Journal of Texas Music History | Volume 2, Number 1

Issue Contributors

Steven L. Davis
Is assistant Curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection at Southwest Texas State University. He has published many reviews and articles about literature of the American Southwest and served as curator for many exciting exhibits of materials in the Southwestern Writers Collection at SWT.

Craig D. Hillis
Is a veteran of the Texas music scene. He was a guitar player with Michael Martin Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Steven Fromholz in the 1970s, an artist representative and record producer with Moon Hill Management in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and an Austin nightclub owner (Steamboat and the Saxon Pub) in the 1980s through the mid–1990s. In 1992 he returned to the University of Texas to complete his Master's degree in American Studies and continues in that department working on the Ph.D. His dissertation topic is the Austin music scene in the 1970s.  Hillis is the Texas Music History Curator with the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music and has a book coming out this fall on UT Press, Texas Trilogy: Life in a Small Texas Town.

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. He contributed an essay for the first issue of The Journal of Texas Music History, and 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. He has also contributed several articles to the forthcoming Handbook of Texas Music.

Jerry Rodnitzky
Was educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois and is currently Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author of Minstrels of the Dawn: The Folk–Protest Singer as a Cultural Hero (1976) and more recently, Jazz–Age Boomtown (1997) and Feminist Phoenix: The Rise and Fall of a Feminist Counterculture (1999).

Ramiro Burr
Is a San Antonio Express–News music reporter and Billboard correspondent. He is also the author of the Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music (Billboard Books, 1999).