Center for Texas Music History
THE 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.
The 2016 Issue of the Journal of Texas Music History is now online here.
Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few by Diana Finlay Hendricks
Influenced at a young age by classic country, Tejano, western swing, and the popular music of wartime America, blues musician Delbert McClinton grew up with a backstage pass to some of the most significant moments in American cultural and music history. From his birth on the high plains of West Texas during World War II to headlining sold-out cruises on chartered luxury ships well into his seventies, McClinton admits he has been “One of the Fortunate Few.”
More information can be found on our John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music page.
For more than forty years, Guy Clark wrote and recorded unforgettable songs. His lyrics and melodies paint indelible portraits of the people, places, and experiences that shaped him. He has served as model, mentor, supporter, and friend to at least two generations of the world’s most talented and influential singer-songwriters. In songs like “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” L.A. Freeway,” “She Ain’t Going Nowhere,” and “Texas 1947,” Clark’s poetic mastery has given voice to a vision of life, love, and trouble that has resonated not only with fans of Americana music, but also with the prominent artists—including Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others—who have recorded and performed Clark’s music.
Now, in Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, writer, producer, and music industry insider Tamara Saviano chronicles the story of this legendary artist from her unique vantage point as his former publicist and producer of the Grammy-nominated album This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark. Part memoir, part biography, Saviano’s skillfully constructed narrative weaves together the extraordinary songs, larger-than-life characters, previously untold stories, and riveting emotions that make up the life of this modern-day poet and troubadour.
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The Life and Music of
MANUEL “COWBOY” DONLEY
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.
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!
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). 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.
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
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.
Kent Finlay, Dreamer is the latest book in the John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music
Though not a household name for the general public, Kent Finlay (1938–2015) was one of the world’s best-known and best-loved promoters, mentors, and gurus of Texas music. In 1974, he founded the Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos as a venue for live music and an incubator for young talent. In 1977, he drove to Nashville and took with him a young, unknown singer named George Strait. On that trip, Strait recorded a demo that laid the initial foundation of his sensational career. Finlay’s friends and fans also include such Texas music fixtures as Todd Snider, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jack Ingram, James McMurtry, Joe “King” Carrasco, Marcia Ball, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, Hayes Carll, Omar Dykes (Omar and the Howlers), Terri Hendrix, and Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel). These and many others have contributed first-person interviews to this volume, which pays tribute both to Finlay and to his unselfish love for Texas music and musicians.