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Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music
by Christopher Oglesby
Published by the University of Texas Press:
"As a whole, the interviews create a portrait not only of Lubbock's musicians and artists, but also of the musical community that has sustained them, including venues such as the legendary Cotton Club and the original Stubb's Barbecue. This kaleidoscopic portrait of the West Texas music scene gets to the heart of what it takes to create art in an isolated, often inhospitable environment. As Oglesby says, "Necessity is the mother of creation. Lubbock needed beauty, poetry, humor, and it needed to get up and shake its communal ass a bit or go mad from loneliness and boredom; so Lubbock created the amazing likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, and Joe Ely."

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"Indeed, Oglesby's introduction of more than two dozen musicians who called Lubbock home should be required reading not only for music fans, but for Lubbock residents and anyone thinking about moving here. On these pages, music becomes a part of Lubbock's living history."
- William Kerns, Lubbock Avalanche Journal

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Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music
by Christopher Oglesby

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Stubb on the Radio - "Stubb: Archangel of Barbecue"

National Public Radio aired this story on Stubb's during the 2009 South by Southwest Festival in Austin. Chris Oglesby helped the Kitchen Sisters put together this wonderful tribute to our hero and mentor C.B. Stubblefield, a/k/a Stubb. Listen to the voices of Tom T. Hall, Jimmie Gilmore, Joe & Sharon Ely, Jesse Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and David Letterman paint this audio portrait of the man from Lubbock who wanted to feed the world.
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