By Michael Corcoran
From state and blues to rap and punk, Texas song is everywhere in the map, figuratively and actually. Texas musicians have pioneered new musical genres, tools, and enjoying kinds, proving themselves to be bold innovators who usually name the track for musicians round the kingdom or even out of the country. To introduce a few of these trailblazing Texas musicians to a much wider viewers and pay tribute to their accomplishments, Michael Corcoran profiles thirty-two of them in "All Over the Map: actual Heroes of Texas Music".Corcoran covers musicians who paintings in quite a lot of musical genres, together with blues, gospel, kingdom, rap, indie rock, pop, Cajun, Tejano, conjunto, funk, honky-tonk, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and Western swing. His concentration is on lower than preferred artists, pioneers who have not totally bought their due. He additionally contains famous musicians who have been underrated, reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena, and invitations us to take a more in-depth examine the original abilities of those artists.Corcoran's profiles come from articles he wrote for the "Dallas Morning News", "Austin American-Statesman", "Houston Press", and different courses, which were multiplied and up-to-date for this quantity. His musical detective paintings even uncovers a case of incorrect identification (Washington Phillips) and corrects a lot incorrect information on Blind Willie Johnson and Arizona Dranes. Corcoran closes the booklet with energetic items at the Austin song scene and its most renowned, if now not extant, golf equipment, in addition to his own lists of the 40 maximum Texas songs of all time and the twenty-five crucial CDs for Texas song enthusiasts.
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I’m 100 percent sure it’s a dolceola,’’ said Memphis producer Jim Dickinson, who played the ‘‘completely illogical instrument’’ on Ry Cooder’s Crossroads soundtrack. ‘‘The way it sounds like part of it is going backwards, that’s a dolceola,’’ he said. The debate has even carried over to academia. At the 1991 International Conference of African American Music and Literature in Belgium, Dutch musicologist Guido van Rijn ended a lecture on Phillips with an argument for the dolceola theory. Is it possible that Phillips played a dolceola in the twenties, but then lost it or broke it and switched to a ‘‘harplike’’ instrument in the thirties?
Photo by Jennifer Jaqua, courtesy Judy Hubbard. Butthole Surfers revel in bluebonnet season 1994. Left to right: King Coffey, Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary. Photo by Will Van Overbeek. TVZ 1977. Photo by Ken Hoge. ’’ Photo by Jeanene Van Zandt. Courtesy Texas Music Museum. Don Walser: Andy Devine meets Tex Ritter. Todd V. Wolfson photo. Alejandro Escovedo. Todd V. Wolfson photo. True Believers, circa 1986. Left to right: Denny DiGorio, Jon Dee Graham, Kevin Foley, Alejandro Escovedo, Javier Escovedo.
Wash would always start it oﬀ with a song. ’’ He belonged to the Pleasant Hill Trinity Baptist Church in Simsboro, but May Nella Palmore, 82, of Teague recalled Phillips also preached and performed at the ‘‘sanctiﬁed’’ St. Paul Church of God in Christ. ‘‘His sing- 14 East Texas/Houston ing really ﬁt in with that crowd,’’ she said. ’’ The Keetons said they last saw him doing the devotion at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Teague. ’’ That he was well versed in the varying beliefs and customs of diﬀerent churches is evident in ‘‘Denomination Blues,’’ his most famous song via covers by Sister Rosetta Tharpe (who renamed it ‘‘That’s All’’) and Cooder.
All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music (Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture) by Michael Corcoran