Journal of Texas Music History | Volume 1, Number 1

Issue Contributors

Joe Carr
is a string musician and a music instructor at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He has produced numerous instructional video tapes and books for Mel Bay Publishing and others. He is the co-author of Prairie Nights to Neon Lights: The Story of Country Music in West Texas (Texas Tech University Press, 1995). He and colleague Alan Munde perform regularly as a musical duo.

Bill C. Malone
was born in Smith County, Texas on August 25, 1934 on a farm near the Van Zandt county line. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Texas in Austin became Country Music, USA, the first general history of country music. He taught at Tulane University in New Orleans for twenty-five years, and now lives in retirement in Madison, Wisconsin, where his wife works as the director of the Office of School Services at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Bill has completed a new book, Don't Get Above Your Raising: Country Music and the Southern Working Class, which will be published at the end of this year by the University of Illinois Press. He is also the host of a Wednesday morning radio show on WORT-FM in Madison – “Back to the Country,” a three-hour program of recorded music devoted to classic country music.

Kevin E. Mooney
is a lecturer of Musicology at the University of Texas at Austin, Southwest Texas State University, and Armstrong Community Music School of Austin Lyric Opera. His article, “Defining Texas Music: Lota May Spell's Contributions," was published in the Spring 2000 issue of The Bulletin of the Society for American Music, and he has contributed several articles to the forthcoming Handbook of Texas Music.

Dave Oliphant
is coordinator of the Freshman Seminars Program at UT Austin. His principal publications are Texan Jazz (University of Texas Press, 1996) and his contributions on jazz to the Handbook of Texas. His other main interest is poetry, and his latest publication is a 300-page poetry sequence, Memories of Texas Towns & Cities, published in 2000 by Host Publications.

Guadalupe San Miguel Jr.
is Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston. Recent publications include Brown, Not White: School Integration and the Chicano Movement (Texas A&M University Press, 2001), Let All of Them Take Heed: Mexican Americans and the Quest for Educational Equality (University of Texas Press, 1987; reissued by Texas A&M University Press, 2001); and various articles on Mexican-American history. His most recent project is Nuestra Música: Texas Mexican Music in the 20th Century, forthcoming this year from Texas A&M University Press.

Joe Nick Patoski
is Senior Editor for Texas Monthly, with previous stints as a radio broadcaster, a stringer for Rolling Stone, and reporter and columnist for the Austin American-Statesman. He is co-author of Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire (1993) and Selena: Como la Flor, both published by Little, Brown and Company. He also contributed a chapter to the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll.

Andy Wilkinson
is a poet, songwriter, singer, and playwright whose particular interest is the history and peoples if the Great Plains. Andy has recorded five albums of original music and has written two plays, Charlie Goodnight's Last Night, performed by Mr. Barry Corbin, and the musical drama, My Cowboy's Gift. He has produced several recordings for other artists, among them Heart's Compass and Ridin' Old Paint: Documenting the Canadian River Breaks Fiddle Tradition. His work has received several awards, including the Texas Historical Foundation's John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship Award, and three National Western Heritage “Wrangler” Awards, two for original music and one for poetry. In addition to his writing, he tours extensively in a variety of venues in the U.S. and abroad and teaches in the Honors College at Texas Tech University.