John On Rainey Street

John Arley - songwriter

This is John Arley.  Singer/songwriter.  Hanging out on Rainey Street.

I was heading to El Naranjo for some din-din.  They were closed, but directly across the street, John was playing guitar and waved me (a total stranger) over.  Clearly he’d had a few beers, but was kind enough to offer me one.  After a long day, there’s nothing better than a cold beer and hanging out on your porch/lawn/terrace/etc.  I grabbed two beers and he commenced playing four original songs.  All of them really good.

It was interesting.  Lot’s of people walked by.  He invited everyone to hear a song, but nobody took the bait.  Most people are so caught up in their own world.  I let my guard down for a second, and glad I did, because I was able to join him in just relaxing with good music, company (even a stranger), and cold beer.  That’s what I love about Austin.  John says he doesn’t know how to use a computer, but if he ever manages to get online I hope he finds this.

“Thanks, John!”


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Jude Galligan, REALTOR, Principal of TOWERS Realty and publisher of Downtown Austin Blog (aka. "DAB"), spends his time matching remarkable people with remarkable properties in Austin’s urban core. A resident owner in downtown Austin, Jude has served on the Board of the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) and the City of Austin Downtown Commission. Contact Jude.


  1. I hate to say this but…. John kinda creeps me out. Don’t get me wrong, I am the type of person that will talk to ANYBODY, my friends will attest to that, it drives them crazy. As a woman walking down dark Rainey street with a friend, he gives me not such a great vibe. Sorry to be Debbie downer.

    • John Arley is fantastic. My girlfriend and I were in town on a long road trip a month ago, and when he waived us over we stopped and hung out for a while, listening to him play. So glad we did.

  2. so odd, we ran into him last night as well. He played pluto something for us..pretty interesting fella.

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