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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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Terry Allen
Lubbock: on everything

Terry Allen

Terry Allen
Smokin' the Dummy

Terry Allen
Human Remains
  Joe Ely
Early album tracks

Joe Ely
Musta Notta Gotta Lotta

Jo Carol Pierce
Bad Girls Upset by the Truth


Cary Swinney
Human Masquerade

Cary Swinney

Bob Livingston
Mahatma Gandhi & Sitting Bull

Paul Bullock
Manfred's Midnight Monologue

Texas Belaires
Sons of Preachers

Eddie Beethoven
-various songs-

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