Texas now and then

This week in the Hill Country

Viet Nam Veterans Welcome Home Runthingsusedtobehidden
Date: March 7, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
Hwy 83, Junction

South by Southwest Film Festival

March 11 – 15

Looks like lots of film directed by women. Is that unusual?

Yesterday’s News

1884    This is the date of the first documented book loan at the University of Texas libraries and the day after the appointment of an assistant librarian had been confirmed by the faculty.The University of Texas libraries began their existence in a 648-square-foot unlighted room on the topmost floor of what later became the east wing of the Old Main Building. 

bluebonnets1901    The Twenty-seventh Texas Legislature adopted the bluebonnet, flower of the annual legume Lupinus subcarnosus, as the state flower. The flower’s popular name derives from its resemblance to a sunbonnet. It has also been called buffalo clover, wolf flower, and, in Spanish, el conejo (“the rabbit”).

2000    Jesse “Guitar” Taylor died in Austin. He was born on April 10, 1950, in Lubbock and grew up in its Arnett-Benson neighborhood, where a few doors down the street some older boys had a rock-and-roll band driven by electric guitars. His first band was the Epics; next came the T. Nichol House Band, whose members included Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, T.J. “Tiny” McFarland, and John X. Reed.

After some time hopping freight trains to go to San Francisco and play the blues, he came back to Texas and Austin. In 1967 he played in the band of rhythm-and-blues singer Angela Strehli. By 1975, he was playing with his old friend in the Joe Ely band. They toured internationally. 

He recorded four of his own albums: Last Night (1990), Rhythm Oil (with Terry Clarke and Michael Messer, liner notes by Johnny Cash, 1993), Texas Tattoo (1998), and South Side Guitars (with John X. Reed, 2001). He defined and set the standard for a powerful guitar style that was both raw and deliberate, intense and soulful. He had the reputation for being as kind and gentle in his person as he was intimidating and reckless with his instrument.




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