This article first appeared in Texas Lifestyle Magazine on August 10, 2019.
Abbey Road is reviving Texas dance halls and breathing new life into their
old, legendary bones.
Although born in Ohio, Road moved to Texas in 1976 has spent much of her life keeping iconic Texas dance halls filled with music, dancing and entertainment. She always had a passion for music—with a name like hers, how could she not? Eventually, she turned the feeling into a career.
Road went on to work for Austin’s Threadgills and as an on-air personality at Sun Radio and KOKE FM. However, her love for old dance halls was unwavering and, in 2017, she purchased the Coupland Inn & Dance Hall.
Located 30 miles outside Austin, the Coupland Inn & Dance Hall was built in 1904 and has seen its share of changes over the last century: From its start as a mercantile company, to a drugstore, to doctors, dentists and even a telephone company calling it home, it has had multiple lives. Since 1991, the dance hall has been the backdrop for music videos of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pat Green and Kevin Fowler.
We wanted to know what this boot-scootin’ entrepreneur and purveyor of all things dance hall never leaves home without — also known as her Texas Essentials.
Three Pairs of Readers and My Sunglasses
So I can see!
My iPhone and iPad Pro
The BIG iPad. Lol. Everyone always says.. That’s the biggest iPad in the universe! I’m constantly checking calendars and booking shows and events etc, it’s 24/7. I have to have my calendar, ticketing platform and band offer app with me always. Hence the need for readers!
My Passport and SWA Miles 🙂
Ya never know…I may have to hop a plane at any minute and checkout for a day. My world goes nonstop.
These days, it’s my go-to for taking a quick first listen to a band I’ve never heard before.
20 oz Cup of Coupland Sweet Tea
Because it’s THAT good!
Pillow and Blanket
These are in my carry-on when I travel. I’m an exit row/window girl. I used to be a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines (many, many moons ago), so I’m a lifetime, card-carrying evacuation expert. They don’t offer pillows/ blankets on most flights anymore and I love to sleep on the plane :). Linus in the sky 🙂