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Monday, January 17, 2011

George Kinney Benefit - Saturday, February 5 · 4:00pm - 10:00pm at the Highball, 1142 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas

George Kinney BenefitThe Texas Psych Blog is proud to announce the first, of what we hop will be many, George Kinney Benefit. This will be held on Saturday, February 5 · 4:00pm - 10:00pm at the Highball, 1142 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas.

This event was put together by our friend JM Dobies who hosts the well known Mal Thursday's Texas Tyme Machine radio show.

Here's what it says about the event:

In the first of several benefits for Austin psychedelic music legend George Kinney, a series of special guests, including Haunt, Jesse Sublett, ST 37, and the Texreys grace the stage of South Austin's swankiest ballroom and bowling emporium, the Highball, to raise money to help pay Kinney's medical bills. George will play the headlining set, so look forward to possibly hearing "My Time" and other songs from the Golden Dawn's classic LP "Power Plant." Other special guests TBA... Donations greatly appreciated.

I caught up with Mr. Dobies and asked him some questions:

You do so much work for the Texas Psych Community, and more, how did you find the time for this effort?

Oh man, I totally don't have time for it! But I'm taking the time to make sure that the show is great, and hoping that people give generously for George, including whatever music store we can talk into providing a backline.

Are there other George Kinney benefits coming up?

Yes. We're doing a more garage-y one at Beerland, a more country/blues one at Uncle Billy's Lake Travis, and hopefully one at a larger venue with the Black Angels.

Any chance of seeing people like Roky, Fever Tree Rising, Black Angels performing at one of these benefits?

We're going to ask 'em, that's for sure. You got a number on Fever Tree? That would be epic. We could do that one in Houston or Austin.

I loved the Golden Dawn Texas Tyme Machine installment. Can you provide a link to download that?

The Golden Dawn Story will be featured on the podcast Mal Thursday's Texas Tyme Machine #5, which will be posted near the end of January. Here are the links for the first four episodes in the series:
#1: A Journey to Tyme:

#2: Ft. Worth Teen Scene, Pt. 1:

#3: The Skunks Story:

#4: Houston, Pt. 1: The Thursday's Children Story:

Have you spoken to George recently? What does he have to say about all of this?

George is excited. He says that a paying gig is always a good excuse to get out of the house, and I'm sure he's touched by all the support he's gotten from people. These shows are really going to be a love-in. And hopefully we raise a bunch of money for him. Above is the rough version of the poster. We have 4 or 5 of the 25-minute sets left to fill. I'm saving the last two hours for George's set and other possible guest appearances.

Our friend George is suffering from cancer of the liver. Read more about that here and see instructions on how to donate:

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