By Michael Corcoran

From state and blues to rap and punk, Texas song is all around the map, figuratively and actually. Texas musicians have pioneered new musical genres, tools, and enjoying types, proving themselves to be bold innovators who usually name the song for musicians round the state or even overseas. 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: real Heroes of Texas Music".Corcoran covers musicians who paintings in a variety of musical genres, together with blues, gospel, state, rap, indie rock, pop, Cajun, Tejano, conjunto, funk, honky-tonk, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and Western swing. His concentration is on less than favored artists, pioneers who have not totally obtained their due. He additionally contains famous musicians who have been underrated, resembling Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena, and invitations us to take a better 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 guides, which were accelerated and up to date for this quantity. His musical detective paintings even uncovers a case of wrong identification (Washington Phillips) and corrects a lot incorrect information on Blind Willie Johnson and Arizona Dranes. Corcoran closes the booklet with vigorous 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 lovers.

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The legend lessens with the mundane facts. It’s comforting to know, however, that the singer who has affected so few people so profoundly didn’t live out his last few years in 16 East Texas/Houston mental torment, but surrounded by the people who respected him for who he was. ‘‘Leave it there, oh leave it there,’’ he used to sing in his sweet tenor of the truth. ’’ Sometimes it can be as simple as that, knowing when and where to let go. Sometimes eighteen tracks is the whole shot and you accept that and just go on living the life you sing about.

Todd V. Wolfson photo. Shaver films his Freedom’s Child video with friend and fan Robert Duvall in 2003. Photo by Michael Corcoran. ’’ Photo by Ken Hoge. Blaze Foley, middle, at Spellman’s. Photographer unknown. Courtesy Mandy Mercier. Ray Wylie Hubbard lived off ‘‘Redneck Mother’’ before learning to really play the guitar. 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.

The lyrical bitterness, perhaps born from too many Sundays waiting to be called while less pious men hogged the pulpit, didn’t seem to apply to a musical career that never took off. ‘‘He knew he had talent,’’ Keeton said. ‘‘But he was just ol’ Wash Phillips, you know? ’’ He was known more for his mule cart, from which he sold homemade ribbon cane syrup, than for a handful of records that gave him a blip of recognition many decades ago. But where the memories of the man fade, the musician’s work is stuck in time, vibrant and eternal.

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