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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 08:16 PM
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I just received the saddest news I've gotten in quite a while. Jimmy Watson - owner/proprietor of the Garages Cafe in Birmingham has gone from this world.

In addition to being one of the kindest souls I've ever known, Jimmy was the originator of two of Birmingham's all time greatest bars and restaurants.

I first met Jimmy when I was a teenage bag boy at the neighborhood grocery store in 1973. Jimmy was a local hippy. At that time, Jimmy was running the Midnight Voice. The 'Voice was really and truly a hole in the wall - located in a former auto radiator repair shop. Dress code was optional. There was no air conditioning, so in summer months it was common to see folks clad in shorts and flip-flops and maybe a t-shirt or halter top.

The 'Voice was one of those old southern clubs that gave rise to many up and coming "southern rock" bands. Quite specifically, I remember seeing the Dixie Dregs there on many occasions. I met the legendary Twiggs Lyndon at a couple of these shows. I was there one night when Johnny and Edgar Winter stopped in and jammed with a local band that was playing.

I should point out that I was quite underage at the time. Jimmy not only loved and appreciated music - he respected all who also did. He would turn a knowing blind eye to my presence - as long as I stayed out of trouble.

Years later, Jimmy found a set of garages that once served an old and dilapidated high-rise apartment building. He took these garages (and a lot of concrete) and fashioned them into the Garages - which was one of the absolutely coolest bars in our solar system. GQ magazine featured the Garages in an article titled "10 Best Bars Worth Flying To".

The Garages was an indoor/outdoor place. It was adorned with a lot of architectural antiques and artifacts that might have been for sale ... if anybody was interested enough to get off their bar stool and make an offer or otherwise show real interest. Regardless, it was great decor and gave quite an ambience.

Several times a year (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day ...) Jimmy would just throw a party at the Garages - complete with FREE food! He always had great music playing at these things - usually featuring Scott Boyer, Kelvin Holly, David Brown, Donny Frits and many of the other Muscle Shoals types. If you ever made it to one of Jimmy's parties, you know what I'm talkin' about!

One of the last times I got to hang with Jimmy was a couple of years ago in Macon at the Cowboy reunion show. We hung out, partook, and dined at the H&H for a couple of meals. That hang, will forever be one of my fondest memories.

Jimmy Watson was, is and will always be a Birmingham legend! I will miss him.



[Edited on 3/9/2014 by Rusty]

 

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  posted on 3/8/2014 at 08:39 PM
sorry to hear it. you bama folks have the greatest music and nite spots. I'm jealous.



[Edited on 3/9/2014 by pops42]

 

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  posted on 3/9/2014 at 03:55 PM
Rusty, Jimmy's brother Kenny is my uncle..or ex-uncle. He was married to my Dad's middle sister (since passed) and is the father of two of my cousins.

For whatever reason, the Garage was never a place I hung out much. But I know most people thought a lot of Jimmy. The Garage is certainly a unique place, and I've always liked Kenny.

I remember going to the Scott Boyer/Cowboy fundraiser show at Moonlight on the Mountain several years ago, and low and behold, some dudes come and sit down beside me and there are the Watson Brothers.



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I just received the saddest news I've gotten in quite a while. Jimmy Watson - owner/proprietor of the Garages Cafe in Birmingham has gone from this world.

[Edited on 3/9/2014 by Rusty]

 

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  posted on 3/9/2014 at 08:03 PM
Scott Boyer, Scott Jr and Kelvin Holly performing at the Garages following Jimmy's service.
Scott has not been in good health, but said he felt the need to come and play for Jimmy. That's love and friendship.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2014 at 09:33 AM
Sorry about your friend Rusty. Sounds like a cool character.

I think I met him outside the Cowboy show in Macon. Did Buppalo end up coming to that?

 

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  posted on 3/10/2014 at 01:08 PM
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Sorry about your friend Rusty. Sounds like a cool character.

I think I met him outside the Cowboy show in Macon. Did Buppalo end up coming to that?


I forget if Randy made it to the show or not, but I'm pretty sure you met Jimmy. I was introducing him all around!

 

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