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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: FIDDLING ON THE BACKROADS OF TEXAS

As you travel the backroads of Texas you will soon realize that the historical soundtrack of these roads is the Fiddle.  Over hundreds of years a distinct style of has evolved now known as  Texas-style fiddling. The fiddle was brought to America by early colonists.  The earliest recorded fiddle player in the US was John […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: TEXAS MUSIC

When traveling the backroads of Texas you need a full tank (or two) of gas and some good old Texas Music!  Thank goodness for satellite radio.  Not only is Texas the birthplace of many great musicians,  the state has been in the center of the developments of many types of music including; Tejano, Western Swing, […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACK ROADS: TERLINGUA, TEXAS: Best Little Ghost Town in Texas

Terlingua is located southwest Texas near Big Bend National Park.  It is the most visited ghost town in Texas.  The name Terlingua comes from two Spanish word, tres and lenguas meaning “three tongues”.  This was either because of the three languages that were spoken in the area at that time – English, Spanish, and Native American. […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: HELP RESCUE HISTORIC TEXAS DANCE HALLS

Scattered throughout rural Texas there are hundreds of historic dance halls.  Some of these are still operating today while many are in disrepair. These halls were and continue to be an important part of our history and our TEXAS Heritage.  You will not find these halls off the Interstate Highways – you must detour onto […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS – 2ND ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TEXAS FIDDLING – Burton Texas

  During the 19th century a type of fiddle music began to emerge in Texas.  Other string instruments like banjos and guitars joined the fiddles.  Fiddle sessions sprung up everywhere from living rooms, porches, and also in local Texas Dancehalls.   The influence reflected the diverse population of the post Civil War Texas including, African-American, […]

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