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Post Naked Maya
on: October 1, 2013, 05:16

Alliance Wagon Yard opened in 1974 at 505 Neches St. by Dave Robins and others.

The interior of the club featured shag carpet covering risers that hold the wooden tables and folding metal chairs higher and higher as they move toward the back in a tiered fashion; stained glass skylights; an imitation Naked Maya, gazing over the scene from above the bar, where waitresses fill orders for Lone Star Beer, mix drinks and peanuts, the only items on the menu. The place held 225 people with a small dance floor in front of the stage.

Little known was that the original Alliance Wagon Yard (also known as Alliance Cotton Yard) provided space for wagons and horses was located next to the Paggi Carriage Shop in 1875 on the south side of Pecan (now 6th Street). The yard, mananged by S.C. Granberry was on the block bounded by East 5th St., Trinity, East 4th St. and Neches.

When the Alliance Wagon Yard burned early one January, it was suspected as arson and thus there was no insurance paid. Well-known country musicians as B. W. Stevenson and the Milton Carroll Band hosted benefits to raise money to rebuild it.

Ray Wylie Hubbard filmed a Lone Star Cross Country Music special at the Alliance. Willie Nelson, the legendary leader of the progressive country movement, followed suit, then Jerry Jeff Walker.

At one time the club was Flight 505 at one time. The Alliance Wagon Yard was also located at Koenig and Guadalupe at one time.

Tim O'Connor tells about why he had to leave Austin for awhile after shooting a man:

"There was an incident in front of the Alliance Wagon Yard," states O'Connor. "A stray bullet was fired and went into somebody's leg. It just so happened it was my stray bullet."

Turns out O'Connor had shot a label executive with CBS Records, with whom Nelson had just signed.

"I met Willie in San Antonio to apologize to him," recalls O'Connor of his last move before leaving Austin. "I knew I'd screwed up big and made my mea culpas. Willie let me spill everything out for him and then I asked, 'What do you think?' I'll never forget Willie's answer.

"'I think I'm going to let you negotiate all my contracts with CBS.'"

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