|Jay Boy Adams
the author tracks down long-lost stadium & roadhouse rocker
Jay Boy Adams;
Jay Boy explains how he came to tour with ZZ-Top and land a two
record deal with Atlantic Records; we learn how hometown boy
Bobby Keys returned to Lubbock from years playing with
The Rolling Stones; about Danny Raines,
Davis McLarty & The Planets; & Lubbock
music venues such as Eli's, Rox-Z, & even Dunlap's
Department store; Jay Boy relates how he moved from living
in tour buses to leasing tour buses for a living.
In which: We go "Full-Tilt Boogie" with Terry Allen
& The Panhandle Mystery Band; Terry reveals why he
had to leave Lubbock to
fall in love with it; We discuss the paradox of having to rebel
against moral values one admires.
|Jo Harvey Allen
| Jo Harvey Allen
In which: The world's first woman Country & Western deejay
AKA: The Lying Woman from David Byrne's True Stories;
and the Sex Therapist from Fried Green Tomatoes
- explains: How Lubbock resembles India; The definition of the word "Paradox"; and how her choices of acting roles can be lethal
to others; We discuss how the upredictable weather can
do interesting things to one's mind in West Texas, how Lubbock
is a tabula rasa for a creative mind.
| Ponty Bone
In which: Texas' premiere
road-house accordion player describes the many twists
of fate that lead him to a career in music inextricably entwined
with Lubbock; Ponty tells bout touring
with The Joe Ely Band in those exciting days gone
by; about playing with The Supernatural Family Band; a
vegetarian, Ponty admits the last beef he ever consumed was Stubb's
In which: A former Maines Brother and Austin Lounge
Lizard explains the strange karmic connections he has with
Lubbock musicians that led him to Lubbock; Richard tells us whom
to hang out with when in Lubbock, revealing the Lubbock Underground;
He posits about UFO's and their effect on the West Texas
In which: We meet the
West Texas Poet Lariat; We discover
the magic of the Seychelles Islands and discus how travel is
good for the perspective; Geodesic domes and their incorporation
into the Cold War; Paul gives his opinion of the Poetry Slam
clique; Tells us why he is committed to the legalization of certain
banned agricultural products.
| Mike Burk
In which: A long-time friend of Lubbock music tells the story
of "Live at Tommy's
Place" the legendary
single-season television series featuring a pantheon of Lubbock
musicians; He shares memories of The
Cotton Club, Fat Dawg's, and Stubb's; explains
why he experienced true freedom at these magical venues;
We learn that Lubbock is so incredible that even a weekly show
by Stevie Ray Vaughn can seem commonplace.
In which: "An Important American Painter"
reveals his secrets for making a living as a working artist;
Downé tells how growing up the son of a Lubbock record
store owner gave him the urge to have a career in the creative
arts; Downé explains why, once he had made it big in the
glamorous Santa Fe art scene, he felt the need to give up the
big house and fancy car and get back to the basics of love
In which: We meet the man who owned what was for years Lubbock's
only recording studio; Lloyd Maines' mentor; producer
of the classic Lubbock: on everything album and
Joe Ely's early recordings. Don explains why he never left Lubbock for Tinsel-Town; discusses why Lubbock traditionally has produced
better artists than promoters.
In which: the hitmaking songwriter and star of TV and movies
reveals why Happinees is Lubbock Texas; explains his relationship
to Elvis,; and how Buddy Holly's love life inspired Mac to a
career in music.
| Joe Ely
In which: The Lord of the Highway offers his expertise
on Lubbock and Lubbock music.;We learn why that pink Cadillac
was intentionally drowned at the infamous Tornado Jam;
Why the Clash love Lubbock; We are introduced to Lubbock
songwriter, artist, and general iconoclast Eddie Beethoven;
and we somewhat commence to wade into the Legend of Stubb's Bar-BQ.
In which: a native Lubbock woman gives some insights
into the power of dreams, why the skill of dreaming seems
finely honed in Lubbock folk; Sharon offers a theory as to why
UFO's frequently hovered over West Texas honky-tonks in the 50s;
She tells how Stubb's Barbecue Sauce began in her kitchen
and how John Scott made Stubb's last days happy; Sharon talks about how her group of
friends in Lubbock came together with the urge to create happiness
out of a bleak environment; We talk about
how Lubbock is a nourishing bastion of safety.
a representative of the next generation of great Lubbock musicians
wonders if it was so difficult for his predecessors as it is
for his generation to get noticed in Lubbock (the author assures
him it was indeed); Eppler discusses his self-produced record
"There is No Underground"; we learn about
Scott Farris and Doctor Scoob; Eppler coins the phrase: "Lubbock Texas - Where all the best musicians have
to move from."
In which: The son of Jimmie
Gilmore discusses growing up in Lubbock among many of the
artists & musicians who made Lubbock famous; He talks about
the nagging, stifling
boredom a teenager experiences in Lubbock, desperately searching
for something else; We discuss the remarkable
stream of deep spirituality pervasive in the souls of Lubbock's inhabitants which
inspires both beautiful art and moral fortitude. Colin notes
that Lubbock has a tradition of being on the cutting edge of technology yet remaining
|Jimmie Dale Gilmore
In which: Jimmie and the author debate whether there actually
is a Lubbock phenomenon which can be defined as the "secret
to the magic"; JDG concedes that there are uncommon amounts
of talented folks from Lubbock who have been recognized as such;
He reveals how the Hub City Movers and other Lubbockians
were integral in birth of the "Austin Music Scene";
Jimmie tells us about Angela & Al Strehli, and lauds
their musical influences; We learn about the group of friends
known around Austin as "The Lubbock Mafia."
In which: a Lubbock native prolific songwriter explains
why he has avoided being identified as a "Lubbock musician";
we discuss how one must seek in order to find; how hitchiking
can be a spiritual experience, and the value of being aware of
synchronicity; and how most people in Lubbock believe
they're Republicans but don't know why.
In which: West Texas' Poet Emeritus describes how driving
a tractor on flatland farms taught him to see the Universe and
find the music there; the Zen surreality of the landscape;
the confluence of physics and meta-physics. We discuss many Real
Things and very few facts.
|Tom X Hancock
| Tom X Hancock
In which: "Lubbock's
Original Hippie" tells us about
the origins of The Supernatural Family Band, The Flatlanders,
and The Texana Dames, and a little about the early days
of The Cotton Club; Tom X muses over the benefits of
LSD and mysticism towards filling to the void in Lubbock;
The author of Zen & the Art of the Texas Two Step
explains the difference between "Cool Sex"
and "Hot Sex" and why he now considers himself more
of a dancer than a musician. We also discuss the "South Plains Voodoo," whatever it is that keeps bringing one back
to Lubbock and often holds you there.
In which: a hard rocking group of Lubbock guys - who, soon
after the interview, were voted Austin's Top Heavy Metal Band of the time
- explain why Metal music has such
a hold on conservative Lubbock; discuss why Church of Christ
girls like Heavy Metal; Reminisce about their other Lubbock Rock
bands such as Relapse, Rat Salad, and the ever-popular
In which: An intrepid young songwriter/musician gives some
history about late 80s - early 90s Lubbock alternative bands
such as Squarehead, Ground Zero, and
Los Tornadoes; We discuss how "Lubbock is a good place to raise your kids, but parents
should be prepared to have their kids listen to music and decide
they wanta move on down the road;"
How the conservative Church
of Christ has contributed to many
great singing voices from Lubbock; How he and his wife Diane
Hunt started the Austin band Something Johnson.
| Bruce Jaggers
In which: The co-founder
of Lubbock's long-lived Main Street Saloon and Fat
Dawg's tells how he booked the first
performance of the Joe Ely Band and how he stood witness
to Stevie Ray Vaughn regularly blasting the doors off
of Fat Dawgs; We analyze why great clubs eventually have to die;
We discuss the camaraderie and connected-feeling among the Fat
In which: Guy Juke tells how his artwork became
some of the most recognizable Austin music art; The author reveals
to artist Guy Juke a new classification of aesthetic: "Lubbock
Ugly"; We learn about
performance art tradition,and discuss why people in Lubbock feel the need to
disrobe in public.
In which: rock-n-roll's premiere saxophone session player
tells about his early friendship with the Crickets in Lubbock,
his long-standing relationship with the Rolling Stones; he tells
about playing with Lubbock Ace Liquidators, Jay Boy Adams, and
|The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
the author catches up with the amazing Norman Odam - aka
The Lege - of Lubbock, now residing in Sicicon Valley; we discuss
his upcoming appearance with David Bowie, whom he inspired to
create Ziggy Stardust; his career as a cult music hero to such
fans as Princess Sarah, Dutchess of York; his youth in Lubbock;
and much more...
In which: a Gonzo
Compadre recounts how he and Gary
P. Nunn came from Lubbock to create the Austin Cosmic Cowboy
Movement; Bob tells what it was like being a Lubbock preacher's
kid in the Summer of Love; Bob tells stories about legendary
Lubbock figures like: the party band the Fabulous Sparkles,
P.J. Belly, & NFL Great Bobby Layne; Bob describes
his educational organization - Texas Music International
- and his latest project, the Texas Music Museum.
| Lloyd Maines
In which: Texas' top
music producer and legendary pedal-steel guitar player relates the origins the great West Texas dance
band The Maines Brothers Band; We discuss how much
of the great music in West Texas seems to be taken for granted there, even
by music-savvy folks such as Lloyd; Lloyd tells how one learns
to play the pedal-steel out in West Texas, who his influences
were; He gives his philosophy on record production; We briefly
discuss the career of Lloyd's famous daughter, Natalie Maines
of The Dixie Chicks.
| Kent Mings
In which: a protégé
tells how he discovered the magic of West Texas music at the
feet of Joe Ely, Jesse Taylor, Lloyd Maines, and Ponty Bone. We learn that it pays-off to be nice to scrawny girls;
why Preacher's Kids have more fun; and why one needs to
stay clear of the stage when Jesse Taylor is playing guitar.
In which: an accomplished
recording engineer talks about growing up as a 3rd-generation
Lubbockian; John tells us how he got started in the music engineering
business.; He identifies "The Immoral
Majority" as a contributing force to Lubbock music; John
explains Heavy Metal's hold on the pious in Lubbock; We learn
about the Lubbock alternative garage band scene in the
80's & 90's, including the Rude Boys and Squarehead.
|Lynda Kay Parker
In which: the singer for the rockabilly band Lonesome Spurs of Venice California relates her family's roots in
Lubbock and how she learned while an honors srtudent at Texas
Tech that she had a talent for writing songs; memories of
J. Patrick O'Malley's saloon; desperation in Lubbock;
Lynda's connections to Stubb's; the author learns the
meaning of the verb "to busk"; Lynda's unique tenor
guitar and Samsonite suitcase drum, rockabilly style; "big
in Europe" phenomena.
| Wade Parks
In which: An up-and-coming Lubbock musician discusses how
he came to love the feel
of gathering with friends to play music,
"just as an experience"; We get an excellent glimpse
into the lifestyle and music community in Lubbock which leads
one to explore one's musical talents, which one may not have
even known he had.
|Jo Carol Pierce
In which: a "Bad
Girl Upset by the Truth" posits
how the epic spiritual & literary book The Bible has
had such a great influence on the music, language & poetry
of Lubbock; Jo Carol asserts how the desolation & loneliness in
West Texas forces one to forge tight bonds of friendship with
others, and how there is artistic strength in numbers.
In which: a West
Texas Angel reveals herself to be a singer, playwright,
actress, novelist, and cookbook author,
as well as being a favorite songwriter of Waylon
& Willie & Wynonna ; We discuss how life
can be full of magic if one follows one's dreams.
In which: Lesley Sawyer advises musicians to shop locally; Lesley
discussses her relationship with Lubbock's most productive producers
today - Alan Crossland and Brian McRae; she recalls
her past work with gold record producer Clif Magness,
another Lubbock native sensationally successful in the recording
industry; and kudos to local music sensations including singer
Ashley Howell, drummer Mike Bernal, and bassist
Joel Smith, and all'round utilty man Curtis Peoples.
In which: the fiddle player for Thrift Store Cowboys shares her passion for Western Swing; discusses her influences, including Lanny Fiel, Alan Munde, Joe Carr, and Andy Wilkinson; talks about her decision to pursue a solo career in Nashville, working with producer Buzz Cason and collaborating with guitarist Rod Picott; and we examine her fascination with owls.
| Deanna Shoemaker
| Deanna Shoemaker
In which: A young director, playwright, and
performance artist reminisces about the free-spirited educational experience found
in Lubbock High School's accelerated Lubbock's Exemplary Academic
Program (LEAP); We compare Lubbock's
creative side with it's necessary opposite destructive side;
Deanna explains how Lubbock may have been the only place in West
Texas where she would have had the opportunity to grow into her
In which: Doug Haines, a/k/a/ Doctor Skoob, discusses the
serendipitous events which led to life in Lubbock and music; Skoob's
relationship with the Lubbock band Los Sonsabitches, guitar
virtuoso David Brandon, and Lubbock's newest guitar phenom
Shad Daughtery; what he has in common with Pat Green;
performance art on the streets of Lubbock; and why another Lubbock
musician has moved to Austin.
In which: We meet West
Texas' Premiere Pianist & Composer. Doug explains why he usually
introduces himself as a "piana player" rather than
"pianist"; He defines a new type of music - Power Piano;
Doug shares his vision of the spirit
of creation hiding 'neath the nothin' in West Texas; Doug offers a theory as to why that same spirit
is oft' ignored by our fellow West Texans.
In which: Angela explains how a middle-class white girl from
Lubbock became known as the First Lady of Texas Blues; she provides
a history of the founding of Antone's blues club in Austin; we
discuss how radio in the heart land could change your life around.
In which: Cary Swinney explains life as a "Desperate Searcher" in Lubbock; He tells where he gets his inspiration
for writing music; We learn more about the Lubbock Underground,
and discuss guitarist Robin Griffin; We posit over why
Lubbock audiences seem to have more spontaneous fun that those
in "more professional" venues; Cary tells us about
his run-in with the cops at the Buddy Holly Festival.
| Jesse "Guitar"
In which: a legendary
rock-n-roll guitar hero briefly retells the story of the first time he met
C.B. Stubblefield ("Stubb) and how he came to be
the first white man to ever play a gig at Stubb's Bar-BQ
on east Broadway in Lubbock, the Blues & Bar-BQ refuge of
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lightning Hopkins, George Thorogood, etc...