There was a time years ago when the old Winedale Tavern on Lower Greenville Avenue was a decent place to grab a drink. That was long before Singlewide owner Kim Finch, who bought the Winedale earlier this year, had her team scrape dried vomit from the bathroom floor when renovating the space.
It was a place that writer and musician Josh Alan Friedman said "attracts the most democratic mix of humanity of any club in Dallas," in his Observer story about the shenanigans he witnessed while performing his weekly gig there. So, for this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, we look back at one of Friedman's craziest encounters, in which a Larry McMurtry (famed author of Lonesome Dove) impostor duped everyone at the bar.
By the end of the article, thanks to the help of the real McMurtry, Friedman tracks down the impostor, who claims to have never heard of the Winedale Tavern or even Larry McMurtry. It's a good read, which can be found in its entirety on the next page.
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