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Texas: A Musical Journey

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The diversity of Texas music reflects the diversity of people in the Lone Star State. Perhaps most associated with Lone Star country music to uninformed listeners outside of the state, Texas musicians have also influenced a number of other genres, including rock-and-roll, jazz, blues, and even heavy metal music. By studying the development and maturation of music in Texas, one can chronicle the growth and changing demographics of Texas as well.

In Texas: A Musical Journey, you will learn more about the influence Texans have made on the music industry, including backgrounds and profiles on:

  • “Texas, Our Texas,” the official song of Texas and “The Eyes of Texas,” the unofficial state song

  • The biggest country, jazz, rock-and-roll, and blues artists who had ties to Texas, including Blind Lemon Jefferson, Buddy Holly, and Willie Nelson

  • The music festivals that have received national recognition, such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits

  • Some of the “hidden gems” from the Texas music scene, including Carl Eric Lewis and Charline Arthur

Table of Contents

  1. “Texas, Our Texas”
  2. “Beautiful Texas”
  3. “The Eyes of Texas”
  4. Julius Lorenzo Cobb Bledsoe
  5. Damita Jo DeBlanc
  6. Daisy Pettit Elgin
  7. Baldemar Huerta [Freddy Fender]
  8. Janis Lyn Joplin
  9. Melody Maids
  10. Lydia Mendoza
  11. Roy Kelton Orbison
  12. James Travis Reeves
  13. Selena Quintanilla Perez
  14. Soul Stirrers
  15. Louis Charles Stevenson [Buckwheat, B.W.]
  16. John Townes Van Zandt
  17. Light Crust Doughboys
  18. James Robert Wills
  19. Orvon Gene Autry
  20. Dale Evans
  21. George Glenn Jones
  22. Ace in the Hole Band
  23. Dave Stone
  24. Willie Nelson and the Birth of the Austin Music Scene (Texas Almanac)
  25. Bacas of Fayetteville
  26. Música Norteña
  27. Narciso Martínez
  28. Joseph Patek
  29. Little Joe y La Familia
  30. Texas Tornados
  31. West Side Sound
  32. Zydeco
  33. Eddie Durham and the Texas Contribution to Jazz History (Southwestern Historical Quarterly)
  34. David Wendel Guion
  35. Scott Joplin
  36. Leonora Rives-Díaz
  37. Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
  38. Blind Lemon Jefferson
  39. Aaron Thibeaux Walker [T-Bone]
  40. Victoria Regina Spivey
  41. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  42. Elvis in Texas
  43. Charles Hardin Holley [Buddy Holly]
  44. Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  45. Sir Douglas Quintet
  46. 13th Floor Elevators
  47. Bloodrock
  48. Pantera
  49. Austin City Limits
  50. Big D Jamboree
  51. Border Radio
  52. Harry A. Lieberman [Larry Kane]
  53. Sump’n Else
  54. The !!!! Beat
  55. Cowboys’ Christmas Ball
  56. Kerrville Folk Festival
  57. South by Southwest
  58. Texas International Pop Festival, 1969
  59. Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic
  60. Margaret Cage Whitley Adams
  61. Charline Arthur
  62. James A. Beck [Jim]
  63. John Washington Dollar, Jr. [Johnny Dollar]
  64. Evelyn Joyce Johnson
  65. Carl Eric Lewis
  66. Carl T. Morene
  67. Sarg Records

Published: 2015