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Texas Music History UnPlugged 5

Date of Release: 03/31/2005

Flyer for Unplugged 5 with artists listed. SAN MARCOS —An all-star lineup highlights this year’s Texas Music History UnPlugged 5, scheduled for 8-10 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom at Texas State University-San Marcos.

UnPlugged 5, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Department of History, will feature a diverse and stellar lineup of returning and new performers. “The post-modern king of western swing” Ray Benson (www.raybenson.com/ www.asleepatthewheel.com), Grammy Award-winner and co-founder of Asleep At The Wheel returns as host and performer. Other scheduled performers include:

Ruthie Foster (www.ruthiefoster.com), a favorite who has brought the house down at UnPlugged for the last four years. Her songs are a remarkable hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music rich with honest spirituality and emotion, and her powerful voice is always a show-stopper.

Grammy-winner and home-town girl Terri Hendrix (www.terrihendrix.com) and Lloyd Maines bring her progressive country roots and pop music to UnPlugged for the second time. Renowned guitarist and producer Maines accompanies Hendrix, who mixes sunny humor and sparkling melodies with impressive instrumental chops.

Sisters Morales (www.sistersmorales.com) returns for a second engagement. Their Mexican-influenced folk features harmony vocals so strong and tight that they sound as if they are made up of the same voice. The incredible talent of David Spencer rounds out the Sisters’ sound, playing steel guitar and trading mariachi-style leads.

Joel Guzman (www.aztex.com) brings his superlative talents on the accordion to UnPlugged for the third time. A Grammy-winning instrumentalist, singer, and performer, he is also a successful as an innovator, arranger and producer. He and his band “Aztex” formed the nucleus and inspiration for RCA’s release of Los Super Seven.

Texas State alum and Nashville Star finalist John Arthur Martinez (www.johnarthurmartinez.net) makes his first UnPlugged appearance. Combining an affection for traditional Mexican music with a deep love for traditional country music, this Hill Country troubadour brings a unique touch of Texas to the stage.

Texas Music History UnPlugged is an ongoing lecture series sponsored by the Center, the Department of History, and several other campus organizations designed to bring prominent Texas musicians to Texas State to perform and discuss how Texas music reflects the rich history and tremendous cultural diversity of the American Southwest. This series is intended to combine education and entertainment so that students, faculty, staff and the general public can better understand and appreciate the ethnic and cultural complexity of our society.

Since the very first UnPlugged in 2000, the concerts have grown in popularity and have become one of the cornerstones of the many different projects of the CTMH. Featuring famous Texas musicians, the UnPlugged series places the performers in a seated semi-circle--an intimate ambience in which their stories and songs illuminate the cultural diversity and rich heritage of Texas music.

The Center for Texas Music History is the first comprehensive university-based program to focus on the entire spectrum of Texas and Southwestern music history. The Center offers a variety of projects and activities related to the preservation and study of Texas music history. These include graduate and undergraduate courses on Texas music history, publication of the Journal of Texas Music History, collections of musical archives of the Southwest and an on-line Texas music bibliography as well as collaborations with schools, museums and other entities throughout Texas to help organize educational exhibits, performances and publications celebrating the state’s rich musical heritage.

The LBJ Student Center is located on Tomás Rivera Drive on the Texas State campus. For more information, contact Deirdre Lannon at (512) 245-2185 or dl24@txstate.edu.