I feel I need to try and answer some questions that some have
had about the cost of my book. In the very beginning Stevie and I
often spoke of a dream to someday have a club dedicated to the
music. A place where no one would be ripped off. No
one would tell an artist how loud or what to play. Where
suddenly at the end of the evening, the band now owed the club
for some bar tab that was way out of line. Where a dressing room
would be there, because it should be there. Not some
manager's office or part of an old walk-in closet or nothing at
all. Where sound and lights and staging and all were
dedicated to the show. The club would be like a home for all
artists. Food and drink would be provided, and the club
would want to help each artist in all they could. A club
with a studio sound an intimate setting where each show was
special. A club that looked like a club dedicated to
music. Not like all other clubs with the same beer signs
and crap. We wanted to really make it special. I always
wanted to keep that dream but never felt I would be able to
bring it to life.
In June 2001, I and some very special friends decided to do all
we could with that dream and concept. I knew what I wanted
and what Stevie wanted. I conveyed that as much as I could
to my friends who worked tirelessly and we had a very special
place. It was called "Cutter's Texas Music Hall & Wild
West Cantina." It was in Harker Heights, Texas.
About 10 to 15 miles from the Worlds Largest Military Base / Ft.
Hood in Killeen, Texas. We had a great setting in that there was
no beer signs at all. The place was decorated in most of
my memorabilia from the road and my love and collection of
American Indian Art. After 9/11 I knew that 95% of my
customers were soldiers and that times were going to be tough.
Well we stayed open almost 3 years.
As I would stand there as bartender and tell stories I thought
this is the format for the book I had always wanted to write.
So after the club closed I began on the book. I knew that I must
someday reopen "Cutter's" but now I also knew it had to be in
Austin. I thought I would offer a lifetime laminated V.I.P.
pass to each who would pre-pay for book. I did that and
feel very appreciative to those that wanted to help by
purchasing the book early and to be a part of reopening club.
I have kept a list of books numbered and names of all who have
bought books. I now intend to have that list at the door.
Anyone who buys my book will receive a laminated lifetime V.I.P
Pass when the club reopens and they come to club. I feel
that all who have paid this (I know high priced book) deserves
to be a part of the club in helping me to reopen "Cutter's."
Now I was not planning on giving away as many books as I did.
I published this book myself and had to send many out to try and
get promotions, reviews, all I could do. Plus even though
many artists in book could afford a book I felt that I could not
charge them for a book. Some have been very gracious and
bought a book and plus made a donation. I also was not
planning on the health issues that me and Peggy Sue have gone
through in the end of 2006. But my plan and dream to
reopen "Cutter's" remains and I believe that someday dreams do
come true. I hope this helps some know why the cost of
book is so high. It's because we want to reopen the club,
and those that buy a book are kinda like partners in club.
I know that many who have bought the book live far away and will
never be able to come to the club. To them I say "Ya never
know." But thanks to all and we continue to try and stay
on track with book sales and the club to reopen. Thanks again,
Cee / Cutter.