It’s been a bit over thirty years since I sat in the Alamo Lounge under the Freda poster, but at the Austin Book and Paper show last weekend I was fortunate to find and purchase an original 1974 Firedogs poster. There’s Marcia – big glasses and too-tall cowboy hat – and there’s Micael Priest’s signature, almost lost in his classic cross-hatching. “Freda and the Firedogs. Every Sunday at the Texas Opry House, behind the Terrace.”
Recorded August 10-12, 1972, Robin Hood Studios, Tyler Texas
Note: There was a brief reunion of the band with all the original musicians at Soap Creek Saloon in 1979, for the recording of an LP, "Live from the Old Soap Creek Saloon Austin, Texas," (Big Wheel Records) with special guest Sir Doug Sahm, but finding a copy of that LP will be a lot tougher than finding a Firedogs poster.
Wanta hear some '72 Freda and the Firedogs? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlGUMJ0ojRY
Or Marcia Ball a little more recently? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri8FMzc3Yt8
More about Micael Priest: http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2006-10-06/408173/
The “Pancho and Lefty” Video with images from the interior of the Alamo Hotel and the Alamo Lounge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxzJAF1BxP4
A good 2002 essay by Nancy Meredith about some of the eccentric tenents of the Alamo: http://2merediths.com/Nancy/rememberingtheal.html