May 2000 Issue

On the Cover

A Celebration of Texas Music

It has a nice beat, you can dance to it, and it unites us as nothing else does. The sounds of our state — past, present, and future.


Birthplaces of the Blues

Want to see the Texas of Leadbelly, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mance Lipscomb, and other pioneering musicians of the twentieth century? Your trip through time begins near Washington-on-the-Brazos.

Gotta Lubbock

Buddy Holly. Waylon Jennings. Carolyn Hester. The Hancocks. The Flatlanders. An oral history of the state's most storied music scene.

Y’all in the Family

How did Lloyd Maines get to be a revered guitarist and record producer? How did his daughter Natalie find fame as a Dixie Chick? Chalk it up to musicianship—and kinship.

Wills Power

Sixty-five years after his first recording sessions with the Texas Playboys, 25 years after his death, Bob Wills is still the king of western swing.

A Great Day In Austin

Together for the first time: Two Tommys (Hancock and Shannon), two Montes (Montomery and Warden), two Hubbards (Blues Boys and Ray Wylie) and two Clarks (Carrie and W.C.), plus a Butthole Surfer, three Gourds, six Bells of Joy, a Tailgator, and 87 others who give their all, creatively speaking, to



Bare Assets

How members of the heavy metal group Pantera turned their adult nightclub into a sound investment.

First Person

Waiting for My Man

As the girlfriend of a musician, I get to carry guitars at three in the morning and hear the particulars of our relationship come blaring out of the radio. Would I change it if I could? Not on your life.


Sax and the Cities

Financial success may have eluded Dewey Redman, whose career as a jazz journeyman has taken him from his hometown of Fort Worth to San Francisco and on to New York, but happiness hasn't.





Rosemary Pork Loin Tuscan White Beans

1 pound dried navy or other white beans 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onions 3/4 cup finely chopped carrots 3/4 cup finely chopped celery 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons salt (1 teaspoon if using salted chicken

Book Excerpt

Texan Jazz

Many types of nineteenth-century American music entered into the making of jazz, and a number of these originated in West Africa and from that region were brought by slaves to the New World. Among the African, antebellum traditions of southern blacks was the music of their everyday lives: work songs,

Book Excerpt

The Life and Legend of Leadbelly

© 1992. Used by permission of Harper Collins Publishing, Inc.Tom B. Blocker liked to think that Texans who had the misfortune to find themselves in New York City needed to stick together. This was never more true than in 1935, the sixth year of the Depression, when Texas dress and


State Fare

State Fare

Eat to the beat: Rosemary-marinated pork from Houston caterer and string bass player Joe Abuso.

Around the State

Around the State

The return of King George — Jones, that is. Plus: Squeezing into the Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio; commemorating Gruene's dance hall days; raising heavenly voices in Columbus; and swinging into action in La Grange.

The Inside Story

Cover Story

If a picture is worth only a thousand words, then a single cover image couldn’t begin to tell the story of Texas music. That’s why, for this month’s special issue celebrating all things musical in the state’s past, present, and future, we decided to publish four different covers for the

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