn I miss those times yet will never forget.
Speaking of now defunct clubs … does anyone remember “Club Foot”? It was near Congress Avenue at 3rd or 4th Street in downtown Austin… I went there several times in the early 1980’s when I hitch-hiked up here from Galveston. How about Folkville Ice Cream Parlour? … I still have my flyer from Folkville with my name upon it, when I played there in the early 1980’s after hitch-hiking in from Gal-Town. I know Folkville had a re-union last year or so back …I am sorry I missed it, cause I sure as hell wanted to show up and play my song “Cops They Kill Us” just like I played it at Folkville back in 1980 or 1981…! “Cops They Kill Us” is a true song and an homage to my friend Ernest Gonzales, of Bayview, Texas … who was murdered by the Houston Police while in their stinking custody in the Houston City Jail. All policemen…Go To Hell…!!!
I came to Austin in 1973 after hearing about the music being played here. At Soap Creek, I first saw Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, Uranium Savages, Delbert Mclinton, Marcia Ball, Stevie Ray, Asleep at the Wheel, Greasy Wheels, Rusty Weir, Jerry Jeff Wallker, the Lost Gonzo Band, B.W. Stevenson, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steven Fromholtz, and others. It was a musical education with all of the musical styles being blended together in mostly original music. After hearing all of the “origina” music I never could listen to cover bands. Soap Creek was located near where the West Lake High School now sits. The old dirt road does not exist. In 1973 going out to Soap Creek felt like leaving town and going out into the country. 50 cent or 1$ cover charges. 50 cent long necks. In those days the bars closed at midnight. Austin started changing forever when the 2 a.m. closings started. Anyway, one could go out every night, stay for the last set [when the best tunes and the best jams were played] and be home to get a nights sleep before work the next day. It wasn’t the only place. The Armadillo with the beer garden, and the Split Rail [Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch, and Joe] just across the river on South Lamar were other places to go any night of the week. Then Antones opened up on 6th street in 1975 bringing the original blues players. Now you know where the saying, No Where Else But Austin, or Only in Austin came from.
The Soap Creek needs to bring back the wonderful singing of Hank Startrain Luckett.
His work was excellent, asking for little or no compensation for belting out songs, with a tambourine player and Hammond organ background, that got consistent standing ovations and reviews!! An captivating man on the level of Jim Morrison, Luckett-Startrain is a Texas vision of Dylan–a real visionary in a super redneck state known EVERYWHERE for holding back progressive music and politics. He’s now living in Alvin, Texas and can be contacted there.
Soap Creek Fans: PLEASE put Hank back on Stage, somehow, in Austin!!!!
I sorta remember some old overstuffed sofas in the bar… with dogs sleeping on them… and Lonestar longneck beer… and rolling joints in the parking lot… and chugholes… and a celebration of music… tribal rhythms… yearning guitar sounds and boots and hats, lots of boobs and hats… and dancing… and dreaming.
During my formative years my aunt owned Camp Craft and Country Day School in Westlake Hills and I came to Austin often to visit her, especially after my friends and I began to drive, around ’76. I had older cousins that had shown me the cool places to listen to music and partake in the life of Austin. The Armadillo, The Split Rail, The Broken Spoke and The Soap Creek Saloon were the best. A typical night would have us showing up late at Soap Creek on the way back from town and with the place in a full romp, the walls bulging from the Alvin Crow music and dancing. Although, too young to be legal, we just walked in like we belonged and put our money on the bar and ordered the obligatory Lone Star. The location of Soap Creek was just west of Walsh Tarlton and is on the hill behind the strip center that sits on the corner. Ironically the Austin Counseling Connection is located very near. My love of Austin recently lead me to purchase a weekend home in 78704 and I come out often to listen to music and enjoy the still, coolest town in the world. While I long for the Austin of my youth, life does not work this way, so I will just accept it like it is and embrace it and have the great memories from this time that will always remain. Thanks to those that are involved in cool websites like this that allow us to go back in time.
Found Soap Creek as a freshman at UT and was a Cobra Club regular on Tuesday nights and well as the Ed and Eddie Show from the Uranium Savages. Townsend Miller would dance about and interact with George and the other Savages. Just one more to mention was Willie doing a show in that atmosphere with no breaks… just hit after hit as we all puffed hit after hit.
That place was my home. almost literally. I slept there a time or two. I was livin with Admiral & Becky while they were cookin in the kitchen there. I heard lotsa great music, made lotsa good friends, met lotsa Fine women. I married one of em. Still married to her. Ironically we met on Wed night, tequila night, with the Greezys playin (before Cleve was released). Carolyn Meyer. I hope you still check this site. I last saw you at Dougs funeral. I miss you guys and All the good times. Tell Bubba hello for me. Leland
Afterthought! One of the nights I slept in the saloon (actually passed out). I woke up under a pool table. Guess nobody saw me? I called Pussy Cat, told him I was locked inside the club. He called Little Richard (Elizondo) (cleanup man there, also Dougs drummer). Both those guys are gone now. They came to set me free but not until we had a few early morning drinks, and cooked up some tacos in the kitchen. After George found out about this he barred me from the club. But not for long. But I’ve been dry for 30 years now, so these are just good ol memories of better days gone by.