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

By Michael Corcoran

From state and blues to rap and punk, Texas track is everywhere in the map, figuratively and actually. Texas musicians have pioneered new musical genres, tools, and taking part in types, proving themselves to be bold innovators who frequently name the song for musicians round the state or even out of the 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: actual Heroes of Texas Music".Corcoran covers musicians who paintings in a variety 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 below favored artists, pioneers who have not absolutely got their due. He additionally comprises recognized musicians who have been underrated, resembling 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 guides, which were extended 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 vigorous items at the Austin song scene and its most renowned, if now 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 track lovers.

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Paul Church of God in Christ. ‘‘His sing- 14 East Texas/Houston ing really fit in with that crowd,’’ she said. ’’ The Keetons said they last saw him doing the devotion at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Teague. ’’ That he was well versed in the varying beliefs and customs of different churches is evident in ‘‘Denomination Blues,’’ his most famous song via covers by Sister Rosetta Tharpe (who renamed it ‘‘That’s All’’) and Cooder. ’’ The lyrical bitterness, perhaps born from too many Sundays waiting to be called while less pious men hogged the pulpit, didn’t seem to apply to a musical career that never took off.

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. Leader Rebert Harris, far right, left the group in 1950 and was replaced by Sam Cooke. Courtesy Fantasy/Specialty Records. Fiddler Harry Choates and His Jole Blon Boys in Bandera, circa 1950. Left to right: Unknown, Phil Marx, Choates, Louis Oltreman, Ivy Gaspard, Junior Keelan.

Wash, all right,’’ he said, in full-beam delight. ’’ The shack is gone, but Dixon showed me where it used to sit, about twenty yards in from the road. The land seemed untouched, aside from a few Coors Light bottles discarded under a tree, in the forty-eight years since Phillips was called home. There were old pieces of tin and some rusted buckets. There was also a little brown bottle, half buried where the porch used to be. When I picked it up and showed Dixon, he laughed. ’’ The next day an appraiser at Rue’s Antiques in Austin confirmed that the bottle once held Garrett’s snuff circa the early fifties.

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