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Attention: Texas Music History Freaks, Fans and Aficionados!

Great Lineup for Second Texas Music Conference!

The second Texas Music Conference hosted by Dallas Public Library is this Saturday, September 11th. This is an informative series put on for free by the library and is a must for music fans, history buffs, musicians and anyone interested in the diverse musicology of Texas.

I am honored to be invited to speak as part of the panel discussion “Worth a Thousand Words: Texas Music in Documentary Films” and am looking forward to meeting the other panelists and hearing all of the discussions throughout this event.

This promises to be a very insightful day in Dallas. I hope to see and meet some of you there. Again it is FREE and open to the public. Here’s the “lowdown” from Dallas Public Library’s press release:

About the Conference
Texas musicians have excelled and innovated in so many styles and aspects of music that few are able to grasp the breadth of their contributions. For decades fans and critics have focused their attention primarily on a few individual artists, failing to note the cultural environment that produced and was influenced by their work. However, recent years have seen an enormous surge of interest in preserving the unique legacy of Texas’s musical history. An explosion of books, articles, museums, web sites, television and radio programs, documentaries, and media collections attest to the public’s fascination (or sometimes obsession!) with the subject. But many who have tried to study this amazing heritage have found themselves asking, “How do you record history while it’s still being made? How do you separate the fact from the fiction? How do you capture lightning?”

Dallas Public Library’s second Texas Music Conference will explore the issues involved in collecting, preserving, and documenting Texas music history. Writers, archivists, scholars, collectors, librarians, and filmmakers will discuss methods, questions, resources, obstacles, and discoveries they have encountered in the course of their involvement with this history. Details are below.

Join us as we try to catch lighting in a bottle . . . and cork it for future generations to enjoy!
10:00-10:15 Registration
10:15-10:30 Introductions and Welcome

Dancing about Architecture: Texas Music in Books and Articles

Jean Boyd
Fort Worth native Jean Boyd is a Professor of Music History and American Music Studies in the Baylor University School of Music. Her research area, western swing, has to date resulted in two published books, two articles, various professional presentations, and a third book forthcoming in spring 2011.

Craig Hopkins
Craig Hopkins is the author of Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day By Day, Night After Night, a comprehensive 432-page, 970-illustration chronicle of the legendary guitarist’s life and career.

Tim Schuller
Tim Schuller (b. Cleveland, 1949) has for over a third of a century written music-related articles for magazines and newsletters. He has prioritized coverage of senior members of Texas’ blues, jazz, and R&B communities.

Laurie Shulman
Laurie Shulman is a freelance writer on music and nationally known program annotator based in Dallas. A popular pre-concert speaker and guest lecturer, she is the author of The Meyerson Symphony Center: Building a Dream. She holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Cornell University.

Moderator: Carol Reynolds
Dr. Reynolds was Professor of Music History for 21 years at Southern Methodist University, and has long been a popular speaker for organizations such as The Dallas Symphony, The Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas and Fort Worth Operas, and the Van Cliburn Foundation. She now creates cross-discipline curricula in the Fine Arts, including a new multimedia course Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History & Culture. She is presently working on a new curriculum dedicated to American music and culture, in which Texas music will play a significant role.

Worth a Thousand Words: Texas Music in Documentary Films

Mark Nobles
Mark has written, produced, and directed children’s educational programming, documentaries, and commercials. He is currently involved with two music documentaries: Teen-A-Go-Go and You Must Be Weird . . . Or You Wouldn’t Be Here.

Tracy Ready
Tracy Ready, owner of Trace Productions, is a Director of Photography, Writer and Producer based in Dallas Texas. He is also a songwriter and vocalist with a debut studio CD release set for February 2011. His blog Trace – TV – Film – Music – Media is at He is currently in production on two documentary films related to Texas Music History:
South Texas Soul: The San Antonio Sound
Dallas Electric: The Texas Blues Story

Denisa Spruell
Denisa Spruell studied radio, television, and film production at Northlake Community College. She has created documentary films on topics of contemporary interest such as rape and the impact of AIDS on women. Her lifelong involvement with music and her “long and storied” affiliation with Buddy Magazine have resulted in her current project, a documentary about the Texas music industry.

Rob Tranchin
Rob Tranchin is a senior producer, writer, and director of documentaries and outreach specials for KERA, where he also serves as executive producer for content. His productions on local arts topics include Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater (co-written and produced with Kay Cattarulla), and South Dallas Pop: When Funk Was King. In 1999, Tranchin won a national Emmy Award, and he was nominated for a second Emmy Award in 2000. He is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University.

Moderator: Terry Fansler
TerryFansler is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Studies in Music Business at Dallas Baptist University. In addition to his academic career, he spent thirteen years performing on stage throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. He also co-produced, wrote and co-hosted a magazine-style television program about small business that aired nationwide weekly on PBS.

12:00-12:15 Break
You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone: Texas Music Archives in Libraries and Museums

Sharon Herfurth
Sharon Herfurth is a former Vice President and current board member with the Texas Music Museum in Austin, where she has been actively involved in curating exhibits, planning programming, and creating documentation for museum events. She is a branch manager with the Austin Public Library and a former music librarian with the Dallas Public Library.

Thomas Kreason
Prior to becoming director of the Texas Musicians Museum, Thomas Kreason spent about twenty years in music staging and promotion. From there he worked for about three years as a producer of live shows for Hard Rock Cafes in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Dallas, then for a short time at Memphis’ famed Sun Studios. Those latter experiences pointed out the need to collect and preserve the rapidly disappearing memorabilia of popular music history. It is largely through his own collecting efforts that he eventually came to create and operate the TMM in Hillsboro.

Morris Martin
Morris Martin is Head Music Librarian for the University of North Texas Music Library and Audio Center, part of the Willis Library on the Denton campus. He holds advanced music degrees from UNT and a masters degree in library science from the University of Illinois. Since 1972 he has also served as part-time Minister of Music at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton.

Alisa Rata Stutzbach
Alisa Rata Stutzbach is the Director of the Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University, which includes the Bywaters Special Collections and the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection. Her professional work in MLA and the Society for American Music has focused on the usability, accessibility, and promotion of research resources. Additionally, Alisa is an active Baroque violist in regional and national period instrument ensembles.

Moderator: Bob Reitz
Bob Reitz has curated a wide variety of subjects for the Dallas Library, including exhibits on Beat Generation writings, the American Hobo and Dallas Blues of the 1920’s and 30’s. He is the Curator of the Harbin Boy Scout Museum at Camp Wisdom in Dallas.

Where? When?

How to Capture Lightning: Texas Music Conference 2
Saturday, September 11, 10 am-1 pm
Dallas Public Library, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
Bradshaw Gallery, Fine Arts Division (4th Floor)
1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Although advance registration is not required, it will help us to plan for adequate seating if you’ll take a moment to register on-line:

Driving directions and parking information are at:


Suggested Reading:

Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm

Deep Ellum and Central Track: Where the Black and White Worlds of Dallas Converged

Texas Hollywood: Filmmaking in San Antonio Since 1910

Rave on: Classic Texas Music Quotes

Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State

Tracy Ready is a Writer, Producer, Director of Photography, Vocalist and Media Consultant based in Dallas, Texas USA – contact
Trace Blog is at

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