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Gary Clark Jr., Jimmie Vaughan, Denny Freeman, Charlie Sexton and others to pay tribute to Paul Ray

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What: Jimmie Vaughan and friends will celebrate Paul Ray’s life at Antone’s Nightclub, Austin’s home of the blues. The event will feature music of the Cobras, as well as tributes from some of Austin’s finest musicians – including Denny Freeman and Charlie Sexton – who were influenced by “Twine Time,” the rhythm and blues radio show Ray hosted for nearly 40 years.

Additional special guests will be announced closer to the show.

General admission tickets are $35. VIP tickets are $75 and include access to upstairs artist area, barbecue and a commemorative silkscreen poster. Proceeds benefit the Paul Ray Memorial Fund. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Where: Antone’s Nightclub, 305 E 5th St.

When: 8:30 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.), Thursday, March 3

Background: Paul Ray, Texas Radio Hall of Famer and host of “Twine Time” on KUTX, died Jan. 15, 2016 at age 73.

For nearly 40 years, “Twine Time” had been the de facto soundtrack for Austin’s Saturday night. Occasional specials celebrated everything from Elvis’ birthday to gospel music – all of it fueled by Ray’s encyclopedic knowledge, passion and a music collection that numbered more than 5,000 records.

Ray and “Twine Time” received many local awards, including “Twine Time” being named “Best Radio Program” in the Austin Chronicle 2014 Austin Music Industry Awards, Paul Ray & The Cobras being inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and Ray receiving multiple “Best DJ” awards in the Austin Chronicle Music awards starting in 1981. In addition to hosting “Twine Time,” he previously hosted “Paul Ray’s Jazz” on KUT.

Ray founded the Dallas blues band Paul Ray & the Cobras, which helped launch musician Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career.

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Contacts: Erin Geisler, KUTX 98.9, (512) 475-8071

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