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All Over the Map

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MICHAEL CORCORAN, AWARD-WINNING music journalist with the Austin American-Statesman, has recently published a splendid new book on his personal “true heroes of Texas music.” With a goal of hailing innovative—yet underappreciated—musicians, All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music (University of Texas Press, 2005) covers almost all musical genres, touching on the careers of such Lone Star trailblazers as Washington Phillips, Archie Bell, Ella Mae Morse, Blind Willie Johnson, Doug Sahm, Lydia Mendoza, Townes Van Zandt, and Floyd Tillman. The lively and informative thirty-plus profiles are followed by Corcoran’s list of the Top 40 Texas recordings (“I Fought the Law,” “Woolly Bully,” “Tighten Up,” and “La Grange” among them), and 25 essential Texas music CDs by the likes of Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Willie Nelson, and George Jones. This is rewarding reading if you’re interested in the amazingly rich tapestry of Texas music. Find the book ($19.95) at stores, or order by calling 800/252-3206; www.utexaspress.com.
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