Manuel "Cowboy" Donley
Photo by Ishta Weerakoon

 The Life and Music of


Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 6:30PM | The Wittliff Collections

In June 2014, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Manuel “Cowboy” Donley the National Heritage Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to American music. Performing in Austin since the 1940s, Donley’s career reflects the rich history of Mexican-American music in Texas from traditional ballads to orquesta tejana and even the electrical amplification of rock ‘n’ roll. Join the Wittliff and the Center for Texas Music History for an evening of conversation, performance, and celebration with musicians and scholars Evaliza Fuentes, Kim Simpson, and Cowboy Donley.

CTYH LOGOTHE CENTER FOR TEXAS MUSIC HISTORY at Texas State University is a unique program focusing on the preservation and study of Texas and Southwestern music history. With an emphasis on how Texas music reflects the rich history and tremendous cultural diversity of the Southwest, the Center for Texas Music History offers graduate and undergraduate courses, along with a variety of research and publishing projects all aimed at helping Americans better understand our unique and diverse cultural heritage through music.
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          "This Week In Texas Music History." 
The 2015 Issue of the Journal of Texas Music History is now online here.

More Praise for the Center for Texas Music History

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.

Dr. Jason Mellard's book, Progressive Country, awarded the Coral Horton Tullis Prize for the Best Book in Texas History of 2013 from the Texas State Historical Association!

Progressive CountryCongratulations 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). Progressive Country received the Coral Horton Tullis Prize for the Best Book in Texas History of 2013 from the Texas State Historical Association. Congratulations!

Audrey Najera awarded The Michael R. Davis scholarship at the 14th Annual Texas Music History Unplugged concert.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Mary Brennan, Michael Davis, Greg Davis, and Audrey Najera.

Audrey Najera is from San Antonio and received a B.A. in History as well as Dance from UT Austin. Najera is in her last year of graduate studies working towards her M.Ed. in History.



Kent Finlay Scholarship Fund Reaches Endowment Level

Kent Finlay

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.

Deep Ellum: The Other Side of Dallas is the latest book in the John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music

Deep Ellum 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.

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