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The Center for Texas Music History (CTMH) is part of the History Department at Texas State University. The Center’s current projects include:

Graduate and undergraduate courses on Texas and Southwestern music history: In these courses, students examine the many different ethnic musical influences involved in the development of the region, including Hispanic, Anglo, African-American, Irish, German, Polish, Czech, French and others. In addition to considering the important impact of ethnic identity on the development of music throughout the Southwest, students look at how other social, economic and political factors have helped shape the region, its people, and its music over the years.

The Journal of Texas Music History: The first academic journal to focus on all aspects of southwestern music history. Now in its sixth year of publication, the Journal of Texas Music History has subscribers throughout the world and is also available in the Publications section of this website.

The Handbook of Texas Music: The first encyclopedia of Texas music history. Published in collaboration with the Texas State Historical Association and the Texas Music Office/Office of the Governor, Texas State history graduate students researched and wrote approximately one-third of the articles in the Handbook of Texas Music.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum exhibit Country Music from the Lone Star State: Another collaborative project involving the Bullock Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, the Center for Texas Music History, the Texas Music Office, KLRU/Austin City Limits and others.

Texas Music Café: A weekly radio and television show featuring the diverse talents of Texas musicians. Focusing on songwriters, the TMC has been broadcast on PBS affiliates nationwide. The center’s partnership with the TMC provides valuable internship opportunities to students of history, SRT, television broadcasting and journalism.

The John and Robin Dickson Series on Texas Music: Texas A&M University Press and the CTMH joined forces to publish a book series focusing on Texas music. Designed to promote scholarship on a variety of topics related to the state’s musical heritage, the first book in the series is The History of Texas Music, by Gary Hartman.

The Texas Music Oral History Program: The CTMH supervises Texas State graduate students in conducting and transcribing interviews with a variety of people from throughout the Texas music community. The interviews are professionally archived by the Southwestern Writers Collection in Alkek Library on the Texas State campus.

Texas Music History Online: A website that serves as a research database, an interactive classroom teaching tool and an informational resource for researchers, educators and Texas music enthusiasts. The hundreds of individual entries include biographies of musicians, descriptions of different musical genres and historical sites throughout the state related to Texas music.

Kerrville Student Songwriter Competition: In partnership with the nationally recognized Kerrville Folk Festival, the CTMH organizes an annual student songwriter competition. The winner has the opportunity to perform at the festival.

Travelin’ Texas CDs, Volumes 1, 2 and 3: Compilation CDs, which feature such notable musicians as Asleep at the Wheel, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Tish Hinojosa, Ray Wylie Hubbard, George Strait, W.C. Clark, Eliza Gilkyson, Rosie Flores, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lavelle White and others, document the diverse genres of Texas music while helping raise money to fund the CTMH’s many educational and preservation programs.

Texas Music Bibliography Online: A comprehensive online bibliography including published and unpublished works relating to Southwestern music history was created in collaboration with the Texas Music Office.

Texas Music History Unplugged: A lecture/concert series through which the CTMH brings prominent Texas musicians to campus. Open to the public but geared toward students, influential performers such as Ray Benson, Tish Hinojosa, Ruthie Foster, Flaco Jiménez, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball and Randy Rogers perform and discuss how Texas music reflects the history and culture of the Southwest.

For more information about the Center for Texas Music History and its programs, please contact us. We believe the work we’re doing is very important, and we invite you to become involved in this unique and exciting program.