Thursday, June 6, 1991
Austin American-Statesman Folk
By Peter Blackstock
[...] As if that weren't enough, coming up June 15 is the birthday
party for "The Granddaddy of Them All" - Hole in the Wall, which
turns 18 this year with a bash featuring the LeRoi Brothers and
Two Hoots & a Holler.
To be truthful, there are a couple of places that have been around
for longer - the Broken Spoke recently passed the 25-year mark -
but among bars that feature music seven nights a week, the Hole's
long lifespan is nothing short of a miracle in this town.
Sure, some things have changed - most recently, we saw the departure
of Jimbo, the bartender known to millions as the tall, blond-haired
guy walking out of the bar during the closing credits of Austin
City Limits. Although Jimbo actually had been working at the Hole
for a little less than one-third of its lifespan, he was a part
of a firm but friendly staff.
Though he'll be missed, the rest of the Hole family is quite capable
of carrying on the venue's tradition. It's that familial atmosphere,
and a consistent presentation of quality Austin music (recently
broadened and improved when longtime employee Debbie Rombach took
over booking), that makes Hole in the Wall this writer's pick for
the best live-music venue in Austin. And now it's even old enough