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Women in Texas Music: Stories and Songs

Women in Texas Music: Stories and Songs

by Kathleen Hudson
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Across the state and across a wide variety of musical genres, women are making their mark on Texas music. Some have become international superstars, while others are just starting to make their voices heard. But every woman who goes out and plays her music proves that "baring one's heart and soul takes courage, and Texas women artists have a lot of courage," as Lloyd Maines observes in the opening interview of this book. To pay tribute to these dedicated musicians and to capture their unique perspectives on what it means to be a woman in the music business, Kathleen Hudson has spent many years interviewing Texas women musicians for the Texas Heritage Music Foundation.

In Women in Texas Music, Hudson lets us listen in on conversations with thirty-nine musical artists, including Emily Robison, Terri Hendrix, Lee Ann Womack, Rosie Flores, Betty Buckley, Marcia Ball, Lavelle White, and Bobbie Nelson. Hudson encourages and allows the women to tell their own stories as she delves into their life journeys, creative processes, and the importance of writing and performing music, be it blues, rock, country, folk, jazz, or pop. The interviews are warm and open, like good friends sharing the lessons that a life of playing music has taught them.

What emerges from this collection is a solid sense of the strength and integrity that women bring to and gain from Texas music. Everyone who cares about music and culture in Texas will want to join the conversation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292717343
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Hudson is the founding director of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, located at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, where she also teaches English.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword: A Conversation with Lloyd Maines
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The Author's Story
  • Emily Robison: Living Outloud
  • Susan Gibson: On the Road
  • Terri Hendrix: A Force of Nature
  • Ruthie Foster and Cyd Cassone: The Heart of Texas
  • Lee Ann Womack: A Texan in Nashville
  • Stephanie Urbina Jones: San Antonio Matters
  • Jill Jones: Ride 'Em Cowgirl
  • Rosie Flores: A Rockabilly Woman
  • Betty Buckley: Broadway to Texas
  • Marcia Ball: Freda Lives On
  • Angela Strehli: Being True to Yourself
  • The Texana Dames: A Family Affair
  • Pauline Reese: Honky-Tonk Reigns
  • Lee Duffy: A Life of Miracles
  • Shemekia Copeland: A Wild, Wild Woman
  • Jewel Brown: Prayers and Joy
  • Trudy Lynn: Diva of Soul and Blues
  • Lavelle White: Strutting Her Stuff
  • Katie Webster: Swamp Boogie Queen
  • Wanda King: Blues for Freddie
  • Karen Abrahams: Paying Her Dues
  • Barb Donovan: Serious About Townes
  • Neesie Beal: Surprise in the Package
  • Christine Albert: The French Connection
  • Sara Hickman: Magic on Stage
  • Melissa Javors: Serious About Writing
  • Lydia Mendoza Davila: Her Mother's Daughter
  • Mandy Mercier: Telling the Truth
  • Bobbie Nelson: Heartache and Joy
  • Lana Nelson: Taking Care of Daddy
  • Rattlesnake Annie: A Female Willie Nelson
  • Carolyn Wonderland: Tough and Tender
  • Elana Fremerman (James): Fiddling with Bob
  • Eva Ybarra: La Reina de la Acordeón
  • Coda
  • Recommended Reading

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