Inquiring Minds

Lou Ann Barton: Austin Blues Queen Is Working Her Butt Off

It's 2 p.m. and Austin blues diva Lou Ann Barton is just downing her first cup of coffee of the day. Rocks Off admitted to her he was only on his second.

"We were recording last night, so I'm a little sluggish," says the Fort Worth native in her gravelly voice.

One of the masters of ceremony at the first Austin Music Awards, Barton isn't exactly in the headlines these days, but there was time when she was the absolute reigning monarch of the Austin blues scene. A woman not known for hiding her opinions or thinking before she spoke, she was frequently featured in Michael Corcoran's music gossip column in the Austin Chronicle, where he occasionally tagged her No-Show Lou Ann.

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William Michael Smith