Prairie Nights to Neon Lights
The Story of Country Music in West Texas
ISBN10: 0896723496 ISBN13: 9780896723498 Contributors: Munde, Alan Publisher: Texas Tech Univ Pr Published: Apr 1 1995 Weight: 1.75lbs. Height: 10.50" Width: 7.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Alan Munde and Joe Carr are best known as superb bluegrass musicians. In this book they demonstrate that they are also good historians, and that they understand the full range of styles generally associated with country music. And better than anyone else so far, they have described and explained the vital contributions made by West Texas musicians to the music of America and the world. Ever since the Amarillo fiddler Eck Robertson inaugurated country music's commercial history with his first recordings in 1922, West Texas musicians have played major innovative roles in the shaping and popularization of the nation's popular music forms. The Beatles emerged from the gritty industrial world of Liverpool, but their musical roots run directly to Buddy Holly and the Texas plains. People who have wondered how such remarkable music talent could emerge from the vast and seemingly empty landscape of West Texas need look no farther than this important and compelling book.