By Michael Corcoran
From nation 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 enjoying kinds, proving themselves to be bold innovators who usually name the music for musicians round the state or even in a foreign country. 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, kingdom, 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 acquired their due. He additionally comprises recognized musicians who have been underrated, reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena, and invitations us to take a better examine the original abilities of those artists.Corcoran's profiles come from articles he wrote for the "Dallas Morning News", "Austin American-Statesman", "Houston Press", and different courses, which were multiplied and up to date for this quantity. His musical detective paintings even uncovers a case of improper id (Washington Phillips) and corrects a lot incorrect information on Blind Willie Johnson and Arizona Dranes. Corcoran closes the booklet with full of life items at the Austin track 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 fanatics.
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Courtesy Tracy Pitcox Collection. Backstage at the Armadillo, ‘‘The House That Freddie Built,’’ on October 3, 1970. Burton Wilson photo. Ronnie Dawson began his career as Ronnie Dee. Courtesy Doug Hanners/Texas Music Museum. The only known photograph of Arizona Dranes, seated at the piano. Willie Nelson performs at the Backyard in Austin in March 2003, a month before turning seventy. Photo by Larry Kolvoord, Austin American-Statesman. Willie in November 1972, soon after moving back to Texas. Burton Wilson photo.
Waylon Jennings backstage at the Armadillo, 1974. Burton Wilson photo. Waylon Jennings: The only daddy that’ll walk the line. Photo by Doug Hanners/Texas Music Museum. Lubbock had its own musical Carter family. Sponsored by Bewley Flour, David ‘‘Dad’’ Carter and his harmonizing offspring became the Chuck Wagon Gang when they sang on Fort Worth’s 50,000-watt WBAP. Courtesy Doug Hanners/Texas Music Museum. Daniel Johnston traded his McDonald’s uniform for the life of a songwriter. Photo by Pat Blashill.
Ray Wylie Hubbard lived off ‘‘Redneck Mother’’ before learning to really play the guitar. Photo by Jennifer Jaqua, courtesy Judy Hubbard. Butthole Surfers revel in bluebonnet season 1994. Left to right: King Coffey, Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary. Photo by Will Van Overbeek. TVZ 1977. Photo by Ken Hoge. ’’ Photo by Jeanene Van Zandt. Courtesy Texas Music Museum. Don Walser: Andy Devine meets Tex Ritter. Todd V. Wolfson photo. Alejandro Escovedo. Todd V. Wolfson photo. True Believers, circa 1986. Left to right: Denny DiGorio, Jon Dee Graham, Kevin Foley, Alejandro Escovedo, Javier Escovedo.