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
"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
Oglesby is quoted @ page 8
in the Stubb's Cookbook
Spotlight on Lubbock! LoneStarMusic magazine vol. 4, issue 3 spotlights musicians from Lubbock.
Joe Ely is on the cover. Editor Richard Skanse gives kudos to author Chris Oglesby in his "Notes from the Editor" column on page 2, and yours truly contributes FOUR (4) articles, including: a profile of Amanda Shires; profile of Cary Swinney, a true hidden gem; an introduction of three "New Faces:William Clark Green, Brandon Adams, & Charlie Shafter"; and a venue spotlight on The Blue Light Live.
Also featured in this special Lubbock edition: a great interview by Skanse with Ely, whose new album is "Satisfied at Last." Also, a complete discography review of Ely's entire catalog, including work with Flatlanders, Los Super Seven, and more. There is review of Amanda Shires' excellent new workCarrying Lightning. Musician Eric Hisaw provides a great study on Lloyd Maines and Jesse Taylor as a power guitar duo, especially in the Joe Ely Band, andan interview with Bobby Keys; Eric reveals stories which the Rolling Stone and friend of Beatles never told yours truly; an interview with Jimmie Dale Gilmore; a reminiscence by Colin Gilmore about growing up on the weird side of Lubbock; another by Austin deejay & Lubbock native Chris Mosser, who describes the reality of growing up in the most legendary of music towns.
Author Chris Oglesby joined with artist Karen Mahaffy; Megan Crigger, Austin's Public Art Administrator; and artist Chris Sauter for a conversation inspired by Mahaffy's the art exhibit: "the persistence of moment and the phenomena of place." We talked about "private space and public space, literary spaces and visual spaces. The phenomena of place refers to how these artists feel about Texas; the organic vs. manufactured creation/production of place; preservation, loss and/or appropriation of place; public/private place; place experienced through a sense of harmony, parallax or discord."
Author Christopher Oglesby now is hosting house concerts featuring prominent musicians from the virtualubbock family.
RECENT LIVE SHOW Oglesby House Concert VII: Prairie Scholars & Dr Skoob
WHEN: Saturay, February 12, 2011
WHERE: Home of Christopher & Pearly Oglesby
South Austin, TX
A fantastic reunion of some of Lubbock's best songwriters and performers.
Lubbock native Andy Eppler has earned a reputation as being one of Lubbock's most prolific, skilled, and provocative musicians. Eppler has recorded two albums of original music - "There Is No Underground" featuring the instant classic "(Why Don't You Kiss Me) Lubbock Texas"; and "Disease in the Heartland." On both albums, Andy plays nearly every instrument on these self-produced collections of complex original music. He also has recorded an album of spoken word poetry and prose entitled "Dark Places." Expatriated from Lubbock and now in Colorado, Eppler and his wife rock-songwriter & keyboard player Jessica Eppler have formed a rock duo project together which they call The Prairie Scholars.
Special Guest performer was Doctor Skoob (a/k/a Doug Haines) whose eponymous cosmic Americana groove band rocked Lubbock in the early years of the 21st Century.
This was the seventh house concert at the home of Christopher & Pearly Oglesby, which has been called the "Lubbock Music Consulate to South Austin."
Oglesby House Concert VI: COLIN GILMORE
WHEN: Friday, October 15, 2010
WHERE: Home of Christopher & Pearly Oglesby
South Austin, TX
Colin Gilmore is a long-time friend and a true Lubbock music legacy. Back in south Austin after touring the US and opening for The Flatlanders, Alejandro Escovedo and Mason Jennings, Colin has a brand new album “Goodnight Lane,” produced by Grammy award-winning Lubbock Legend Lloyd Maines with Eric McKinney. Colin grew up in Lubbock, the son of Flatlander Jimmie Dale Gilmore and practically raised by a host of other Lubbock Legends including Jo Carol Pierce,Richard Bowden, Jesse Guitar Taylor, and the extended Hancock Supernatural Family, Colin has lived an entire life of West Texas music.
Austin's newest & hippest microbrewery SOUTH AUSTIN BREWING COMPANY provided complimentary craft keg beer. FREE!
This is the sixth in a series of astounding south Austin house concerts with a taste of the Legendary Lubbock music tradition; the Oglesby home has earned the reputation as the Unofficial Lubbock Music Consulate to South Austin.
Oglesby House Concert V: Robin Griffin & Tony Adams
Saturday July 3, 2010; 6-9pm
LONG AWAITED RETURN TO AUSTIN of TWO of LUBBOCK's MOST NOTORIOUS ROCKIN' COUNTRY-BLUESMEN, the legendary red rooster Robin Griffin and his friend of 35 years guitar-slinger Tony Adams.
It had been years since many of our friends had the opportunity to see Robin Griffin and Tony Adams; maybe your last time had been at Great Scott Barbecue, Juan in a Million, or the Spoon. Robin and Tony recently have been performing regularly in Lubbock and we were pleased to host their long-awaited return to Austin "Lubbock's Unofficial Music Consulate in South Austin."
Oglesby House Concert IV
Bradley Smith & Drew Peterson
TUESDAY NIGHT, March 16; 7-9pm
Drew Peterson and standup bassist Bradley Smith are travelled IH35 from Minneapolis to Austin for South by Southwest Festival 2010 and opened the week of shows at the Oglesby House Concert.
A songwriter from Minneapolis; so what's the virtualubbock connection? Bradley Smith is a Lubbock High graduate ('86), and he was excited to return to Texas to share his music! Chris Oglesby was proud to welcome this clever funky acoustic Americana duo on Tuesday, March 16.
Oglesby House Concert III - Bob Livingston
Saturday March 6: GREAT GONZO! What a show!
Bob Livingston is an original Cosmic Cowboy and founder of the Lost Gonzo Band. He also has performed and recorded with Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Jimmy Buffett, and many more.
Austin's Official International Music Ambassador performed two acoustic sets of music in the south Austin home of virtualubbock's Christopher Oglesby on Saturday March 6, 2010.
Oglesby House Concert II
features the Lesley Sawyer Trio with
guitarist Brian McRae and bassist Aaron Hatmaker Friday September 18
LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC!
7:00pm - 9:00pm
@ the home of Chris Oglesby; Austin TX USA
video from the show:
Chris Oglesby's on-air radio promotions in Lubbock:
Wed 9/16, 8:30a.m: call-in to KJTV-AM 950 Fox Talk radio
with Jim Douglass and Jeff Klotzman
Thurs 9/17, 4:00p.m.: call-in to KRFE-AM 580 with Todd Klein
July 11 -
Chris Oglesby hosts Amanda Shires in a private house concert.
Amanda and her partner on guitar Rod Picott made a stop on their 100,000 Mile Tour at the south Austin home of author Chris Oglesby for an evening of Lubbock music magic. Most of the audience were Lubbock ex-patriates or aficianados of west Texas music and agree that Amanda Shires is the next big deal from the Lubbock music family.
Chris Oglesby is pleased
to announce his participation in
Music Showcase - SxSW'09
Official 2009 South
by Southwest Music Festival Events Showcasing Legendary Lubbock
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
PARTY: Noon - 4:00pm
SxSW SHOWCASE: 8:00pm - 1:30am
Momo's Real Live Music (upstairs from Katz's)
618 W. 6th St # 200 (6th & Rio Grande)
Austin, TEXAS USA WATCH VIDEO OF THE SHOW
On the opening night of the
2009 South by Southwest Music Festival, join us on the beautiful
rooftop at Momo's on 6th Street for the Official Lubbock Music
Showcase, spotlighting great new music from Legendary Lubbock.
Featured artists at the SxSW'09 Lubbock Music Showcase will include
the Cary Swinney
Trio, Thriftstore Cowboys, Texas Belairs with Ponty Bone and John X Reed, the Colin Gilmore
Band, and Joe Ely with Joel Guzman.
Also, that afternoon, Visit
Lubbock is sponsoring an industry party which will highlight
performances by some of the best Lubbock artists, including Kenny
Maines, Andy Eppler,
Amanda Shires, and Cary Swinney.
Chris Oglesby is the Master
Jeff Kehoe is the Master of Production.
Visit Lubbock is the Proud Sponsor.
SxSW is the Music Festival.
This event is an official Sandstorm Picnic, produced by virtualubbock's Chris
Oglesby and Jeff Kehoe of 30+ Years of Austin & Texas Music.
Buddy Holly 50th
Anniversary of the Day the Music Died
February 3, 2009 is the 50th
Anniversary of "the day the music died." Author
Christopher Oglesby is quoted
in several articles in this fine collection of articles on West
Texas Music Icons at MyWestTexas.com.
More kudos for "Fire in the
Water, Earth in the Air"
ARTS Encounter at Benini
Saturday, May 31st and
Sunday, June 1st
begin at 1:30 p.m. Everyone welcome, free of charge.
Author Christopher Oglesby is one of six featured speakers at
this months ARTS Encounter at Benini Ranch, where he will attempt
to explain the mysteries of Lubbock music and recount legends
of West Texas Music. The
Arts Encounter is a bimonthly social, cultural weekend, in its
fourth year at the Benini Sculpture Ranch, which is located
off Flat Creek Road near Johnson City.
The Arts Encounters feature speakers from various disciplines
and locations who share their expertise and passion for creative
and informative topics, including performing arts, medicine &
healing, dance, gardening and more. In May,
the Art Encounter at Benini's will focus on sculpture, photography,
and Texas music. The Benini Foundation
Galleries and Sculpture Ranch
377 Shiloh Road
Johnson City, Texas 78636
The NEW West Texas Music Showcase Friday April
@ the Moose Lodge
2103 E.M. Franklin, Austin TX USA Bringing to Austin
the best NEW MUSIC from Legendary Lubbock.The Legend Continues.
APRIL 25 2008 - AUSTIN TX
Experience great music by:
Shad "Kid Shadow"
Daugherty - guitar
and lap steel
Fletch Murchison - mandolin
Nic Shute - trumpet
Austin by Chris
Jeff Kehoe of 30+ Years of Austin & Texas
Music,in association with Route 1: Acuff Studio and
very special thanks to our good friends at VisitLubbock.org!
Picnic recreates in Austin the wild west music experience found
most weekends in legendary Lubbock.
For decades Lubbock has had a reputation of producing some of
the most innovative, daring, and entertaining musical artists
in popular music, including mavericks like Buddy Holly, Waylon
Jennings, Joe Ely, the Lost Gonzo Band, Terry Allen, Angela Strehli,
and Natalie Maines. The Legend continues. The Sandstorm
Picnic aims to show the Austin audience that amazing Lubbock heritage still produces much of the best music
in Texas. This is what live music in Texas is all about!
Photos by Matt
Concert to Benefit Pianist Doug Smith
February 14, 2008
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater
West Texas piano legend Doug Smith suffered
paralysis from a severe back injury in a single-car accident
on July 25, 2007. Since, he has worked through four months of
intensive therapy at Colorado's famed Craig Center. Doug is back
in West Texas now, continuing the difficult physical therapy,
and shows marked progress toward recovery.
Doug and his family need our help on his long, tough journey.
This February 14, please join an amazing group of West Texas
music legends -- including Terry
Allen, Jay Boy Adams, Cary Swinney and many more --
as they honor our friend Doug Smith with one night of unforgettable
music in Lubbock. A GREAT VALENTINE DATE!!!
AND DON'T MISS: the exclusive
after-hours party, sponsored by virtualubbock.com,
Years of Texas Music,
and Wheeler Bros.
plenty of parking. Free
donations for Doug Smith accepted.
Several local musicians will perform, including Los Sonsabitches,
Doctor Skoob, and Andy Eppler.
virtualubbock.com and 30+ Years of Austin & Texas Music
present LUBBOCK MUSIC NIGHT Thurs Oct 11, 2007
Quality Seafood 5621 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX (512) 454-5827
Jeff Kehoe is 30+
Years of Austin & Texas Music. Jeff was the party
deejay of choice in Lubbock back when Joe
Ely and Jay Boy Adams still
called the Hub City home and Stubb's still stood on East Broadway.
Like many of us, Jeff made his way to Austin where he was Operations
Manager of KLRU's Austin City Limits. He has seen it all
and remembers most of it. Jeff now operates a popular deejay
show in Austin. Jeff Kehoe teams up with author Chris Oglesby
at Quailty Seafood Austin's premiere seafood restaurant and music
venue to present Lubbock Music Night, a special version
of 30+ Years...We will play great Lubbock music, much of it synonymous
with Austin, tell some classic stories, and visit with some legendary
Lubbock performers including Ponty Bone and hopefully Richard
Bowden will have time to drop in between gigs. Recent Lubbock
expat Dr. Skoob
will perform some of his cosmic americana music, too! The freshest
seafood in central Texas, cold beer, full bar!
The Lubbock All-Stars Reunion Concert and Book Signing, brought to you by
Gallery and Chris Oglesby author of "Fire in the Water, Earth
in the Air" is now available in its entirety on a three
DVD set! Uncut, unabridged and completely uncensored, you
can now own the Official "Bootleg" Video of the entire
performance professionally recorded on September 7, 2007, in
Featuring historic and rare
performances by Texas music legends: Joe Ely, Jimmie Gilmore, Tommy Hancock with the
Sons of the Roadside Playboys and guest Patricia Vonne, Jay Boy
Adams and the Roadhouse Scholars, Texas Belairs with Ponty Bone
and RC Banks, Cary Swinney, Kenny Maines, Don Caldwell, Gonzo
Bob Livingston, Wade Parks, Andy Eppler, Paul Bullock, and many
A must-have for any West Texas music fan, whether you were there
or not. This video is sure to become a piece of history that
will grow more valuable with time.
Orders may be placed by contacting
Tony Greer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by visiting Tornado Gallery's webpage at tornado-gallery.com. Local pickups can also
be arranged by calling Larry Simmons at (806) 239-1891 so that
you may purchase them directly from the gallery and save the
shipping cost.The total price for the three DVD set, including
tax and shipping is $38.00.
Please allow two weeks for
delivery. The DVDs come professionally packaged in a single sized
DVD case with the original ticket artwork by Randy Fisher on
May 12, 2007
Author Chris Oglesby receives literary honor Chris Oglesby,
author of "Fire
in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music,"
has been recognized by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Award for "Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research".
The awards are presented to authors and publishers of books,
articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognize outstanding
published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving
these awards, ARSC recognizes outstanding contributions, encourages
high standards, and promotes awareness of superior works. A maximum
of two awards is presented annually in each category-one for
best history and one for best discography. Certificates of Merit
are presented to runners-up of exceptionally high quality. The
2007 Awards for Excellence honor works published in 2006. Oglesby
was awarded the certificate of merit in the category "BEST
RESEARCH IN RECORDED POPULAR MUSIC."
Friday Sept 7, 2007; Lubbock
TX, Tornado Gallery, 19th & Buddy Holly ave.
Lubbock All-Stars Reunion & Book Boogie
celebrating the one year anniversary of "Fire in the Water,
Earth in the Air."
"I am very proud to have put together this group of Lubbock
--Chris Oglesby Here's
a sample, featuring
Tom X, the "godfather"
of Lubbock music:
Sunday, May 13 2007; west
of Austin The Shade
Mother's Day music party/book
signing: 2:00 - 6:00 with Texana Dames, Richard Bowden & Barbara Kooyman
December 8th 2006 - 7pm; Lubbock Book
Discussion and Signing with the Author
@ Barnes & Noble, 6707 SLIDE ROAD, Lubbock 79424
Channel 5 December
9, 2006; Lubbock Oglesby guest hosted
KTXT's fund drive, with Kenny Maines, Doug Nelson;
other guests that night includedAlan Munde, Laurie Metcalf
& Kristie Thetford and Dan
Sunday November 12/06 WOW! What and event this was! Thanks to everyone who
participated! Austin Texas - Stubb's Bar-BQ & Live Music
FREE ADMISSION! 6:00pm - close: Lubbock All-Star Stubb's Sunday Night Jam Reunion
Book release celebration, book signing, with Special Musical
Megan Laurie w/ Kristy Thetford; David Halley; Colin Gilmore;
Cary Swinney, Richard Bowden, & Michael O'Connor;
Texana Dames w/ John X Reed; Bob Livingston w/ Richard Bowden &
Bradley Kopp; Jay
Boy Adams Band; Jo Carol Pierce, Guy Juke & Band;
Ponty Bone with Dee Purkeypile, Steve Lott & Band;
All Star Blues Jam Tribute to Jesse Taylor
w/ John X Reed, Kent Mings, Ponty, Dee Purkeypile, Jay Boy
and the Kitchen Sink
Jimmie Dale Gilmore; ZZTop's
Billy Gibbons; poet Paul Bullock; Tom X
In the audience: Stu Cook of CCR, Billy Bob Thornton, and many
other local and Lubbock celebrities!
November 11, 2006
Barnes Noble, Austin Arboretum - UT Press received an award for excellence in regional
publishing and invited several of their authors to attest to
the excellence of the University of Texas Press.