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We Sure Helped Will Sexton!

Will and Charlie

The first time I saw the Sexton Brothers – Charlie and Will – play together was in late 70s/early80s when their mom dropped them off at the music-friendly Austex Lounge on South Congress to play a weekly Happy Hour rock-blues gig. Ninety minutes later she was back to take them home. It was a school night after all. We circled the low stage and watched the Sextons play guitar. How could such young kids play aching & blistering riffs so easily? Will and Charlie grew up in the Austin Music Community. They have played in many groups – The Arc Angels set the Sexton Standard.

Eliza & Terry Gilkyson

Victoria Williams

Austin music folks gathered at Antone’s on February 15, 2010, to take part in the “We Wanna Help Will Sexton Benefit” – seven hours of superb music to help pay medical expenses for Will who had suffered a minor stroke and was then found to have a heart problem. Michael Corcoran, Austin Chronicle editor three-plus decades ago, who now covers music for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper and its 360.com website, wrote a worthy article detailing Will’s condition and how Austin folks were helping – http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-s-music-family-helps-will-sexton-after-234249.html?cxtype=ynews_rss&imw=Y

Roky Erickson with Charlie

here's my pick

Will with Terry Allen & Band

All Bob Kinney photos

Margaret Moser, who now covers Austin music for the Chronicle, wrote the following in its February 12, 2010 issue.

“Musician. Friend. Brother. Father. Composer. Teacher. There’s not much that Will Sexton doesn’t mean to the Austin community. As one of the first to grow up in and be nurtured by our scene, Sexton’s recent stroke was a shock to all. And when Austin hurts for one of its own, it also rallies like a champ to the cause. This fundraiser features top-notch talent including Roky Erickson, Terry Allen, Eliza Gilkyson, brother Tony and son Cisco, Patty Griffin, Victoria Williams, Jimmy LaFave, Bill Carter & the Blame with Denny Freeman, Abra Moore, the Bodeans, Charlie Faye and Will and Charlie Sexton. Though it’s the day after Valentine’s, you’re forever our sweetheart, Will.” – Margaret Moser.

several guitars were auctioned off during the show

one autographed guitar went to high bidder Rene

Folks streamed into Antone’s when doors opened at 6:30 and music began a half hour later. The club was closely packed within three hours. There were many music highlights.

Patty Griffin was exquisite. Victoria Williams came from California for her old friend. LouAnn Barton brought the blues. The Gilkyson & Ryder Family sang their singular songs old and new. Roky Erickson rocked the crowd and left the stage grinning. Terry Allen and Band took the energy to an even higher level. Bill Carter and The Blame closed the show with “Mercury Blues.”

impromptu horn section with Ephraim Owens, trumpet and


In a Unique Austin Moment there were three musicians onstage then who shared a common bond – each had played lead guitar in Bob Dylan’s bands for several tours over the years.

Charlie Sexton – current lead – with veterans Will Sexton and Denny Freeman.

nearing end of show

  1. Debbie Epperson-Cartier
    November 24, 2010 at 3:30 am

    ahh yes Will and Charlie…what a refreshing memory from my past…I went to High School with these boys..I remember back in the day when my dad had opened the first Music store to ever hit Wimberley, Texas…Will and Charlie when they were young boys would come to my dads store where they took music lessons from him…for many years I kept the big wooden hand painted sign from the store that presented a large Armadillo lying on his back wearing a Red Bandana and playing a Guitar…the signs name was simple….” The Music Store “…the boys are bigtime now looks like the journey of a thousand miles into the world of good ol’ ” LIVE ” Texas music was well worth thier travels…great article here…was so sorry to hear about Will’s stroke I do hope he is making a full recovery…huggs & Love to both…from an ol’ hometown friend ♥

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