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Dance-Hall Days

In Bandera, Arkey Blue

So you have company coming to town, and they want to experience a real-life, authentic, Texan dance hall. Or let's just say you're itching to two-step across a wooden dance floor that's been worn and weathered by generations before you. If you don't know where to start, try this: www.honkytonktx.com, a Web site developed by Austinite Martin Buehler and his sons, Baba and Willie, as a labor of love. "I'm proud as heck of it," says Martin, who can talk a blue streak about his love of dance-hall history, legend, and lore.

Encouraged by his friend James White, who owns Austin's famous Broken Spoke, Martin and his sons spent a year or so driving throughout Central Texas documenting the state's honky-tonk culture. The Web site includes blurbs about 40 dance halls (most of them in Central Texas), with phone numbers and directions so you can plan your outings. You'll also find profiles of the state's established and up-and-coming honky-tonk superstars and a forum for fans of honky-tonk music.

From the November 2004 issue.

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