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Radney Foster headlines Texas Music History UnPlugged 6

Date of Release: 03/03/2006

SAN MARCOS—An all-star lineup highlights this year’s Texas Music History UnPlugged 6, scheduled for 8-10 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom at Texas State University-San Marcos.

UnPlugged 6, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History and the Department of History, will feature a diverse and stellar lineup of returning and new performers, including 2006 :

Radney Foster (http://radneyfoster.com): A songwriter’s songwriter, Foster first found commercial success and critical acclaim as part of the neo-traditionalist duo Foster & Lloyd. He embarked on a solo career in 1991 that centered on his literate approach to country songwriting. His solo debut, “Del Rio, Texas, 1959,” was an enormous success; four of its singles hit the Top 40, and of those, “Just Call Me Lonesome” made the Top Ten. He has teamed with Pat Green and the Dixie Chicks, and recently produced Texas State alumnus Randy Rogers’ “Rollercoaster” CD, co-writing with him as well. A historian and Texan, Foster’s role as host of Unplugged will provide a unique insight on Texas culture.

Miss Lavelle White (http://www.musicaustin.com/randb/lwhite.html): R&B veteran Miss Lavelle White enjoyed a successful career for almost 30 years before she recorded her first album. There were many singles and many spots on other’s albums, but the 1994 “Miss Lavelle” for Antone’s Records was her solo debut.

She sings with an energy and youthfulness that belie her years behind the microphone, but there is no hiding the true blues-professionalism of her delivery. A prolific songwriter, her songs have been recorded by many others, including Bobby “Blue” Bland.

Mingo Saldivar (http://mingosaldivar.com): Saldivar is a living legend of conjunto music. Known to his fans as “The Dancing Cowboy,” he blends country and R&B music with traditional conjunto on the button accordion. In recent years Saldivar has played at such venues as President Clinton’s first inaugural gala, the 1996 Olympics, Carnegie Hall and a five-week USIA tour of Africa and the near Middle East. In Sept. of 2002, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Mingo with the National Heritage Fellowship Award.

Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines (http://terrihendrix.com): Terri Hendrix attended Texas State University and resides in San Marcos. Her versatile, folky style--which hangs elements of blues, pop, and traditional music on a country framework--has taken her to top festivals around the country and bringing home a Grammy for “Lil’ Jack Slade,” a song co-written for the Dixie Chicks’ Home album. Her frequent collaborator and accompanist is legendary producer Lloyd Maines.

Aaron Allan: Born in January of 1929 near Fredericksburg, Allan calls New Braunfels home. He grew up in the golden era of “Personality Radio,” and became a songwriter-singer, radio DJ and an emcee. He has written over 900 songs, 27 having been recorded by the likes of the Osborne Brothers, Charlie Walker, Stony Edwards and Willie Nelson. Nelson, a friend since he replaced Allan on KBOP in 1954, recorded “Truth Number One” in 1970, and Allan regularly emcees Nelson’s famous “Fourth of July Picnics.” With 58 years in the music business, Allan currently is on-air talent for KCIT radio in Gonzales, and was inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame.

Rosie Flores (http://rosieflores.com): Born in San Antonio, Flores’ music blends the best of surf, rock, country and blues with the traditional sounds of her Mexican-American heritage. Since the late 70s, she has been an important figure in the Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville music scenes. Flores’ reputation as a high-octane rockabilly star is well established. Critical raves from prestigious publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player magazine leave no doubt about her talent for filling dance floors and lighting up rooms. Flores’ solos recordings have found homes on both the Billboard and Gavin charts and are also featured in seven motion pictures. Her revved-up performances in honky-tonks from Boston to Bakersfield have won legions of fans and earned appearances on such nationally broadcast television programs as “Austin City Limits” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brian.”

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.