From western swing to rock to blues to Latino, a number of famous musicians have emerged from the Trinity River basin. Stevie Ray Vaughan, T-Bone Walker, Ronnie Dawson, Charline Arthur and Bobby Patterson are among the dozens of examples of fine talent who have claimed North Texas as home.
Gene Fowler and William Williams discuss their newly published book Metro Music: Celebrating a Century of the Trinity River Groove at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 26, through a free live virtual event at allentx.swagit.com Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through email@example.com Radio personality George Gimarc will moderate the discussion.
Old-time fiddlers and string bands, singing cowboys, the blues, western swing, gospel, country-western, jazz, ragtime, big bands, Tejano and Tex-Mex, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, and rock ’n’ roll are all highlighted this book. “We deeply appreciate this musical heritage,” the authors note, “but we didn’t realize just how amazing it is!”
Both a writer and performer, Fowler has been published in Oxford American, True West, Journal of Texas Music History, and more. His book Border Radio received rave reviews. Williams is a songwriter, guitarist, and music historian. In 2003, he cofounded an internet group to “research and archive the history of North Texas Music, especially the ’60s,” which has provided material for this book. In 1980, Gimarc launched The Rock & Roll Alternative on KZEW and later at KDGE (The Edge).
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