Handbook of Texas Music, Second Edition

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Laurie E. Jasinski (Editor)
Introduction by Casey Monahan



The musical voice of Texas presents itself as vast and diverse as the Lone Star State's landscape. According to Casey Monahan, Director of the Texas Music Office, "To travel Texas with music as your guide is a year-round opportunity to experience first-hand this amazing cultural force….Texas music offers a vibrant and enjoyable experience through which to understand and enjoy Texas culture." Building on the work of The Handbook of Texas Music that was published in 2003 and in partnership with the Texas Music Office of the Governor and the Center for Texas Music History (Texas State University-San Marcos), The Handbook of Texas Music, Second Edition, offers completely updated entries and features new and expanded coverage of the musicians, ensembles, dance halls, festivals, businesses, orchestras, organizations, and genres that have helped define the state’s musical legacy. 

  • More than 870 articles, including more than 410 new entries
  • 264 images, including more than 180 new photos, sheet music art, and posters that lavishly illustrate the text
  • Stage name directory for musicians

Supported by an outstanding team of music advisors from across the state, The Handbook of Texas Music, Second Edition, furnishes new articles on the music festivals, museums, and halls of fame in Texas, as well as the many honky-tonks, concert halls, and clubs big and small, that invite readers to explore their own musical journeys. Scholarship on many of the state’s pioneering groups and the recording industry and professionals who helped produce and promote their music provides fresh insight into the history of Texas music and its influence far beyond the state’s borders.

Celebrate the musical tapestry of Texas from A to Z!

Laurie E. Jasinski, Editor and Project Manager, has seventeen years experience with the Handbook of Texas Division of the Texas State Historical Association.  Read more

Casey Monahan is the Director of the Texas Music Office, an economic development program in the Office of the Governor in Austin that promotes the talent, products, and services of the Texas music industry to the worldwide music industry. Read more