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Center for Texas Music History presents 8th Annual UnPlugged concert

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
April 1, 2008

The Center for Texas Music History (CTMH) presents the 8th Annual Texas Music History Unplugged concert at 7:30 p.m. April 8 in the LBJ Student Center ballroom on the Texas State University campus.

This year’s lineup features Eliza Gilkyson, W.C. Clark, Joel Guzman, Brigitte London, and Stoney LaRue. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Eliza Gilkyson is a masterful songwriter whose intimate story-songs strike at the heart of personal experience. Born to renowned folk artist Terry Gilkyson, Eliza’s long and varied career has brought her the lauds of her peers and almost universal critical acclaim.

Nicknamed “The Godfather of Austin Blues,” W.C. Clark’s career has spanned more than 50 years, during which time he not only nurtured talent such as the Vaughan brothers and Marcia Ball, he also release some of the finest blues music to come from the Lone Star State.

Joel Guzman’s dazzling accordion skills are the just the tip of the iceberg for this enormous talent. Producer, arranger, songwriter, and bandleader, he has most recently been playing as a duo with Joe Ely.

Brigitte London blends blues, soul and country with a emotive and powerful voice that has been compared to Patsy Cline and Etta James.

Stoney LaRue is one of the hottest acts on the Texas/Red Dirt/Americana scene. Playing more than 300 dates per year, his recent single spent weeks on the Texas charts.

Texas Music History Unplugged is an ongoing lecture series sponsored by the CTMH, the Department of History, and several other campus organizations.  Prominent Texas musicians share the stage in an intimate semi-circle. They perform together and discuss how Texas music reflects the rich history and tremendous cultural diversity of the American Southwest. This series combines 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. Questions from students are incorporated into the show, ensuring that a wide range of topics are covered.

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 Center for Texas Music History.  Past performers have included Radney Foster, Ray Benson, Flaco Jimenez, Terri Hendrix, Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster, John Arthur Martinez, Chris Wall and the Sisters Morales.

For more information, contact Deirdre Lannon at (512) 245-2185 or via email at dl24@txstate.edu.