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It may be difficult to say anything about Stevie Ray Vaughan that hasn't already been said. The skinny kid from Oak Cliff who would establish himself as the finest guitar player of his generation. What others have attempted to portray in prose, photographer Tracy Anne Hart has expressed in imagery.
Mining the firsthand insights of those whose stories help shape the sound, Americana Music provides a history of how Americana originated, how it reached a broader audience in the '60s and '70s with the merging of rock and country, and how it evolved its overwhelmingly populist appeal as it entered the new millennium.
From 1959 until the mid-1970s, Paul Oliver and Mack McCormick collaborated on what they hoped to be a definitive history of the blues in Texas. Despite being eagerly awaited, the intended manuscript was never completed. The Blues Come to Texas presents an unparalleled view into the minds and methods of two pioneering blues scholars.
Many books and essays have addressed the broad sweep of Texas music - its multicultural aspects, its wide array and blending of musical genres, its historical transformations, and its love/hate relationship with Nashville. This book, however, focuses on an essential thread in this tapestry: the Texas singer-songwriters to whom the contributors refer as "ruthlessly poetic".
Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll declared, ""Ray would be at the top of the list if I were gonna read about somebody's life."" In The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard, author, journalist, and music producer Brian Atkinson demonstrates why Carll and so many others hold Ray Wylie Hubbard in such high regard.
James and Annetta White opened the Broken Spoke in 1964, then a mile south of the Austin city limits, under a massive live oak, and beside what would eventually become South Lamar Boulevard. For more than fifty years, the Broken Spoke has served up cold beer, whiskey, the best chicken fried steak in town and good country music. This book tells the story of this iconic venue.