By Michael Corcoran
From nation and blues to rap and punk, Texas tune is everywhere in 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 overseas. 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: precise 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 liked artists, pioneers who have not absolutely acquired their due. He additionally contains famous musicians who have been underrated, resembling Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena, and invitations us to take a more in-depth 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, that have been extended and up-to-date for this quantity. His musical detective paintings even uncovers a case of flawed identification (Washington Phillips) and corrects a lot incorrect information on Blind Willie Johnson and Arizona Dranes. Corcoran closes the ebook with energetic items at the Austin track 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 song lovers.
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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. Sixty-two-year-old Durden Dixon is one of the few black people still living in Simsboro. ‘‘They knocked down all the houses and put together these big ranches,’’ he said, waving his arm across the horizon. ’’ Sometimes the old man would bellow neighborhood boys away from his dewberry bushes. ’’ Dixon didn’t know Phillips made records, so as he rode shotgun to show me where Phillips used to live, I played him ‘‘A Mother’s Last Words to Her Daughter,’’ a song about shirking temptations to become a child of God.
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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All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music (Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture) by Michael Corcoran