Beginning sometime in the early 1970’s, a number of local musicians such as Joe Ely, Jesse Taylor and Jimmie Dale Gilmore began coming over on Sunday evening for some great tasting food, followed by a jam session. Thus began the Sunday Night Jams that lasted for a decade. Artists such as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Muddy Waters, Johnny Lee Hooker, BB King and countless others joined in the fun, some on a fairly regular basis.
Stubb with Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
Stubb and Muddy Waters
Drawing commemorating The Great East Broadway Onion Championship of 1978
Tom T. Hall wrote a song that nicely captures what it must have been like during those legendary jam sessions. Called “The Great East Broadway Onion Championship of 1978”, Hall tells the story of an early morning pool game between himself and Joe Ely. A white onion was substituted for a cue ball and Ely used a broom handle for a pool cue.
Stubb eventually closed the Lubbock restaurant and moved to Austin. It was in Austin that he started making his legendary BBQ sauces. He also opened up a restaurant and music venue where many more musicians come to eat and play.
The next time you are in Austin, make sure you visit the restaurant at 801 Red River. And stop by and pay us – the sauce company – a visit. We might be cooking up a new flavor of sauce and would welcome feedback from any fan of Stubb’s.
These are some photos we’ve found over the years that cover the early years. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.