This 1970s home movie captures performances by famed blues musicians Bobby "Blue" Bland and Muddy Waters at Antone's Home of the Blues in Austin. Bland was an American blues singer who mixed gospel with blues and R&B for a unique sound. He was sometimes referred to as the "Lion of the Blues" and as the "Sinatra of the Blues." Waters, also an American blues singer, is known as the "father of modern Chicago blues." Born in Mississippi, he moved to Chicago in 1943 to become a full-time professional musician. Four of his songs, including "Hoochie Coochie Man," have been cited among the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.
Located in Austin, Texas, on the infamous 6th Street, Antone's was founded in 1975 by Clifford Antone. During a time of "outlaw" country popularity in the city, Antone's"Home of the Blues was a refuge for blues and jazz musicians in the 1970s Texas music scene. Some of the first acts were Clifton Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Austin local Stevie Ray Vaughan's Triple Threat Revue, and B.B. King. As 6th Street grew and rents increased, the club moved multiple times before settling back downtown onto 5th Street.