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Sites & Sounds
T E X A S
M U S I C
A RoadTrip

Sites & Sounds
T E X A S
M U S I C
A RoadTrip
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PAGE 2
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PAGE 3
ATTRACTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PAGE 4
VENUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PAGE 14
EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PAGE 24
Use this guide, as well as the Texas State Travel Guide, Texas Official Travel Map and Texas Accom-
modations Guide, to help you discover the amazing treasures that Texas has to offer. To request a free
copy of these publications, receive travel counseling or (24-hour automated) road conditions, call
800/452-9292 (TDD for the deaf at 800/687-5288) between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Central time) daily.
Managing Editor:
Brent Dollar
Editor:
Lois M. Rodriguez
Contributing Editors:
Dan Mullis, Julie Stratton
Graphic Design:
Kirsti Harms
Special thanks to the Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor
NOTE: We want your Texas music road trip to be a wonderful experience. Please keep in mind that
changes can occur with attractions, venues and events. Hours change, days of operation change,
and, unfortunately, some go out of business. So, be sure to call ahead to the local convention and
visitors bureau, chamber of commerce or attraction to verify that your destination will be open at the
time of your visit. Welcome to Texas, y’all!
ABOUT THE COVER: The stars are big and bright in Texas, and the cover’s sampling of stellar per-
formers is proof. These are just a few names of the Lone Star State’s many musical pioneers and
innovators. Not all are discussed in the inside pages but, like those who are not named on the cover,
their contributions are invaluable.
© Texas Department of Transportation
Printed on Recycled Paper
030602

I N T R O D U C T I O N
TEXASMUSIC
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
IS AS VARIED AS THE STATE’S
beautiful, yet diverse, landscape. Its sound is de-
THE TEXAS MUSIC OFFICE serves as the information clearinghouse and promotion office for the Texas music
fined by many different styles and textures, yet all
industry, and its Web site is an incredible resource on Texas’ music history, artists, attractions and more.
of these distinctively different genres share the com-
Visit www.governor.state.tx.us/music and discover all the things that make Texas music great.
mon thread that weaves together the Texas music sound.
Be sure to visit the official digital gateway to the Lone State State, www.TravelTex.com. If you want to plan a
What exactly is Texas music? Listen closely and you’ll hear
Texas music vacation, book a hotel room, make a flight reservation or find out about Texas music driving tours,
its sound in country, rock ’n’ roll, conjunto, pop, blues, jazz,
TravelTex.com has everything you need. You can even receive free online coupons, free travel publications and
zydeco, polka and tejano, but that’s definitely not all. Texas
event information with just a few simple clicks of your mouse. If it’s in Texas, you’ll find it on TravelTex.com.
music is Willie Nelson and his brand of “outlaw” country;
So stop by and visit awhile.
it’s Buddy Holly’s early “rockabilly” sound that heavily influ-
For more information on live Texas music events, festivals and more, visit these Web sites:
enced the Beatles; it’s Huddy “Leadbelly” Ledbetter and
www.artonart.com (Texas Commission on the Arts)
Blind Lemon Jefferson laying the foundation of Texas blues;
www.TexasHighways.com (Texas Highways online magazine)
it’s Narciso Martinez and Pedro Ayala leading the birth of
www.thc.state.tx.us (Texas Historical Commission)
conjunto; and it’s Van Cliburn’s brilliant classical piano that
continues to entertain people all over the world.
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Texas music runs as
deep and wide as the Gulf of Mexico, as do the thousands of artists who have shaped the distinctive Texas sound
over the years. So, in order to help you learn more about Texas musicians and encourage you to visit the sites and
sounds of the state’s rich musical heritage, we’ve created this guide. It’s filled with things to see, do and experience
in relation to the Texas music scene.
Within this brochure you’ll find information on attractions such as monuments/museums, music venues and
live music events. Within each listing you’ll find a brief description of the particular attraction, its location, phone
number and Web site. However, please note that changes can occur. Hours change, days of operation change and,
unfortunately, some attractions do close. So, please call prior to your visit to ensure you have the best experi-
ence possible.
While this guide is designed to be a tool to help you plan a Texas music road trip, in no way have we included all
of the state’s music destina-
tions. The information in
this booklet is merely a
sample of the many won-
derful musical aspects of
the state. Therefore, we’ve
included a section of addi-
tional resources on Page 3
if you’d like to find out
about more Texas music,
artists or attractions.
Enjoy your journey as you
experience Sites & Sounds:
A Texas Music Road Trip.
PHOTOS THIS PAGE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PHOTOS THIS PAGE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
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TEXAS MUSIC ATTRACTIONS
TEXAS MUSIC ATTRACTIONS
KEVIN STILLMAN/TxDOT
FORGETTHENOTIONTHATMUSEUMSARESTUFFY
and boring. The truth is museums, particularly those
with exhibits featuring Texas music, come alive with
history that evokes memories and stirs emotions.
Simply step inside one of the music-related museums fea-
tured in this section, and you’re bound to hear statements
such as, “You know, this song reminds me of the time…,”
“I’ll never forget when your dad and I danced to…,” or
maybe even, “Wow, did you used to wear clothes like that?”
TEXAS DEP
The attractions listed in this section are but a mere
sampling of the types of museums and monuments found
AR
TMENT OF TRANSPOR
all over the state that will no doubt whet your appetite
for the sights and sounds of Texas music. For a more
complete listing, visit the Texas Music Office’s Web
site at www.governor.state.tx.us/music or visit
T
A
TION
www.traveltex.com.
Attractions are subject to change, so please call ahead to
African American Museum in Dallas
confirm hours, locations and admission fees.
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
LOCATION: 3536 Grand Ave. (at Fair Park entrance), Dallas
PHONE: 214/565-9026, ext. 312
HOURS: Tues., Wed., Fri. – Sat. 10 a.m. 5 p.m.;
Thurs. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 1 – 5 p.m.
ADMISSION FEE: No
Exhibit at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock
WEB SITE: www.aamdallas.org
an extensive exhibition on the life and music of Buddy
This museum—the only museum in the Southwestern
Holly. The center’s Buddy Holly Gallery has on display
United States devoted to the preservation and display
his famed Fender Stratocruiser guitar, clothing, tour
of African-American artistic, cultural and historical
memorabilia for Holly and his band the Crickets,
New Orleans jazz with the blues and nimble fiddle
materials—has about 500 albums of jazz in its music
recording contracts, homework assignments, report
music. Wills and his band, The Texas Playboys, took
archives donated by the husband of the late jazz
cards, and a timeline of Holly’s rapid rise in the world
the country by storm with songs such as “San Antonio
vocalist Shirley McPhatter. The museum is also docu-
of rock ’n’ roll. The collection would not be complete
Rose” and “Faded Love,” and his popularity allowed
menting Dallas-based blues musicians through its
without his trademark eyewear, his black horn-rimmed
him and his band to star in a dozen cowboy movies.
innovative series titled “Music Under the Dome.”
glasses. But, the center also recognizes that Holly is just
The museum has three rooms full of Wills’ artifacts.
“Music Under the Dome” is held the third Friday of
one of many Lubbock talents whose reckless energy
Photographs, movie stills and tribute letters from politi-
the month, and includes the Juneteenth Blues and
drove them on to national and international recognition.
cians and celebrities line the walls. Sheet music, stage
Jazzfest on the third week of June. It has one of the
Dynamic and changing exhibitions highlighting Texas
clothing, 78-rpm records, fiddles and scrapbooks are
largest African-American folk art collections in the
music history feature artists such as Jimmie Dale
also on display.
United States. The museum incorporates a variety of
Gilmore, whose high, lonesome voice earned him a
visual art forms and historical documents that portray
place in the museum’s Texas Musicians Hall of Fame.
HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY–
the African-American experience in the United States,
SMITH MUSIC LIBRARY
the Southwest and Dallas.
BOB WILLS MUSEUM
LOCATION: 2200 Hickory, Abilene
LOCATION: Two blocks south of Main St. (follow the signs),
PHONE: 325/670-1236
BUDDY HOLLY CENTER
Turkey
HOURS: Mon. – Thurs. 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. 7:30 p.m. –
LOCATION: 1801 Avenue G, Lubbock
PHONE: 806/423-1253 or 806/423-1033
5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 1 – 5 p.m.
PHONE: 806/767-2686
ST
HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 9 – 11:30 a.m., 1 – 5 p.m.
ADMISSION FEE: No
AN A. WILLIAMS/TxDOT
HOURS: Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.;
ADMISSION FEE: Yes (Donations accepted)
WEB SITE: rupert.alc.org/library
(Closed Sun. and Mon.)
WEB SITE: www.BobWills.com
Smith Music Library, located in Caldwell Hall, contains
ADMISSION FEE: Yes
It was high praise indeed when legendary country music
study scores, collected works of various composers,
WEB SITE: buddyhollycenter.org
artist Merle Haggard proclaimed Bob Wills to be the
recordings, certain reference materials and virtually all
One of the pioneers of the 1950s rock ’n’ roll move-
best fiddle player in the entire world. Wills, who went on
of HSU’s books relating to the various areas of music.
ment, is the focus of this beautiful museum. It features
Buddy Holly statue in Lubbock
to become the king of western swing music, combined
Listening equipment is provided.
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TEXAS MUSIC ATTRACTIONS
COUR
TESY LEFTY FRIZZELL MUSEUM
ST
AN A. WILLIAMS/TxDOT
Artifacts at the Lefty Frizzell Museum in Corsicana
JIM REEVES MEMORIAL
LOCATION: Three miles east of Carthage on U.S. 79
Just a few miles outside of this east Texas town stands a
You a Thousand Ways,” Lefty’s legacy lives in today’s
Portrait of Bob Wills at the museum in Turkey
ST
12-foot tall statue of Jim Reeves, whose unmistakably
country artists. The museum is in a basic shotgun house,
AN A. WILLIAMS/TxDOT
smooth voice drew popular audiences to his distinctive
similar to the one in which Frizzell was born in 1928 in
style of country music in the 1950s and ’60s. The statue
a nearby oil boom town. However, as a performer, Lefty
was erected following Reeves’ death on July 31, 1964,
was anything but basic. The museum is filled with the
when his private airplane crashed as he was returning
flamboyant costumes and boots for which he was
from Arkansas to his home in Nashville, Tenn. Reeves’
known. Displayed alongside his costumes are photo-
gold records included “Bimbo,” “He’ll Have to Go” and
graphs of Lefty and his family, furniture from his first
Artifacts at the Bob Wills Museum in Turkey
“Four Walls.” Reeves’ favorite dog, Cheyenne, is buried
home, original song manuscripts in his handwriting,
at the memorial.
sheet music, and records.
HEART OF TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM
LOCATION: Sixteenth and Bridge Streets, Brady
LEFTY FRIZZELL MUSEUM
LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS STATUE
PHONE: 325/597-1895 (Tracy Pitcox, contact)
LOCATION: Lightnin’ Hopkins Park, across from the Camp
HOURS: Fri. 2 – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
LOCATION: 912 West Park Ave. (Pioneer Village), Corsicana
Street Cafe, down from West Goliad Avenue, Crockett
Sun. noon – 5 p.m.
PHONE: 903/654-4846
PHONE: 936/544-2359 (Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce)
ADMISSION FEE: No
HOURS: Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.;
WEB SITE: www.bradytx.com/sites/countrymuseum.html
Sun. 1 – 5 p.m.
E-MAIL: chamber@crockettareachamber.org
E-MAIL: tracy@hillbillyhits.com
ADMISSION FEE: Yes
There’s a lot of steel in Crockett’s statue of Sam
WEB SITE: www.rootsweb.com/~txnavarr/pioneer_village/
“Lightnin’” Hopkins—130 pounds to be exact—but
If you’re a country music fan, then the Heart of Texas
index.htm
that’s no different from the famous musician himself.
Country Music Museum is the place for you. The mu-
Who is Lefty Frizzell? While you may not be familiar
There was steel and a hardened truth to his blues. In
seum features displays of gowns and shoes belonging to
with his name as a performer, no doubt you’ll instantly
addition, Hopkins’ spontaneity, it is said, was such that
Loretta Lynn, one of Tammy Wynette’s stage outfits, and
MICHAEL AMADOR/TxDOT
recognize his works as a songwriter. Maybe the first
he never sang a song the same way twice. And the
a cowboy hat worn by George Strait. There’s also a vari-
verse of one of his songs will ring a bell—“If you’ve got
strength of his personality has earned him a permanent
ety of other items from Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Johnny
the money honey, I’ve got the time.” While he was an
place in the pantheon of Texas musicians. Now the wiry-
Cash, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Brenda Lee, Hank
outstanding performer in his own right, many of the
framed Hopkins, in the form of a lifelike concrete and
Thompson and many more country music stars. The col-
songs he wrote have become part of country music his-
steel statue, sits on a stool—with a cigar in his mouth
lection of these artifacts originated when the local radio
tory. From “That’s the Way Love Goes,” (a top 10
and guitar in hand—on the corner where he used to
station began receiving items from country music per-
country hit for Merle Haggard in the 1980s) to “I Love
play for spare change.
formers as a result of its “Hillbilly Hits” program.
The Jim Reeves Memorial near Carthage
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TEXAS MUSIC ATTRACTIONS
COURTESY MUSEUM OF THE GULF COAST
COURTESY MUSEUM OF THE GULF COAST
COUR
It’s hard not to like a place that has bumper stickers
advertising, “Janis Lives In Our Museum.” Of course,
TESY P
they’re referring to the one and only Port Arthur native,
ANHANDLE-PLAINS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Janis Joplin. The museum’s visitors are drawn to the
Music Hall gallery where they can see Janis’ car, painted
in colors as vivid as her personality. Also on display is
artwork that she painted as a teenager and her famous
“nudie” stage costume. Five audio-visual screens allow
visitors to experience different genres of music that can
be found in the area, from zydeco and Cajun, country
and rhythm and blues, jazz and big band, to opera and
rock ’n’ roll. Other exhibits feature J.P. “The Big
Bopper” Richardson (who recorded the 1958 number
one hit “Chantilly Lace”) and include a pair of dice,
lighter and comb that were in the Bopper’s pocket when
he died in a 1959 plane crash along with Buddy Holly
and Richie Valens. Musical instruments, album covers,
photos and stage costumes bring alive memories of
Janis Joplin’s car at Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur
Waylon Jennings, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, George Jones
band arrangements, photographs, the Glenn White col-
and a variety of other Texas musicians who went on to
lection, correspondence, press clippings, contracts and
fame and, often, fortune.
other listings). The museum also features the Wallace R.
PANHANDLE-PLAINS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Clark Collection, hymnals, tunebooks, sheet music and
performer photographs. Located just 15 minutes south
LOCATION: 2503 Fourth Ave., Canyon
Musical artifact at the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon
of Amarillo on I-27, one block east of U.S. 87.
PHONE: 806/651-2274
Port Arthur native Janis Joplin is featured at Museum of the Gulf
Coast

HOURS: Summer Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
wrote about what made Orbison so special: “It’s electri-
RICE UNIVERSITY– BROWN FINE ARTS LIBRARY
Sun. 1 – 6 p.m.; Winter Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
fying, a voice to cut diamonds with, one of rock’s most
LOCATION: 6100 Main St., Houston
Sun. 1 – 6 p.m.
magnificent and penetrating.” The memory of the music
MUSEUM OF THE GULF COAST
PHONE: 713/348-4832
ADMISSION FEE: Yes
and the man is perpetuated by the museum, where his
LOCATION: 700 Procter St., Port Arthur
HOURS: Mon. – Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m. –
WEB SITE: www.panhandleplains.org
45s are nailed to the walls for decoration. Paintings,
PHONE: 409/982-7000
9 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun. 12:30 – 11 p.m.
posters, albums, album covers, photos, CDs, 8 track
HOURS: Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 1 – 5 p.m.
The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum includes
ADMISSION FEE: No
tapes, newspaper clippings, display cases filled with
ADMISSION FEE: Yes
the Bob Wills Memorial Archive of Popular Music
WEB SITE: www.rice.edu/fondren/brown
Roy’s yearbooks, and a pair of his trademark sunglasses
WEB SITE: www.museum.lamarpa.edu
(showcasing sheet music, recordings, reference books,
The library contains a music collection of more than
refreshes the memory of the man, his legacy in rock ’n’
90,000 books, scores and audiovisual materials, most
roll and his magnificent voice.
POLKA: CZECH IT OUT !
of which relate to Western classical music. Special col-
lections include the Henry Leigh Bartlett Collection
SELENA MUSEUM
WHEN CZECH, German and Polish immigrants came to Texas, they brought with them a brand of polka that was quickly stitched into
of books about Beethoven, the Scott Heumann Collec-
LOCATION: 5410 Leopard St., Corpus Christi
the quilt of Texas sounds. From their homes to community dance halls, their music found a new life in the Lone Star State.
tion of opera recordings, and 18th-century French vocal
HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 9 – 11:45 a.m., 1 – 6 p.m.
scores. Circulation of materials outside the library is
ADMISSION FEE
Entrenched in the history of Texas polka are the multitudes of family bands that have prevailed through generations, as well as
: Yes (Donations accepted)
restricted to members of the Rice University commu-
WEB SITE: www.q-productions.com/museum.htm
numerous other polka pioneers. The Baca bands, from Fayetteville, originated with Frank Baca who immigrated in 1860. Their musi-
nity, but everyone is welcome to use the materials in
With approximately 50,000 visitors annually, the
cal legacy continued for years through the generations. The Patek family bands, from Shiner, reached its heyday in the ’50s, but
the library.
Selena Museum has become one of Corpus Christi’s
originated with John Patek Sr., who immigrated to America in 1889. The Krenek family (including polka pioneer Ed Krenek and
most popular tourist destinations. Some of the items on
ROY ORBISON MUSEUM
dulcimer-playing Ray Krenek) has also been producing music for more than 150 years.
display are her red Porsche, various music awards, stage
LOCATION: On Texas 115 in downtown Wink
The culture produced standouts like Adolph Hofner, a pioneer of Western Swing who could meld Bohemian dance music, ’30s-
outfits, photos and other personal memorabilia. Selena’s
PHONE: 432/527-3441 (Visitors are encouraged to contact the
powerful voice and individuality made her a tremendous
style swing, polka tunes and country hoedowns. Others, like Lee Roy Matocha, Henry Kubala, Sigmund Jozwiak and the Vrazel
Wink City Hall upon arrival in town in order to arrange a
Tejano music star at an early age, and she was on the
Brothers also are at the top of the list for helping polka make its mark in this state.
tour of the museum.)
verge of becoming an American pop music star before
ADMISSION FEE
It was this distinct music that later blended with sounds from just south of the border creating a sound unique to Texas ––
: No
she died tragically in 1995. The script from the 1997
conjunto. Valerio Longoria, honored in the polka community, became a pioneer in that sound.
“Crying,” “Only the Lonely” and “Pretty Woman” are
motion picture “Selena,” which starred Jennifer Lopez,
just some of the haunting songs that instantly evoke the
is also on display. Some claim that she was the personifi-
The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center Office –– 250 W. Fairgrounds Road in La Grange –– gives visitors a glimpse of
memory of Wink’s favorite son, Roy Orbison, whose
cation of young, hip Mexican-American youth. After
these immigrants’ culture, heritage and music. Plans are in the works for an even larger facility to showcase the wealth of items.
unique three-octave voice earned him a place in the
visiting the museum, see her house on Bloomington
For more information on the center, visit www.czechtexas.org or call (888) 785-4500.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Following a 1986 Orbison
Street, her Everhard Street boutique and her grave in
concert, Richard Harrington of The Washington Post
Seaside Memorial Park. No cameras are allowed.
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TEXAS MUSIC ATTRACTIONS
KEVIN STILLMAN/TxDOT
COURTESY TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND TEX RITTER MUSEUM
STEVIE RAY
Saturday for the matinee at local movie theaters all over
VAUGHAN STATUE
America. But Ritter’s talents also brought him success
as singer, guitarist, songwriter, Broadway actor and
LOCATION: On the south
author. Radio, in particular, seemed made for Ritter as
bank of Town Lake,
he drew audiences to the radio versions of “The Lone
Austin
Ranger” and “Death Valley Days.” The Tex Ritter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Museum, part of the Texas Country Music Hall of
has been hailed by
Fame, has an impressive collection of Ritter memora-
many as the greatest
bilia covering the broad range of his professional
blues/rock guitarist
accomplishments. From movie posters showing Ritter,
ever. His untimely
guitar in hand, aboard his famous horse Flash to Tex
death in a 1990
Ritter comics and much more, the museum will bring
helicopter crash
back memories thought long forgotten. In addition,
ensured his place
Texas’ influence on the country music world is most
as a true icon of the
apparent in the adjacent Texas Country Music Hall of
Austin music scene.
Fame, where stars such as Kris Kristofferson, Tanya
Visit the statue and
Tucker, Bob Wills, Charlie Walker, Gene Autry and
you’re likely to find
Willie Nelson are enshrined. The facility also features
individual tributes to
the Texas Country Music Disc Jockey Wall of Fame with
Vaughan’s memory
photos of famous Texas on-air personalities such as Joe
in the form of flow-
Allison, Bill Mack, Mike Oatman, Pappy Dave Stone,
ers, candles, cards
Tex Ritter
Smokey Stover and Charlie Walker.
and poems. But
Stevie Ray Vaughan statue in Austin
TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
perhaps the greatest
AND TEX RITTER MUSEUM
TEXAS FIDDLERS HALL OF FAME
tribute to him is the variety of people who come to
LOCATION: Knights of Columbus Hall (U.S. 77 South),
LOCATION
stand before his statue, immersed in the memory of
: 300 West Panola St. (Hawthorn-Claubaugh-
him as his songs such as “Texas Flood,” “Crossfire,”
Patterson Home), Carthage
Hallettsville
COUR
PHONE: 361/798-2311 or 361/798-2662
PHONE
“Cold Shot,” “Love Struck” and “Look At Little Sister”
: 903/693-6634
TESY TEXAS COUNTR
HOURS: Open mornings
HOURS
replay in their minds.
: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
ADMISSION FEE: No
ADMISSION FEE: Yes
WEB SITE: www.fiddlersfrolics.com/halloffame/index.html
TEJANO R.O.O.T.S. HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
WEB SITE: www.carthagetexas.com/Tx_web/index.html
E-MAIL: chamber@carthagetexas.com
The Hall of Fame has biographies and photographs of
LOCATION: 213 N. Wright St., Alice
PHONE: 361/664-8000
Y MUSIC HALL OF F
For those who grew up in the post-World War II era,
the 33 Texas fiddlers who’ve won state competitions.
HOURS: Wed. – Sun. noon – 5 p.m.
Tex Ritter is one of the reasons why untold legions of
Each year during the Texas State Championship
ADMISSION FEE: Yes (Donations accepted)
youngsters clutched their dimes and stood in line every
Fiddlers Frolics in Hallettsville, a top fiddler from the
state is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
WEB SITE: www.tejanorootshalloffame.com
E-MAIL: info@tejanorootshalloffame.com
AME AND TEX RITTER MUSEUM
In 2001, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill
HONORARY TEXANS
1019, recognizing what the city of Alice has known since
the 1940s—that it is the birthplace of Tejano music. The
“THAT’S RIGHT. You’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway,” Lyle Lovett sings. That’s especially true for many musi-
Tejano R.O.O.T.S. (Remembering Our Own Tejano
cians born outside the Lone Star borders who have made Texas home, even if for just a little while.
Stars) Hall of Fame Museum, which was established in
1999, preserves and promotes the vibrant Tejano musical
Artists like Woody Guthrie — immortalized in the Willis Alan Ramsey song “Just a Boy from Oklahoma” and who happened
heritage. Through its collection of biographies, musical
to live in Pampa, Texas for a while — have been welcomed with open arms.
instruments, photos and stage wear, visitors can learn
Virginia-born Kelly Willis, who left Nashville for Texas, said it’s the only place that really felt like home. “In Austin, so much
more about the influence that Tejano has on the Texas
respect is paid to people trying to do music with integrity — to people trying to do something that is ambitious in an artistic
music scene. Tejano luminaries, from Beto Villa to
Johnny Herrera, are members of the museum’s Hall of
way,” she said.
Fame, and the sights and sounds of their contributions
Maine native Patty Griffin is still hot in the Nashville and Boston music scenes, but she calls Texas home.
are available for fans to see and hear. Call in advance
New Yorker Jerry Jeff Walker became enmeshed in the Texas music scene once he moved to Austin in the early ’70s and
for a tour of the museum.
hooked up with kindred spirits like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings — just in time to be part of the “outlaw country” move-
ment. Although already accomplished, it was Texas that helped him develop a solid fan base. He is like the West Virginia-based
band, Asleep at the Wheel, which moved to Texas after they found a much more receptive audience here.
So, it’s OK if they’re not born here. Texans are just proud they choose to be here.
Movie poster at the Tex Ritter Museum in Carthage
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TEXAS MUSIC ATTRACTIONS
THE AIRWAVES
COUR
stacks and may be checked out. Compact discs,
RADIO STATIONS
TESY CARMEN MARROQUIN / TEXAS MUSIC MUSEUM
phonorecords and audiocassettes must be requested
1935
at the music library circulation desk and used in the
KNEL-AM (1490), Brady
library’s listening stations. The library has a strong music
A 1,000-watt station features oldies music programming.
education collection (including band and piano method
WHILEASTATETHESIZEOFTEXASISFILLEDWITH
hundreds of AM and FM radio stations that feature
programming for every kind of taste, some stations
books) and a growing sheet music collection. The
have been broadcasting for more than 80 years.
KIUN-AM (1400), Pecos
library’s microcomputer lab is equipped with Power PC
Here’s just a sample of some of Texas’ oldest radio outlets,
A 1,000-watt station features country and Spanish music
Macintoshes with MIDI synthesizers, along with dot-
based on the years they were founded:
programming.
matrix and laser printers (available for a fee).
1922
1936
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN –
KESS-AM (1270), San Antonio
KKTX-AM (1240), Tyler
CENTER FOR AMERICAN HISTORY
A 5,000-watt station features Spanish language music
A 1,000-watt station features classic rock music programming.
LOCATION: Sid Richardson Hall 2.101 (corner of 2200 block
programming.
of Red River and Manor St.), Austin
KPLT-AM & FM (1490 & 107.7), Paris
KFON-AM (1490), Austin
PHONE: 512/495-4515 or 512/495-4559
1,000-watt stations that feature country music (AM)
HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A 1,000-watt station features Norteño music
and adult contemporary music (FM) programming.
ADMISSION FEE: No
programming.
WEB SITE: www.cah.utexas.edu
1939
KLNO-FM (94.1), Dallas
KXOX-AM (1240), Sweetwater
The Center for American History contains major
A 5,000-watt station features regional Mexican music
Station features current and classic country music
archives of Texas and southern music including
programming.
programming.
commercial recordings, sheet music, books and journals,
1928
photographs, posters, etc. Collections include the
KGKL-AM (960), San Angelo
KRNX-AM (1340), Victoria
Archives of the Touring Entertainment Industry; Texas
A 5,000-watt station features classic country music
A 1,000-watt station features country music
Music Collection; SXSW, Inc. Archives; Rod Kennedy
programming.
programming.
This photograph of early Tejano music producer Armando
Presents, Inc. Archives; Huey P. Meaux Collection;
Marroquin is part of the collection of the Texas Music Museum
Armadillo World Headquarters and Soap Creek Saloon
Archives; Townsend Miller Collection; Bob Johnston
TEXAS MUSIC MUSEUM
Collection; John A. Lomax Family Papers; UT Folklore
“TEXAS” RADIO STATIONS
Center Archives; and Texas Poster Art Collection.
LOCATION: 1009 E. 11th St., Austin
Robert Earl Keen, Allison Krauss and George Jones. The 50,000-
PHONE: 512/472-8891
watt station also includes some live in-studio performances.
HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (when building is open)
KKHR-FM (106.3), Abilene
ADMISSION FEE: No
MANYOFTHESTATE’SRADIOSTATIONSPLAYMUSIC
from TexaS artists, but some place extra emphasis on
the Texas sound. Here is a sampling of stations that
WEB SITE: www.texasmusicmuseum.org
ALL IN THE FAMILY
showcase native artists and their music.
This Spanish/bilingual station brings a mix of contemporary
Tejano and regional Mexican music with a signal that covers the
The Texas Music Museum features an extensive collec-
KATP-FM (101.9), Amarillo
space between the DFW Metroplex and the Permian Basin.
tion of photographs, recordings, biographical histories,
BEING FATHER to Dixie Chick Natalie Maines is not Lloyd
A 100,000-watt country music station, “Kat Country” promotes
donated memorabilia and exhibits on such genres as
Maines’ only contribution to the music world. This legendary
local talent and Texas musicians each Sat. 4 – 6 p.m. with its
KLBJ-FM (93.7), Austin
blues, jazz, Tejano, Native American, Gospel and cow-
steel guitarist and producer from Acuff has entrenched him-
“Texas Music Show.”
A 100,000-watt rock ’n’ roll station, programming also features
boy/country music. There are also documents, artifacts
local artists and includes a Texas music program, “Local Licks
self as a giant in the realm of country music.
KEDA-AM (1540), San Antonio
and reference materials that outline the diverse tradi-
Live,” every Tues. 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.
tions of Texas music. The museum uses these collections
Local and regional Tejano music comes through the airwaves
While you can hear his guitar works in recordings by artists
KLLI-FM (105.3), Dallas
in its exhibits.
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
like Guy Clark, David Byrne, Wilco, Dixie Chicks, Radney
While primarily a live-talk station, “Live & Local” features the
KGSR-FM (107.1), Austin
TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY–
Foster and Joe Ely, he’s netted quite a resume as a producer
top bands in Texas performing live Sun. from 7 – 9 p.m.
A 46,000-watt station that features truly eclectic musical
SCHNEIDER MUSIC RESOURCE CENTER
as well. He has produced albums by Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale
programming, it also incorporates a great deal of Texas music
KNTX-AM (1410), Bowie
LOCATION: 601 University Dr. (Music Department Building),
Gilmore, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charlie Robison, Ray Wylie
into its mix including folk, reggae, pop, alternative, and classic
A 500-watt station that features country music programming, also
San Marcos
Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and more.
rock. Local musicians are featured on “The Daily Demo” week-
includes Southern gospel music on Sun. Texas music is high-
PHONE: 512/245-3376
days at 3:30 p.m. and “Lone Star State of Mind” each Fri.
lighted in the “J.J. Bleu’s Western Swing Wednesday” program.
HOURS: Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
When the original Dixie Chicks, under Maines’ guidance,
from 10 p.m. – midnight.
Sat. 1 – 5 p.m., Sun. 5 – 9 p.m.
KRIO-FM (105.9 AND 103.7), San Antonio
sought a new lead singer, he offered his daughter’s demo
ADMISSION FEE: No
KHKX-FM (99.1), Midland
Station boasts 98 percent Texas music that can also be heard
WEB SITE: www.library.swt.edu/music-lib/index.html
tape (meant to get her into Berklee School of Music in
Features contemporary country music, daily show at noon called
west of San Antonio to Uvalde.
“KICKS 99 Texas Grill” features music from Texas artists
The center provides music enthusiasts and researchers
Boston). In October 1995, it was official. Natalie was a
KTBZ-FM (94.5), Houston
convenient access to scores, sound recordings, reference
Dixie Chick.
KHYI-FM (95.3), Plano
A 100,000-watt modern rock station, “The Buzz” also features
materials, indexes, music software, interactive multime-
Texas artists featured all day, every day including Lyle Lovett,
Texas music in the weekly program “The Texas Buzz.”
dia and video recordings. Scores are shelved in open
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LEGENDARY VENUES
LEGENDARY VENUES
SCOTT NEWTON/AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
SCOTT NEWTON/AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
MUSICIANS
ANTONE’S
NEED A PLACE TO PLAY, AND TEXAS
LOCATION: 213 W. 5th St., Austin
boasts some of the best live music venues any-
PHONE: 512/320-8424
where in the world. Whether rock ’n’ roll, zydeco,
HOURS: 8:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily
country, Tejano, jazz, conjunto, polka or blues is
WEB SITE: www.antones.net
your preferred genre, there is most certainly a venue some-
For more than a quarter century, musicians have honed
where in Texas that features artists and musicians playing
their skills here in the heart of the Live Music Capital
of America. This unassuming playground for established
music suited just for you.
and soon-to-be established musicians is home of the
Many of the live music venues in the state are also rich
blues with the best in touring talent and homegrown
with tradition and colorful history. Some are decades old and
hopefuls.
have been launching pads for the careers of world-famous
performers, while others have been featured in films and
ARKEY BLUE’S SILVER DOLLAR SALOON
television shows, and some are just uniquely Texan.
LOCATION: 308 Main St., Bandera
PHONE: 830/796-8826
The list of venues in this section represents only a
HOURS: Noon – 2 a.m. daily (live music Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun)
handful of the many places throughout Texas where you
Visit the “Cowboy Capital of Texas” and you’ll find this
can hear fantastic live music. For a more detailed listing,
honky-tonk, established in the 1930s, where Arkey Blue
please visit the Texas Music Office’s Web site at
has been performing since 1968. Along the way, he’s
www.governor.state.tx.us/music or visit www.traveltex.com.
been in good company with the likes of locals Bruce
Venues are subject to change, so please call ahead to con-
and Charlie Robison and the legendary Ernest Tubb
and Willie Nelson.
firm hours of operation.
“Mexican Roots” show at Austin City Limits
J. GRIFFIS SMITH/TxDOT
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
LOCATION: University of Texas’ Communications Building B,
Guadalupe at Dean Keaton, Austin
A performance on Austin City Limits
PHONE: 512/471-4811
HOURS: Tour begins Fri. 10:30 a.m.
J. GRIFFIS SMITH/TxDOT
WEB SITE: www.pbs.org/klru/austin
The skyline backdrop of Austin City Limits fools most
viewers. The show’s not taped on an airy hillside, but
rather in a sixth floor, windowless television studio on
the University of Texas campus. But it’s still the most
elusive ticket in town and one of the most-respected,
longest-running musical programs in the nation. A
wide range of quality performers like B.B. King, Willie
Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Natalie
Merchant, George Strait, David Byrne and more have
graced its stage. In the likely event that you can’t score
tickets, you may still take a free studio tour on Fridays
beginning at 10:30 a.m.
BILLY BOB’S TEXAS
LOCATION: 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth
PHONE: 817/589-1711
HOURS: Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. –
5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sunday noon – 2 a.m.
WEB SITE: www.BillyBobsTexas.com
Combine the world’s largest honky tonk with some of
the biggest names in country music, and toss in a rodeo
arena, and you have a venue that is quintessentially
Texas. It’s special enough to have received Country
Dancing at Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar Saloon in Bandera
Ride the bull at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth
Music Club of the Year honors seven times by the
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LEGENDARY VENUES
WILLIE NELSON
(Born April 30, 1933 – Abbott)
late ’60s, he’d have to help pave the way. Being an “outlaw” to
of that in their “Tourist Trap” room). Big names like
Ernest Tubbs, Roy Acuff, Hank Thompson, Tex Ritter,
the Nashville scene put Nelson at the forefront of a new genre
Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Grandpa Jones, Willie Nelson,
of sound — progressive country — that melded traditional
Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and George Strait have
country with rock. His musical interests came through in his
played here. Willie still stops in for the Spoke’s famous
work as he helped rednecks and rockers find a middle ground
chicken-fried steak. Local performers including Alvin
Crow, Gary P. Nunn, The Geezinslaw Brothers, Jerry Jeff
of commonality. He also dabbled in jazz and gospel and even
Walker, The Derailers, Jimmie Dale Gilmore make
helped propel Charley Pride’s career in a still racially sensitive
themselves at home on this efficient stage to perform to
era. The rallying of musicians and audiences to this universal
a wide range of people, usually doing the two-step on
sound, paired with the growing prominence of Kenneth
the hardwoods.
Owners James White and his wife put a lot of heart
Threadgill’s all-inclusive Armadillo World Headquarters venue,
and soul into the day-to-day operations of this club,
helped shape Austin’s reputation as a music town.
which has received nods from across the globe. Texas
Highways
magazine called it the Best Honky-Tonk in
THE MUSIC LEGEND
Texas, “Entertainment Tonight” voted it the Best
Country Dance Hall in the Nation, and National
Willie gave birth to concept albums with the 1971 release
Geographic said it was a genuine Texas honky-tonk
“Yesterday’s Wine.” His “Stardust” is now a legendary stan-
that sticks closely to its roots.
dard while “Red Headed Stranger” is still considered one of
J. GRIFFIS SMITH/TxDOT
the best country music recordings of all time. He is the man
CONTINENTAL CLUB
behind “On the Road Again,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,”
LOCATION: 1315 S. Congress, Austin
J. GRIFFIS SMITH/TxDOT
PHONE: 512/441-2444
and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,”
HOURS: Mon. 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Tues. – Fri. 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.;
as well as many prominent crossover hits.
Sat. – Sun. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Subject to change based on
additional performances.)
He has had almost 100 diverse duet partners, including Merle
WEB SITE: www.continentalclub.com/Austin.html
Haggard, Ray Price, Julio Iglesias, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow,
When the Continental Club opened in 1957, it was a
Keith Richards and more. Most notably, Willie has worked
Fiddler Alvin Crow with Broken Spoke owner James M. White
swank, private supper club showcasing the likes of
WILLIEISANINTEGRALPARTOFTEXASANDITS
music scene — so familiar that his icon status
ranks him up there with the state flag and flower.
with fellow “outlaw” country peers with projects like the “The
Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. By the ’60s, it was
Country Music Association and the Academy of
So loved for his laid-back demeanor that he’s
Highwaymen,” which included Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash
a burlesque club with Candy Barr and Bubbles Cash
Country Music. Since 1981, Billy Bob’s stage spotlight
become somewhat a source of enlightenment— Bruce
performing on stage. The ’70s made room for perform-
and Kris Kristofferson.
has shown on then-unknowns Reba McIntire, The Judds,
ers like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kinky Friedman, Joe Ely
Robison sings of hard times and asks, “What Would Willie
George Strait, Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson and Kathy
and more. The current owner took the club’s look back
Do?” But more than anything, Willie is simply a musician who
THE ACTOR
Mattea. It has also been a platform for up-and-coming
to its 1950s origins and features some of the best retro
artists Garth Brooks and Clint Black and many country
embodies the ideal Texan spirit. He works tirelessly — on the
In the late ’70s, Willie began his acting career and has been
live rockabilly, country and swing anywhere. The club
music legends (including George Jones, Merle Haggard,
road more than he is at home — and is prolific with musical
in several feature films since then. He’s had prominent roles
Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn). And it’s not all rele-
collaborations across many genres. And his Fourth of July
GODFATHER OF AUSTIN BLUES
in films such as The Electric Horseman (with Robert Redford
gated to the country music genre. Tina Turner, the
celebrations draw huge crowds wherever they’re held.
GoGos, Kenny Loggins, Chuck Berry and more have
and Jane Fonda), Songwriter (with Kris Kristofferson), Honey-
performed in this 100,000 square-foot family entertain-
BLUES BESTS like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan,
Willie is defined by that very energy and curiosity to explore
suckle Rose, Red Headed Stranger, Wag the Dog (with Robert
ment center, and several movies, television shows and
Marcia Ball and Lou Ann Barton have been learning their licks
and experience a wide spectrum of music, by his ability to
DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman) and various cameos, including
music videos have been filmed here. Oh, yeah … there’s
from W.C. Clark. Austinites have noted his impeccable Texas
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
real bull riding, too.
bring together diverse audiences and by his generosity and
Soul since the mid-1950s. In 1988, he received the W.C. Handy
compassion for the everyday person’s cause.
THE BROKEN SPOKE
Award for “Artist Most Deserving of Wider Recognition.” The
THE ACTIVIST
next year was a turning point. Austin City Limits featured Clark
LOCATION: 3201 S. Lamar, Austin
THE PIONEER
Willie has been a friend to the farmer, and each year he lends
PHONE: 512/442-6189
with his minions, including the Vaughan brothers, Angela
Nelson began as a songwriter, penning No. 1 tunes during the
his talents (and borrows the talents of friends) for his annual
HOURS: Restaurant open Tues. – Sat. 10:30 a.m. -11:30 p.m.
Strehli, Kim Wilson and Will Sexton, for his 50th birthday. That
early 1960s like “Crazy,” performed by Patsy Cline and “Hello
Farm Aid concerts in an effort to help the nation’s family farmers.
Live music Tues. – Thurs. 9 p.m. – midnight; Fri. – Sat.
televised celebration proved to be among the PBS program’s
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. (Closed Sun. – Mon.)
Walls,” made famous by Faron Young. When Nashville, which
Nelson, along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, organized
most popular. A national eye finally turned to Clark.
WEB SITE: www.brokenspokeaustintx.com
heartily embraced his songwriting talents, couldn’t nurture his
the first Farm Aid concert in 1985. To date, they have raised
Dating back from its birth in 1964—in the days of Bob
own performing career, Nelson did the unthinkable. He moved
more than $24 million to keep farm families on their lands
The Chicago Tribune said his music was “honey-dripping soul,
Wills and The Texas Playboys—and well into the new
to Austin to forge a music career outside the confines of “The
and promote sustainable agriculture. Nelson has also lent his
the toughest of Lone Star Blues.”
millennium, The Broken Spoke continues to build its
Music City.” The advantage was artistic control, but in those
talents, over the years, for various other fund-raising projects.
own hardy musical history (and you can find evidence
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Document Outline
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction/Resources
  • Attractions
    • Radio Stations
  • Venues
    • Willie Nelson
    • State of the Blues
  • Music Events
    • Tejano Music Scene
    • Some Well-Known Artists

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