Cheatham Street Warehouse is a bar in Texas known to be George Straits stomping grounds and where he first made his debut. This bar has been in the same spot for years for the reason that it is the perfect place for new artists, new bands, and song writers to work on music.
Street Warehouse is located along the railroad in San Marcos, Texas. It’s a warehouse
that opened in June 1974 by Kent Finlay and Jim Cunningham. The old run-down
warehouse is on Cheatham Street, which is the reason behind the name. Opening night,
there were so many people in the warehouse that the bartenders could barely
keep up with opening and distributing to consumers. The warehouse was destined
for honky-tonk fame from the start.
October 13, 1975, a legend in the country music world now who was a young Texas
state student at the time made his appearance in this old warehouse. His name
is George Strait, and that night he played with Ace in the Hole Band, it was
their first gig as a band. Not only a very proud moment for Finlay, but also a
long friend and mentor for George Strait. In the many years of being open there
has been many up-coming artists playing at this little college honky-tonk.
Street Warehouse is not just a small town bar with live music. Kent also came
up with a little idea to give entertainment but also help new musicians and
draw in the crowd that wants to simply just relax. He started having a
songwriters circles a few nights of the week. This is where songwriters will
come in and write together but also play together. Several great songwriters
have wrote music and lyrics in the circle and it gave the writers a sense of
interest, rough criticism, and respect from the audience.
lot of artists like to be able to have somewhere relaxing to practice or play
or write when they go to a new town. Cheatham Street Warehouse is a music
lover’s paradise! It is filled with love and talent daily. And the writers
circle give those who love to write music a way to get their foot in the door
of the music world.
dream for this warehouse was to help those dreaming of being the next George
Strait come true. After Kent’s death the A professor of the college in the town
bought the property to keep the bar restored and untouched, it was a good way
to keep Kent’s legacy going on but also to help young artists continuously.