Houston Music

Tonight: Anderson Fair Vet Vince Bell at Brazos Books and Under the Volcano

Vince Bell's Houston roots go way, way back. When Anderson Fair opened its doors in the early '60s, Bell was one of the troubadours who not only played the joint, he also lived in the Montrose. If you can believe him, he ate so many of his meals at the club that he often refers to Anderson Fair in conversation as "that spaghetti restaurant."

Bell cut his teeth with folks like Lucinda Williams, Eric Taylor, Townes van Zandt, Gurf Morlix, Steve Fromholtz, Guy Clark and Blaze Foley at the old (and still open) Grant Street club.

Bell comes to town today with two purposes. The first is to hawk copies of his book, One Man's Music, 6:30 p.m. at Brazos Bookstore. The book is a chronicle of Bell's old days in Houston's folk scene heyday, but also details his struggle to recover from major brain damage he suffered in a car wreck.

After the book signing, Bell will move up the street to Under the Volcano for an 8 p.m. musical performance, accompanied by his old friend Guy Schwartz. Anyone who buys a book gets the first drink free.

8 p.m. tonight, Under the Volcano, 2349 Bissonnet, 713-526-5282 or www.myspace.com/underthevolcanobar.

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