Brandy Schnautz

TEXAS MUSIC. The first magazine of its kind, a quarterly devoted to celebrating and perpetuating the music of Texas, Texas Music debuted on December 3, 1999, under the editorship of Stewart Ramser. The mission of the magazine is three-fold: to entertain its readers, to showcase popular artists as well as those with potential to rise, and to relate the history of Texas music through interviews and articles. The magazine also reviews recent releases and showcases acts appearing throughout the state.

According to the "Letter from the Publisher/Editor" in the magazine's first issue, the idea for the publication grew out of Ramser's own experiences. In locations as varied and remote as Paris and Hawaii, Ramser was able to hear live artists and bands whose attraction was not only their talents, but also their connections to the Lone Star State. In accordance with the editor's vision, Texas Music is not limited to showcasing only country or other genres of music typically associated with Texas. Instead, the magazine attempts to include all types of Texas music and musicians.

In addition to the published color magazine format, Texas Music maintains its own regularly updated website, which includes digital editions of issues, additional band and venue profiles, an electronic newsletter, clips from songs, interviews, music news, trivia, and a discussion forum. In 2015 Texas Music had subscribers in forty-eight states and twelve countries and was sold on newsstands at major retailers in forty-three states.


Texas Music (http://www.txmusic.com/), accessed August 27, 2015.

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Handbook of Texas Online, Brandy Schnautz, "TEXAS MUSIC," accessed July 19, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/xat07.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on August 27, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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