All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music (Jack and Doris by Michael Corcoran

By Michael Corcoran

From kingdom 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 taking part in kinds, proving themselves to be bold innovators who usually name the track for musicians round the kingdom or even in a foreign country. To introduce a few of these trailblazing Texas musicians to a much wider viewers and pay tribute to their accomplishments, Michael Corcoran profiles thirty-two of them in "All Over the Map: actual Heroes of Texas Music".Corcoran covers musicians who paintings in quite a lot of musical genres, together with blues, gospel, state, 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 totally bought their due. He additionally contains recognized musicians who have been underrated, equivalent 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 courses, which were elevated and up-to-date for this quantity. His musical detective paintings even uncovers a case of wrong 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 song 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 tune enthusiasts.

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Fabry. 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.

The scouts and field recorders stopped coming from New York in search of raw talent, and the labels instead focused on making more refined records that would comply with the escapism sought by a dour populace. In the 1920s, Texans such as blind Pentecostal pianist Arizona Juanita Dranes of Dallas and Marlin’s Blind Willie Johnson, whose classic compositions have been covered by Led Zeppelin (‘‘Nobody’s Fault but Mine’’) and Eric Clapton (‘‘Motherless Children’’), were spicing ‘‘Negro spirituals’’ and songs of praise with barrelhouse piano and slide guitar before anyone else.

Wolfson photo. Shaver films his Freedom’s Child video with friend and fan Robert Duvall in 2003. Photo by Michael Corcoran. ’’ Photo by Ken Hoge. Blaze Foley, middle, at Spellman’s. Photographer unknown. Courtesy Mandy Mercier. 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.

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