Cliff's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    UK Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Austin, TX

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

  • ON DVD:

CLIFF ANTONE

Owner
Antone’s and Antone’s Records

“It was the only thing I ever could do, is hear music. I couldn’t hear what was going on in school or anything ‘cause I had music in my head all my life.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Confidence Community Desire Education Hard Work Money & Financial Security

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

blues, decisions, diversity, genuine, happiness, Louisiana, money, music, performing, prison, school, texas, try

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up on the Texas/Louisiana border with a diverse, Cajun background.
  • Listened to the blues and American soul growing up; says it’s all he did—listen to music.
  • The blues were still very much an underground scene when he was growing up; wanted to “bring blues to the people.”
  • Once they got the idea to start a club, he says people started pitching in; felt like Field of Dreams: “if you build it, they will come.”
  • Started his blues club at such a young age that many of the acts and agents that came through asked him where his father was.
  • Says if he could do it over, he would’ve gone to school, says he made things harder than they needed to be at times.
  • Encourages aspiring musicians to go to school, make money first, but make sure to go for it at some point if it’s a burning passion.
  • Says he’s so happy with what he’s done, but he’s paid a huge price—been to jail, made very little money.


Producer’s Note: Cliff Antone died a year after this interview, in 2006, at age 56.

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