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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas

Hey Henry.....Thank you for that great review....I'll be picking up this book next week.  It's a great gathering, this one.  Should make for some rich reading....

As with any book like this one, I can see where it would have it's shortcomings...I'm sure it leaves out some greats that exemplify what the essays are trying to make their case for...someone like Eric Taylor perhaps, who is as good or better than anyone mentioned here...and the shortage of women is no surprise, that seems to be part and parcel with songwriting everywhere in the music business...neverthelss, sounds like an interesting read...

Yes, Eric Taylor's absence is disturbing as well as no mention of Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Halley, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Doug Sahm or even Joe Ely. Perhaps some of those get mentioned in the book but if not it's hardly complete.

Dennis, thank god someone else noticed the important name he left out!

Thank you, Jim and Dennis, for noting Eric Taylor, and others omitted. Eric has been and continues to be a brilliant mind and voice in Texas and singing and writing and songwriting and performing. He has influenced so many, and I appreciate you holding him up.

Another nice one, Henry. Thanks.

How in sweet Jesus' name did you omit Butch Hancock (possibly better and more important than Clark or Van Zant), Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Joe Ely???

I wonder if Cindy Walker is mentioned in the book. A great Texas songwriter if there ever was one. And a woman, to boot. :)  Texas is big enough to be a whole 'nother country of its own, so it would be difficult to get one's arms around, all, or even a majority of its great singer/songwriters in the country and folk area, let alone blues, western swing, jazz, Tex-Mex, etc, etc.  I look forward to reading the book.