A Tour of Texas Music
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A Tour of Texas Music
On the Road Again: A Tour of Texas Music

Texas has been an important center of American popular music culture for more than a hundred years. This conversation is about our favorite Texan art form, the people who make it, the places that support it, its regional variations, and of course, the songs. Whether you’re a fan of Bob Wills (who is still the king), the outlaw country of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, or the rich tradition of Texas guitar that runs from Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charlie Christian to Lightnin’ Hopkins to Eric Johnson, something in our discussion will get your foot tapping. And we’ll talk about the music of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, including this year’s line up and past highlights like George Strait’s legendary performances.

Come ready to tell us about your favorite Texas song — and don’t forget that Texas has for decades been home to a very long list of rock, punk, psychedelic, Tejano, and post-rock innovators.

Hamilton’s picks for best Texas albums of 2014:

Your table is hosted by…

HamiltonAAndrew Hamilton is Associate Dean for Student Success in the Honors College at the University of Houston. He is also the founding Director of the Bonner Leaders Program, through which Honors students contribute educationally meaningful service to the Houston community. Hamilton has published widely in the fields of evolutionary theory and animal behavior, as well as on effective teaching. He is also an accomplished guitarist, having played for more than 30 years. After undergoing a religious conversion at a Stevie Ray Vaughn show in the summer of 1989 and later having the good sense to marry a Texan, Hamilton has been a student of Texas music — from Albert Collins to the Texas Tornadoes to ZZ Top. Hamilton is a graduate of Berea College, Boston College, and the University of California, San Diego.