Austin musician Don Walser dead at 72

Western classics like “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and “Cherokee Maidens.” “He loved it when some kid with a ring in their nose would bring their parents and their grandparents,” Kalish told The Associated Press. “It was part of his genuineness that came across.” Walser’s career didn’t really get off the ground until the late 1980s, when he began playing small venues after spending 45 years with the National Guard. In 2000, Walser was given the National Heritage Award in Washington. He is survived by his wife Pat and their four children.”

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Walser set a fitting tribute to himself in an interview where he stated, “If you think of me 20 years from now after I’m gone, with some of music, I’ll feel good about it. But it’s got to earn it like those old songs that I’m singing, you got to earn it.”