Ray Hennig opened Heart of Texas Music in the early 1960s after years of repairing guitars for friends. He built homes in Texas and was happy with that line of work, but his passion was in music – so he did both. Over the years, he has been awarded many honors from the city of Austin and from the state for his ethics and good business practices. For a generation of blues and rock fans, Ray is also known for his friendship with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, who bought his “number one” guitar from Ray in the 1980s. Over 40 years after he started in the business, Ray sells instruments around the world and is often asked to address large tour groups who come to visit Austin in the hopes of knowing more about Stevie Ray and Texas music. Ray is always willing to answer questions and take his time for everyone – perhaps one reason he is such an icon in this business.
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