Texas Music Roadtrip

Putting Texas Music on the Map

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With a western persona, southern traditions, and a long history of immigration, Texas is a cultural crossroads.

In the 1930s, jazz exploded in Deep Elum in Dallas. The 1950s saw rock 'n' roll rise up in the Panhandle. Zydeco, tejano, and country rock have all played a part in the Texas music scene. Texas Music Roadtrip traveled over all the musical landmarks that compose the Texas landscape with more than 150 rare and unseen artifacts including vintage photos, elaborate costumes, gig posters, letters, hand-written lyrics, oral histories, instruments, and music equipment.

Texas Music Roadtrip was guest-curated by Dr. Gary Hartman, Director of the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University-San Marcos.

This exhibition was supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and by a grant from Patti Harrison and the PSH Foundation through Texas State University-San Marcos and the Center for Texas Music History.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.