West Texas Talk:
Writer Donna Miller and James White On Well-known Austin Honky-Tonk, The Broken Spoke
In 1991 Dolly Parton and Gary Busey starred in the movie, Wild Texas Wind, with scenes filmed at the Broken Spoke that featured a small speaking role for James White; via RIck Henson courtesy of Donna Miller
Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson sing harmony along with James White and Joe Ely on stage at the Broken Spoke in 1991; via Rick Henson courtesy of Donna Miller
The Broken Spoke opened Nov. 10, 1964, as a one-room saloon located about a mile outside of what was then the Austin city limits; via James White
Jerry Jeff Walker and Ernest Tubb performed on stage at the Broken Spoke in 1975; via Rick Henson courtesy of Donna Miller
Nguyen talks to Donna Marie Miller, author of The Broken Spoke: Austin’s Legendary Honky-Tonk, and owner of the famed institution, James White.
James White opened The Broken Spoke over fifty years ago in 1964. Since then, famous country artists like Willie Nelon, Dolly Parton, Bob Wills, and Kris Kristofferson have performed at the venue. The socialization of cowboys and hippies at the establishment played part in the rise of the “progressive country” movement in the seventies. White says that The Broken Spoke has been copied in other cities around the country, but there just aren’t any other honky-tonks quite like this.