This exhibit for Women in History Month is so important. At the present time AusPop is without a physical location due to fallout from the pandemic. We are grateful for the Austin Public Library and their allowing us to post our programming on their website. This current exhibit will be online through the end of April 2021.
The Austin Museum of Popular Culture Austin has a history of its own for including women in our documentation of the Austin music scene and we hire them in their role as artists and musicians, where their role is often as the bandleader. Female musicians working on the national level have found enthusiastic acceptance from Austin audiences.
In the late sixties Big Mama Thornton and Lavelle White were introduced to young Austinites through the Vulcan Gas Company.
Antone’s Home of the Blues was a supporter of Angela Strehli whose band Southern Feeling performed there regularly as well as at the Armadillo World Headquarters.
The Armadillo hosted one of the first all women rock bands, Fanny- whose work holds up to this very day. Buffy St. Marie, a Native American, rocked with the best of them. Patti Smith, punk groundbreaker, found appreciative audiences here as well as Lissa Hattersley with the band Greezy Wheels- who were considered the house band at the Armadillo.
Austin native Kathy Valentine’s first band, The Violators, made a huge impact and she went on to a galloping national/international career with the Go Gos.
Marcia Ball, first with her band Freda and the Firedogs and later fronting under her name is the epitome of where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet.
A Houston native, Carolyn Wonderland moved to Austin with her band the Imperial Monkeys in the 1990s. She first performed at Antone’s Home of the Blues; shortly after that the moved to Austin was made. Living in Austin renewed Carolyn Wonderland’s focus on her multiple talents, underlining rich vocals with excellent guitar work, trumpet, and piano, as well as that remarkable ability to whistle on key.
Miss Eve Monsees is a Houston native who grew up in Austin and whose band Eve and the Exiles is a strong force in the Austin music scene. Monsees (pronounced Mon-say) has done her school of rock homework. When she picked up a guitar at age 12, she not only learned songs, she studied where they came from.Monsees' oldest musical friend is Gary Clark Jr., whom she has known since third grade and who also appears on the festival bill. They started playing together when they were about 12. By the time they were 15, they were sitting in during blues jams at the former Babe's on Sixth Street, soaking up all the information they could from willing instructors.
These are just a few of the gals making music history in and around Austin. There will be more of them and their stories shared on AusPop’s website and on its Facebook page, so stay tuned!
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.View Map