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Antone's: Home of the Blues Collection

Identifier: SWWC-095

Scope and Contents

The SilverStar Entertainment Group Antone’s: Home of the Blues Collection contains materials used in the production and release of the documentary film, Antone’s: Home of the Blues. The bulk of the collection is video recordings of performances, interviews and other raw footage used to produce the film. The collection is arranged into three series: Production Videos, Marketing and Publicity, and Documentary.


  • 2003 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Other Descriptive Information

The DV cam tapes were transferred to DVDs for patron viewing purposes. Most DVDs fit two DV cam tapes each. Almost all the tapes have two versions with identical content recorded with different cameras—“Camera A” and “Camera B.” In most cases only the Camera A tapes were transferred to DVD.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials from the Wittliff Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user assumes responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish, and abiding by U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical Note

Clifford Antone opened the music venue, Antone’s, in Austin, Texas in 1975, at the age of 25. The venue was one of the first on Austin’s 6th Street and contributed to the city’s establishment as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Some of the artists that performed at Antone’s include Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker, Delbert McClinton, Pinetop Perkins, Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, Jimmy Reed, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, B.B. King and many other famous blues musicians. Antone also helped launch the careers of Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In 1987, Antone started the Antone’s record label and record store in Austin, still in operation on Guadaulpe Street. He also was active with numerous social and educational organizations, such hosting fundraisers for disadvantaged youths and teaching classes at local universities and colleges. Antone passed away on May 23, 2006, but the club remains open, at its third location, on W. 5th Street in Austin. In 2009, Antone was indicted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, Tennessee.

Anthony “Lucky” Tomblin, is a songwriter and the lead vocalist of The Lucky Tomblin Band. In the 1980s, he founded The Fire Station recording studio in San Marcos, Texas, and produced albums for artists such as the Texas Tornados, Joe Ely, Flaco Jimenez, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Lucky was the Executive Producer of the independent film, Antone's: Home of the Blues.

Antone's: Home of the Blues was directed by Dan Karlock and produced by Colleen Saro. It premiered at the 2004 South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. Through archival footage, contemporary interviews and performances both old and new, the documentary chronicles Clifford Antone and the legendary blues club he founded in 1975.


3 Linear Feet

13 boxes

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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • The descriptive data created for this finding aid is licensed under the CC0 Creative Commons license and is free for use without restriction.


Material related to the production and marketing of Antone’s: Home of the Blues, including 318 DV cam tapes of raw footage used in the production of the film, DVD viewing copies of the DV cam tapes, one commercial DVD copy of the documentary, one poster for the premiere, critical reviews, press releases, short bios and a list of the cast, video trailer, TV news report, and a VHS copy of the first cut that premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in March 2004.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use:

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anthony “Lucky” Tomblin, 2007

Guide to the Antone's: Home of the Blues Collection
Joel Minor and Tim Lormor
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Revised for ArchivesSpace by Katie Salzmann

Repository Details

Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA