By Michael Corcoran
From kingdom and blues to rap and punk, Texas track is all around the map, figuratively and actually. Texas musicians have pioneered new musical genres, tools, and taking part in kinds, proving themselves to be bold innovators who frequently name the music for musicians round the state or even overseas. To introduce a few of these trailblazing Texas musicians to a much broader viewers and pay tribute to their accomplishments, Michael Corcoran profiles thirty-two of them in "All Over the Map: real Heroes of Texas Music".Corcoran covers musicians who paintings in quite a lot of musical genres, together with blues, gospel, nation, rap, indie rock, pop, Cajun, Tejano, conjunto, funk, honky-tonk, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and Western swing. His concentration is on less than favored artists, pioneers who have not absolutely got their due. He additionally contains famous musicians who have been underrated, comparable to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena, and invitations us to take a more in-depth examine the original skills of those artists.Corcoran's profiles come from articles he wrote for the "Dallas Morning News", "Austin American-Statesman", "Houston Press", and different guides, that have been improved and up to date for this quantity. His musical detective paintings even uncovers a case of fallacious identification (Washington Phillips) and corrects a lot incorrect information on Blind Willie Johnson and Arizona Dranes. Corcoran closes the publication with energetic items at the Austin tune scene and its most famed, if not extant, golf equipment, in addition to his own lists of the 40 maximum Texas songs of all time and the twenty-five crucial CDs for Texas song lovers.
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The next day an appraiser at Rue’s Antiques in Austin conﬁrmed that the bottle once held Garrett’s snuﬀ circa the early ﬁfties. What do you know? Annie Mae Flewellen’s seventy-four-year-old memory was on the mark. If there’s anything the story of Washington Phillips has told me, it’s that sometimes what’s true and what’s false comes from where you least expect it. The great musician Wash Phillips didn’t die in the insane asylum. And his instrument almost certainly was not a dolceola. The legend lessens with the mundane facts.
Jordan and band in 1986. Photo Clay Shorkey/Texas Music Museum. Do these guys look British? Sir Douglas Quintet in 1965. Courtesy Doug Hanners/Texas Music Museum. A rare live photo of Sahm sans shades at Austin’s Hole in the Wall, 1988. Photo by Casey Monahan. A portrait of innocence and beauty. Selena the year before she died. Photo by Sung Park, Austin American-Statesman. Lydia Mendoza plays Austin’s Las Manitas in the late ’80s. Photo by Clay Shorkey/Texas Music Museum. Waylon Jennings backstage at the Armadillo, 1974.
Courtesy Doug Hanners/Texas Music Museum. Giants of country music Willie Nelson and George Jones. Courtesy Doug Hanners/Texas Music Museum. Lightnin’ Hopkins plays Austin’s Vulcan Gas Company in 1970. Burton Wilson photo. Guitarist Johnny Winter of Beaumont in 1968. Burton Wilson photo. Producer Huey Meaux in the middle of two of his discoveries, Freddy Fender, left, and Doug Sahm, right, circa 1974. Courtesy Doug Hanners/Texas Music Museum. The Soul Stirrers, from Trinity, moved to Chicago in the late ’30s.