Steve Miller was once an Austinite, and once a U.T. student, before he blew town for the West Coast in the 60's in search of his fame and fortune. It's probably a good thing he didn't hang around waiting for Austin's music scene to catch up.
The long time Dallas transplant, who spent time on Les Paul's knee learning guitar as a child, returned to Austin last night to be the first artist to tape a set for the internationally known Austin City Limits show in it's new home at the Moody theater.
With a show that interspersed his own hits with standards like "Mercury Blues", Miller and his band transported many concertgoers back in time to the 70's, myself included.
Playing to a "sold out" house, per se, (it appeared the show, like most ACL tapings, was invitation only) the venue was packed by an upscale Austin audience that appeared to include most of Austin's music press, as well as local music industry notables and lots and lots of long time friends of KLRU and ACL. With the floor standing room only, those in the balconies had the better view though the sound quality was excellent not only throughout the house, but even on the P.A. at the street party outside the theater.
This has been a month of firsts for Austin's newest live music venue and it has already gone far to establish itself as one of Austin's best. I hope to be invited back to cover some other ACL tapings but only time will tell.