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Acknowledgments (from The Handbook of Texas Music, Second Edition )
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In keeping with the tradition of The Handbook of Texas, a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture, as well as its spin-off publication, the first edition of The Handbook of Texas Music, we have called on a large cross section of authors who volunteered their scholarship to write more than 410 new entries for this second edition. With this revised volume, it is our goal to offer completely updated articles and new and expanded coverage of the performing artists, musical groups, dance halls, businesses, festivals, organizations, and genres that have helped define the state’s musical legacy. Though the guidelines established by the original Handbook editors limit biographical entries only to deceased individuals, we have endeavored to include as much information as possible in related articles about the significant musical figures of the Lone Star State. Our writers include music historians, academic scholars, students, and music industry professionals, as well as devoted family members, local history buffs, and simply lovers of music. I thank them all for their conscientious efforts and for the privilege of working with them.
Many individuals and institutions have provided valuable assistance during this project. I would like to acknowledge the Texas State Historical Association staff that so diligently worked to produce the original Handbook of Texas Music (2003)—a very worthy resource upon which to build this second edition: Roy Barkley, Douglas E. Barnett, Kevin Dicken, Martin Kohout, Linda Newland, Ron Tyler, and George B. Ward. Mark Odintz, who also worked on the first edition, deserves my special thanks as my Managing Editor (2005–09) who gave me his full confidence and the title of Project Manager to pursue this revision.
I am very grateful to Kent Calder, Director of the Texas State Historical Association, as well as Chief Historian Randolph B. “Mike” Campbell for their ongoing support and guidance, without which this publication would not have been possible. I also want to recognize the help of TSHA staff members in other departments for their advice and assistance: Elizabeth Alvarez, Steve Cure, David Degnan, Cindy Haddock, Terri Killen, Steve Portch, and Ryan Schumacher, as well as former staffers Beth Bow and Robin Roe. Likewise, much appreciation to all of the past and present members of our Handbook Committee and its Chairman Steve Cook for their unwavering support of this project. The successful management of this work was facilitated by the technical backup furnished by the University of North Texas Libraries.
This publication has also come to fruition as the result of our valuable partnership with the Texas Music Office (Office of the Governor, Austin) and the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University-San Marcos. Many thanks to the staff at the Texas Music Office—Stephen L. Ray, Marc Fort, and intern Katelyn Orr; and to the staff at the Center for Texas Music History—Jennifer Cobb and Kathleen O’Keefe.
This project has greatly benefitted from the work of graduate students at the Department of History at Texas State University-San Marcos, and I extend my deepest appreciation to former Department Chairman Dr. Jesús F. de la Teja for his continuous encouragement. Thanks to Texas State history professor Dr. Vikki Bynum and her students for writing many much-needed music entries. A grateful nod as well to Dr. Ty Cashion and his students at Sam Houston State University for their article contributions.
The music advisors for this project generously gave their time, talents, and expertise to provide ample counsel to ensure a publication that is as comprehensive and accurate as possible. They responded to those late-night emails and graciously wrote last-minute entries to help bring this project to completion. I am indebted to all of them: Teresa Palomo Acosta, Gregg Andrews, Cathy Brigham, Kevin Coffey, Gene Fowler, Alan Govenar, Gary S. Hickinbotham, Deirdre Lannon, Bill C. Malone, Rodney F. Moag, Dave Oliphant, Curtis Peoples, Nolan Porterfield, John Rivard, Clayton T. Shorkey, John H. Slate, Joe W. Specht, Andy Wilkinson, and Roger Wood.
Heartfelt thanks go out to all the individuals, institutions, archives, and businesses that supplied vital information and guidance regarding the acquisition of the illustrations for this book. Their help has made possible the variety and quantity of photographs, sheet music, and artwork that grace this volume.
John Anderson, Texas State Library and Archives Division, Austin; Nancy Bless and Sarah Rucker, Texas Folklife, Austin; Jacqueline Bober, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock; Denise Boudreaux, SilverStar Entertainment, Austin; Andy Bradley, SugarHill Recording Studios, Houston; David Dennard, Dragon Street Records, Inc., Los Angeles, California; Maggie Estes, Altre Media, Gene Gordon, Ron Jenkins, and Rodger Mallison, Van Cliburn Foundation, Fort Worth; Kent Finlay, Cheatham Street Warehouse, San Marcos, Texas; Marc Fort, Texas Music Office, Austin; Aryn Glazier, Brenda Gunn, Linda Newland, Margaret Schlankey, and John Wheat, and also Sarah Cleary and Kathryn Kenefick, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History (cited BCAH in captions), University of Texas at Austin; Alan Govenar, Documentary Arts, Dallas; Arthur Gurwitz and Bob Dingley, Southern Music Company, San Antonio; Jennifer Jensen and Jan White, Riverwalk Jazz; Lauren Meyers, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston; Scott Newton and Austin City Limits, Austin; Jim Orr, Benson Ford Research Center, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan; Curtis Peoples and Andy Wilkinson, Crossroads of Music Archive, Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University, Lubbock; John Rivard, The Texas Polka News; Katie Salzmann, Steve Davis, Maggie DeBrecht, and Joel Minor, The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos; Tom Shelton, UTSA Libraries Special Collections, San Antonio; Clayton T. Shorkey and Megan Nicole Blinov, Texas Music Museum, Austin; Chris Strachwitz, Arhoolie Records, El Cerrito, California; Warren Stricker, Research Center, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas; Larry Willoughby and the Huey Meaux Collection, Austin Community College, Austin.
I also extend my sincerest appreciation to the individuals, family members, and photographers whose talent, stewardship, and generosity enabled me to gather this wealth of images.
Aaron Allan, H. Allen Anderson, John Avant, Dorothy Balch, Jake Beasley, Donald Beckham, Wayne Beckham, Patricia Smith Boatright, Patrick Henry Bogan Jr., Ron Chapman, Dick Cole, Dixon E. Coulbourn, Jim Cullum, Ernie Durawa, Maco L. Faniel, Dan Flores, Gene Fowler, James Fraher, Martha Doty Freeman, Niles J. Fuller, Terry Hale, Conni Hancock, Gary S. Hickinbotham, Frank Hill, Stevie and Jeanie Hill, Bruce Jackson, Conrad Johnson Jr., Col. and Mrs. Frank Kiel, Jane Levine, Mark Lieberman, Cheryl Sparks Logan, Bill Malone, Lanny Medlin, George Nash, Jeff Newman, Al Olson, Dale Olson, Nolan Porterfield, Alton J. Rahe, Tomas Ramírez, Al Rendon, Keith Rogers, Duncan Schiedt, Paul Schlesinger, Mike Shannon, John H. Slate, Ann T. Smith, Kimber Smith, Odessa Stephens Sparks, Steve Sucher, Dennie Tarner, Robert H. Thonhoff, Dr. Charles R. Townsend, George B. Ward, Carol B. Wells, Jennifer Whitney, Burton Wilson, Minor Wilson, Ova Withee, Roger Wood, and Darlene Youts.
Special thanks to Don Olson, Department of Physics, Texas State University-San Marcos, for digital photo assistance. Very special thanks to Donna Coates, who served as Illustrations Editor for the first edition. The treasure of images and resources that she compiled for the original Handbook of Texas Music, along with her helpful advice, greatly aided the launch of my image search for the second edition.
I am very grateful to have the able talents of our production team. Layout designer David Timmons (David Timmons Design, Austin) did a fantastic job while displaying great patience with my various questions and comments. I appreciate the knowledge and careful organization of our index team—Linda Webster of Austin and Kay Banning of San Marcos. Thanks to my print production liaisons Mary Beth Bower and Coraly Hollister at Edwards Brothers, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan; my contacts Tina D. Chubbs and Dione J. Simmons of the US & Publisher Liaison Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; and Mackenzie Pace of FineLine Technologies; and also thanks for the constructive advice from Gayla Christiansen, Marketing Manager at Texas A&M University Press, our distributor.
Our project partners at the Texas Music Office and the Center for Texas Music History have been exemplary. As Director of the Center for Texas Music History and professor in the Department of History at Texas State University, Dr. Gary Hartman has offered his support and excellent resources throughout every phase of this project. Under his leadership, his graduate students have written articles essential to this publication, and he has conducted meticulous review of their work and committed many hours of his time to provide assistance.
Casey Monahan, Director of the Texas Music Office, deserves special recognition for having the vision to conceive of the original book back in 1998. Ever since, he has given his full support and the resources of his office. I thank him for his vision, for being the shepherd and biggest champion of all aspects of music in the Lone Star State, and for the personal encouragement he has given me. Texans can be proud having such a steward representing our musical heritage and future in this state.
Most importantly, I want to personally thank my colleague Ann Smith, Data Management Editor and my TSHA compadre. With a careful and critical eye, she has reviewed and kept track of all the files and content for this book. I appreciate the endless checklists and long hours she devoted to a project that simply could not have been done without her.
Finally, I want to thank all the many musicians that have woven and continue to weave the musical tapestry of the state. These artists—not only the well-known but also countless unknown—who have dedicated their lives to honing their craft, continue to enhance the state’s musical voice—a truly universal language.
Laurie E. Jasinski
Editor and Project Manager
Texas State Historical Association