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