Iconic Texas venue Cheatham Street Warehouse has a new owner. And in many ways, the classic club is keeping it in the family. Randy Rogers reportedly purchased Cheatham Street from former owner Kent Finlay’s children.
The move makes perfect sense, since Rogers cut his teeth at the venue. Of course, he’s just one of many artists to get their start at Cheatham Street. Among others: George Strait, Todd Snider, Hal Ketchum, Bruce Robison and many more.
But Rogers also carried a special connection to the venue. He returned often, and always appreciated the advice and conversation of Kent Finlay. In fact, Finlay passed away during the process for Randy Rogers Band’s most recent album Nothing Shines Like Neon. The group paid tribute to him in several songs.
Finlay’s oldest daughter Jenni offered this comment reported by KOKEFM. “Knowing that Cheatham Street’s legacy will stay in tact under the love and care of Randy Rogers fills all of our hearts,” Jenni Finlay says. “Randy came up performing at Dad’s beloved Songwriters Night and it’s only fitting that he takes the helm. We’re so excited about the next chapter for Cheatham Street.”
Finlay’s three children Jenni, Sterling and HalleyAnna also grew up playing at the venue. For his part, Randy Rogers says he plans to honor Kent Finlay “in every way” with the venue.
Kent Finlay opened Cheatham Street Warehouse more than 40 years ago. The small venue in San Marcos, Texas thrived thanks in part to the students of nearby Texas State University. It sits halfway between San Antonio and Austin, which doesn’t hurt either.
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Finlay passed away on March 2, 2015 (Texas Independence Day) at the age of 77.