It’s been a tough year for some of our local icons in Austin. Already we have lost Stephen Bruton and Tina Marsh, and last Friday, Rusty Wier succumbed to a two-year battle with cancer. Wier was among the leading lights of Austin’s Seventies progressive country scene, helping define the original Austin Sound with his rockin’ country vibe. Though he never had any breakout success beyond Bonnie Raitt’s hit with his song “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance,” he was a local institution and a definitive Austin music lifer who for years held down a residency at the Saxon Pub. Wier was 65 and survived by four children, and a memorial will likely take place at the Saxon Pub soon. You can watch a video of Wier performing “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance” in 1990 below.