By Michael Corcoran
From nation and blues to rap and punk, Texas tune 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 frequently name the music for musicians round the state or even in another 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, nation, rap, indie rock, pop, Cajun, Tejano, conjunto, funk, honky-tonk, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and Western swing. His concentration is on lower than favored artists, pioneers who have not absolutely acquired their due. He additionally comprises recognized musicians who have been underrated, corresponding to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena, and invitations us to take a better 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, which were improved and up to date for this quantity. His musical detective paintings even uncovers a case of incorrect id (Washington Phillips) and corrects a lot incorrect information on Blind Willie Johnson and Arizona Dranes. Corcoran closes the ebook 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 enthusiasts.
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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. Photo by Pat Blashill. Esteban Jordan. Photo courtesy Arnaldo Ramirez Collection/Texas Music Museum. Jordan and band in 1986. Photo Clay Shorkey/Texas Music Museum. Do these guys look British?
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. The ﬁrst Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic was held at Dripping Springs in 1973. Burton Wilson photo. Blind Willie Johnson’s death certiﬁcate doesn’t ﬁll in all the blanks.
And what was his relation to the Wash Phillips who was eleven years younger and died sixteen years sooner? The two men named Washington Phillips are buried in the Cotton Gin Cemetery in the countryside six miles west of Teague. But an hour-long search could locate only the tombstone of the Phillips who died in the Austin State Hospital. That the Washington Phillips who was gospel’s great disappearing act would take his eternal nap in an unmarked grave seems about par for this course in music history.