The NPR show, Texas Music Matters, of which the Center’s This Week in Texas Music History is a regular feature, won the 2013 International Radio Festivals of New York Award for "Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program," beating out the New York Philharmonic and other nationally-syndicated programs.
Also, the Austin Chronicle named Austin's NPR affiliate, KUT 90.5 FM, "Best Radio Station of 2013" and specifically mentioned This Week in Texas Music History as one of the programs that helped earn KUT this award. Read more here.
We are thrilled to announce that the Kent Finlay Endowed Scholarship Fund has reached the minimum endowment level. We're very grateful to the Randy Rogers Band, Robert Earl Keen, John and Robin Dickson, and everyone else who contributed so generously to the Finlay Scholarship Fund in support of our Texas State University students. We look forward to awarding the first of many Kent Finlay scholarships. Please click here to contribute to the Kent Finlay Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Kent Finlay opened the doors of Cheatham Street Warehouse in June of 1974 as a music hall, to develop, perpetuate and promote Texas music in its most natural state - the honky-tonk. During the last three decades, Kent has earned quite a track record for developing writers and artists. George Strait, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Charlie and Will Sexton, Randy Rogers, Terri Hendrix, and many more began their notable careers on the Cheatham Street Warehouse stage.
In Deep Ellum: The Other Side of Dallas, Alan Govenar and Jay Brakefield examine the unique cultural environment of Dallas’s Deep Ellum neighborhood, which helped spawn such seminal blues and jazz musicians as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Buster Smith, and T-Bone Walker. As Govenar and Brakefield demonstrate, Deep Ellum also helped influence western swing and other genres of music.
Congratulations to Dr. Jason Mellard, Assistant Director of the Center for Texas Music History, on his new book, Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013).