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Prairie Nights to Neon Lights: The Story of Country Music in West Texas Hardcover – January 15, 1995

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Alan Munde and Joe Carr are best known as superb bluegrass musicians. In this book they demonstrate that they are also good historians, and that they understand the full range of styles generally associated with country music. And better than anyone else so far, they have described and explained the vital contributions made by West Texas musicians to the music of America and the world. Ever since the Amarillo fiddler Eck Robertson inaugurated country music's commercial history with his first recordings in 1922, West Texas musicians have played major innovative roles in the shaping and popularization of the nation's popular music forms. The Beatles emerged from the gritty industrial world of Liverpool, but their musical roots run directly to Buddy Holly and the Texas plains. People who have wondered how such remarkable music talent could emerge from the vast and seemingly empty landscape of West Texas need look no farther than this important and compelling book.

About the Author

Joe Carr is a well-known and respected musician and teacher. He plays the guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. He has been a member of the commercial music faculty at South Plains College since 1984. Carr toured nationally with Munde in the bluegrass group Country Gazette and currently performs in a duo with Munde. In addition to his many audio recordings, Carr has produced over twenty music instruction videos for Texas Music and Video.Alan Munde is a world-class five string banjo player and is featured as a major stylist in the book Masters of the Five String Banjo. He joined the commercial music faculty at South Plains College in 1986. He is a founding member of the group Country Gazette and he currently tours with Carr. Munde is on the board of directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association. He has recorded more than twenty albums and he is a leader in the field of five string-banjo instruction.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press; First Edition edition (January 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896723496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896723498
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,959,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. D. Hamilton on April 13, 2016
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I grew up in rural West Texas, so much of this book reminds me of when I was a youngster. Getting together with friends and neighbors on the porch late in the evening or traveling to someone's ranch house for entertainment were all a part of just growing up in West Texas.
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It may bother some in Texas music hot spots farther South and East to admit such but, West Texas (Northwest Texas) has long played a huge, maybe the largest and most influential, role in the development of the various Texas sounds. This book is one of the basic essentials for anyone interested in Texas music and Texas musicians.
- Robert Pratt, host of Pratt on Texas
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Super fast shipping. Item was just as described. Thank you! :-)
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Very interesting. Full of good background information.
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Good read
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