Texas Music

Arts & Culture
12:28 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Live Music, Texas Heritage, Intimate Setting In Johnson City

Nothing beats seeing music artists in an intimate setting. TPR’s Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan finds there’s an organization taking that idea to new levels.

“Kathleen Hudson, Director of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation.”

She’s also English Professor at Schreiner University where the written, and the sung word clearly mean a lot to her.

“We’ve created this series out of our commitment to share the stories of Texas Music.”

That series is called 290 Texas, and the small concerts are all held in the Johnson City area, bisected by Highway 290.

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12:43 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas Matters: Texas Music In The Oxford American

The Oxford American is a national magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.  Each December the magazine is dedicated to the music of a southern state and this year Texas gets its turn. It can be ordered online at  www.oxfordamerican.org.

The editor of the Oxford American Roger Hodge told us about the process.

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Arts & Culture
4:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Robert Earl Keen Sings 'Merry Christmas From The Fam-O-Lee'

Robert Earl Keen
Darren Carroll Photography

He was Lyle Lovett’s college roommate, but since college, has forged a one-of-a-kind music career. He is Robert Earl Keen, and among his many noteworthy songs, is a particularly strange one.

(To hear Keen and the song, hit Listen above)

When Keen wrote ‘Merry Christmas From the Family’ did he have any idea it was going to explode and become what it’s become?

“No, I really didn’t. I just wrote it to amuse myself. I came from Houston and so I didn’t have a Christmas song. No one ever wrote a Christmas song about Houston.”

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Bobby Keys, Who Played Saxophone For The Rolling Stones, Dies At 70

Saxophonist Bobby Keys of The Rolling Stones performs at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 2012.
Taylor Hill FilmMagic/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 2:44 pm

Updated at 3:44 p.m.

Bobby Keys, the legendary saxophonist most associated with The Rolling Stones, has died. He was 70 years old.

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Author Interviews
5:17 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Backstage With Janis Joplin: Doubts, Drugs And Compassion

Janis Joplin
Tucker Ransom/Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:08 pm

Janis Joplin felt a sense of outsider isolation throughout her life. She once said, "On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people. Then I go home alone."

But she wasn't alone — she had John Byrne Cooke.

Cooke was Janis Joplin's first and only road manager, from 1967 until her death from a heroin overdose in 1970. He was the one who found her body. In a new memoir, On the Road With Janis Joplin, he details the electrifying performances — and the drugs — that marked Joplin's tours.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:47 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Davíd Garza: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 7:03 am

Davíd Garza was already a favorite son for folks in Austin when I discovered a collection of his past works, filled with stunning songwriting and a voice that seemed familiar yet new. Once I heard his music, I knew I'd always look forward to whatever he produced.

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Arts & Culture
9:06 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

The Sounds Of Silence, Invincibly Yours

Invincible Czars
Suzi Spies

A classic silent film will soon be playing in San Antonio, but this version will have a twist. The twist was provided by the band the Invincible Czars.

(To hear Invincible Czars, hit "listen” above)

So what makes them so invincible?

“Ha! Good question," says founder Josh Robbins. "Well, we seem to keep going no matter what gets thrown at us. The band has existed for 12 years.”

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:45 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Not My Job: 'Elementary, My Dear (Dale) Watson'

Dustin Finkelstein Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:48 am

Wait Wait is in Austin, Texas this week, and so we've invited country singer Dale Watson to play our quiz. Watson has that true Austin sound — not to mention his own honky-tonk bar.

We've invited Watson to play a game called, "Elementary, my dear Dale!" Three questions about the immortal detective, Sherlock Holmes.

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12:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Robert Earl Keen, Pedernales Brewing Launch Musician's Signature Beer

The pallet of empty cans starts the process of canning the Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

For Robert Earl Keen, the musician who is synonymous with Texas, the show goes on forever and the party never ends. Now the king of Texas country music will have his own beer for the party that never ends when his line of beer, dubbed the REK Honey Pils, rolls out Wednesday.

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Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Los Lonely Boys Set To Play Gardens By Moonlight

Jo-Jo, Henry and Ringo Garza
Gabriella McSwain

There are two Ringos coming to town soon--Ringo Starr to the Tobin, but there’s another Ringo coming to the Botanical Center. Ringo Garza is also a drummer—but for Los Lonely Boys. I caught up recently with Ringo’s bass-playing brother Jo-Jo.

Los Lonely Boys' breakout first hit was called 'Heaven' and it went to number one, propelling the freshman album from the band to double platinum. The 'Lonelies'  are three Garza brothers—Ringo on drums, Henry on Guitar, and Jo-Jo on Bass.

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