All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music

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Historical account of musicians in Texas, grouped by region, describing "underappreciated" artists as well as some famous artists. Each chapter provides anecdotes and biographical information about an artist or musical group. Index starts on page 299.

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x, 307 p. : ill.

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Corcoran, Michael May 2017.


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Historical account of musicians in Texas, grouped by region, describing "underappreciated" artists as well as some famous artists. Each chapter provides anecdotes and biographical information about an artist or musical group. Index starts on page 299.

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x, 307 p. : ill.


Publisher's description and contents: A lavishly illustrated collection of forty-two profiles of Texas music pioneers, most underrated or overlooked, All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music covers the musical landscape of a most musical state. The first edition was published in 2005 to wide acclaim. This second edition includes updated information, a bonus section of six behind-the-scenes heroes, and fifteen new portraits of Lefty Frizzell, Janis Joplin, and others, spanning such diverse styles as blues, country, hip-hop, conjunto, gospel, rock, and jazz.
D.J. Stout and Pentagram designed the reborn edition, with photographer Scott Newton providing portraits. Michael Corcoran has been writing about Texas music for more than thirty years, for the Dallas Morning News and Austin American Statesman, as well as in such publications as Texas Monthly and Spin. These pieces are based on his personal interviews with their subjects as well as in-depth research. Expertly written with flair, the book is a musical waltz across Texas.

Contents: [Preface] A Lone Star State of Mind -- [Part 1] East Texas -- Soul Stirrers: In Search of Rebert Harris (Trinity) -- Harry Choates: Death in a Jail Cell (Port Arthur) -- Barbara Lynn: The Empress of Gulf Coast Soul (Beaumont) -- Janis Joplin: Lust for Love (Port Arthur) -- Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown: Count Basie of the Blues (Orange) -- [Part 2] Houston -- Geto Boys and DJ Screw: Where the Dirty South Began -- Floyd Tillman: Country Gypsy in a Suit -- Milt Larkin Orchestra: Birth of the Texas Tenors -- Archie Bell and the Drells With the TSU Toronados: "Hey, Everybody, That's Me!" -- [Part 3] Dallas and Fort Worth -- Ray Price: "The Good Times, My Ass!" (Mount Pleasant) -- T-Bone Walker: Architect of Electric Blues (Oak Cliff) -- Townes Van Zandt: Poet (Fort Worth) -- Ella Mae Morse: "You Sing Like a Black Girl." (Mansfield) -- King Curtis: Cowtown Soul Stew (Fort Worth) -- Lefty Frizzell: The Voice of Honky Tonk (Corsicana) -- Freddie King: Stingin' Sound Heard 'Cross the Atlantic (Gilmer) -- Ronnie Dawson: The Blond Bomber (Waxahachie) -- [Part 4] Waco Area -- Billy Joe Shaver: "The Second Time I Done It on My Own" (Waco) -- Bobbie Nelson: Amazing Grace (Abbott) -- Tom Wilson: A Record Producer Is a Psychoanalyst With Rhythm (Waco) -- Blind Willie Johnson: Revelations in the Dark (Temple) -- Cindy Walker: First Lady of Texas Song (Mexia) -- Johnny Gimble: The Common Man as Master (Waco/ Tyler) -- [Part 5] Austin -- Stevie Ray Vaughan: Straight From the Heart -- Blaze Foley: Killing of a Songwriter -- Butthole Surfers: Showing Worm Movies -- Don Walser: Pavarotti of the Plains -- Alejandro Escovedo: Hands of the Son -- Calvin Russell: The Man Makes the Hat -- [Part 6] San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley -- Steve Jordan: "I'm an Animal, Bro." (San Antonio) -- Freddy Fender and Doug Sahm: The Groove Brothers (San Benito/San Antonio) -- Selena: Frozen in Perfection (Corpus Christi) -- Lydia Mendoza: La Alondra De La Frontera (San Antonio) -- [Part 7] West Texas -- Waylon Jennings: The First Time He Done It on His Own (Littlefield) -- Chuck Wagon Gang: The Texas Carter Family (Lubbock) -- Bobby Fuller: King of El Paso Rock (El Paso) -- Bobby Keys: Rolling Stone From Texas (Slaton) -- Ernest Tubb: Thanks a Lot (Crisp/ San Angelo) -- Guy Clark: Songs That Work (Monahans) -- [Part 8] Just Kids -- Nick Curran: Up on the Sun (Dallas/ Austin) -- Bobby Ramirez: Everybody's Brother (Port Arthur) -- [Part 9] Behind the Scenes -- Burton Wilson -- Evelyn Johnson -- Clifford Antone -- Chet Flippo -- C-Boy Parks -- Brent Grulke -- [Dedication] Stephen Bruton -- The 34 Greatest Texas Recordings -- Additional Sources



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Corcoran, Michael. All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music, book, May 2017; Denton, Texas. ( accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library,; crediting UNT Press.