The Musical Tapestry of Texas: Past and Present

The Musical Tapestry of Texas: Past and Present

Celebrating the rich musical heritage of Texas by looking back at its history, interviewing current musicians that are adding to its legacy, and playing live music from those artists. Recorded live at the Fat Cat Lounge and Cafe in Smithville, Tx, just outside of Austin this podcast features celebrated musicians in all genres from the Central Texas area and beyond. Each episode spotlights one key figure in the musical history of Texas followed by a discussion with an artist in the same genre. These conversations examine the careers of the guest, their inspirations and influences and what the future holds. Each episode concludes with a stripped-down live performance by that artist.

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April 22, 2024 24 mins

On this episode we explore the life and music of the Texas Troubadour, Ernest Tubb. From his humble beginnings in Crisp, Texas to becoming one of the elder statesmen of country music, Ernest was, and continued to be an inspiration for all those who followed. His innovative use of electric guitar in country music, his four-decade career with the Grand Ole Opry, his famous record store and it's Midnight Jamboree all pale in comp...

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In this episode we take a look at the incredible life and career of Billy Preston. He worked with everyone from Little Richard to Sam Cooke to Ray Charles and played a big role on albums with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Band, and Eric Clapton to just to name a few. Listen to this anthology of modern music told through the lens of one of its seemingly forgotten pillars, Billy Preston.

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February 20, 2024 1 min

I'm going to make a change to the current podcast format and separate the historical segment on Texas Music Legends from the interviews and live performance of current artists. This will allow me to release much more content without waiting for segments that blend perfectly together.  I'm still dedicated to including both types of material but feel this will be a much more efficient solution moving forward. Please give me...

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On this episode I review the year in music, discussing and playing clips from my favorite albums of the year in several different genres including Blues, Rock, Country/Americana, Indie,/Alternative Music, EDM, Jazz and more  . To listen to complete versions of the songs discussed here and dozens more listen to the Spotify playlist at 
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/52ZB3a6bp3MVL7WgnuCNRv?si=85b98e79ac844891

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In this special episode, we look at ten more songs that were recorded in studios across Texas. From Blue October to Johnny Ace, Lydia Mendoza, Sublime, Explosions in the Sky, Willie Nelson, Kirk Franklin, Roy Head, Clifton Chenier, and more we examine some of the most interesting songs to come out of the Lone Star State. 

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In this episode, I take a look at some incredible music that surprisingly was all recorded here in Texas. From Robert Johnson to Selena and Pantera, this episode delves into the back story of some of the amazing music that's been created here in the Lone Star State. We'll look at George Jones, Bobby Fuller, Harry Choates- the Godfather of Cajun Music, Lefty Frizzell, and many more. Hear samples of these classic songs and ...

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Explore the life and music of Western Swing pioneer Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. From his early days as the son of a sharecropper to the zenith of his musical career and Hollywood cowboy, Bob lived a full robust life.
We also have a great interview with singer/songwriter Season Ammons who tells us about her life, career, and musical inspirations. She closes the show with an new original song called "Finally".

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January 13, 2023 25 mins

IN this special episode I look back at the best albums released in 2022, in a diverse array of genres. Featuring short clips from those albums, I explore some hidden gems that never got the radio airplay and broader recognition they deserved. Listen to the Spotify playlist as well that features all of the songs excerpted here plus many more that I couldn't fit into this podcast.
The link is
 https://open.spotify.com/pl...

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In this episode, we delve into the short but meteoric life of Buddy Holly. From his early days in Lubbock to his tragic death in Iowa, we examine the man behind the hit songs. With samples of those hits and those of the artist he inspired, we show why Buddy remains one of the great pillars of rock and roll. We continue with an interview with Nik Parr of the Selfless Lovers from Austin. Niks goes back to his roots and gives us a beh...

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In this episode we explore the tumultuous life of Country Music star Lefty Frizzell from his genre changing unforgettable hit songs, to his scandalled filled life and untimely death.  We then interview rising Country star Briana Adams and discuss her inspirations, her career so far and what she has coming out soon. We finish with the premiere of a brand-new original song called "Dad and I".  

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In this episode we examine the life of legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell. From his birth in Galveston to becoming one of the first pioneers of Jazz-Rock Fusion to his five decade career as one of the most talented and versatile guitarists around. We follow that with an in-depth interview with his son and fellow musician Murali Coryell. Fully out of the shadow of his father, Murali has created an entirely different niche for hi...

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In this episode we look back at the prolific career of Houstonian Lightnin' Hopkins and how he laid the groundwork for generations of guitarists and blues singers to follow. We then speak to Austin's own Matthew Robinson, another legendary blues musician and singer, who, in his seventies, is still performing and mesmerizing audiences throughout Texas and beyond. Matthew finishes the episode with an acoustic song performed...

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In this episode we examine the rise of Ragtime Music with Texarkana native Scott Joplin as he rose to national prominence in the early days of the 20th century. We then talk to Internationally acclaimed Jazz singer Haley Tuck and explore her life and career. We finish the episode with Haley's acoustic version of Underwear, accompanied by Colin Garrett.

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July 9, 2022 11 mins

The following is a short interview with Murali Coryell before he took the stage with Ernie Durawa and Chris Alcaraz at the Fat Cat Lounge. He discusses both Blues and Jazz in Texas as his father was legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell. A more in -depth interview with Murali and an historical exploration of Larry Coryell, who was originally from Galveston will follow in a few months.

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In this Episode we look back at how Conjunto Music evolved from Mexican ranchero music and German Polka Music in Texas. We examine the Jimenez family called the First Family of the Accordion as first Patricio, then his son Santiago, then his sons Flaco Jimenez and Santiago Jimenez Jr. helped create this style of music and have kept it alive for the last hundred years. Our interview is with drummer Ernie Durawa, who played with Flac...

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This episode explores the life of Folk and Blues Singer Leadbelly, then continues with an interview with Guitar Icon Chris Duarte. Chris discusses his early career, struggles on the road, and his influences and inspirations. We finish the show with a live rendition of Chris's song "Make Me Feel So Right"

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In this episode we highlight the life and death of Rock icon Janis Joplin, then talk to blues/rock band Blue Midnight and finish with an acoustic stripped down version of Me and Bobby Magee.

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In this episode, we first examine the birth of the blues in Texas and the life of Blind Lemon Jefferson. We follow that with an interview with guitarist and singer Larry Wilson, where he discusses his career, influences, and shares stories from his life on the road. Larry finishes the show with a stripped down live rendition of his song "The Distance"

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