The Center for Texas Music History at Texas State sponsored two programs that recently won prestigious national awards.
The PBS television series “Texas Music Cafe” won a Bronze Telly Award for its very first episode “Cheatham Street Warehouse Class of ’87”. The program is co-produced by the Center for Music History and Stuart Ramser, publisher and editor of Texas Music Magazine.
The award winning program took viewers inside the Cheatham Street Warehouse, the cotton warehouse turned honky-tonk, where owner-guru Kent Finlay has nurtured dozens of singer- songwriters, including George Strait. The episode featured Cheatham Street “alumni” James McMurtry, Bruce Robison, Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Mains, Todd Snider, John Arthur Martinez, Hal Ketchum and Big John Mills, as well as Finlay himself.
The Telly Awards are given by a New York-based organization of the same name that honors local and regional video productions. Telly received 14,000 entries this year from around the world.
Texas Music Cafe is broadcast on dozens of PBS affliates throughout the country. More information on the show is avaialble at www.texasmusiccafe.com.
The second award given to the Center is the Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. It was given to the second book in the John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound, by award winning documentary film maker and author, Alan Govenar.
In the book, Govenar allows the artists to use their own words to reveal the often-humble origins of Texas blues. The book includes Texas blues artists Blind Lemon Jefferson, Aaron “T-Bone” Walker, Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins, Baldemar Huerta (Freddie Fender), Stevie Ray Vaughn and many more.
The Dickson Series is a collaborative effort between the Center for Texas Music and Texas A&M University Press. They publish approximately one book each year on Texas Music History.