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Pickers and poets : the ruthlessly poetic singer-songwriters of Texas

Author: Craig Edward Clifford; Craig D Hillis
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: John and Robin Dickson series in Texas music.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Many books and essays have addressed the broad sweep of Texas music its multicultural aspects, its wide array and blending of musical genres, its historical transformations, and its love/hate relationship with Nashville and other established music business centers. This book, however, focuses on an essential thread in this tapestry: the Texas singer-songwriters to whom the contributors refer as ruthlessly poetic.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Edward Clifford; Craig D Hillis
ISBN: 9781623494469 162349446X
OCLC Number: 945885113
Description: vii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction / by Craig Clifford and Craig D. Hillis --
The first generation: folksingers, Texas style --
Too weird for Kerrville: the darker side of Texas music / Craig Clifford --
Townes Van Zandt: the anxiety, artifice, and audacity of influence / Robert Earl Hardy --
Vignette: the ballad of Willis Alan Ramsey / Bob Livingston --
Guy Clark: old school poet of the world / Tamara Saviano --
Kris Kristofferson: the silver-tongued Rhodes scholar / Peter Cooper --
Vignette: Don Henley: literature, land, and legacy / Kathryn Jones --
Steven Fromholz, Michael Martin Murphey, and Jerry Jeff Walker: poetic in lyric, message, and musical method / Craig D. Hillis --
Vignette: Kinky Friedman: the Mel Brooks of Texas music / Craig Clifford --
Billy Joe Shaver: sin and salvation poet / Joe Holley --
One man's music: Vince Bell / Joe Nick Patoski --
Vignette: Ray Wylie Hubbard: grifter, ruffian, messenger / Jenni Finlay --
The great progressive country scare of the 1970s / Craig D. Hillis (interview with Gary P. Nunn) --
Plenty else to do: lyrical Lubbock / Andy Wilkinson --
Roots of steel: the poetic grace of women Texas singer-songwriters / Kathryn Jones --
From debauched yin to mellow yang: a circular trip through the Texas music festival scene / Jeff Prince --
Vignette: Bobby Bridger: "Heal in the wisdom" : creating a classic / Craig D. Hillis (interview with Bobby Bridger) --
Interlude: what do we do with Willie? I. Willie (an early encounter) / Craig D. Hillis --
II. Willie (on everything) / Craig Clifford and Craig D. Hillis --
The second generation: garage bands, large bands, and other permutations --
Gettin' tough: Steve Earle's America / Jason Mellard --
Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen: cosmic Aggies / Jan Reid --
Vignette: Walt Wilkins: spirituality and generosity / Craig Clifford (interview with Tim Jones) --
Lucinda Williams: poet of places in the heart / Kathryn Jones --
Rodney Crowell: looking inward, looking outward / John T. Davis --
Vignette: Sam Baker: short stories in song / Robert Earl Hardy --
James McMurtry: too long in the wasteland / Diana Finlay Hendricks --
Epilogue: passing of the torch? --
Drunken poet's dream: Hayes Carll. I. Good enough for old guys / Craig Clifford --
II. Good enough for young guys / Brian T. Atkinson --
Roll on: Terri Hendrix / Brian T. Atkinson --
From riding bulls to dead horses: Ryan Bingham / Craig Clifford (interview with Shaina Post) --
Bad girl poet: Miranda Lambert / Craig Clifford --
Challenge to bro country: Kacey Musgraves / Grady Smith --
Beyond the rivers / Craig Clifford.
Series Title: John and Robin Dickson series in Texas music.
Responsibility: edited by Craig Clifford and Craig D. Hillis.

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