All Over The Map

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From country and blues to rap and punk, Texas music is all over the map, figuratively and literally. Texas musicians have pioneered new musical genres, instruments, and playing styles, proving themselves to be daring innovators who often call the tune for musicians around the country and even abroad. To introduce some of these trailblazing Texas musicians to a wider audience and pay tribute to their accomplishments, Michael Corcoran profiles thirty-two of them in All Over the ...

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From country and blues to rap and punk, Texas music is all over the map, figuratively and literally. Texas musicians have pioneered new musical genres, instruments, and playing styles, proving themselves to be daring innovators who often call the tune for musicians around the country and even abroad. To introduce some of these trailblazing Texas musicians to a wider audience and pay tribute to their accomplishments, Michael Corcoran profiles thirty-two of them in All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music.

Corcoran covers musicians who work in a wide range of musical genres, including blues, gospel, country, rap, indie rock, pop, Cajun, Tejano, conjunto, funk, honky-tonk, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and Western swing. His focus is on underappreciated artists, pioneers who haven't fully received their due. He also includes well-known musicians who've been underrated, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena, and invites us to take a closer look at the unique talents of these artists. Corcoran's profiles come from articles he wrote for the Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, Houston Press, and other publications, which have been expanded and updated for this volume. His musical detective work even uncovers a case of mistaken identity (Washington Phillips) and corrects much misinformation on Blind Willie Johnson and Arizona Dranes. Corcoran closes the book with lively pieces on the Austin music scene and its most famous, if no longer extant, clubs, as well as his personal lists of the forty greatest Texas songs of all time and the twenty-five essential CDs for Texas music fans.

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MICHAEL CORCORAN is currently the music critic for the Austin American-Statesman and was formerly the critic for the Dallas Morning News. An award-winning columnist, he had pieces chosen for Da Capo's Best Music Writing annual series of books in 2003 and 2004.
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Table of Contents

Preface

EAST TEXAS/HOUSTON
1. SOUL STIRRERS (Trinity)
In Search of Rebert Harris
2. HARRY CHOATES (Port Arthur)
Death in a Jail Cell
3. WASHINGTON PHILLIPS (Freestone County)
Lift Him Up, That's All
4. CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN (Orange)
At the Crossroads
5. THE GETO BOYS AND DJ SCREW (Houston)
Where the Dirty South Began
6. ARCHIE BELL AND THE DRELLS (Houston)
"Hey, everybody! That's me"
7. FLOYD TILLMAN (Houston)
Honky-tonk Triple Threat

DALLAS AREA
8. T-BONE WALKER (Oak Cliff)
Architect of Electric Blues
9. ELLA MAE MORSE (Mansfield)
"You sing like a black girl"
10. SLY STONE (Denton)
The Funk Grows in Texas
11. ERNEST TUBB (Crisp)
The Original E.T.
12. ARIZONA DRANES (Dallas)
The Gospel Beat
13. FREDDIE KING (Gilmer)
The Stinging Leads Heard 'cross the Atlantic
14. RONNIE DAWSON (Waxahachie)
The Blond Bomber

WACO AREA
15. BILLY JOE SHAVER (Waco)
"The second time I done it on my own"
16. BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON (Marlin)
The Soul of a Man
17. CINDY WALKER (Mexia)
First Lady of Texas Song
18. WILLIE NELSON (Abbott)
The Red-Headed Stranger at 70

AUSTIN
19. STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
Straight from the Heart
20. BLAZE FOLEY
Death of a Songwriter
21. BUTTHOLE SURFERS
Showing Worm Movies
22. RAY WYLIE HUBBARD
From Rednecks to Rilke
23. TOWNES VAN ZANDT
Death on New Year's Day
24. DON WALSER
Last of the Singing Cowboys
25. ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
Hands of the Son

SAN ANTONIO AND THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY
26. STEVE JORDAN (San Antonio)
The Invisible Genius
27. DOUG SAHM (San Antonio)
The Genre Conqueror
28. SELENA AND LYDIA MENDOZA (Corpus Christi, San Antonio)
The First and Last Queens of Tejano

WEST TEXAS
29. WAYLON JENNINGS (Littlefield)
An Outlaw at Rest
29a. THE CHUCK WAGON GANG (Lubbock)
Higher Power through Harmony
30. BOBBY FULLER (El Paso)
Rock 'n' Roll Mystery

BONUS TRACKS
31. The New Sincerity
Austin in the Eighties
32. The Texas Top 40
Michael Corcoran's List of the Best Texas Recordings Ever
33. The Dead Clubs of the Live Music Capital
34. Twenty-five Essential Texas Music CDs

Acknowledgments
Index of Names

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