Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Gayla Klemett:

An Inventory of Her Records, 1985-1993, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Klemett, Gayla
Title: Gayla Klemett Papers,
Dates: 1985-1993
Abstract: The Gayla Klemett papers illuminate the history of the Main Street Saloon, a live music venue in Lubbock, Texas.
Collection # AV 96
Quantity: 1 box and 1 cassette box plus two oversized folders (1.2 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

In 1972, when Lubbock "voted wet" to allow liquor by the drink in bars and restaurants, a trio of Texas Tech law students, including eventual university chancellor Kent Hance, opened a juke joint called Fat Dawgs near the campus. That success enticed the fraternity brothers John Kenyon and Bruce Jaggers in 1973 to open the nearby Main Street Saloon, which they positioned for live music as well as alcohol. Their monthly rent was $175. In 1978, as Hance entered the race for the Congressional district seat and handed George W. Bush his only electoral loss, the two bought Fat Dawgs as well. They sold both ventures within the year.

Gayla Klemett later managed Main Street Saloon as it became one of the primary West Texas venues for contemporary popular music, particularly in the metal, hair, rock and punk genres but also acoustic folk and blues. Both national acts and locals like Joe Ely, Jesse Taylor, John Sprott, Eddie Beethoven, Cary Swinney, Human, Squarehead, The Nelsons and Ponty Bone played there. D. G. Flewellyn and the drummer Johnny Ray hosted open-microphone events.

Ken "Keno" Ramage eventually purchased the bar and operated it through 1998. He settled a court case for keeping false records by surrendering the liquor license and paying back taxes for 1990 and 1991. The Main Street Saloon space eventually was subsumed into the back room at Bash Riprocks, where it remains a showcase for musical talent, though without its notorious topless mural.

Scope and Content

Gayla Klemett's papers include promotional materials, booking calendars, band and event posters as well as demo cassettes for musical groups that toured to or were based in Lubbock at the end of the 20th century. Photographs and artwork have been removed from original albums and sleeved for acid-free preservation. The collection is in fair condition with some water and staple damage and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Jaggers, Bruce.
Kenyon, John.
Klemett, Gayla.
Sprott, Gayla.
Subjects (Organizations)
Main Street Saloon (Lubbock, Tex.)
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Alternative country music.
Folk music.
Performing arts and literature.
Rock music.
20th century rock and roll.

Administrative Information

Gayla Klemett Papers, 1985-1993, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Accession number(s):

Gift, 2014

Processed by

Jon Holmes

Collection Inventory


Band Promotional Packs
box folder
1 1 Acid Face, 1992
2 Agitators, 1989
3 Air Biscuit (Explicit material, adults only), undated
4 Bazooka Joe, undated
5 Boheims, 1988
6 Burnt-Out Brothers, undated
7 Chainsaw Kittens, 1990
8 Chris Duarte, undated
9 Coffin Break, 1991
10 Corrupted Morals, 1989
11 Dead Horse, 1992
12 Dead Milkmen, 1991
13 Dennis Ross and the Axberg Brothers, 1988
14 Dissent, 1989
15 Elvis Hitler, 1990
16 Envoye Express, undated
17 Fat Tuesday, 1992
18 Gay Bikers on Acid, 1990
19 Generals, 1988
20 Giant Sand, 1989
21 Gruntruck, undated
22 Hardsoul Poets, 1991
23 Horace Pinker, undated
24 House of Large Sizes (HoLS), 1992
25 Hullabaloo, 1988
26 Humans, 1992
27 Irie Jane, 1992
28 Jesus Lizard, undated
29 Just Say No, 1991
30 Junk Monkeys, 1991
31 Kansas City Street Band, 1988
32 Joe Kelley, 1991
33 Laughing Hyenas, 1988
34 Leigh Cates, 1992
35 Liar's Dice, 1989
36 Likeables, undated
37 Living End, 1989
38 Lost, 1991
39 Magnolias, 1992
40 Mule, undated
41 My 3 Sons, 1989
42 Nuclear Assault, undated
43 Offspring, 1989
44 Paint, 1992
45 Picket Line Coyotes, 1991
46 Plaid Retina, 1989
47 Randy Crouch and Flying Horse, undated
48 Reverend Horton Heat, 1989
49 Rhythm Pigs, undated
50 Scatterbrains, 1990
51 Scrawl, 1988
52 Shyboy, undated
53 Skeleton Crew, undated
54 Southern Star, undated
55 Sprague Brothers, 1989
56 Spunk, 1992
57 Stand, The, 1988
58 Stevie Stiletto, 1990
59 Strangers B. C., 1991
60 Success, 1990
61 Tabula Rasa, 1989
62 27 Devils Joking, 1988
63 Uptown Bones, 1991
64 Watchtower, undated
65 Wild Stares, 1988
66 Working Mothers, undated
67 Correspondence and Contracts, 1989-1992
68 Newspaper Clippings and Periodicals, 1985-1993
69 Main Street Saloon flyers, undated
70 Notes, Poems and Autographs, 1985-1993 and undated


box folder
1 71 Photo album, undated
72 Loose photos, undated

Oversized Materials

Calendars, 1988, 1989, 1991
1 Abandoned, undated
2 Desolation Angels, undated
3 Hard Soul Poets, undated
4 Hollow Heyday, undated
5 Hullabaloo, undated
6 Joe Ely "Tour of Texas", undated
7 Kitchen Club: Zipperhead, undated
8 Kitchen Club: Tragic Machine and Snufalupagus, undated
9 Leigh Cates, undated
10 MSS: Buzztones, undated
11 MSS: Christmas Buzz Down, undated
12 MSS: Dead Horse, Mortifix and REO Speed Dealer, undated
13 MSS: Ed Hall, undated
14 MSS: Los Tornados (1), undated
15 MSS: Los Tornados (2), undated
16 MSS: Los Tornados (3), undated
17 MSS: Lubbock Pollution for American Red Cross Somalia Relief, undated
18 MSS: Soul Nite, undated
19 MSS: The Ver-Man with Tragic Machine, undated
20 MSS: 20 Years of Live Rock and Roll, undated
21 On Broadway: D. G. Flewellyn Acoustic Showcase, undated
22 On Broadway: The Nelsons, undated
23 Rough House, undated
24 Sprague Brothers (autographed), undated
25 The Stand, undated

Audio Visual Materials

Cassette Tapes
box item
2 1 "Beggar's Ride Demo", undated
2 Irie Jane, Steppin' Out, 1992
3 "Jacket Walker" demo, undated
4 "Joe Kelley European Demo", undated
5 Lawrence Banks, Stick It to You, 1990
6 Leigh Cates, "Peace of Mind", "Gethigh Getdown", "Live without Up and Down", "Something for Nothing", 1992
7 Shyboy, Live!, 1991
8 Success, demo, 1992