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Texas Matters: 'The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters' Of The Lone Star State

By Schorle - Picture by Michael Schwarz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3086794
Townes Van Zandt, 1995

Texas troubadours are part of American music lore. These Lone Star bards have been groundbreakers and hitmakers since the dawn of the commercial music industry and are featured in the book, “Pickers and Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas." 

Craig Clifford, a professor of philosophy at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, who co-edited the book with Craig D. Hillis join us on this program.

Groundbreaking Texas artists featured in the book include Townes Van Zandt, Michael Martin Murphey, Guy Clark, Steve Fromholz, Terry Allen, Kris Kristofferson, Vince Bell, and David Rodriguez. But certainly the list is not limited to these names.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org or on Twitter @DavidMartinDavi

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi