Just here thinking of you & missing you wanted to burn a candle for Stevie Ray's day of departure...was just thinking earlier if Yaw'll had music in Heaven & if Stevie was playing the Blues today...my girl Lauren is w/ Yaw'll & Pinetop too...Yaw'll b good or @ least good @ it:-) I see your smile Clifford here & think of my B-Day being the clubs Anniversary & our Friends trying to hook us up back in the day:-) Fond Memories lots of them ...:-) Hug my Babygirl today for me plz. Clifford ...see you again ???love you:-) xoxo Always...
Hello Clifford, wherever you are!! Here I sit watching my "Antone's- Home of the Blues" DVD for about the 20th time and it's still HOT! It takes me back to a better time. I didn't really become an Antone's and Blues fan until the club moved to Guadalupe. I was already accustomed to hanging out in that building eating Shakey's Pizza during '74 and '75 so when Clifford brought the Blues there, I was just coming home. Thanks Clifford for all the memories and there certainly wasn't enough of them. What a guy.
You never left, Clifford.
You only disappeared.
The life in you will always live on...just as the music will.
Your town loves you for the heart you gave.
For now we play a sad chord.
Soon, we will sing the blues.....
Hey Mr. Antone, the lady says she knows something. Thanks for it all. Big respect until forever & thanks.
Clifford, it's been a little while since You've been gone but I just wanted to say how great it was having your family as our neighbors in Port Arthur for so many years! Growing up together was fun. Thanks for the memories we shared, for all those precious years! You all were the best! You are so missed, Clifford, but you will keep on living in our hearts for always! Blessings and love sweet friend! June Randall Kyte
We will miss you Clifford, I was 14 when you opened Antones in Austin. I didnt know what the blues was but I do now. :) Thanks for doing your best to the bluesmen who needed a place to call home! God bless you and your family.
I never met you, but I feel I knew you because you were a man with a big heart!I have lived in Texas for a few years and I wish that I took the time to come and see, what a great place you created for all the musicians,in Austin!
You will always be in my heart
as my own brother!
TONY "GIPSY" NEGRI.
Passion! - that's the word for Clifford Antone. I visited Antones a couple of times and there was NO other place like it......may his spirit remain there forever....
Well what can i say ?!
You did good mate, thanks for keeping the blues alive. Just like the blues you will never be forgotten ever. LouBluz ( Mary Ganly ) S.A AUSTRALIA. ( EARTH )
I just love this guy's music, its great.
what you did for american blues can NEVER be topped. austin has lost a great patron of the blues. i can just picture you above "riffin" w/ muddy, wolf & albert.
I have been a lover of the Blues for many years. Tonight I had great pleasure seeing Antone's Home of the Blues video.. such a wonderful experience.. I am so pleased to know that those great musicians had a true friend who rcognised their greatness with such humility and compassion..
My daughter Kimberly took me to Antone's years ago as my birthday surprise. Of course, Antone just came right over to welcome us to his House of Blues and to radiate his passion for music. Ezra Charles and the Works played "Week-end in Austin" just for me there. Every performer played just for me there. You got up-close and personal blues every night at Antone's because that was just the way Antone willed it to be. Camella
From another white boy who loves the blues....rest in peace
I was around in the beginning and I remember. Oh how I remember . . .
We will miss you but you will remain forever in our hearts. The music will go on as we all want it to.
Wow..I just got to see Mr Antone on his dvd..and now he's gone..what a great soul, a touching and glowing person even on screen. He will be missed by all musicians, but definitely by all those who have heard his voice or that of a guitar stinging in the reverb of life. As a credit on Clapton's/Cream's "Badge",,co-writer George Harrison was credited as "L'angelo Misterioso" (which is Italian for - "Mysterious Angel")-- I think that would be apropos for Clifford..a man I never met, yet through his love of people, the blues, and what makes us all cherish here in America: the freedom of our soul to cry & smile openly..he made you appreciate life! Thankyou Clifford Antone!
MY heart feel sad to know that the world has lost a wonderful soul &
great mind.I want to thank you for
everything.Will miss you.
Clifford, no words can describe how much you are missed. Your contributions to us all - musicians and music lovers, your students, friends and family - are immeasurable. I'll carry you in my heart and feel your presence always. Love forever.
Hello Clifford.. this is your neighbor on Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur Tx.. I remember you as a young boy.. you were so adorable.. I used to call you "Clifodio Antonio, with affection. Your family was always so close and when my sister, June and I would visit, your mom was always in the kitchen cooking up something special and asking us to eat. My family will always remember your family fondly.. your Mom, Dad, Susan, Janelle and you, Clifford. We will always love you, hon...See ya later, gator!
I was lucky to visit Austin last March '06 and a must was a visit to Antones's.(Tyrone Vaughan was headlining!) Not only was Clifford a legend, he built a club (with a culture) and gave it his name. His legacy will long be remembered.
Music was made for him. He was made for music. Friends and strangers felt his kindness. We are all better off having been in his presence. The music will keep going, but for now he is with us in spirit. Keep that spririt alive! Celebrate his life and understand his love.
I'M WANDA (STOMA) JAMES, DAUGHTER OF PETE & HELEN STOMA FROM MANSFIELD, LA. I HAVE SUCH FOND MEMORIES OF YOUR VISITS TO MANSFIELD WHEN WE WERE KIDS. MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY - I CAN'T IMAGINE LOSING A BROTHER. PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME - IT'S BEEN TO LONG. LOVE FROM THE STOMA FAMILY,
WANDA, CYNDI, GILBERT, VICKI & ALBERT
"Therefore, you should pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen."
(Lord Jesus Christ)
See you on the other side
I will never forget all the great times that I had at Antone's. Clifford was an amazing man who would always make a point to come say hello. The Austin music scene will never be the same without him. All I can say is thank you and you will be missed.
You will live in the hearts and minds of everyone that loves the blues. It is an honor and pleasure to have met you and your family at Antones. I was lucky to have lived in Austin for 11 years before moving to Reno. During the 11 years I spent many hours a week at Antones near UT and downtown on 5th. You always had a smile and greeted me every time we passed on the floor.
Thank you for "Keeping the Blues Alive"
I am a retired Austin police officer. I was assigned to the first walking beat in 20 years on E6th St in 1975. This is where I first met Clifford. Clifford was always the politest and kindest gentleman I knew. He would never allow my partner or me to pay for the best subs in town and always gave us special treatment when we visited his club during off duty hours. Never did Clifford ask for anything in return or special treatment when the occasional patrol officer would ticket his car for being parked a little too close to the fire plug at the corner of 6th and Brazos. He would just take the ticket and have the car moved.
I would run into Clifford now and then over the years and he has always remembered me which always made me feel good considering the numbers of much more important people he knew. I recall one special meeting with Clifford. My wife, stepson, and i were sitting at the Food Court in Highland Mall when Clifford came walking by. I called out to him so my wife and stepson could meet this wonderful man. He had just come from a sports card tradeshow. We talked for about ten minutes but just before he departed Clifford reached into one of the bags he was carrying. He pulled out an encased Troy Aikman rookie card and handed it to my stepson saying, "here you go, buddy". My 10 year old stepson has never forgotten who that card came from but he will never realize just who that person was.
I will really miss Clifford, a person who never judged others.
there will never be another clifford antone...what a guy...
You made everyone feel the blues, not just hear it. You will be missed.
Clifford we gonna miss you
You were a true blues brother.
Clifford we gonna miss you
I just want to thank you for the dance. I had more great times at your club than I deserve or can remember. So, I guess it's thanks for the many, many dances, but the sweetest one was that one with you.
Clifford, you were a huge love spot light that shined on Austin TX and lit the Blues World as a hole. Your loss is immeasurable. You gave us such fantastic music and love. I can remember so many nights in various locations of your club that always lifted my spirits and soothed my soul. Thanks for letting me in the club when it was a sold out night. When you were in prison, I wrote you a letter to see how you were doing and you wrote back the most positive/loving letter that you actually lifted My spirit. We will all miss you! God Bless and tell SRV hello for me. Love, JB
I had a lot of good times with this man and enjoyed every minute that I spent around him. The Angels will be singing the Blues with him now. Say hello to Dr."J" for me. You will be missed.
You have passed over that great divide the transends from absolute life to absolute spirit. Now you are truly free, now you are truly beautiful and now you call enternity home. What you accomplished in life and in the lives of so many will continue to grow and continuely manifest more. You are missed, you are loved and you are honored. Thank you and bless you.
Thank you for building the live music capitol of the world.
You ARE de MAN, Mr. A.
A gift to us all from the music and entertainment gods.
May God bless you the way you have blessed us all with your insight, fortitude and best of all MUSIC choices for the masses.
I know of no one in the music business that doesn't know the name "Clifford Antone", They say as long as the memory remains, the spirit does not die.So, You will surely be with us until the ends of time.
I remember those long nights at Jojo's on Shoal Creek + Anderson after hours in the Fall of 1979. I was new to town + hanging around with the local waitresses and you were some guy who owned a blues club in this big old warehouse across the street. You drank a lot of coffee and I just drank alot period, but you were always friendly to everyone and covinced me I should check out your club. My first show was Tanya Tucker, not exactly the blues but a good show none the less. I remember thinking, whoa, is this club big or what. It seemed like such a strange place to put a club. I have been a regular customer ever since. Oh and I've seen a lifetimes worth of really good blues there since then ... and a lot of other good music too.
You being gone has left a big gaping hole in the kosmic energy pattern that is Austin. Thank you for all the great memories.
Clifford, you were everything. Thank you for everything. Austin is, because of you. Your gigantic, warm, welcoming smile when you saw a familiar face, making them feel like the center of the universe, when all along it was you. It was you, Clifford. It was you. We love you so much.
Clifford was nothing but a great man in my eyes. We shared lots of laughs and late night breakfasts at Katz's over the years. He will be greatly missed, but always remembered.
Congratultions on your success in Austin, Texas........from creating the Austin to the LIve MuSic Capital of the World from Austin Local......We love you Clifford.
Sometime in 1977, while my friends were all at the disco bars, I was hired by Christy as a bartender at Antones on Sixth and Brazos and worked for three years at three clubs with Clifford, Susan, Janelle, Christy, Janey, Earl, Angela, Sugar and many others. Memory sensory overload!!!! I could not help but think at Austin tribute, where were all these people back then? Well Clifford I think all your work and sacrifice paid off, you learned em the blues. But beyond the blues, Clifford was about love and class and man do we need a little more Clifford in every one of us, please! Bless you and yours. We are truly honored to have known you.
May Susan and Clifford's Family, rest in the arms of love and comfort, of our LORD, we pray. Thank you for all the memories. The 3 Locations I and friends visited. 'Lil Charlie & The Eager Beaver Boys, Truck, Stevie Ray V, Jimmie Lee V., Roy Buchanan, Angela, Lou Ann, Marsha, Miss LaVelle, Otis Rush, The Iceman-Master of the Telecaster, Albert King "the pipe", T-Bird's, Omar, W.C., etc. I'm glad I got to speak to Clifford a few times recently, and about his faith. I saw an Entry from his Cousin in Tucson, is that you R? Howdy if so. Enjoyed the memorial last night at the Palmer Center. Especially Ruthie's opener. Set the tone.Divine. I'm afraid it's another step in the "homogenization" of Austin with Clifford's passing. Here's to a "Saint of the Blues" in heaven.
CJ Thanks for making me feel welcome at your club. You personally showed me around.
True Texas Hospitlaity!
I would not have seen so many great musicians if it wasn't for you. I have so many memories over so many yrs. Thank you and your spirit will live forever here in Austin.
To my best friend Susan and our little "sista" Janelle.
Over the last weeks I've read and listened to the many tributes of love and affection for Cliff. I thought I knew something of his life and passions but it turns out to be only a shadow of his already larger than life image.
I'm amazed,humbled and uplifted by the outpouring of love and respect by so many voices.Too few of us can lay claim to such love and respect.
What a gift you have given us Clifford. A gift that multplies in your seemingly untimely passing. Your Big Heart will continue to give to give to give and has given to me the immeasurable gift to be more.
I love you Sue and Janelle and we will carry on not only Cliff's good
work but our own.
In the simple word of my friend Katie "he was a great man and he did good work on earth"
Since Clifford Antone died last Tuesday afternoon, everyone has been talking about his influence in the music community. He was, no doubt, a major player, launching many famous musicians' careers. Antone's used to be right down the street from my house, and my son, Jake, was only 2 when he became a regular there with me. Sugar Bear would babysit Jake on the tailgate of his pick-up out in the parking lot when he got too tired to dance with me anymore, so that I could stay and enjoy the music later into the night. Clifford and Sugar Bear are why we continued to go to Antone's when it moved to 5th and Lavaca. I always felt welcome and safe there, with or without Jake. So, when I think about Clifford Antone, I think about the kind heart and soul of this man who not only gave me and my son opportunity after opportunity to have a good time listening and dancing to great music, and very recently helped raise money for my hip replacement surgery, but who always made me feel like I was the most important person in the room whenever I got to hug his neck.
I have never lived in Austin, but have been a regular visitor for the past 30 years. Thanks for all your hard work, entertaining me, and providing wonderful memories, which will last a lifetime!
I will always remember lunch at Virginia's. Thanks for your generosity and all the wonderful music you shared!
I've been attending shows at Antone's since age 14 and saw greats such as Stevie, Albert, PineTop and Maceo just to scratch the surface.
But the most importantly, you gave my son Jacob the opportunity to play at Antone's; a dream he had since a small child. To me, that was the greatest show of all.
Thanks, Clifford. You will always be remembered fondly by this mom.
I have so many memories of fun times we shared.You are the man. I will miss you so much.
My love to Susan also.
It was heaven here with you, and it feels like you are still beside us. Thanks
A cousin, an advisor, a teacher, an
employer, someone to hang out with, a good listener, a positive influence but most important, a FRIEND. Cliff I'll miss you.
Dear Cliffy ~
So many things I'd like to thank you for... your amazing kindness, generosity, encouragement and enthusiasm... your smile, warmth and those beautiful blue eyes.
Before I met you, I never realized WHY I loved those old Rolling Stones songs so much... it was the blues sound that was what I liked about them. "Love in Vain" was always one of my favorite songs, but I didn't even know who Robert Johnson was.
Thank you for Sam Cooke, Irma Thomas, Harry Choates and of course, Slim Harpo... Thank you for breakfasts with 'crispy bacon' at Kerbey Lane... Thank you for the fantastic opportunity to see Hubert play 'Killing Floor' live and in person... Thank you for all my special memories...
I thought it was amazing how you'd always take the time to acknowledge passersby on the street, or pose for a photo with fans, loved children, and encouraged young people to work hard and educate themselves...
My tribute to you is to never stop learning, like you loved learning... and to radiate love to others, like you did.
Thank you for making me feel special and beautiful... you changed my life forever and I'll think about you every day... and love you.
You were loved and will be missed by so many... Goodbye, my sweet, dear friend.
Nothin' ~ nothin' can ever change this love I have for you...
I did not personally know you, but by word of mouth I felt that you gave so much more than people know. It seems to me that you were happiest when you helped
Heaven is jumping now that one of many who made their mark in the world in Austin, Tx. has joined the band in Heaven. You will be missed by more people than you could ever know; you left us with knowledge of the blues,love,happiness,tears.
See you in Heaven.
Shed a tear for me and you, grieve as you must. Remember the laughter, the quiet moments, the unforgetable years. We will meet again.
I loved your club from the moment it opened. So many good times. What a guy you were.
Mr. Antone was a man who has made an impact all around the world and who will be remembered as a blues legend of his own right. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Clifford when he was in New Orleans with the movie about himself and his club. A greater statesman of the blues I have never known. His love of blues music and the artists who make that music was deep and true.
Clifford, I’ll miss you always! Thanks so much to you and Susan for having a place where me and my family could always count on, where we could not just SEE a great bunch of musicians, but got to know them too. Y’all taught me so much, and gave me so many wonderful and dear friends and memories, and made the world a better place with your dedication to and passion for the blues and its people. I’ll never forget seeing Clifford that last time at the Record Show. The CDs he recommended to me have been in constant rotation ever since.
With much love and sincerest condolences
My heart-felt sympathy to the family. I didn't know you personally but saw you many times at the Broken Spoke--you always smiled and said hello to me. You will be dearly missed.
My condolences to Susan and all the Antone family. Reminiscing: Remember the Alamo...Dr. John...T-Birds...Stevie Ray Vaughn...Angela Strehli...the Waco Boys...Port Arthur...CLIFFORD MAY YOU REST IN PEACE...HEAVEN IS SINGING THE BLUES!
Libery Hall, 1976.... So many beautiful people traveled in darkness, now traveling in the light. Keep Shining brightly dear one. You are now embraced with pure love and light. travel easy....
I visited Antone's for the first time when I moved to Austin in June of '94. Being a life-long blues lover, Antone's was on top of my list of places to visit. I didn't get a chance after many visits to know Clifford personally, but I will miss him just the same. Thanks for the great memories.
As I Sit here in such sorrow,missing my brother and reading these beautiful notes to Cliff, he has made such an impact on so many people, I want to say thank you for your love,Susan and I have lost a Brother and my children Georgette and Jamal have lost The greatest Uncle who loved them more than anything- We have all lost a beautiful Soul, I know he will live on forever in so many ways,
We Love You Clifford Jamal-
You Shine On!
I know you had a lot of people to tap on the shoulder when you left so maybe this is wishful thinking but I was in the band van on Autobahn 1 singing a Percy Sledge tune and thinking about you because you always liked when I sang you those songs...and the phone rang and I heard the news...I'm so sorry I wasn't in the country to pay my respects...It was so disorienting...I thought I was done crying but apparently I'm not. Oh, man. You had so many blues buddies waiting on the other side I'm sure you are having a blast and running a spectacular blues show, playing some bass...I'm at a loss for words now but I know you'll be looking after your family and loved ones from where you are. I love you.
All the strength and peace in the world to you. If there is anything I can do...well, you know. I'm sending good thoughts your way every day.
I came to Austin to get an education. I graduated BA (Blues Attendee) from Antone's. Melodies and memories are still playing in my head 30 years later.
If that kind of emotion is still felt from knowing Clifford his mission was accomplished.
Play the Blues!
P. Hendrix, Whitney, Tx
To the man who make the music happen in Austin. I never personally met you, but I felt like I knew you. You brought many musicians to life. Made their dreams come true and brought life into the hearts of others to enjoy and cherish the music which may have never been without you. So we honor you in life and your passing. You will always be missed and never forgotten. David Gooch
I am signing on behalf of my brother Larry Tarkington, who often journeyed to Texas from Omaha, Nebraska just to go to Antone's. (Larry doesn't have computer access, so I am doing this for him.) I called Larry on Sunday to tell him the news and he was saddened. I feel the same because--as a result of my brother's appreciation of the blues and his love for Antone's--I too have finally come to appreciate this distincly American art form. My brother also sends his condolences to Susan, whom he met last year at the club.
'Professor Bubba', my last aka for you. You graciously responded without a flinch! Whether it was weeks or months, we took up laughing right where we left off last.
You cherished the memories as much as the rest of us.
Bubba, my heart is broken. Life without you is something I nor the many others who loved you could have prepared for.
Our 'daughter' Lyndsay will miss her 'Big Daddy' and her bass player for her 'future' band!
Susan and Janelle, many a night I could feel Cliff's goosebumps as he was admiring one of his idols on stage, but more than that, I could feel his love for his family when ever he talked about you. He would always get this marvelous twinkle in his eye. He was so VERY PROUD of both of you, and so very proud to be an uncle to Little G and Jamal.
How very fortunate I was to have CJ as a friend, a brother, a teacher of music and life.
On Sunday when Pinetop, Jimmie, Derek, Kim and Hubie were playing, I looked up into the heavens and I saw Cliff, bass in hand, playing along, with a HUGE smile on his face looking down upon us, as if to tell us 'everything is good'.
Cliff, the angels and Doug have been waiting for you. Now you are our angel.
God Bless You Cliff.
We will always love you and cherish every minute we got to spend with you. I hope to be fortunate enough to meet up with you again.....
Cheryl Myers & Lyndsay Myers-Steiner-'Antone'
"If you can't dig the blues, you have a hole in your soul"..Jimmie Rodgers
As a pre-Katrina New Orleans refugee, I liked to stop by Mr. Antone's club and I wouldn't be so homesick to hear my kind of music played in there.
He was a very kind man to bring the wonderful art of the Blues to Austin!
I hope he is surrounded by the best of the best Blues artists who will so soulfully be singing now.
"Free at last, free at last, Thank God, we are free at last!"
Rock on, Brother Antone!
I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Vine Street Bar & Grill in Hollywood, CA. You bought myself and my friends some drinks and we all had a great conversation. I remember your kindness. May you rest in peace. God bless.
I AM MARGIE (MADGEN) HOGAN'S SISTER. I MET CLIFFORD WHEN JUST A YOUNG MAN. HAD A WONDERFUL DINNER THAT YOUR MOM COOKED. ENJOYED THE FAMILY AT TIMES WHEN I VISITED THE AREA. GOD BLESS SHIRLEY CANTRELL
Many years have pasted since since we were kids. Your Mother, Aunt Georgette and your Dad, Uncle Jamille were so good to us and so much fun to be around. I remember going to the liqour store and how sweet Uncle Jamille was. I heard your name mentioned so many times through the years and know you did great in your ventures by helping others and bringing lots of joy and hope to many people. Susan and Janelle, my prayers are with you. My dad was George Ashy from Beaumont.
Susan and Janelle ... I know you will miss him terribly. He was truly a kind and generous soul.
Clifford , I still wish I had taken that grocery sack in Gloria's driveway! Please give Gloria and Will a big hug from me when you see them.
I was so sad to hear of your passing. It was my 56th birthday. You were always such a gentleman and just a big teddy bear. I never heard you say a bad word about anyone, nor did I hear anyone say anything but wonderful things about you. I'll always remember you---our '68 reunions won't be the same without sweet Clifford there.
Too early for an era to be gone. Thanks for everything your brother and you did for me during the more than ten years that Antone's was my second home. I still have the book you gave me when I returned to my native country after my years in Texas.
Just got the word from one of my friends in Austin this morning. It is so hard to believe that Cliff is gone. Being brought up on the blues, I hope that there is plenty of great blues for him whereever he now is.
On behalf of our family, Clifford's family, thank you all so much for your very very kind words and thoughts. Clifford would love your notes!
We will miss him with all of our hearts. It is amazing to have the love and support of so many people. Clifford would be so honored to know how much and how many care about him.
Thank you all so much. Please always come hear the BLUES! Cliff would love that!
So very sorry to read of your passing,Knew you as a very young man in Port Arthur, worked for your Dad and Mom who I loved very much they were like a second family to me,my prayers are with Susan and Janelle, God speed to you. Margie (Merriman)Hogan Houston, Tx
I shook your hand one night at the door after an ACL shoot. You didn't know me but I felt like I've always known you. I've been going to your club for years. You did wonderful things for Austin music and we will always miss you.
May you rest in peace Clifford and my thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones. Back in the
late 70s, my friend, Darelle, said we were going to
Antones to hear Albert King sing the blues...well,
I went kicking and screaming the whole way cause I didn't know what the "blues" was and I had never heard of Albert King...well, we met Sugar Bear (still a friend) and got down to the blues and even got a tour of Albert King's tour bus. What a great time...almost 30 years later I love the blues and Antones has so many wonderful memories. Getting a hug from Clifford was the icing on the cake of a great night of music. I went to Antones last night and kept thinking I saw you. I will miss you so.
Debbie Haber email@example.com
Cliff-You are a legend in the blues industry and have made soo many wonderful accomplishments. You will be so missed by everyone-especially Karen and Von. It was customary, when I came to Austin to visit Antone's. I'll cherish the memory of the dinner I had with you Karen and Von in May 1991 at Cracker Barrel.Love,Vicki
My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Antone's on March 7, 2006, during our first, but not last, trip to Texas. We were able to see Double Trouble in concert with Malford Milligan and Friends. The show was one of many highlights of our trip and it was great to see and feel your presence during the show.
Thank you for your significant contribution to the genre of Blues music and for your willingness to give budding artists a helping hand.
May God Bless Clifford Antone, the City of Austin and the State of Texas!
One of my most prized posessions is the certificate of the first class you taught on the history of Blues / rock and roll. It was when we were room mates in bastrop. I remember getting the certificate with the wardens signature and I took it back and said I want Antones signature the hell with the wardern. I love you man.
IN 1975 CLIFFORD ASKED ME IF I WOULD BE HIS DRUMMER IN THE HOUSE BAND. WE BECAME "BILL CAMBELL AND THE HOUSE ROCKERS" WE BACKED UP THE GREAT BLUES MEN FROM CHICAGO. JOHN LEE HOOCKER, SUNNYLAND SLIM,OTIS RUSH,JIMMY ROGERS,HUBERT SUMLIN,EDDIE TAYLOR,PINETOP PERKINS,WALTER HORTON,ALBERT COLLINS JUST TO NAME A FEW. CLIFFORD TOLD B.B.KING I HAD MORE EXPERENCE WITH THE BEST BLUES MUSICIANS THAN MOST DRUMMERS GET IN A LIFETIME.I GOT TO PLAY WITH THE THUNDERBIRDS,STEVIE VAUGHAN,ANGELA STREHLI,WC CLARK. WHAT A BLAST TO WORK FOR CLIFFORD ANTONE THOSE YEARS. HE WAS A GREAT GUY. ANDY MILLER
Thanks, Clifford, for living your dream, and bringing Clifton Chenier, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Albert King, Bobby Bland, and so many more for us & the world to enjoy. Not to mention the local greats and the house band - it just doesn't get any better than that. We were regulars in the good old days on Sixth Street, sometimes several nights a week, and have continued to enjoy the club throughout the years. Sending loving thoughts and prayers to Susan, Janelle, Christy, & Sugarbear, and to all your friends and family.
I remember Stevie said something like "death is not when you're gone, you just change". So, you will be dearly missed, but your gracious enthusiasm, love and respect for blues & blues musicians is still alive in our hearts and souls, as we still get out and support live music when we can. firstname.lastname@example.org
Visits to Austin won't be the same without you. You will be missed by all of those whose lives you touched.
I can't believe you're gone! How much real, gritty blues pleasure you gave us all by opening your club and promoting the Blues guys you and we all loved. I don't know how many miles I've danced to the real thing on your dance floor--that's what real bliss is! Buddy Guy bringing in the New Year so many times, how fortunate we were to experience this music. We had the time of our lives. Your legacy is just as great as Stevie Ray or Paul Ray, 'cause your the guy who made it happen and made the Austin music scene happen. God Bless you! I will miss you greatly...
I shook your hand at the end of the John Mayall concert at the Paramount a few months ago. You said "how you doing brother?" Guess you remembered me from when I was a regular at Antones. Even if you didn't you made me feel like you did. Little did I know that was the last time I was going to shake your hand again...
You always made people feel special and we are all going to miss you "brother".
Many fond memories of the smokey Antone's on Guadalupe Street during the early 80's. Clifford Antone often did the warm-up on stage before the main act came out to play. He was fabulous!
The day after the Austin City Limits Music Festival 2004 was over, I found myself at Antone’s anticipating Charlie Robison’s new cd release featured that evening. I had been to Antone’s once before, I believe in 1997, to see Coco Taylor with a blues-loving harmonica-playing writer friend who was in town visiting and insisted we go.
While I did not report my attendance at the ’97 show to Clifford, I did find myself unburdening my regret for having missed out on working a number of years five blocks from the Guadalupe location and having never seen the Fabulous Thunderbirds among many other blues artists populating the club at that time. Not skipping a beat, Clifford insisted I come down the next Saturday as Jimmie Vaughan would be one of the musicians on stage with James Cotton for a Hubert Sumlin benefit. I did and stood right in front of the stage drinking it all in.
I have been back to the club a few times since then and saw Clifford larger than life at the Neighbors in Need hurricane relief benefit at the Erwin Center last year.
It still has not sunk in that he’s gone. Really, he’s not, he’s still here in our hearts and souls and minds every time a blues note is plucked, picked, or bent in Austin or anywhere else, for that matter.
I am so glad I got to be a teeny, tiny part of the Antone’s legacy, glad I got to tell Clifford in person. Otherwise would have been the real regret.
Cliff?...You've meant so much to me and my family for years. You and Susan. You were like a son to pop and an older brother who lived in another state, to me. You will be missed by many. Say hi to Pop, Mom, Muddy, Albert, and Stevie for me. I know they are happy to see you again and have organized things for YOU, this time. Love you, brother~
We were very fortunate and had the pleasure of meeting you on several occasions, enjoyed and will cherish all our conversations. You will truly be missed........Thank you for all you do for Austin, you will always be remembered!!!
Clifford, you probably never knew it, but you were Austin's own Jimmy Stewart of "It's a Wonderful Life." Our city, and the lives of so many within it, would not be the same, would not be so rich, without you. You are now with those blues greats for whom your heart beat. Enjoy that heavenly jam - I am sure they had a spot right by the stage reserved for you.
I first met Clifford when I moved to Austin in 1977 at the club on 6th street. In the many years and meetings since then, the one I remember most is from just about a year ago when my daughter was selling Girl Scout cookies. When she pitched the sale to him, he asked which boxes of cookies were the hardest to sell. She told him and he bought every one of those boxes. It was her first lesson in The Blues...Thanks Clifford and God Speed.
All the magic ther ever was or will be in Austin just couldnot be without this great giant of a blues man!I just know he is up ther hugging on the people he loved so much. Lord treat him right he earned it! Until we meet again your music will fill my ears and my heart!
Thank you Clifford for making sure our daughter, Liz, was safe while she attended college here and we were back home over 150 miles away. We are so happy we got to meet you and all the kind things she said about you were true. I truly believe you were our daughter's guardian angel. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Although we only went to your club once or twice your kind deeds were always in our thoughts. I know the great city of Austin and your beloved friends and family will keep the blues forever alive. It's just because we all have a huge hole in our hearts because you are no longer with us in person but your spirit and memories of you always will be. We know you'll keep the blues going in Heaven until all of us who loved you can join you. God Be With You,
Robert and Rose
Texas will miss you, blues will miss you. Another legend another chapter a fond memory larger than life. Little Wing .
CLIFF ROCKS. PARADISE CITY IS WHERE YOU WILL BE JAMMING TO THE TUNES YOU LOVED SO MUCH AND ALWAYS CHERISHED BY THE ONES YOU LEFT BEHIND, ALL WHO KNEW YOU LOVED YOU AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF YOU. TIL WE MEET AGAIN MY FRIEND.
Cliffy will be enormously missed, a very sad week in A-TX this week indeed...R.I.P. Clifford
You were a True man of the Blues.
You gave so much of yourself to those you beleived in. You wrapped yourself around the true greats. A special Thanks goes out to you for yor kindness to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Lee Vaughan, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton, Fab-T-Birds, Eric Tessmer and ,many more ( you guys know who you are), Lost to us now, but never far from our hearts. You always treated me special, no matter how long we had gone without seeing each other. We will truley miss you.
Clifford was one of the most gentle and humble club owners I had ever worked with when I arrived In Austin in 1977 to become lead singer for THE COBRAS, taking over for the great PAUL RAY. We shared a mutual love for the BOOGIE KINGS and he said I reminded him of them. I'll never forget closing down the old club on 6th.on that last night of it's glorious run, along with the T-BIRDS and ALBERT COLLINS. What an honor. I think a statue next to SRV would be in order. Blessings upon the Antone family and know in your hearts that Heaven is REAL! -Pastor Bobby Hocking-Abundant Life Christian Center-La Marque, Texas
Heaven done called another Blues Man back Home.
Clifford , You and I never knew each other, but we graduated from TJ on the same night.Now,having lived in Austin thirty years and some, I have watched you become who you are. Funny thing-I was in the club about a month ago with my 8 year old adopted son-you even let kids dance to the blues! That was my first time at Antones-Who knew?
Susan, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember meeting your brother once, coming out of the AYW office. I was in awe of the great Clifford Antone, but he was tremendously friendly and warm--gave me a ride to the library, in fact, in his suburban. I was so impressed by him.
You were like a family member seeing you do what you really liked with your life and living it to the fullest, we will miss you!
My sympathies to Clifford's family and to Austin. The world is a better place just from Clifford having been in it.
Still hard to believe... I bought the DVD "Antone's Home of the Blues" just last month and have watched it over and over since. Clifford, I was very moved by your love for the Blues. As a big time blues fan, I'm so glad I lived in Austin for about a year, went to Antone's of course and experienced the first blues festival in the Waterloo park. You will be remembered forever.....even on this side of the globe.
My sincere condolences to the family, and the crowds that called him friend. Austin owes Clifford a debt of gratitude that can only be paid by continuing the legacy. Keep Austin Cool.
We never thought you would be there before us. See you on the other side. We will continue to take care of the Blues here.
MELVIN JACKSON & STANLEY ABERNATHY OF THE BB KING BLUES ORCHESTRA
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of loss and sadness. We will always be here for you. Our Love,
BOBBY BLAND & FAMILY. Memphis, TN
I personally want to thank you for the special help you gave to all the wonders of music you so kindly nursed along the way. You were a true blues/soul man. Special thanks to the greatest guys in the world, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Lee Vaughan, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton, The The Fab T-Birds, Eric Tessmer and all the Bands you believed in. A special Thanks for always remembering me no matter how many years it had been between seeing each other. You always made me feel special. All of us will remember you as that special man that made things happen. You are in very elite company now and I am sure you will live on in the the hearts of everyone that knew you forever. Thank you for being you. That one special man, that can never be replaced. It was an honor to know you. Lead on, you are loved by so many. We will miss you. Thanks for being my friend.
Goodbye Clifford. Thank you for your many kindnesses and for welcoming so many of us into your large, loving blues family. Working at Antone's was a great education and a hell of a good time. I promise to raise my kids on Albert Collins and Freddie King and teach them about the blues to honor the way you taught so many of us.
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother Clifford. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. God Bless you
I haven't lived in Texas since 1984, but I could fill up pages with all the stories I've told my students in three countries about Clifford, the club, the moments, the scene. He lives on though these tales, so let's keep them going. Austintatious has lost one of its brightest lights. Peace be with his friends and family during these times.
Well old friend, it was a long time ago that we first met at Lee Elememtary school in the 6th grade, really, I never knew you loved music that much. I remember us taking our dates to dances and listening to the Chase Canfield group play that unique sound that could only be heard in the southern Louisiana and the S. E. Texas area. I guess the music really stuck with you. By the way, when did you learn to play the bass guitar? All this music stuff happened with you after I moved away and failed to see you for the next 33 years, in the mean time you became the king of music in Austin, Texas. Who would have guessed that the last time I saw you in 1965 in Port Arthur, Texas. Anyway, you did good old buddy, I am very sad to see you go.
Such sweet memories of you Clifford and Port Arthur, Tx. I always knew you would make it big time and you did. I will always remember our friendship.
Mr. Antone, I met you one night last summer with a girlfriend, at your club, and had no idea what a blues legend you were. You were very warm and gracious to us. Listening to the music that night, truly made us feel a part of music history. I only wish we had taken more time to get to know you. Clearly our loss. Glad to have met you and thank you for being such a great contributer to the world of music.
My sincere condolences go to Clifford's family and all the folks that worked with him at Antone's. I am so glad I was still living in Austin through this past February so I could attend all of those great shows Clifford booked back into the club. And I'm glad I got to see Clifford smiling and seemingly happy to be back doing what he was born to do... spread the good music of the blues.
May you rest in peace, Clifford.
The man will surely be missed. Long Live the Blues
EVERYTHING IN AUSTIN IS BIGGER THAN LIFE-HE WAS NO EXCEPTION.
I have lived in Austin for over 30 years. I find it difficult to imagine Austin without Clifford. I am very grateful for everything he did for Austin.
The last time i saw Antone was when Buddy Guy played gruene hall.He sat on the stage as buddy played.Fly on Antone.
Well Bro it's been real. From TJ and the Oaks to living your dream. Say hello to Stevie and Shaun I know you still be jammin.
Thanks for the memories
I still remember the very first time I entered Antone’s right after my 18th birthday. You gave me a big hug, told me “happy belated birthday” after noting our birthdays were a few days apart, and welcomed me into your blues-filled home. I’ll miss the warm bear hugs that often greeted me in the years after my Antone’s initiation. Thanks for the memories, the music, and all the kind things you did to make the world a better place.
Dear Old Friend,
Your generosity, jovial laughter and kindness will be sorely missed. I met you so many years ago. My heart and love go out to your family. Austin will never be the same. Vaya con Dios. Until we meet again............. Tell everyone I said "Hello".
Susan and Family:
Clifford gave the give of music so many of us. He will be missed and remembered forever by people around the world. G-d bless all of you, peace be with you and with all who mourn.
Thank you for the opportunity you gave me to be entertained by the best in the blues. Austin & Antone's are in my heart forever
"Maybe, if I pray every night
you'll come back to me...
and maybe if I cry everyday
you'll come back to stay...
oh oh oh oh oh maybe..."
First there was the Armadillo World Headquarters and then there was Antone's , a true Austin legend you are and will always be , peace be w/you and god bless.
Clifford, we go back to the Port Arthur days of the Boogie Kings, Gee Gee, Jerry and TJ. You will be missed. The musical legacy you leave us with will never be forgotten nor will you.
May you be surrounded by family and friends.
Love and prayers to Susan.
I have wonderful memories of Antone's.
Sincere condolences to all of your family.
Gerry in Dubai
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Clifford touched many hearts & souls with his music connections. He may be gone but his spirit will live on forever, in our hearts.
Thanks for adding to the depth, and to the fun, that is Austin, Texas.
You will continue to exist, as all icons do. Many have danced to the sounds of your eminence, many more will too...All of Humanity Shakes Its Collective TailFeather fer YOU ! Live On ! Peace.
This Tuesday I got da Blues.Topical
Blues,like "I heard the news today,
Oh boy".Spiritual Blues,"you waz always first", Antone. You got da Blues,WE got da Blues?...I got da
Cliff was the sorta guy that gave you everything he had. He was the only man (club owner) that treated us muscians like royalty.He was the King of the Blues for me. God Bless-Kenny Kay and Storm Warning
I remember a few years back when FreddE 'Pharoh' Walden, the beloved drummer, was dying of cancer. Clifford had a benefit for him at the club. I came down from Canada as did Sue Foley. We came just to see Fred one last time and play the show. Clifford was amazed we'd come from Canada for this one event. He said, "You guys coming down here this far for a friend makes me real proud to be a part of it". Clifford, we were real proud too, just to be playing at Antones and hanging around one of the truly great American music scenes. God bless you and Susan and all the gang down there.
Hey Clifford, As a "Blues Brother" said in the movies "We're on a mission from God", YOU were a "GIFT FROM GOD"!You told me that Elvis, The Beatles and the Stones would be NOTHING without the BLUES.You loved ALL music and I think it LOVED YOU right back and more!!I'm still waiting for you to walk in the front door @ IWB and tell me it is all a dream, or should I say nightmare.You probably are already planning a Blues Fest ONLY HEAVEN could make.Muddy,Big Albert,John Lee Hooker,Gatemouth,Jimmy Reed and of course Austin's own SRV, with countless other acts.I'll miss you big guy and THANK YOU for ALWAYS asking how my family was doing!!It was an HONOR to hear you introduce me to people as YOUR FRIEND!! RO....
hey clifford, we're having a hard time letting you go. we're gonna miss seeing you standing in front of the stage at the broken spoke, shooting pictures with your disposable camera...
no more tears for doug..ok..give him a hug for us.
alvin & stephanie crow
Clifford...Thank you for showing us, me, how a truly great man behaves. No matter what the situation, mine or yours, over 25 years...at a crowded show or late night in a convenience store... you talked to me as a fellow citizen. And I could always feel that you knew what living a "rich" life was all about...grace, dignity and most of all an honesty that pulls strength from any weakness. I won't ever forget that a sober life can excite and thrill...promise. Austin, in all our humanity -- not just the music world -- will struggle to find another friend like you. Your big rest is much-deserved.
I have fond and serious memories from Antone's. I have a fond memory of an arm around my shoulder and you telling me I would be alright. You were right and I have always thanked you for your kindness. You will be missed by so many, including me.
My thoughts are with Clifford's family and with Christy (wherever you are) Coming into Antones to drop off my pen and inks was an experience that I will always cherish. 2 a.m. I always walked into the club with my drawings at 2 a.m. Damn! It was like walking into another world.
Dear, sweet Clifford,
You introduced me to the blues with Muddy Waters on 6th St. Since then, I have danced your floor so many times, some with abandon and others in stillness and awe. Thanks for all the wonderful memories and for your commitment to live music the true spirit of our city. And oh yeah, thanks again for that drink the other night at the Spoke. You will be missed.
To Susan Antone and Family:
I didn't know Clifford personally, but like many of the music lovers who came to Antone's to listen to great music, I talked to him on several occasions. He treated everyone alike, as an equial, very easy going person. Like everyone else, I am still in shock of Clifford's passing. I just wated to let you and your family know, as well as the employees especially Ersala, that all of you are in my prayers and thoughts. Clifford has begun a new journey on the other side now. May God give you confort and strenghth, and may you find strength in each other.
One's good deeds always outway the troubles in one's life.
Rest in peace...here's to all the great times and memories
You have left this city, this world, and the music we loved better than you found it. Good job! You've also left a lump in my throat. Get that house band warmed up - I'll be coming by and by.
Peace and love.
I lived close to Austin in the past. Miss Antone and the Texas Wildflowers. LaDonna
Dear Clifford -- my Austin rabbi, flesh-and-blood gateway to a great music city. Lover of blues, lover of life, with a soul made of music. I will miss you more deeply than these words can express.
When I think of Antone's I think of the ice water set after 2 am when the blues really moaned. We're gonna miss you Clifford. Rest in peace.
GOD SPEED CLIFF! NOW THERE WILL BE A CLASS CLUB UP THERE AMONG THE STARS, SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE OLD FRIEND, YOU ARE ALREADY SORELY MISSED HERE, BUT THE NEED TO HAVE YOU THERE IS VERY EVIDENT! THE KINGS,STEVIE,DOUG,MOMBO,CHAMP,JESSE
AND ALL THE REST ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO OPEN THE DOORS (can i get on the list bud?) MAY THE LORD GRANT YOU SAFE PASSAGE AND EVERLASTING HAPPINESS AT YOUR TOWER IN THE SKY , I'LL BE LATE BUT I'LL FIND YOU WHEN I GET THERE................
I'll miss his hugs. Austin won't be the same without him. Rest in peace Clifford.
Clifford and Family, Although we did not know you as long as most. You touched our lives as you did for so many by opening up your heart to LZ Love and myself 2 years ago. Your kindness and generosity never went un noticed. Although you are no longer here with us in flesh your spirit will continue to hold the music community tight. Our thoughts and condolence's go out to your family. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten
Golly a long strange trip it has been. Without you the Music Scence in Austin and around the Country as well as the Globe....
Your Neiborhood Busker
You were truly one of a kind, that
rare personality who awakened texas, America, and the world, to
how wonderful the blues was. You were and continue to be an inspiration to music lovers and musicians everywhere.
I know your with a lotta old friends right now, say hello to
robert Johnson, albert, stevie, Charly Wonder, and
everyone else. love what you did.
Bruce Nutt, Crazy Mamas Concerts
My deepest sympathy to the Antone family.Clifford will be greatly missed My prayers are with your family
Clifford, you are an Austin legend. Thank you for contributing to the great city of Austin, Texas. Your endeavors will live on....
Thank goodness you loved the blues and gave us a great place to see our favorites like no other places around. Yea Blues! Yeah Clifford Antone!
You sure surprised me, so soon after the passing of my father, Jack Skelly, on April 17. God, what a loss to Austin, the world's blues music community, what a good, soulful man you were, always helping out musicians however you could. I still can't really believe that you're gone. I hope people can gather together at Antone's this mid-July and celebrate your life and times in a way that blows the roof off the joint!
WRSU-FM, New Brunswick, NJ
the radio station of Rutgers University
I am sending a good thought your way, along with a big hug.
As a close friend of Clifford's cousin Craig Ashy, I first met Clifford back in 1967 in Port Arthur. I remember Clifford's idol at that time was Evil Kinievel. I remember going backstage in the early days of Antone's and meeting B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. Those were the good ole days. Clifford was always a caring person. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it. Now he's up there with Craig. Hang in there Susan, Janelle, Mark and Mike. You had a great brother and cousin.
Clifford, I have enjoyed your club since 1976. What a gift you gave to Austin and all the musicians. You will be greatly missed. You will forever be in our hearts. God Bless you and your family.
I remember the first club, hardly anyone there but Clifford, Angela and the greatest blues players in the world. Muddy, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Clifton Chenier, and so many more. Clifford really made an impact on my life and I want to express my gratitude. What a loss to the blues, Austin, and the world. God Bless
Susan invited us to Austin after Stevie died and Clifford made it a home. What a wonderful night we had with you and the late great Albert Collins. We will miss your big smile and kind words. What a jam your'e having in heaven today. you will be missed by so many...God Bless You Clifford..and our hearts go out to you Susan..
On behalf of the Houston Blues Society, we are deeply saddened by your departure. We will do our best to "Keep the Blues Alive", and we give thanks for the legacy you left the blues world.
thank you, clifford, for all the love that you gave to the blues, for all the lives that you touched, and for your true musical heart and soul...thank you for just being you....you will never be forgotten...sincerely,
Those were the best of days down at Antone's. I will always remember.
My heart goes out to the family. Clifford truly changed Austin when he opened the original club.He will be greatly missed. His spirit will live on in the music he loved and the people he touched and influenced. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for all the blues ledgends he gave me the oppurtunity to enjoy. God Bless you Clifford and i'm sure you are with John Lee,Albert,Clifton,Stevie,Muddy~~pl
aying the Blues...
I am sorry I never had the chance to meet Clifford, living in Ohio. But , I have heard many good things about him R.I.P. Clifford , Rebecca
CA the blues magician, you touched so many people whether you knew him/her or not. Your legacy will ever be in our hearts and soul...jam on my brother and thanks for sharing the blues with us all and doing it your way...
Susan, I'm so sorry to hear about Clifford. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
Cliffer you will be more than missed my blues brother. Thank you so much for all that have done for Austin in the many, many years of keeping our music sceen alive. You are the man! Hope to see you again some day. Your buddy John Fox
My deepest sympathy to Susan and the rest of your family. What a terrible loss.I was able to talk with you and have Lebanese food with you at Aunt Dellas, I am so glad that day happened,because that conversation made me see what a terrific person you are. Your legacy will live on.God bless all you leave behind.
Clifford, I love you. Thanks for sending me the blues care package when I was a kid. Death is not separation.
I'll see you around.
p.s. Bobby Bland, Billy Holiday, Lou Ann Barton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf.
Thanks Cliff for bringing the BLUES to Austin and the WORLD!!
Clifford was a blues man and a great man. Thank you for keeping our music alive. Musicians all felt the love you have for the song and the players.
You will be missed more than you will ever know! You helped me get a limited concert poster, and it meant a lot to me then...but now as it hangs on our wall and means so much more to us. You are the most generous man that will forever be remembered in our house. We miss you Clifford!
Clifford loved the music whatever genre. Saw him last at Jovita's with Cornell Hurd playing. Play all the bass you want cause you have center stage! Have a great journey Clifford!
One day we will sit around and play Otis Redding songs again,meanwile enjoy the great folks that I'm sure welcomed you.
With much love,
UN GROS MERCI IN THE NAME OF ALL BLUES
LOVERS IN THE WORLD. I WAS IN AUSTIN 3 TIMES AND YOU ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL WELCOMED IN YOUR CLUB WITH YOUR SMILE, GREETINGS AND HANDSHAKE. SO LONG. SEE YOU IN BLUES HEAVEN.
Rest in peace...here's to all the memories..
So sad to see you go Clifford. A part of Austin's soul will be gone without you. You'll be sorely missed.
Thank you, Clifford for all of the incredible music you brought to us at Antone's and for the warm way you greeted everyone you met. Austin won't be the same without you!!
Thanks for helping me discover more music than you can shake a stick at....
Clifford, say hello to Sue. She would of signed this, but she beat you out the door. You let her/us in so many times at the Guadalupe bar when the line was long. Nothing will ever replace seeing "the ice man" Albert Collins strolling the parking lot and laying out the licks a Antones at midnight. Love you man, will miss you.
Clifford, thanks for the legacy you created for all of us when you went about realizing your dream 30 years ago. The impact on the Austin music scene is history now, and oh what a blast we all had in helping create that. Austin without you is like 'A World Without Tears' (Lucinda Williams, 2003). It just doesn't make sense.
Marsha Glass Collins
Cliff - You went too soon. We needed you here longer. Thank you for all that you've done for music. Thank you for all that you've done for me. I'll miss your smile, your voice and the way you looked at me. You made me feel so special.
Thank you to Susan and the rest of the Antone's crew for allowing me to hold a benefit concert at the club several years back. I'm forever grateful and will always marvel at your kindness.
take a moment to pray for the blues and this meager musically mused river city ,,, a leader has fallen.
my dear friends,,,
yea the news about Mr. Antone is a real shocker. as
most people would say ,,," i just saw him..."well, all
i can say is that it is up to all of us to pick up the
slack. because he really did do more than his part to
help. the music,the musicians,his workers,and his
patrons, and the world that surrounded the whole scene
and heard the blues at all, it was because Clifford
Antone did his part and a whole lot more. with
integrity and sincerity and humility he gained the
respect of the legends in the world of music and the
folks who where lucky enough to be there watching it
all and listening to the magical healing of the
soulful blues wash over them. yea, i am truly gonna
miss talking and laughing with my friend Mr. Clifford Antone
Cliford thanks for the GOOD Times. I was still at McCallum High School and remember hanging out at Antone's on the weekends and sometimes working the door.Have fond thoughts and pictures when the some of big gigs where in town. I can not believe its been 30 plus years. Wow! has time slipped away! You were always a wholesome friend!
Coming home will never be the same...Tonight when we see Bob in Phoenix, I hope you are there with us Clifford...now you can hang out at all the stage rights that you want.. thank you for helping me grow up shakin it to your hand-picked favorites... you are in our souls.....
I KNEW CLIFFORD BACK IN THE TIME. WHEN THE GOOD OLD TIME WERE FUN.
I hope you know how much I would have loved booking your speaking tour. The amount of intelligence and passion you have brought to the world would have been a pleasure to share with them. You have been a true friend and I hope that I have been the same Clifford. My favorite thing about you is the deep understanding and true humanity you show to those you care about. I feel honored to know that side of you and am grateful to have Susan and Denise and many of your others in my life to keep that sentiment front and center in my heart.
What a huge impact you made on the world of blues music. You will defintely be missed. May God bless your soul.
Grace a Mr Clifford Antone, j'ai passé dans ses clubs a Austin des moments inoubliables, je m'y suis fait de nombreux amis dans le business, j'y ai connu Candye Kane, Sue Foley et beaucoup d'autres. Les meilleurs partent toujours les premiers. Clifford, que Dieu vous garde !
Your last birthday party was great and so was the hug. I hope your last day was as wonderful. Thanks for the music and the smiles.
It was always a good night when I saw Clifford. Weather it was at his club, at the Broken Spoke, or eatinga Rock Dog for dinner, he always stopped to give me a hug and tell me he loved me. I love you too Clifford and I will miss you dearly.
Thanks Clifford! I was at your place once and have since purchased a few of your cds and tapes...oh boy, Matt 'Guitar Murphy' and 'Antone's Women'...thanks again Clifford. Farewell fellow blues lover.
I play harmonica professionally so I was aware of Clifford in my teens. I was going to college in Sonoma and he brought around 60 of the world's greatest blues musicians to my local club. The club must have known it was special because the music went until 4 am. I shook Clifford's hand and told him I would play his club one day, a dream that came true about 6 years later. He must have only been a couple of years older than I am now (I'm 36).
Once, I was walking down 5th street late at night before the new club opened. I looked in the window and saw Clifford all alone rearranging tables and chairs. It was a very touching scene, seeing a man working so hard to continue to make his dream come true. Especially touching when you consider his dream was to help so many other's dreams come true.
Thank you Clifford for all the great nights and great music...
Rest in Peace,
Native Austinite...See Carol Boyd's message. Got married.
Clifford's influence on the Austin and Texas music scene spanned decades. Every man, woman and child involved in any aspect of the music business in this area owes Clifford a debt of gratitude for his contribution.
Cliff - we were all there with you in the house that you built - on Weds nite and well into thurs - keeping Blues alive now and forever. You did it, man.
I'm a true Austinite at heart born 1964 and raised in Austin, moved after 40 yrs. Austin would not "be" if it were not for Antone's. Keep the musical flame alive and buring bright! Rock on Clifford and Stevie!
You are Someone who will be truly missed,The Home you built for so many was like my home away from home and meant so much for so many.GoD bless,
I remember hangin' with you in school in Port Arthur, Cliff. I remember all the great music from nights in Vinton, La. I have seen how you kept that music alive in Austin and the world. Tell Stevie Hi for me, will ya?
Be in Peace and Comfort
The Blues forever!
Clifford, thank you for bringing the blues to Austin. It has helped me through many hard times and celebrations of life. You always were the perfect host at your club.
Your love of the music and the musicians was obvious to anyone who cared to notice. You loved the musicians so much to share them with the rest of us, yet always there to protect them as well (especially the elder originators).
We will all miss your generosity, kindness and perhaps most of all your extensive life of knowledge and experiences which we were just beginning to appreciate. I will always remember the story you told about Muddy and Pinetop at the Driscoll hotel. Godspeed. I would like to be there for the reunion when you, Stevie, Janis, Doug, Muddy, Jimmie and so many others can jam together again.
Truly "the sky is crying" in Austin.
I first met Mr Antone when I was a security guard for Towers Of Town Lake,in Austin,where Mr Antone lived
He was such a nice man always joking and kidding with me and concerned about my safety when he would see me in the wee hours of the morning doing my rounds
He later invited me to visit his club which I did
Cliff I am so sad you are gone but I look forward to hearing you and Miles play a number for me someday
You were one of a kind...I always looked forward to seeing you on my Austin visits. The music I heard at Antones changed my life...from the first time I came to the club with Bonnie....We will keep you alive in our hearts.
Thank you for all you did for Austin music and the blues. You will be missed.
It saddens me to see someone so loved pass away so young. Peace is found when I thing of him with others performing together in heaven!
Enjoy yourself Clifford and prayers of peace to your family.
I love ya man..... Biggest heart i've EVER seen..........Thanks for allowing me to be your friend !!
As someone who's life has been greatly affected by the love shining through many an Austin musician's work, I must tip my hat and say a prayer of thanks for Clifford's warrior-of-love life in bringing that music to me. I hope SRV was one of the first at the door to greet you home!
1978.. I worked at the Sheraton at Congress and 1st.Every night I would get off and cruise by Antone's.But one magical night with Albert King really stands out.If you ever saw Albert at Antone's....
THE MOJO NEVER WORE OFF
I'll never forget the fabulous Clifford Antone--in the mid '80s, I hosted the KONO Blues Cafe radio show. Once a month, Cliff would pull up to the radio station toting wooden crates full of the most exquisite blues music you've ever heard. He's forgotten more blues than the rest of us will ever know. Rest in peace, old friend.
Wild Bill Riley
Praying that you and my Dad are making great music. Daughter of the late T. D. Bell.
Via Con Dios.
May every Stratocaster in Heaven sound perfect, and have a custom color of your choice.
Lots of good times, C. It all ended too soon. You will be missed.
Thanks for all of the good times and great blues...and for the chats during shows. You will be missed, Big Time!!!!
My wife often tells me I'm happiest when I'm listening to the music I love. She's right. I think we have something in common, Clifford. Thanks for helping bring my life more joy.
Clifford - you will forever be remembered for your sharing of the blues and your kindness to all- you made Austin a place to share music and you helped others way beyond the duty of a friend! Rest in peace!May God give comfort to your family and friends for their loss!
God Bless Clifford Antone for introducing me to the Blues he will always be remembered.
So many great musicians, so much great music. Thanks for the New Year's Eve parties. I can't drop in tonight, but I'm thinking of you.
my first weekend in austin, my brother and i went to antone's for the first of many times: we stayed late, the show ran way over, clifford played some bass, and when it was all over, he came outside and spent some wonderful time extoling the virtues of the blues and planning his biography - we felt welcome: thanks, clifford
I NEVER MET MR. ANTONE BUT I WENT TO HIS NIGHTCLUB DURING A SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST SHOW OPENING FOR JIMMIE GILMORE AND JOE ELY. I BELIEVE IT WAS THE LATEST INCARNATION OF THE CLUB AND IT WAS VERY SPACIOUS. THERE WAS A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE GOING ON FOR DOUG SAHM AND HIS SON WAS PLAYING ON STAGE. NICE CLUB. I ALWAYS HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT MR. ANTONE AND HOW HE SUPPORTED THE LOCAL MUSICAL COMMUNITY. LET'S HOPE SOMEONE WILL CONTINUE HIS LEGACY IN AUSTIN. HE HELPED GIVE BIRTH TO MANY GREAT MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS.
I wish that I could have thanked you for being so kind to my son and watching out for him in Club Fed. You were so good to reassure me that you were watching out for him and that he would be okay.I imagine most everyone that is an Austinite was influenced helped or benefited by your enthusiasim for life and music. Till we meet again, Thank you,thank you...
Cliff- My education in the Austin blues will never be forgotten. I'll cherish our interview and everything you taught me. Thanks for living your passion.
thanks for letting us play clifford. your stage was a joy to perform on, always.
Cliffy I would have never thought I would be saying goodbye to you like this, buddy! I am so very sad your gone, but so very glad I got to share time with you. I'm really gonna miss you brother. just sorry I didnt get to tell you how much you ment to us.Thanks for being a friend. Say hello to heaven for me....someday we'll meet again.goodbye for now.
May you rest in peace Cliff. Say hello to Stevie for me and to all the greats that have left us way too soon. Godspeed.
Blues lost it's biggest champion with your passing, Clifford. May your devotion to the music and to Austin always be remembered and honored. It was so clear, from the beginning, how much you loved the Blues and how happy it made you... I can still see you smiling... I'm sorry you rarely got the credit you deserved for helping save the Blues and for making Austin the Music town famous around the world. There is no way to thank you enough for all the great shows at each of "Antones" locations; but I will always treasure those memories. So many wonderful performances... but a highlight for me especially was seeing Albert Collins up close one night at the Guadalupe location. Late in a great set, Albert came off stage, came right up to my table near the stage and played an extended lead...right at my feet! I ended up patting him on the back as he played, yelling "Go Albert Go!!" and then he rocked on through the audience, out the front door, into the parking lot and across the street, still plugged in and still playing his heart out... I've never seen such a thrilling sight, and the music lifted me completely off the ground. I thank you so much for that; for Muddy, for John Lee Hooker, for Stevie Ray, for the T-Birds, for Buddy Guy and James Cotton, for Angela Strehli, Lou Ann and Marcia Ball, for Toni Price, for Pinetop and for all the fine musicians you helped personally to keep making the Blues. Thank you so much, Clifford, for all the great Chicago and Texas Blues you brought to us all and showed to the world at great personal sacrifice... You did great, man, and may all your favorites play you into heaven.
Clifford opened his heart to everyone. We shared a love for music and the blues. Starting in Port Arthur with The Boogie Kings...to the incredible talented singers at the club. Susan, we are all thinking of you. We loved Clifford and send our love to you. Joanie (Thompson) Yust, Jan (Thompson) Gardner and Johnette Cappadonna. Class of '67
Clifford you are the HEART & SOUL of Austin, the home of the BLUES. We will miss you, but we will never forget you.
To a man who was truly Austin and truly blues, your journey continues. Heaven's sure gonna rock now!
I didn't know at the time that it was contagious, but Clifford gave me the blues in 1975. Now the blues seem to follow me everywhere I go.
I met Clifford at a time when I nedded a friend and although he didnt know me he made me feel like we'd been friends forever. I couldnt thank him enough for all he did for Blues Music and the folks who played it. And for the kindness he showed me. He is by far the most Gracious person Ive ever met in my life. Thank You Clifford My Friend you will be Greatly missed.
Now we know a real angel by his name, CLIFFORD. I love you and all that you have done for Austin. We will keep you with us always!
Attended opening night of the first Antone's -- and its FABULOUS closing night. Followed the music and Clifford to each new location. When the club was on Guadalupe, I could open my balcony door on 31st St. late at night and hear the music as I fell asleep. A photo with Clifford, taken by Bob Simmons at a book signing last December at Wally Workman's gallery is now a keepsake. Bless you, Clifford, for all you brought to Austin.
Sail On, brother
Thank you for your time among us
Clifford was the sweetest man with the biggest heart. He always had time to say "hello" and "I love you". When he talked about music and musicians you couldn't help but be mesmerized. He brought you right to the time place he was talking about. You might as well have been there. He will truly be missed. He was a great man!!
I had a chance to go and see some great live music at Antone's and always had a great time. What a void this will create but a void has been filled upstairs. Thank you, Tony
Clifford Antone, thank you for a very special memory. As a kid I had learned to hula hoop to Big Joe Turner's "Boogie Woogie Country Girl" so when he played at Antone's on Guadalupe, my friend and I went to see the Boss of the Blues himself. One of the special things is that it was so ordinary, so comfortable to be there with my friend; back then, it was rare to see a beautiful black woman and a skinny blonde woman being friends outside of lunch or work.
Another special thing is that, after Big Joe's great set, Mr. Antone threw a really classy 75th birthday party for him. (Classy: a surprise, no charge, big trays of shrimp...) But the true "class" showed in the way Clifford treated Big Joe; clearly, he showed that he was honored to have Big Joe in his presence. I never met Clifford but he has a special place in my heart.
I'm so sad to hear of Clifords passing. He meant so much to music and to me personaly.
I will never forget the endless encouragement and lessons he taught me about music and life.
Thank you Clifford.
ALOHA! I would like to send my deepest thought's to the ANTONE family(:! CLIFFORD ANTONE MADE THIS TOWN)(*&^%$#@! GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN)(*&^%$#@ THE ROAD GO'ES ON 4EVER!!! THANK YOU!!!!! FROM ONE BLUES PLAYER 2 ANOTHER WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT YOU TAUGHT US,SAY HIGH TO ALL THE BLUES PLAYERS WHEN YOU SEE THEM THANK YOU!!! MAHALO1!@#$%^
I met Clifford Antone at an Antone's Christmas party. I will never forget how he smiled, and giving me a big hug, greeted me as if I were an old friend.
Antone's was what called me to Austin in the first place, and I will always cherish the time that I spent there.
My love and support to all of Mr. Antone's friends and family.
Done too soon. Clifford, you really were "the man." Thanks for everything.
I liked YOUR shirt, too. Say hi to Stevie.
My sympathy to all the family of a good friend and fellow football teammate during our Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Jefferson school days.May God keep you in His love and comfort in the days to come.
I can't think of a man that has done more for muscians and the blues in general than Clifford Antone. I had the great pleasure of playing his club several times and we were always treated with love and respect by Clifford and Susan. He was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed. My heart and prayers go out to Clifford's friends and family. God Bless.
Thanks for all the great memories from 1981 to 1990 when I left Austin. The GREAT shows I saw included SRV, T-Birds, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Albert King, Angela, Lou-Ann, Marcia, Denny Freeman, Hubert Sumlin and many more! You introduced me to the blues and the Austin live music scene, which will be with me forever. I can't wait to move back to Austin, the live music capital of the world!!
Rest in peace, Clifford, you will be missed.
Thanks, for all the energy and vibes of bringing in the Best to play @ your club.
Thanks, for getting me on stage to jam with My Man, Albert Collins! & Hubert, too.
Play on In Heaven.
Sad news to hear,shure helped stevie ray vaughan,doyle bramhall II etc.. out with venues to play there music,helped the blues stay alive in texas too for a long time,hope they keep it up too there in texas and austin of course.
There are really not enough words that I can use to emphasize the amount of happiness and change of character Clifford brought to my family and I. He was truly one of a kind and the type of person you hope will grace their presence in your life. Whether we were card shopping for Michael or he was taking out me and the "girls" he was always so much fun to be around and a positive role model for us all. Although he is already deeply missed his impact on us will be forever.
We love you and Miss you,
I only met Clifford a couple of times, but his reputation preceded him, and I consider him to be a very important person in the music world. I know he will be greatly missed and not soon replaced.
I was lucky enough to take Clifford's class last fall and loved every minute of it. There may be people out there with the same thorough knowledge of the blues, but I've never met anyone as passionate about them as Clifford was. We'll miss you man.
Thank you so much for all you haven given us! In Europe we will always remember you as the Godfather of the Blues and we always really enjoyed being in your temple: Antones! There will never be another, warm and colourfull person like you. Rest In Peace my friend!!
Clifford, thank you for all the wonderful times at your club, all the music I could absorb, and friendships that came fom all of it. A true "bluesman" connoisseur,with a big heart. All is good in blues Heaven.
Our condolences to Susan and all the family. God Bless.
You will always be on our minds, in our hearts, and thought to be listening to our songs. Peace & Love 2 U Clifford. Rest well -- Priscilla
My daughter and Clifford became good friends when she attended UT in the late 1990's. I will never forget how wonderfully he treated my wife and I on our only visit to Antone's- made us feel like family. My condolences to all of his wonderful friends and family. He truly lived a full life
Our Hearts go out to your FAMILY (everyone in Austin!) You have inspired, introduced and kept Austin on the path of remaining the "Live Music Capital of The World." So much of it was due to you and everyone who came to sit, kick back, listen and enjoy everyone who performed at ANTONE'S. I am sure all the gigs who come through (or near) Austin will miss being to come to ANTONE'S to be a part of the onstage, ongoing blue's that happens there all the time, such as the Bonos and Eric Claptons of the World.
You will be so missed by all of us. So glad the club was kept open on the 23rd. Know you would have been sad to see it close up for the day... just because you were not there in person. Your spirit will always be a part of ANTONE'S.
Rest well and PLEASE tell Stevie "HELLO" from all his fans. We know he was smiling when he saw you walking towards him!
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.
This is comes from a NATIVE TEXAN and also a NATIVE AUSTINITE! Long may we reign!
God Bless you and be at peace with the other Blues legends who have gone on before! You have a lot of catching up to do with them.
This is to one REALLY BIG JAM in Heaven!
You were a kind soul.Everybody who met you is better for it.Thank You!
Gonna miss you old buddy,I will always cherish the memories that Antones provided.Rest in peace Clifford.You're amongst a lot of old friends now.
Thanks Clifford, for bringing us all the great blues acts and welcoming us with a handshake and a big smile. You will be sorely missed.
May God be with the Antone famliy
When I heard the news, I immediately started to play a blues song internally, so much emotion came out. You had that beautiful aura about you that is really rare, and though I never got to meet you, I felt you.
Peace and Love
Clifford was a great link to the blues and keeping the music scene alive...loved meeting him and all the great music heard at Antone's...He will be missed...Seymour W. Duncan (Guitar Pickups)
You were truly part of the fabric that makes up this quirky city and we were lucky to have you. I'm glad that I had a chance to see a real human catalyst at work. Thanks for the decades of laughs, friendship and fine music - we will always keep your spirit alive.
IT WAS A HOT WEEKNIGHT...I WAS IN FROM MILWAUKEE VISITING MY KID BROTHER...HE SAID LETS HIT "TONES" FOR SOME MUSIC....I GOT INTRODUCED TO PAUL RAY...WE TALKED RECORDS/MUSIC.....AND CLIFFORD..WE TALKED RECORDS/MUSIC...AND HE WELCOMED ME TO TEXAS AND AUSTIN! A SURPRISE VISIT THAT NIGHT BY THE BOOGIE KINGS..WITH G.G.SHIN AND JERRY LECROIX MADE IT A NIGHT LIKE NO OTHER.THAT WAS THE KIND OF MAN CLIFFORD WAS AND WAS NO DOUBT MEANT TO BE.I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM. WHAT A GREAT LOSS, AND WHAT A GREAT GAIN TO HAVE HAD HIM..TO DO ALL THE THINGS HE DID FOR THE MUSICIANS, THE MUSIC, THE CITY, AND THE WORLD!
I will always remember Clifford as an inspiration. He only ever spoke to me about how to notice the positive things in life, the negative should motivate you to change. He was extremely helpful and definately won't be forgotten by many!
I AM SO PROUD TO HAVE KNOWN CLIFFORD AND TO HAVE THE MEMORIES OF PLAYING TWO OF THE FOUR "ANTONES"
CLUBS, MY HEART AND LIFE SOMEHOW FEEL DIFFERENT NOW, I GUESS THAT'S THE BLUES.....I MISS AND LOVE YOU MY DEAR FRIEND, RIDE EASY.
Clifford was such a down-to-earth, modest guy. This March at the Texas Film Awards Gala he didn't want to walk the red carpet, so I grabbed him and we walked together. I was proud to be on the arm of such an understated legend. HHH
Clifford had a big heart for the young performers at Austin School of Music. My son, Michael, played a few times at Antones, which boosted any kid's musical confidence. Austin will always remember Clifford's love for talent, and never forget his generosity. We were lucky to have known him at all.
Great loss to Texas to the music world.I hope Antones club keeps his name and the tradition alive in the hearts of all music fans.
Thank you for the great music and the uptight place (Antone's). Wishing you love and peace.
we always talked about how good it was to see the old faces still out listening to the music. it just got a lot lonelier. love you clifford. my love and condolences, susan.
You will always be missed, but never forgotten. Your contributions to Austin and Blues music will live on forever - just as you would have wanted.
Sorry for your loss as I too have recently loss someone close. I can relate to you at this time. My husband, Thomas Alexander Jr., use to love selling BBQ at Antone's club way back when he had the club across from the record shop. Thomas too has gone unto a better place, and we must remember the good times for them both. Thomas was the black Santa on the Christmas album that many folks from the club put together. Glifford will be greatly missed by many.
Bless you for all you have done for Austin. I returned to this great town in 1976 and one of the first places I visited was Antone's (after having dinner at Moma's Money). Great vibes, good times, sensational blues...thats what it's all about..thanks and peace to you.
Clifford was a man who made you realize that human side and the true soul of music. To listen to his stories made you feel like you were there with him back at that moment. I know I will treasure every conversation that I had with Clifford he will be in my heart always. Clifford you will be missed!
Words can not describe what Clifford Antone means to the blues community. His passion for keeping the blues alive is truly appreciated. A tribute show will be aired on Blue Horizon at www.kajx.org on Monday, May 29th, 11PM to 12AM Mountain Time. Clifford, we'll see that your grave is kept clean. Peace and Love!
When I moved from Port Arthur to Austin in 1977, my transplanted PA friends introduced me to Antone's Blues Club. We had some great times at Antone's and we heard some fantastic music there as well. Lots of fond memories of my early adulthood are at Antone's.
Cliff, We knew each other from day 1 of the club. Rest in peace and have fun with Muddy and the rest of the Board Members.
You were wonderful to talk to at the Spoke. I wish I'd known how to teach lead. I probably would have given you those dance lessons. I hope you're dancing now.
CJ, I just saw you at the Broken Spoke last Nov. It was such a great time visiting with you about the old days. I told Mom and Dad you said Hello and lord knows it made their day. Mom loved you so much. Hopefully, you've ran across her by now. You know the Re-Union's will never be the same without you, but the memories were great and will last me a lifetime. Love ya brother
Peace. godspeed clifford.
I was born and raise Austin, TX and Antone is Austin, TX. May you rest in peace!
Clifford- Austin's Big Brother who without - this town would not be the same. His nurturing ways and giving of himself - was the true gift to Austin. God Bless the Antone and Austin Familia through this time of sadness.
Let's see, Chris, Steve, Big and Little Carol, Buffalo, Cathy, Golstein, Jamie and me spent some of our best times at Antones on Guadalupe. Times we will never forget. Chris, I am signing this book for you. Cindy
I am from Austin and ran into Clifford may times, he always spoke in his soft voice and treaded you as you had been a friend for ever. If Clifford was with special guest at a club he introduced you as a friend.
My wife and I enjoyed the idea of Cliffod letting our kids go into the clubs with us to listen to all the great shows, and the still are going today.
The man behind and so much in front of the Austin Music.
You will be missed, but always with us.
You will always be remembered.
"Every day I get the blues"
To day more than others.Love ya brother.
Mr. Antone was a great man, doing what he loved. I wish every person could bring as much joy into the world as Antone did.
I had the honor of playing at his club several times, on the same stage as so many legends at the Guadalupe location. He and sister Susan always treated me great...and I was a rock musician - not a blues musician - but it didn't matter. He wanted to help any young person that loved music come up and fulfill their greatest potential.
We'll miss you Clifford. I know you are in heaven with all the other saints and all your blues heroes.
Thank you for the memories.
The story is that my mom and dad were initially introduced by Cliff at a party back in Port Arthur. To hear him tell it was a great experience. In a world lacking so much compassion Clifford was quite an anomaly. His joy in life was fueled by a love of music and an innate need to help those that created it. As the resident statesman of the Blues he had an overwhelmingly positive spirit that was reflected not only in his work but the shear number of friends he left. Always quick with a smile and a handshake, everyone loved Cliff.
Good times my friend, take care.
Farewell to "Austin's Music Man"...
Gone but not forgotten.
Peace to you Clifford!
rest in peace and play some blues with stevie ray vaughn in heaven !!!!!
I had the honor of meeting Clifford and even getting a short guitar lesson from him. I know everyone will miss him. It brings a smile to my face knowing he's now with John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and the like. Best wishes to his friends and family at this difficult time in their lives.
God Bless Clifford Antone!
The Ambassador of Texas Music.
He always treated everyone so kindly.
In the past few years, we became good friends. There wasn't one person who he would introduce me to without telling them he was a fan of MY music. He even brought Pinetop Perkins to hear me play! Now Pinetop and I are friends too! Cliff told me he wanted to make a record with me. I'll hold on to that memory forever. I know he said this to MANY other musicians too, but it will always mean the world to me musically.
Everyone always wanted to be around him.
He made all the years of being in the music business meaningful to many of us musicians.
Cliff and I were together exactly one week ago and I was telling him about the recent scare I had with my mothers recent heart attack. I can't believe he's gone exactly one week later. We talked about CJ Chenier and made a plan that next time CJ was in town, I would open up for him.
I was thrilled... but the idea is almost meaningless to me now, knowing that Cliff won't be there.
Never did get to tell you Cliff... so I'll say it now... I love you Clifford.
Say hi to Doug for me when you see him up there in guitar heaven!
Hang in there Susan... I'll be right here if you ever need me.
Clifford, you were the best. Your shoes will never be filled. I will always remember how you brought the best out in all the musicians that graced your doorstep.
My condolences go to Mr. Antone's family and friends. I was turned on to tatoos and the blues in Austin and Antones! One of my favorite moments was seeing Lou Ann Barton, Angela Streliegh, and Marsha Ball together on stage. A true believer has been lost!
I'll miss you Cliff. You were one of the best men I've ever had the pleasure of meeting in my life. We should all be as generous as you.
Clifford Antone was the heart & soul of the Austin Blues music scene. Austin will never be the same without him.
We always really enjoyed Clifford sitting in on Paul Ray's Twine Time program, you knew you were in for some good listenin'! Clifford, We'll all miss you, brother in the blues.
Antones in the Here After will be quite the place to be!
Thank you for some great times Clifford.
CLIFFORD ANTONE was the sweetest kindest man who gave the bestest hugs in the world. He was so great to all the muscians...but he was just as kind and compassionate with the ladies. I had my heart broken by a particular musician and Dear Sweet Clifford held me and let me cry, then he made me laugh and was able to cheer me up and get me back inside the club to let the amazing blues music that he loved so much, ease my pain and reassure that everything was going to be okay. I will miss his sweet face and tender heart. Bless your sweet loving soul,Clifford. Rest in peace knowing that you were loved and appreciated. We will miss you very much...however, YOU will live forever in our hearts!
Susan, our prayers are with you in hopes that your pain will ease quickly and be replaced with cherished memories. Love, Paula Tucker
I never met Clifford, but am very grateful to the tremendous contribution he made to the greatest music in the world. May the Comfort of God's Presence be with his family and friends
Long live Antone's....may God bless your bluesey soul Cliff.
Clifford, gone but never forgotten.
From playing at your clubs over the years, the place on Lavaca with Cedar Frost to the one on Guadalupe with our next govenor, Kinky Friedman,you were a great guy to work for. A huge loss for Austin.
You gave us all so much. You gave Austin so much! I only hope we cary on your footsteps as you would have us do. I know I will.
I'll never forget those nights at the original Antone's on Sixth Street in 1975-76. My friends and I have some great memories of great bluesmen (and women) thanks to Clifford Antone. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy and the blues live on! God bless you, Clifford...
Well Clifford, you are now at rest with all of you friends who have gone on before you, carry on the great work in your next life!
There are some souls that leave us lessened when they leave us. Thanks for all the great nights Clifford.
Clifford was the kindest soul with the biggest heart. I hadn't seen him in years and I ran into him at the Vallejo/Dirty Wormz show and he took the time to give me a hug and tell us one of his great stories. No matter who you were, he always took the time. Austin hasn't cried this hard since the day Stevie died. We will miss you Cliffy! Heaven done called another blues stringer back home...
Half the sky is gone. Austin's heart and soul. Thank you Clifford, for everything. I would not be who I am and a million things in my life would not have happened but for you. Thank you for everything you brought into my life.
I got the chance to briefly chat with Clifford @ a couple of Vallejo shows and my 1st time seeing Roger Clyne. You could tell right off, his genuine Love for Live Music. His fingerprints are ALL over the Austin Music scene and he WILL be missed!!!
Jaime el Sombrero
He will never know how his club, and the music there, carried me through some really bad times in my life. He was so much the heart and soul of Austin music, that I do not know how we will ever get along without him. Such a tremendous tragedy. My deepest prayers go out to all his family and friends.
I learned from Candye Cane that Clifford Antone passed away. I did not know him personally, but I did visit his great club Antone's years ago while working as an interpreter at an Apple conference in Austin and the blues I heard there was one of the finest memories I took back to Munich Germany.
Rest in peace.
Man, i am really hurt by this news. i was in his class at UT and that was one of the best classes ive ever taken. antone was a brilliant man when it came to music; imma miss him
A sweet, wonderful, caring human, and a great friend as well. "Larger than life itself" as Gerald said--
May the Angels be with you my friend. Keep on playing up there for them.
Gee, Clifford, I always thought that I'd see you again. Susan et. al, my heart is with you. What times those early days were, huh?
Such a great loss to Austin the whole State & Country.Truly a wonderful man.He will be missed by all.A kinder and sweeter man I have never known.
My heart and soul will always be filled with YOU and The Blues. Thank you for being such an impact on my life. "Holly Beach" won't be the same without you! Love you and miss you terribly!!!
I was there in 1974- i was 17 but passed for 18-anyway, I got in!- many times-some of my best memories-Clifton Chenier, Muddy Waters, against the backdrop of the best blues club I've ever had the pleasure to attend! God bless Mr. Antone.........the spirit of his mission lives on.
Clifford, I had not seen you in many years but still have fond memories of the times I spent in Antone's. As a competitor you were the best.You were a true driving force in the early years of live music in Austin. The Austin music scene will never be the same. Please say hello to Stevie for me and play loud, we just might be able to hear a note! Your friend from the 70's, Roger One Knite
When I moved from Anchorage to Arkansas, I travelled down in 1997 to play his club, and the band he furnished me was Johnny Moehler! I only talked with him briefly and we compared our history of booking blues. Even though he didn't know me well he was very supportive. I wish I had seen him more.
The man was alot to alot of people.He was a true friend.I will never be able to go to Austin w/out thinking of him.It will never be the same.Because of this man I have a great group of friends.The club has always been home to me.My love to Susan.Wish I could be there.Do him proud!
Mr. Antone booked my harmonica hero, Carey Bell, who I had listened to for 20 years and here he was at Antone's! After the show Clifford saw me standing way back clutching the show poster and gazing at my favorite musician sitting right over there. Clifford put his arm around my shoulder and said; "Just go over there and talk to him". He gave me a little push that sent me to the table where Carey Bell was sitting. I was priveleged to talk to him and get the poster autographed. I look at that poster every day and afeel thankful for Clifford Antone making that night and many others at his club thrills of a lifetime.
My thought & prayers are with yall. I did not personally know Mr. Antone, but I was fortunate enough to go into his club while on assignment here in Austin. If the atmosphere in his club resembles him...he was definitely a great man!
I remember when my wife and I went to the new club down on east 6th steet in 1975 called Antone's and met this white guy, he said he was the owner of the club and asked us if we like the blues and then we were entertained that night and he gained a fan and we a friend. Later when I would go his birthday club parties and get home around 5am, it was ok if I had being at Antone's. We will really miss our friend ,our prayers are with his family and Susan. As we say in the Barrio of East Austin, "esta con Dios" "his is with his creator"
love Commissoner Marcos de Leon y Hortensia Palomares
I only met Mr. A once, but I was so impressed that in spite of him being such a celeb, he was not aloof, but genuinely friendly, kind and down to earth. He made me feel like I was someone important. I can just hear the jamming in heaven with Mr. A, Stevie Ray and Doug. God Bless.
When I was young I attended Summer Rock Camp and Mr. Antone let us perform in his club. A couple of months ago I was at Waterloo Music and locked my keys in my car, so I sat outside the Waterloo resturant to wait for my back up. I heard someone say "Nice shirt." I looked up and it was him complementing the "Antone's" shirt I was wearing. He just came up and talked to me! He asked me about if I played an instrument and if I liked the blues (yes and yes)and gave me his card saying to call him and come jam sometime. He was very warm and friendly. I feel lucky to have met him and sorry I never got a chance to call. We've lost a good one.
I have never met a nicer person in this business. He was a giant and he will be missed. God Bless Clifford Antone.
A great historian with a boat load of stories is how I remember Mr. Antone. I was in his last class at TSU. Like many of his heroes he too left this world to early.
Clifford Antone made Austin what it is today, the "Live Music Capital of the World".
God rest his soul.
A Blues Legend that will be greatly missed,I will never forget my times at the club when i lived in Austin.Rest in Peace Clifford and give Janis & Stevie a big Hug for all of us who miss and will miss you all. Such a great loss !
so sorry for your loss...I know in another life Clifford will have us all rockin at the pearly gates! You will be missed Clifford.
Thoughts and prayers to the family.
God bless you and your family. You have provided my family with good times and wonderful memories. You will be greatly missed!
Having been raised not far from Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, I know first hand how important it is to keep the history and love for the Blues alive. Clifford did more than anyone I've ever met as a musical ambassador. Austin has lost a true legend.
You're gone all too soon but we're happy that you're now with other friends that had missed you
My prayers are out to Clifford's huge family & friends. What a true friend you were to so many of us blues fans. You made such a positive difference in so many musicians lives. You lived your dreams! And now you are singing & playing in the best band of all. We will miss you till we join you later.
Clifford I love you man, we are both from Port Arthur, and you always treated me like family. Thank you for supporting music and musicians and for creating a legendary music venue for all to enjoy. I hope your wonderful spirit will live on through us all and we will remember you always. Give 'em hell in heaven.
God keep you always.
Blues, a feeling in my heart and soul that I really can't explain. Thanks for helping that feeling come to life over and over again.
May Your Soul Rest in Peace and Your Memory Eternal
You had not a bad bone in your body. A kind soft spoken man.
We met when I was only sixteen. I will miss your hugs.
All My Love, Janet
My chance meeting with Clifford Antone took place prior to the metamorphous of Clifford Antone of legendary Antone’s fame. It was the summer of 1974 and I was a very broke teenager from West Texas who had just landed my first job at a little place on E. Riverside Dr. called the Riverside Coffee Shop. The owners were a couple of flamboyant Syrian-Americans. One day a very friendly, dark haired young man came in accompanied by another young man and woman. Immediately our eyes connected and it was as if this guy was an instant friend. A big smile stretched across his face and he came over to the counter and introduced himself as Clifford Antone and then introduced his small entourage as his cousins. I soon discovered that I was working for his family. In addition to the coffee shop, they were running an import/export business. It was not uncommon to see him almost every day. And each time he came in and I waited on him - he would leave me a ten dollar bill for a tip. Hey, that was a heck of a lot of money back then! I always looked forward to seeing him but not because he was a generous tipper, it was much more than that. Clifford had a rare and special gift. The most simplistic way to put it is - it was always a pleasure to be in his presence. One day he noticed my shoes were rubbing blisters on my feet and I was having a hard time walking. He voiced his concern and I told him that I couldn’t afford to buy work shoes and had to borrow my roommates shoes which were a size too small. That day he left me extra money and told me to go and buy a pair of work shoes. Being a musician, it’s ironic that music was never really a topic of conversation. I was pretty shy back then and never mentioned that I was a singer/songwriter. I didn’t work there much longer but I took away a cherished memory of this young man. The world marvels at the accomplishments of Clifford Antone and well it should. However, to a broke little teenager long ago working at a coffee shop in central Austin there was no bigger hero. This altruistic act of kindness from a complete stranger would still be embedded in my memory regardless if Clifford had made it big in the music business or not – it was the kindness of a complete stranger that proved true, cherishable, and unwavering. That same kindness can change the world. Good things happen to good people – I can attest to the goodness of Mr. Clifford Antone – people like him are few and far between these days – Peace Be With You, my brother - the world will miss you. At a time when I needed a big brother, you were there.
Austin will not be the same without you Clifford. Gonna miss you Bud.
Great Club. Great Music. Enough said.
THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF CLIFFORD ANTOINE - ST. PETER'S PROBABLY INTRODUCING HIM ON STAGE RIGHT NOW. ROCK ON CLIFFORD!!
Hey, Cliff....we'll all miss those late night meals after the show.
Thanks for 25 years of friendship.
So many wonderful shows/outstanding musicians courtesy of you. Thanks so much for the memories and a place to go that always made me feel so fortunate to be there. Wherever you guys are now, you are in the best of company. Rave on, dear Blues Brother.
I'll always love the Original Antones. What a place to hear the best "Blues". Clifford always made you feel at home. It is a sad day for the "Blues". Rest in Peace.
RIP Dear Friend, I have wonderful memories on 6th Street.. You will be missed...
Clifford was loved by all of us at KGSR, He was apart of our family, we did many concerts and events together, we are all shocked and will miss him every time we play the 12 bar blues.....
Thanks Clifford for reinvigorating the blues scene not just in Austin, but nationally. I have lots of great memories from the Guadalupe location in particular. My prayers are with your sister and the many musicians and fans whose lives you have touched.
My heart is broken, but the MANY memories I have from all the locations of Antone's live on. I got to see up close the joy and passion Clifford had for the blues, and for the musicians who played it. Without him, there would be no 6th St, no downtown scene, no "Live Music Capital". Heaven needed someone to take care of all the bluesstringers, and they got it in Clifford! God Bless Clifford, his family and friends.
It has been a long time since I've been there, but have great memories of special people and music that I'll never forget!
I met you in high school and we met again on the Drag when you were selling mexican import clothes, then again on 6th street with the big bus parked outside and a Blues Singer inside your Club with your Mama and sister selling food in the back. I followed your success and miss your sweet smile and hugs for everyone. A real gentle man.
There needs to be a statue of Clifford right next to the statue of Stevie.
Clifford was a great soul whose love for his music and the people who made it created a whirlwind of energy that swept us all off our feet. I remember him fondly teaching a classroom of young people at the University of Texas about the magic of the blues and his mission of teaching the world about the wonderful contributions of the old African-American musicians who warmed our hearts and helped change the world.
We love you, Clifford - thank you for your gifts.
Part of the soul that gave strong and bright light to modern Austin just went out... His fingerprints were everywhere, but he touched us unlike the traditional leaders of our society. Clifford connected us with the people who make music giving us reason and hope, entertainment and joy. What a friend to have dinner with and just brighten your day when you ran into him on the street, at Jovita's or to hear about how he was bringing the history of music in his life to the students at the University of Texas. To Susan and all his friends far and wide, we were all blessed for his smile, hugs and desire to help and my heartfelt sympathy is extended in his passing. Clifford was a notable and real.... I will miss him as will America....
Clifford, thanks for being my friend for 35 years. The last time I saw you,at a great party in South Austin, you took the time to talk to and encourage the musical talents of my 12 year old daughter.You talked to her for a long time and gave her good advice. I'll never forget it and neither will she.We'll never forget you! Love Pammie K
As an Austin native, I sure have some wonderful memories of Antones. You will always be a big part of Austin and Austin will never be the same without you. God Bless you and your family,
I talked with Clifford for the last time at BB King's Austin show, where Cliff MCd.
We had great blues in Austin because of Cliff and certainly more deeply now that He is gone!
Douglas Roberts (John 5:28+29)
Susan, Austin, and the world have suffered a major loss. Clifford enriched the city with his spirit. Deepest sympathies from blues lovers in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas.
My sweet friend Clifford thank you for always welcoming me and my girls that you loved so much.... We will never forget all the hours of music that we boogied to @ Antone's on Sixth Street in the early days. You would never let us pay the cover, it was just like spending the evening @ Clifford's house we were all there. I learned alot about generosity, pride and friendship during those early years in Austin. I am proud to have known you, Dougie, Stevie, George and all of your buddies that have gone before you will be ready for you to rock the heavens. All our love to your family, Julie, PK, Cathy & Karen and of course sweet Angela.
Sorry that you are gone, you will be greatly missed. your legend will live on in Austin forever. My mind is aching and Lord it won't stop.RIP
This town and your Club will never be the same. Thank you so very much for turning me on to the Blues during my college days over at the Guadalupe location. I'll never forget you. Much love to you, your family and your millions of friends and fans. Your "ol' Beaumont Buddy"
Met him and his sister in Big Spring in the 80's.
Great music man.
We're going to miss you, rest in peace Clifford
Goodbye Clifford, it was a pleasure.
It was a great honor for me to work with Clifford for the 13 years I spent in Austin. He was highly influential and I will miss him dearly. I only wish I was able to say thank you for all that he gave me. There could never be another like him and he will always be cherished in many peoples memories.
The world has lost another great one,I guss thier really jammin upstairs jamm on Clifford. Mike Tallmadge Ohio
The best part about going to his club was watching him beam as he enjoyed the music in the audience. His enthusiasm was infectious as he introduced each and every person who played that stage with such excitement. He was so warm to everyone he met. Just a beautiful Soul who will be greatly missed.
From your family on 5Th St,we are sad that you we will not have your warmth and good nature phisycally present but are honored to have known you and will always carry you in our memories. In your honour:Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler
I officially met Clifford after helping out a woman who got caught in the middle of a fight and was knocked unconscious.
Clifford saw that I helped, thanked me profusely, and introduced himself. He knew me as "the nurse" from then on. :)
Clifford, you will be sorely missed by all you've known. I hope you are rockin' with Stevie, et al.
Clifford will be forever in everyone's heart that he spoke to. I was always impressed with how he walked around the club greeting everyone like you were in his home -- and you were. And he always said it was such a privilege to be able to do what he did, he couldn't think of anything else to be doing. God Bless Clifford Antone. I'm sure he's hearing some of the best blues ever for eternity now.
From a true native Austinite. You are the best of the best. My favorite memory at Antone's was my 25th birthday I'm 44 now. Omar and the Howlers were playing and the place was rocking and of course Mr. Clifford Antone was in true form loving the music and having a blues good time. Say Hi to Stevie Ray. We'll miss you!
You did so much for Austin and the music scene. No one will ever replace you. God bless you and your family. With deepest sympathy,
A good man who did wonderful things for Austin, Austin's music scene and for all the people that live in this beautiful city who carry the love of music in their hearts. This is a very sad day as we say our goodbyes. Clifford will be greatly missed.
May God Bless both him and his family.
Clifford was one of the kindest, gentlest men I ever met. He always had a warm smile and a cold Diet Dr. Pepper for his friends. His influence on the Texas music scene was, is, and always will be a source of pride to those who knew him.
We love you ‘Uncle Clifford’, now go teach those angels how to really play!
God bless and rest your soul. The blues knew no better friend, and bluemen and women, no better ally.
Peace my brother.
Thank you Clifford. You will never be forgotten. Peace and love.
Thank you for all the great blues
venues you have featured at your club down through the years.
You will be missed and never forgotten.
One of the really great one's has passed. Rest and enjoy the heavenly shows with all the greats.You are surely missed.
I take great pride in knowing I was witness to a legend and enjoyed countless hours of great music from such a rare club as Antone's. Clifford always had time to talk about the blues with me. It was a saying in our little group if we could be anyone in the world we would have been Clifford Antone!
He was a walking Blues Encyclopedia. I know this because I was in his Blues/Rock-n-Roll class at Texas State. He was one of the coolest people I've ever met. He introuced us to many artists that we never knew.
R.I.P Professor Antone.
Dear friends at Antone´s,
I was shocked and horrified to hear of Clifford´s passing away. My name is Hans, I am from Hamburg, Germany, and a friend of Riley Osbourn´s. My wife Lydia and I come over to Austin at least once a year and have never missed the Tuesday nights at Antone´s.
Clifford was surely one of the great promoters of real American music and we´re really saddened that we´ll never see him again sitting in, playing bass. Condolences especially to Susan.
Truly sorry yours
I mourn the loss of an old acquaintance...you've made a place in Texas history for those of us who grew up in the Golden Triangle..say hey to Janis
Love the Blue's. Clifford will be greatly missed...he made Austin great.....
"Everyday, everyday I have the blues
Ooh everyday, everyday I have the blues
When you see me worryin' baby, yeah it's you I hate to lose.." - BB King, Everyday I Have the Blues.
Thanks for the great memories, music and bringing the Blues to a wider audience. You were one of a kind.
I will never forget seeing Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Albert King and Otis Rush perform their magic at your club.
Thanks a bunch friend.
Hey guys my condolences. The world will miss the original "PA Boy" Take care.
You will always be remembered...
Thank you, Clifford Antone, for all you did to help the Blues live on. Blues is truth -- something you knew in your heart. You're gone too soon.
Clifford,you will be missed,your passion for the blues changed many lives and the blues of today would be a different place without your contributions.
I never met you and never made it to Antones either,but still felt that connection that a passion for the blues gives us.
You can now join the many legends you helped,as an equal,gonna be one awesome blues jam there.
I did not get to meet you sir, But I sure as hell wish I had.You left us WAY to soon.
My heart and thoughts are with you. Clifford Antone, thank you for Antone's and all the good times and great memories there. It was one of the reasons I came to Austin, and is one of the reasons I'm glad I did.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Until we meet again, my friend.
Words can't express the loss I feel right now. I knew from 1975 when we were seeing Clifton Chenier, Bobby Blue Bland, Fats, Fabulous Thunderbirds etc. down on 6th St before 6th Street was cool that Cliffod Antone was someone special. Marianna (my wife) and I had just met the year before and I can mark time in my life according to where Antone's was.
We'll miss you brother and will never forget those may nights when you said "It's Showtime" and "Let's hear it for these great musicians working so hard for you"
Always a kind word and a handshake.
Thanks for the music Clifford.
WE'VE LOST ANOTHER GREAT ONE!BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE THE BLUES LIVE ON.MR.ANTONE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED
Clifford, you were the soul of Austin and such a sweet man. I'll never forget our first meeting when I arrived in town in 1990. We were talking at your record store when all of a sudden you stopped mid-sentence and said "listen to this solo". You then closed your eyes and were in another world. When the solo ended you picked up the conversation right where you left off. We will miss you. Thanks for the memories, my friend.
Thank you Cliff for giving me extra reading "homework" each week at our Blues classes at One World. You opened my eyes to the many greats that you knew and loved and you are right up there at the top of the list of truly "great" bluesmen. I will miss you greatly.
Hi, baby. Cliff, you were my rock. I could always count on you to be there with your big broad shoulders, tender heart, and attentive ears. Your caring, generosity, and devotion to your friends and family and to your passion knew no bounds. I will forever miss you. The world's music community mourns your departure. Please keep playing for us. Tell Stevie hi.
Although I did not know him well, he always took the time to sit down with me and we'd talk the Blues....he was such a great soul. All us Blues lovers are going to miss him. Austin will not be the same without him.
A true family man with a generous heart and a passion for music...we'll miss you, baby.
I talked to Clifford Monday night. He was joking around and still going on about the Kenny Wayne Shepherd \ Double Trouble show that Antones just had. He truly loved the music.
When I started school at UT in the fall of 1982 I was coming to the big city from a very sheltered environment and small south Texas town. I was hungry. Especially for music beyond the confines of heavy metal and country (which is all any radio station was playing in my neck of the woods). I knew I'd know it when I heard it. And I heard it for the first time at Antone's on Guadalupe.The skys parted and the angels sang. And that's how I've always told the story of my epiphany. My life was forever changed. --- Mr. Antone, I'm certain there's a heaven and I'm certain that you're there. I hope you come back to visit from time to time. God bless you now and always.
BB King, my father-in-law, gave a show in Austin a few months ago and I had a chance to meet another of the "Blues Ledgends" when I had the great opportunity to meet Mr. Clifford Antone. What a great and gracious guy. We had a chance to chat about our love for the blues and I also included a comment to him that Austin would not be the Austin it is today without him. He appreciated the comment and I appreciated the chance to meet him. He will be missed! May God bless Clifford, his family and all of his friends.
Clifford---Thanks for the memories! Everyone will miss you!
To a true legend in it's own. Never got to know you personally but I've met you and been at your club. One of my greatest memories was when I took a trip up there with some of my friends and we saw Buddy Guy, truly amazing blues musician. Thank you for bringing in all the great of the greatest blues musicians to Austin, Texas. The experiences were undescribable. May God Bless you and your family. Our prayers are with you.
Clifford, it was a pleasure to work for you, even for one night. Thanks for sharing the Blues
It’s impossible to recall all the shows I’ve seen at Antone’s but one thread runs through all of them: they were more special when Clifford was in the club, weaving his way through the tables, shaking hands and hugging necks. Like a kid trying to hit a homerun while his dad was watching, artists seemed to take on a higher level of energy when he was in the house. I remember a Tuesday night a month or so ago in front of the stage at Antone’s where he and Eddie Wilson were standing together listening to Malford Milligan, Double Trouble and a stage full of great musicians all playing their hearts out. It was far from a full house but I don't believe there was a better show on any stage on the planet that night and the people who were there got more than their money's worth. It occurred to me then that those two “brothers” probably had more in common than most biological brothers do and watching them enjoy that show was a pleasure in itself. That wasn’t the last time I saw Clifford but if I had known then that it would be the last time I got to hug his neck, I would have hugged him a little longer and a lot harder. Safe passage, my friend.
Rest in Peace Clifford. Austin has lost a big part of it's self. Tell Stevie hi.
Clifford made the Blues happen for me and so many others. He was such a great caretaker of the blues and of blues musicians, one-of-a-kind, perfect in his imperfections. Be in peace.
Thank you for always making me feel special and being such a "sweetheart". I appreciate all you gave to Austin with Music, Love and Kindness. It's the Blues Brother!! GOD BLESS YOU!
Clifford Antone was truly a giving and wonderful man. He was a legend in Austin and this is a huge loss to the musical community. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting him and talking with him on numerous occasions and he was always so nice and happy to give music fans the gift of great music and incredible artists. He will be greatly missed. God bless you Clifford!
Farewell to "Austin's Music Man"...gone but never forgotten.
Peace to you Clifford!
Dear Cliff and family - There is now competition in Heaven for Bill Graham now that Cliff is there to book the blues. He was very responsible for helping keep Chicago blues alive outside of the Windy City and then moved to keep the blues alive in general. I had hoped we would get the opportunity to work together in the future but he will not be forgotten in the present. Thanks Clifford for lots of a great music
Clifford told me when I was going through a tough time, that to come hangout at the club and have a soda and a song, he says just relax let loose enjoy this nite and it will all be alright, I do owe him a great deal, knowing that someone was there to help me along throught my rough time, he was a shine above others and the light that led me to a more mellow and happy surounding, "CLIFFORD ANTONE" I never had a friend like you and now I'm lost, I will dearly miss you friend, My prayers go to you and your family thanks for being there when I need someone, will see ya soon buddy...
Cifford will be missed deeply. His kindness and his love of people, and his big ole blues heart will be so missed. Part of Austin is now gone forever. God Bless his soul. Rest in peace, and say a big hello and give some hugs to Muddy, John Lee, and Stevie for me.
Im truly glad I was able to meet you and experience your great big bear hugs ;-) Thank you for always taking care of me while I was visiting Antones. Its amazing to me how many lives you have touched and how much you were able to do for our city. God bless you. You are missed greatly.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Austin has lost another great man. I wish all of us in Austin knew Clfford the man . He was so special to the Music scene and to so many players.He was always there for so many. Im sure that last night Stevie and many other great artist played a welcoming night to their Brother. Our Loss is Heavens Gain. Rest,& just listen now Cliffy.
Susan, our thoughts are with you and Clifford.
What can I say?
I was always the little kid in the floppy hat. Hangin' in the dark when nobody was playin', but right up front when someone was.
I became a musician because of this history we all share. The history of Texas blues.
I don't play the blues much anymore, but I'm always comforted in the knowledge that when I meet a new fellow musician... atleast we've always got the blues.
How I wish I was born a little sooner. Perhaps '68 instead of '78, but it don't matter. The legacy Cliff leaves is one that will create many of us to come... inspire many of us who stay... and comfort many of us who remember.
"I don't know if it's something in the water, or if it's something you can pick out of a tree... and taste. I hope it's all of these things you know? It's just a Texas thang. And God bless the World for Texas." srv
God Bless the World for Clifford Antone.
I wasn't too big on the sandwiches anyway... the club was such a better idea.
I had seen Clifford at his club,many times over the years, and he always had a pleasant hello or a smile for me. I do remember though, a very special night at Antone's. In 1999, Ed TV premiered here in Austin, all the stars were at Antone's for the afer hours party (as was I). Clifford had something like a scrap book in his hands and was walking around talking to everyone. Joe Ely had been playing, and then Jimmie Vaughn took the stage. Cliffored was standing about 10 feet to my left, when Jimmie broke into Texas Flood. Clifford started hugging his scrap book for all he was worth, closed his eyes and started swaying to the music. I can imagine the flood of memories that song brought back to him. Well, I couldnt' help but smile at this bear of a man, and how sentimantal he was getting. He must have sensed me looking at him, because he looked up, turned and looked me right in the eye, and winked at me. Then he closed his eyes, and went right back to swaying to the Blues he loved so much. Although, I had seen him many times since then, thats the memeory that will always stand out for me. God bless you Clifford. We'll miss you Brother.
WE WILL ALL MISS MR.ANTONE HE WAS A BIG IMPACT ON THE BLUES WORLD!!
When I think of the blues I think of Clifford Antone, then I think of BB King, Muddy Waters, Perkins, etc..Clifford, you will be missed in Austin and beyond. God Speed, my friend.
Thanks for all you did to keep the blues alive, Clifford. Cindy & Blow
Clifford was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. I am just so blessed that I had such a great person in my life to help me through all the struggles in life.
I moved to Austin about 5 years ago, and if I ever wanted to feel close to home I would go to Antones to here the blues. Thank you for making Austin special...Your legacy lives on..
Good bye my old friend. I have such great memories of our times together.
I was at Threadgill's yesterday when news of Clifford's death reached me. Ironically, it was also the last place I saw and talked to him, but we'd talked many, many times during the course of our brief friendship. And in all of the times we spoke, he showed immesurable warmth, generosity, and kindess to me that I never thought someone of his status would do. It will be so hard to replace him, but Cliffy would be even more upset if we don't keep going for him. Godspeed my friend - you will be deeply missed.
Clifford, thank you so much for the many,many joyous nights of incredible music. They are moments that I will never forget. I know you're now listening to the most incredible blues band ever assembled! God Bless Susan, family and friends.
WORDS CAN'T COME FAST ENOUGH TO FILL THE VOID YOU HAVE LEFT IN ME. THANX FOR EVERYTHING, BUDDY. I LOVE U 4 EVER.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us and so many others. We are forever changed and forever inspired.
Clifford Antone- the rock by which the foundation of the "Live Music Capitol of the World" was laid.
I'm sure Clifford is opening up a club in heaven right now and has Stevie booked for the first gig.
God bless you Clifford. Austin thanks you.
Thanks Clifford. Thanks for a life changing musical experience. Thanks for all those nights I was allowed to sit at that light board and witness the greatness you paraded through those doors. Godspeed brother. Now I know that when my time comes, I'll be able to walk through those Pearly Gates, turn the corner at the Fillmore, and find Antone's right down the street.
god bless you CLIFF you was the key to the highway for so many of us just startin out in the seventies good bye my old friend
Thank you for all the joy you brought to everyone here in Austin and other cities.
Goodbye old friend. You are now reunited with your three favorite musicians...Muddy, Stevie and Doug. I'll always treasure the time we spent together and our KONO Blues Cafe radio show in the 80's. Rest in Peace.
...If you believe in forever, then life is just a one night stand. If there's a BLUES HEAVEN...then you know they've got a hell of a band there...And Clifford's bookin the show!
Via con Dios' Mi' Comparde'!
A beautiful, charming and loving man! He will be missed, see ya on the other side.
What an incrediable legacy and life. There are a few people in the world that are bigger then life and Clifford was one. Always with a kind word and giving up and coming muscians a chance. How many bands got their start at Antones, for this we will always be truly greatful.
Truly, the heavens are rock'n today.
What a sad day. Clifford was a trail blazer. Opening the first club on 6th Street was genius - making it a blues club was inspiration. He did so much for my music friends - paving a way for them to get the attention they so truly deserved. He helped launch many careers and gave all of us a place to enjoy the music we all loved. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on.
Thank you sir for all you did for our city's music scene and all the people,especially musicians,you helped.God rest your soul and enjoy seeing old friends.
Desde Barcelona en España, los verdaderos amantes y devotos del blues, sentimos profundamente la pérdida de uno de los hombres que mas han trabajado, no solo por esta música, sino también por sus músicos. Que su alma descanse en la paz del Señor
Much appreciation for all Clifford has done for Blues Music and for providing a forum that helped develop some of my very best Blues friends in Austin.
I got up to play with Albert Collins one night, and Clifford walk's over to me and said " just play the blues man" thanks Clifford I needed that!
What a loss for our city and for music and musicians all over the country. Thank you, Clifford, for everything you did, so selflessly, for us all. It was all about the music.
I have been going to Antones since 1976 when it was on 6th St. What a man!You will be missed but you will live on in our hearts and in all the bands that will continue to play the blues. Thank you God for Clifford Antone!
I've never had the honor of knowing Cliff, but I do know the music I love would have never met my ears if it hadn't been for Antone's. I offer my deepest gratitude and sympathy for his family and friends. God Bless You All.
Clifford Antone, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Terry Lickona will be my Mt. Rushmore of Austin music. Bring good blues to heaven. Thanks so much.
Cliff will be missed, I never met him but just the name 'Antone's' meant Blues!
After my last divorce, I used to go to Antone's to listen to the great music;more than once,Clifford would see me sitting alone and come over and sit with me just shooting the breeze....I'll miss him.....
Clifford, you were the heart and soul of blues and music in general in Austin. I can't tell you how many memorable shows I saw in your club. The Lord took another Blues Stringer home to be with a lot of other Blues greats.
Cliff never forgot a name. I remember how he would always make sure his head was lower than the blues legends I photographed him with even if he had to bend his Knees. A true gentleman.
I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Clifford many times and he was always a gentleman, always had a smile for you. I recall one particular moment watching him listen to music in the club I was working at and realizing he FELT music, the rest of us just hear it and he FELT it. Thank you Clifford and God speed.
I'd like to express my condolences to Cliff's family and close friends. He and his contribution to Austin have made the city more colorful and richer with living energy...he will be missed but certainly not forgotten...
cliff was a great friend.I first met Cliff in 1995 when i moved to Austin ,he greated me just like the city,with open arms.His jollyness and love were the first actions of his first and lasting empresion.Cliff You Will Always Be The Man That named me and made me
who I am Today. Words will never explain who we lost,but your legacy will always be in our hearts,minds,thoughts,music and Austin.
I never met Clifford, but I've read so much about him, and know that without him and his club, much of the blues that I love dearly today probably wouldn't be here. Much mojo to the family and friends of Clifford.
He was a legend. I met him once on New Years Eve 2003, Rob was playing, Piper Perabo was in the house. Cifford was nice enough to visit with us. I didn't know who he was at the time. After he left someone told me who he was. He was a very nice man. Rest in Peace. Jeanne3wish (((*_*)))
I remember Clifford when he used to come in to eat @ Hunts BBQ in
Cedar Park, TX/ He was a great tipper.
Coming 2 you're house (Antones)was like going 2 church.Thanx 4 the times.
Clifford- we will miss you so much- we know you are with all the great blues players who have gone before you. Blues will miss you and never be the same without you. You are so special to all of us!
Rita Bell & Donovan Butter
An incredible loss for the music world.
I am so sorry for your loss. I know that nothing I write here can ease your pain. But I hope that the knowledge of the fact that Clifford touched so many souls over the span of his life might help ease some of your suffering right now.
He made a difference. He made things happen. He made you believe. Clifford was a leader.
Clifford Antone may be gone now, but he will never be forgotten. He will live on in us all.
Clifford - God speed brother. Thanx for everything. I will miss you. You always made me smile bro. Always. And I will never forget the blues. Ever.
Peace to you all.
DJ Chris "Dig'm" Allen a.k.a. Stiletto, Texas
I love you Clifford and you will be missed dearly. Your loyalty and kindness separates you from most. It was my pleasure to be your friend, and you will remain in my heart forever. Because of you, everyday Austin will have the blues.
I'm not from Texas but from Amsterdam the Netherlands. I played only once on the Antones stage with Guy Forsyht and Carolyn Wonderland in a jam. I was only doing the tamborine on Mona but that is okey you know. Clifford emailed my friend Jur Scherpenzeel from Maloe Melo the Home of The Blues in Amsterdam because he knew that there hanging a lot of posters and pictures from the Antones Bluesclub in Amsterdam. He gave his email address to keep in touch and he said Thanx. It is sad this great man is gone. A great loss for Austin Texas.
HEAVEN NEEDED A PROMOTER, STEVIE NEEDED A FRIEND.
CLIFFORD IS NOW IN HIS TRUE HEAVEN WITH ALL THE GREATS, SHARING A MUTUAL ADORATION FOR EACH OTHER.
thank you for you hospitality clifford and thank you for what you did for austin and blues music.
Such a legendary figure to me all those years I was at his club four nights a week...
Then I had the privilege of getting to speak to him daily at where I work for a while...
The Legend became a real person and a wonderful human being to me. What kind of awesome man bows to the lowly waiter wannabe blues musician! Such a respectful and noble man in my eyes.
God bless you kind sir and I hope you are enjoying Muddy and Sonny Boy's set right now.
To: Mr Antones's family and special friend,Mr Allen(Sugar Bear)Black., thanks for sponsoring many of my softball tournaments back in the 70's and 80's. I will never forget all the times that I saw Bobby"Blue" Bland at your clubs. I will always cherish the memory of being at your appreciation celebration at the paramount. I even have a poster from that event signed by you and Mr. Pinetop on that night, later at your club. Mr Pinetops hand was injured at the time , but you still allowed me get an autograph, signed with his other hand. I am so glad that you got some of your flowers while you yet lived. So take up your wings and fly away, your work down here is done, but your spirit will always be a part of Austinites of all ages and races.
You'll never be forgotten Clifford.
A great man!
I'll bet Clifford is talking to Stevie about playing his next gig at Antone's on the other side right now. All my best Sue, I love you. K
To a most generous and caring man - a real classic. Starting in the 80's on Guadalupe and on through the years you remained a true friend that I could always count on. I'm missing you already, CJ. Thank you for so many terrific memories and for always believing in me.
You will be sorely missed from this music scene you had such a big part in creating. Austin music & musicians never had or will ever have a better friend. Austin will be forever blue by your leaving us so early.
Rest In Peace, Clifford.
I spent the last month playing every other thursday in Marble Falls for Clifford's "History of the Blues and R'n'R ". He was one of a kind. A true music lover with such a knowledge about American music. I learned so much just listening to him. I will miss him very much.
We mourn a nice man, not perfect, but who is? Not to dwell on any past indiscretions, but to celebrate and give thanks for the inestimable contributions he made to Austin's music scene, his passion for music, his love of the blues, and his spirit of fun. We'll miss you Clifford--Thanks for all you've done/
New Year's Eve will never be the same. Thanks for all the memories and may God Bless.
i lost a very dear friend today........... and the world in which i live, will never be the same : (
I only met Clifford once..last summer and he was so gracious to me. I sat in with my dear friend Candye Kane at Antone's during one of the 30th anniversary shows. When Clifford was introducing everyone he called me over on stage put his arm around me and said some really nice things about me to the audience...I'll never forget that...and then he told me later that if there was anything he could do to help me he would. I wish I got to know him better..this is so sad...he was too young. My wish is that his spirit will live on through the good he did for the Blues. It's obvious he loved the music and the musicians that played it.
It was an unexpected shock when I heard that Clifford Antone had passed away. I hold the most respect for Clifford and what he has done for the music scene in Austin. His club (on Lavaca) was one of the first venues I ever attended- the only quality club downtown that allows minors- and it set the stage for my love of live music, especially the blues. I am forever grateful for this dearly departed soul, he will be fondly remembered.
I just dont think he knew that in a little central California town, he meant he just as much.
I will miss you dearly Clifford. You were a kind, kind, man with an incredible heart not to mention memory. I always loved running into you downtown and reminiscing on the old times. You always impressed me that you remembered little ol' me & the times we hung out. I will miss you dearly and listening to your timeless & captivating stories of blues history & legends. Goodbye dear friend.
What a show Cliff is having with those above that are still jamming!
For 30 years you provided a big part of the soul of this city. May you rest in peace. You won't be forgotten.
Austin, Texas and the country has lost the greatest BLUES promoter of all time. We are surely going to miss him and his generosity to all of those in need. Sincere condolences to his loved ones.
Cathy Georgetown, TX
Never had the chance to meet you in person but I spoke with you before. You are a legend in your own right; a true staple in American Music.
Us youngsters will continue on the legacy by perpetuating the music we hold so close; the blues. For you, for Muddy, for both Alberts, for lightnin’ for S.R.V., you’re with all of your friends now - :(
Thank you Cliff for your contribution to real music and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Blue Shoe Mike
Dallas, Texas, USA
Clifford loved to eat with us at Vespaio. I knew what he wanted to eat and he always reminded me....no cheese!!!!!.
I was always happy to see him & he was always happy to see me w/ a strong handshake and a big hug.
Clifford and I share the same birthday & will toast him every October 27th.
We will miss you brother.
I took a class with Mr.Antone at the University of Texas and I have never seen someone so passionate about music. He wanted everyone to feel what he felt and he kept everyone interested with the hundreds of stories he had. He did so much for this city and will be greatly missed.
Back in the Port Arthur days growing up with Clifford I just knew he was bound for the Blues Hall of Fame. I now know he is playing the Blues at the Fabulous Pearly Gates! Great Memories Clifford with your cousin Mikal.
May the Lord be with the Antone Family at this great time of need.
You made some of the best memories of my life happen.
Spent many a night in the company of your place and your musicians. Being a singer myself, I hope that you've gone to that "great gig", and the drinks are never short-poured.
As the former owner of Ropers Nightclub in Austin, Artist Manager and friend of Clifford, I feel that the quote; unquote "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin, Texas, owes more to him than any other person in the nightclub business and perhaps any other field of this business of live music.
He was to the nightclub business what Willie Nelson was to the artist end of making Austin the "Live Music Capital of the World." I recently ran into him and he was so gracious and ask me what he could do to help me and the artist I represent. He also, said: "I mean it, call me." I admired him greatly.
I wish to express my sincere condolences to Clifford's family. He was a class person and will be sorely missed.
Vaya con Dios,
Nobody truly dies unless they are forgotten. Clifford will live in the memories of many. Let us hold dear those memories.
Clifford, was like a stone dropping in a pond...the circles it caused was all his friends, there were so many of us ripples and he would flash that smile and hand shake confirming how great some new talent was, he may not have new your name but he knew your face. I am very proud to say Clif was a friend of mine I am sure he and Doug are having a grand time tonight checking out the music.
Clifford's life was his family, his friends, and his music. I was blessed to know Georgette, his Mother,Susan and Janelle his sisters.I really felt like he made me a member of his family.Farewell!
I can't believe he's gone...
Goodbye Clifford. Thank you.
I will allways remember him as being a REAL blues lover and a great guy! AND taking care of many friends of mine.
He will be missed
My husband and I are both in our mid 40's/50's and have lived in Austin all our lives. We have known of and know Clifford for so many years and to hear of his passing is left us with so much greif. We will miss you Clifford and all the years of your kindness and Humanitarian efforts to others. God bless you Clifford you made this world and Austin a much better place. Long live Texas Music and the Blues. To all the musicians we have seen and loved over the years, our hearts go out to you as well as to you Susan, his sister. Clifford! You can now join that cloud in the sky which has all our great Texas blues artist in it - keep playing the blues. So, so many tears tonight...
PS - thanks for the dance at The Alligator Grill last year. Tell Stevie Hi !
Carol Gauthier Boyd & Dan Boyd
Although a light has gone out on this earth and in Austin Texas today, a bright new star is shining in heaven. Heaven done called another blues stringer back home! God Speed My Friend and thank you for what you gave to US ALL!!
One of the most incredible blues performances I saw was a late night set with Albert Collins at the Guadalupe club. Clifford got up and played bass, and Albert and Clifford unleashed the most soulful blues I think I have ever heard.
Clifford Antone was always kind and gracious to me and my friends, calling us "real music fans" and always calling us his "friends". It was an honor to know the man who did so much for the blues. As a fan of the great guitar-based music he brought to his club, I am humbled to have known him at all. I'll always remember the look of joy on his face as he watched his favorite bands from the side of the stage -- enjoying the music every bit as much as we, the fans did. Rest in peace, Clifford. God bless you.
He will be missed. He gave us so much blues. I got to meet him at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. He was a remarkable man. Sorry to see him go.
Your longstanding support of Austin's musicians like yesteryears Stevie Ray Vaughn to today's Cornell Hurd will always be in my memory. My condolences to your many family and friends.
Heaven's blues jam has a new host.
I moved to Austin and Cliff was one of a handful of reasons why. I love music and he was Mr. Music and helped create "The Live Music Capital of the World" where he reigned King and sometimes Court Jester.
I last saw him three weeks ago and was anxious to get his rich music library on-line. I enjoyed working with the man. I am sure we'll find him booking bands in The Promised Land.
Let's commission a bronze statue and place him right by Stevie Ray's overlooking the city he helped build!
Cliff was a very nice man and friend and never let success exceed him. I will miss him and the good times with him at his clubs.
Thanks for the advice and encouragement for 35 years.
Clifford, we'll see you further down the road...
To Cliff's friends, family and the community - I share in your grief, but also in the joy of knowing him. Truly a special man to whom music was everything. His generosity and caring will be remembered by us all.
He had a profound influence on the lives of musicians and music fans all over the world. He'll be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
I played at Antone's several times in the early '80s with Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, who I was touring with at the time. Always had a really great time. Cliff will be missed. Very sad to hear of his death.
There is an eerie hush over Austin this evening. You will be missed my friend.
I'm sorry we didn't get to spend more time together but I thoroughly enjoyed the time we did get to share. Good work Bluesman, I'll see you on the other side.
Seems without reason or rhyme it is choosen, the time, and in so a tenure is ended. But know this while we grieve from the life that we leave we return as do those we befriended.
God Speed Good Friend.
Thank you for the person you were and not judge others for who they were and only God will call us all upon that day. You will always be remembered for your kindness.
Jesse an Austin-nite
Clifford Antone is the reason I moved to Austin in the late 70's. I heard about this club, Antones, where you could hear the real Chicago Blues, so I moved here from Boulder, Co. with $35 dollars, & a Chevy Luv truck, no job, no friends & I've never regretted it for a minute.
Thank you Clifford. I am eternally grateful & indebted to you for years of schooling in the Blues. I would have been lost without you & your great club and all the people involved.
My prayers go to your family & friends for their great loss.
Just know that your passion lives on in all of us you have touched.
Thanks for the times. You did a great contribution to Austin.
He epitomized Austin's culture, Texas's pride and America's dream. May God bless this good ole' down home man.
I'm really going to miss you man .you were an insperation to me ,and ill never forget you
good night sweet prince. I am so glad I got one more slow dance with you at the anniversary. Thank you for being you. Thanks for believing in me and giving me a chance to sing. Thanks for your soulful love and big beautiful eyes. Thanks for your kindnesses and humility. Youre the original soul daddy. I will always miss you.
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of an Austin legend. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. Clifford was always nice to me, he always treated everyone like they were special. He will be greatly missed by all.
He opened so many doors for the blues. I'm sure he is reuniting with old friends in heaven.
He will be greatly missed.
One of the people who helped as the blues moved from its origins to its current worldwide fan base, out of his authentic love of the music and its creators. He really loved the music for its own sake, and it showed.
May 23, 2006
To the Family and To a Legend ~
Let us turn back around, remember his loyalty, and honor his Love for music! When moving to Austin, over seven yrs. ago, I had my heart set on sharing a lot of time and space with friends at the Legendary Antone's! That is exactly what I did and what I have thoroughly enjoyed for the last few years. Thank you to Clifford Antone for allowing us that opportunity!
Like Mr. Antone, I firmly believe in the vigorous happiness and influence that music generates!
It is very hard to let go of such a wonderful, spirited man. In his honor, however, we will continue to carry his dreams through Love, Laughter, and Grand Times at Antone's.
~ Keep Your Smiles Loud ~
I love you Cliff...there are no words to describe..except i love you....paula nelson
You helped make Austin one of the best cities in the world. You were a living legend and a man with an amazing heart. Austin won't be the same. Music won't be the same. Give Stevie and the others a hug. They saved a place for you. Happy tunes, Clifford.
Another bluesman called home.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thank you and God bless you.
I love you brother. Tell 'em all I said "Hey".
This is a very sad day for your Oklahoma Friend. You will be missed by all but especially by me. I hope my heart is as big as yours so I will see you on the other side. Until then I'll be missing you. Janeice
Clifford Antone=Austin=THE BLUES; My prayers to his family and to ALL who are signing the blues. He will be missed. May the lord keep him safe until we can meet again.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Spent many a fine nights at all his clubs and I must say he was the host with the most. A very fine man and he had done so much for so many people, I will miss him.
Too many memories to mention...
Being your both from Port Aurthur, I hope one of the first to welcome you to the other side was Janis Joplin. And though she and you are both now gone, the blues will still live on forever.. In Austin and in Heaven.. After I get a grip I will come back and share some of those great memories.. PEACE CLIFF...RIP..
God Bless you Cliff - I know you will be our gaurdian angel, as you always have been. I can't think of anyone who has taken "care" of as many as you have! I am so, so sad today! Love, Connie
The late '70's introduced me to one of the very few, at that time, who loved the Blues as much as I did. Clifford not only loved the Blues, but he saved a tradition that grew into what "Music" is today.
Thanks Clifford and see you soon.
Professor Antone, You knew me as a student in the blues history class you taught at U.T. The brief time I spent absorbing your knowledge and learning from your experiences will never be forgotten. We will miss you terribly and Austin won't be the same without you. Rest in peace and say hi to Stevie Ray & the gang while you're there.
... may the four winds blow you safely home ...
When Antone's opened on Sixth Street in 1975, in a funky old furniture store that quickly become a blues church, it was like someone had thrown music lovers a life preserver. Clifford Antone was one of the best friends Austin ever had, and a man with a heart as big as the state he loved.
a huge loss to the texas blues scene. loved antone's and the fact that clifford was so open to anything.
As a representative of Clifford's high school classmates (Thomas Jefferson HS, class of '68, Pt. Arthur, TX), I would like to express our condolenses to the family. Clifford was a very well-liked classmate and friend and will be missed by all. We have fond memories that will continue to make us smile.
We will miss you.. Antones will not be the same without you and Austin music suffers your loss collectively. I hope many others can come see a show at Antones and understand your legacy.
Cuz...I'll miss you. Love Kinnon
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Thanks for the memories, say hi to Stevie.
Thank you for all the good times. You will be missed
Saw Cliff at Jovitas on SXSW Thursday just two months ago (Cornell Hurd Band was playing) and I said hi. he slipped me his card and said, "Got my cell phone on there, you need to get in to my club, or somewhere..." what a guy...
We were both huge Doug Sahm fans/friends... and I was at the old Antones for what was, I think, Cliff's 40th birthday party. Doug played, or I should say conducted the bands and guests, who included all of his players and various named bands. What a night. What a guy.
Cliff and Doug and Stevie and all the late greats are gonna throw down tonight .
My sympathies to the Antone family. When I go to Antone's from now on, I'll miss seeing Clifford and talking with him for a moment or two. It was a pleasure and privilage to know him.
Clifford Antone gave so much to the world with his support for the blues. We are all better for the fact that he lived and that he shared his passion for the blues with the rest of us. May his spirit live on and the blues keep on playing.
I can't believe he is gone. We will miss him . I know his legacy will continue.
I played Anton's so many times. He was such a friend to musicians. He took such good care of us. He loved us just the way we were.
I miss you Clifford.
A true gentleman who will be missed dearly. As a patron of his club since the early days on 6th st. I have run into Clifford many times over the years at it's various locations. Even though he didn't know me he always seemed to recognize me, shake my hand and say hello! Let's hope Antone's can make it without him and keep his life's work alive!
I have the best memories of working at Antone's in the early '80's when the club was on Guadalupe. Thanks, Clifford. I will always remember you on our birthday - October 27. You will be missed.
Wow, such a sad day. I did not know him at all, but I will tell you, everytime I went to the club and he asked me how I was doing, it felt like family.
RIP and god bless that you did what you did for Austin and the blues.
Thanks for the dances at the Broken Spoke. I'll miss ya Clifford!
To the brother i never had, and the only sholder i could lean on. The lives you touched were numerous, and your light will shine forever....goodbye to the legend...Cuzin.
We never got together for you to try my wife's gumbo. I'll always regret that. God bless you.
You'll always be the Blues Man of Austin.
goodbye to a big man, that never forgot the little man....he was more than a friend, he was a brother....Thank You for the life you gave....you will Always be remembered...CUZIN
We never think that God is going to call our name.I know you have left beautiful memories for your family and friends.Join the eternal life we are all waiting for and one by one we will be liked again
Clifford was an incredible force for the Blues, American popular culture, and a personal and beloved friend. It was a pleasure and honor to have worked with him. I will miss this incredible man. My condolences to his personal and musical families. A genuine Austin treasure...
Clifford Antone, as an Austin institution, has brought many of the greats to Austin. His club is the flagship of blues outside of New Orleans. We miss him already.
Clifford was the first club owner that ever let me get onstage to beat the drums here in Austin when I was a teenager visiting his club when it was still on Guadalupe. Clifford and I are both from Port Arthur, and we have shared many mutual friends over the years. Clifford always took his time to chat with his hometown friends. I last spoke with Clifford less than two weeks ago and his spirits were high. His memory and spirit will live on in many hearts, including my own. It was always a pleasure to spend a few minutes with this great man. God Speed My Friend! You will be truly missed...