Boys From Houston-Vicki Welch Ayo
Terry Paul Roland-No Depression Article
In American roots music history, following and tracing the movement of artists, emerging genres, and lasting legacies can be a daunting task. For most popular music historians and ethnomusicologists with a focus on the roots of American music, the common geographical outgrowth, especially over the last 50 years, has been identified in cities like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville. With good reason, volumes of history have been documented, stemming from these areas. But, what about the other, less publicized communities? The near-epic wave of cultural change that took shape in music culture during this era happened at other places as well. There is still plenty of history to write, but it takes a certain skill, eye for detail, and the ability to weave facts into story. Enter Boys From Houston by Texas author, Vicki Welch-Ayo and co-writer, Billy De La Vergne.
Vicki Welch Ayo -- writer, historical documentarian, and avid music fan (and presumably a good dancer) -- is a native Texan with deep roots in Houston. She's done music fans and historians alike a great service with this intricately detailed, engaging look at one such overlooked music scene in her first volume of what appears to be a growing series about the music culture of the region. With careful detail, dynamic fact finding, studious research, and her own unique ability to weave stories together, Ayo has crafted the epic story of the Houston music scene in this pivotal decade that paralleled its big city counterparts. Her historical context is the transitional period from the early 1960s to the end of the decade, when the scene, like larger history, began to change from something spontaneous and real to the realm of business and calculation.....
With this book, Vicki Welch Ayo has woken us up to an important, unrecognized chapter of American music. In so doing, she has brought together a community of veteran musicians and entertainers, calling up new life to stories that may otherwise have been lost to historical obscurity.
About the Author
Vicki Welch Ayo is preserving the music history of Houston, Texas, her birthplace, and the surrounding area through a series of books, titled Boys From Houston. This is the first in the series.