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Ray Wylie Hubbard brings Texas favorites together for Grit 'n Groove Festival
Texas Business recommends this story by Arden Ward of CultureMap AustinTexas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard is responsible for some of the Lone Star State’s most revered, humor-tinged country anthems. He’s the mind behind “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother” (covered and made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker in the early 1970s), and 2006’s ultra simple hit with a surprisingly smooth groove, "Snake Farm.” Full Story »
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One Band’s Long Road to Being the Next Big Thing   | aust_txbz, Austin Heat, Hole in the Wall, music, Brian Scartocci,
One Band’s Long Road to Being the Next Big Thing

The band named Austin Heat had just finished its set at the Hole in the Wall, a longtime music hangout in Austin just off the UT campus. Sitting on the back patio, singer Brian Scartocci mulled over his half-eaten Philly cheesesteak.

“To be completely honest, this sandwich was not worth $9,” he said. 

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Festival People En Espanol Lineup Announced

Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Festival People En Espanol 2012, an event celebrating Hispanic entertainment, culture and community, announced its lineup of musical talent performing in San Antonio on September 1 – 2. 

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Texas Music Office Launches Live Music Grant Program

Texas Business reports: The Texas Music Office has created the Live Music Grant Program, which will fund free, live-music concerts across the state.

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"Reefer Madness"  at UNT | dal_ftw_txbz, Denton, UNT, Reefer Madness,
"Reefer Madness" at UNT

Texas Business reports:  DENTON—Reefer Madness, a satire of the 1936 cult classic film, will be presented by the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre March 29 through April 1.

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Willie Nelson Signs Historic New Deal With Legacy Recordings

Texas Business reports: NEW YORK—Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, entered into a historic new record deal with Texas musician Willie Nelson. 

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Texas Heritage Songwriters Association to Induct Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen and Townes Van Zandt into Hall of Fame During Awards Show on March 4th

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The Texas Heritage Songwriters Association (TxHSA) will hold its 7th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Show on March 4th, 2012 at Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater in downtown Austin.

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Internet Stars: Duo Uses YouTube to Build Music Careers   | Youtube, marketing, Michael Henry, Justin Robinett,
Internet Stars: Duo Uses YouTube to Build Music Careers

Texas Business reports:  Posting their music videos to YouTube began as a side project for Henry and Robinett, but now it may lead to a viable career option for both.


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Pandora and DMX Partner to Launch Personalized Radio for Business

Texas Business reports:  OAKLAND, Calif. and AUSTIN— Pandora, a provider of personalized internet radio, and DMX, a provider of commercial music and experiential marketing, formed a a partnership to provide the first personalized internet radio solution for businesses.


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Removal of restrictions can decrease music piracy

Texas Business reports:  New research from Rice and Duke challenges conventional wisdom that removal of restrictions would increase piracy levels.


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In Austin and Elsewhere, Vinyl Is Hip   | aust_txbz, vinyl, music,

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In Austin and Elsewhere, Vinyl Is Hip
AUSTIN—Vinyl record sales are continuing to rise in Austin and around the country, and vinyl’s popularity isn’t just about sound quality. Increasingly, vinyl is part of being hip. Full Story »
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UNT Summer Opera Workshop presents Handel's "Alcina"

 Texas Business reports:  DENTON—The University of North Texas Opera will present two performances of Handel’s Alcina in this year’s Summer Opera Workshop.


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Baylor University's Alleluia Conference July 19-22 Marks a Decade of Opportunities for Those in Sacred Music | Baylor University, Alleluia conference, Cynthia Clawson, emmy, music minister, church music, church music jobs,
Baylor University's Alleluia Conference July 19-22 Marks a Decade of Opportunities for Those in Sacred Music

Texas Business reports: Church music ministers and choir directors from across the country will gather for the 10th annual Alleluia conference at Baylor University Tuesday, July 19, through Friday, July 22.


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Baylor University's Alleluia Conference July 19-22 Marks a Decade of Opportunities for Those in Sacred Music

Texas Business reports: Church music ministers and choir directors from across the country will gather for the 10th annual Alleluia conference at Baylor University Tuesday, July 19, through Friday, July 22.


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Mimir Chamber Music Festival returns July 7-15 | dal_ftw_txbz, Mimir Chamber Music, TCU,
Mimir Chamber Music Festival returns July 7-15

Texas Business reports:  The annual Mimir Chamber Music Festival will begin in early July, featuring an lineup of performing artists from the world’s leading orchestras and music schools who share their love for chamber music each summer at TCU.


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Entrepreneur Duo Launches Music Collection as Resource for Inexpensive Licensing   | dal_ftw_txbz, Daniel McCarthy, Nic Carfa, Music Bed, licensing,
Entrepreneur Duo Launches Music Collection as Resource for Inexpensive Licensing
Texas Business reports:   FORT WORTH—In the industry today, there aren't a lot of options for photographers, videographers and production companies to find good music for their media needs. It's either the same overused stock music or paying thousands to license music from a big-name artist - which is obviously not practical for non-broadcast projects. Full Story »
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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards Texas Performing Arts $450,000 to Develop, Elevate and Diversify Classical Music in Central Texas | aust_txbz,  Campus, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, classical music, College of Fine Arts, Douglas Dempster, kathy panoff, Steven Leslie, texas performing arts, Texas Business, Texasbusiness, TexasBusiness.com
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards Texas Performing Arts $450,000 to Develop, Elevate and Diversify Classical Music in Central Texas
Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $450,000 to Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Full Story »
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Texas Tech Summer Jazz Festival Celebrates Stan Kenton’s 100th Birthday | lub_txbz, Texas Tech, school of music, Jazz band, summer jazz festival, Stan Kenton Band, Stan Kenton, Caribbean Jazz Project, Tito Puente Orchestra, Latin music, Alan Shinn, Texas Tech Steel Drum Band, New Orleans, Royal Street, Dave Zoller, Rachel Boyd, Clair Pender, Andy Johnson, Honeysuckle Rose, My Shining Hour, Frank Sinatra, One For My Baby, Frank Mantooth, Texas Tech Jazz Ensemble, Texas Business, TexasBusiness,
Texas Tech Summer Jazz Festival Celebrates Stan Kenton’s 100th Birthday

Texas Business reports:  Texas Tech University’s School of Music Summer Jazz Band will host its 28th annual Summer Jazz Festival concert at 8 p.m. June 28 in Hemmle Recital Hall.


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Harp institute to draw musicians from across U.S. to UNT | dal_ftw_txbz, Denton, UNT, University of North Texas, harpist, harp, American Harp Society, jazz, rock, classical, world, Jaymee Haefner, UNT College of Music, electric jazz harp, Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, Winspear Performance Hall, Texas Business, Emily Mitchell, South Pacific,
Harp institute to draw musicians from across U.S. to UNT

Texas Business reports:  DENTON--About 300 harpists from around the United States will gather at the University of North Texas this summer to push the boundaries of traditional harp music.

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Western Swing's Mystery Man -- and Why It's Time He Got His Due | Tommy Duncan, Tommy Duncan Stry, Bob Wills, Texas Playboys, Texas Swing, wac_txbz, In the Shadow of the King, Whitney,

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Western Swing's Mystery Man -- and Why It's Time He Got His Due

 Texas Business reports:  The late and legendary musician Bob Wills is the King of Western Swing -- which Texas lawmakers this week declared Texas' official music -- but it's time to pay homage to a lesser known fellow who helped Wills ascend to the throne, says a Baylor University researcher.


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Fort Worth Opera Announces 2012 Festival | dal_ftw_txbz, Fort Worth Opera, Carter Scott, Marriage of Figaro, Amadeus Mozart, Joe Illick, Daniel Pelzig, Roger Honeywell,

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Fort Worth Opera Announces 2012 Festival
Texas Business reports:  Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) will kick off its 66th season and its sixth Festival with Puccini's blockbuster Tosca, followed by Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Full Story »
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Musicians and scientists to research mind and music at Rice University conference | hou_txbz, Rice University, brain science, brain and music, neuroscientist, musician, Shepherd School of Music, Mind Through Music,
Musicians and scientists to research mind and music at Rice University conference

Texas Business reports:  Distinguished neuroscientists and musicians from around the world will gather at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music June 13-17 to collaboratively explore music's role in human cognition and behavior and present the latest research findings from this emerging field of study. 


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Gospel Music Industry Expert Receives Award | Robert Darden, Bob Darden, gospel music, billboard magazine, fresh air, Baylor University, James Bennighof, music theory, Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, wac_txbz, sanant_txbz,

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Gospel Music Industry Expert Receives Award
Texas Business reports:  San Antonio resident Robert Darden, associate professor of journalism and media arts in the College of Arts and Sciences known for his work on Baylor University's Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, has been named the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year.  Full Story »
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San Antonio Man Receives Patent For New Type of Guitar | Robert N. Hamilton, 7923616, guitar, new guitar, redesigned guitar, music, strumming, plucking, tempo, strumming apparatus,

US Patent 7,923,616: Stringed instrument for producing precise rhythmic strumming.
San Antonio Man Receives Patent For New Type of Guitar

Texas Business reports:  A San Antonio man received a patent for inventing a new type of guitar that allows greater control of rhythm and tempos. Robert N. Hamilton received U.S. Patent 7,923,616 for “Stringed instrument for producing precise rhythmic strumming.”  

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Band Adds Twist to Tradition-Based Genres | Clif Tipton, Amber Genuske, Reporting Texas, Liberty, Tom Waits, BlueSqueezeBox, aust_txbz,

Clif Tipton. Photo by Amber Genuske.
Band Adds Twist to Tradition-Based Genres
To the untrained ear, it may be difficult to classify the sounds of BlueSqueezeBox. Members of the Austin-based band consider themselves cabaret, but lately they’ve been playing more swing.  Full Story »
Leslie Hansen For Reporting Texas

Texas Tech School of Music hosts 44th Annual Jazz Band Festival | lub_txbz, Texas Tech, Jazz Combo, Wayne Bergeron, Leather Heads, The Incredibles, Rocky Balboa, Duplicity,
Texas Tech School of Music hosts 44th Annual Jazz Band Festival

Texas Business reports:  The Texas Tech School of Music will host the 44th annual Jazz & Blues Festival April 1-2.


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South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference & Festival | aust_txbz, SXSW, South By Southwest, Music Confermance, convention center,
South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference & Festival

Texas Business reports:  The 25th Annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best one yet.  Over 13,000 music industry professionials will travel to Austin March 16 through March 19


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Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards Adds Hawkes, Spoon, Smith and Nichols, AMD Sponsors Red Carpet | John Hawkes, Spoon, Texas Film Hall, Winter's Bone, soundtrack,
Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards Adds Hawkes, Spoon, Smith and Nichols, AMD Sponsors Red Carpet

Texas Business reports:  The Austin Film Society (AFS) announced it added John Hawkes and Spoon to the line-up for the 2011 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards.


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  27th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition To Be Held In March | hou_txbz, Controe, Young Texas Artists, Crichton Theater,
27th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition To Be Held In March

Texas Business reports:  Entergy returns as a major sponsor of this year's 27th Annual Young Texas Artists (YTA) Music Competition and Entergy Finalists' Concert & Awards to be held in March.  


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IMFCON Picks Austin For 2011 International Music Festival Conference | aust_txbz, IMFCON, music director, music festival,
IMFCON Picks Austin For 2011 International Music Festival Conference

Texas Business reports:  The 2011 International Music Festival Conference will be held in Austin, officials announced.


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3D Friends wins MTV 'Skins' music contest
Texas Business notes this story by the Fresno Bee: MTV has selected Austin's artist 3D Friends as the winner of the "Score Skins Music Project."
 
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South-side family business closing doors (maybe) after 33 years
Texas Business notes this story by Jeff Vaughn of KENS5: On Pleasanton Road in San Antonio, BJ's Southside Music Store is closing after 33 years in business. Full Story »

Dallas, Nashville law firms merge on music
Texas Business notes this story by Eric Torbenson of the Dallas Morning News:  In a music industry struggling to match the beat of the Internet economy, two law firms have come together over the promise of Texas. Full Story »

Waco's Impact on Christian Music Industry | Christian Music Industry, Jarrell McCracken, David Crowder, NeedToBreathe, Kurt Kaiser, wac_txbz,

David Crowder. Photo by Jenna DeWitt. Copyright 2010.
Waco's Impact on Christian Music Industry

Nearly 60 years ago, one Baylor student announced a football game over the radio that changed the face of Christian music. 

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Key download defendant says she can't pay
Texas Business notes this story by UPI:   A Texas woman says she is facing a bill she cannot pay in the first music downloading case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Full Story »

Country musician, former Melody Ranch owner Johnny Lyon dies

Texas Business notes this story by Carl Hoover of the Waco Tribune-Herald:  Club owner and country performer Johnny Lyon, owner of Waco country nightclub the Melody Ranch during its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, died.

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Who Were The Cowboys Behind 'Cowboy Songs'?
Texas Business notes this story by Hal Cannon of NPR:  A hundred years ago, a collection of folk music forever re-tuned the American songbook. Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads by John A. Lomax introduced the country to the music of the American West, and helped propel the cowboy to iconic status.  Full Story »

Airport pat-down inspires a song
Texas Business notes this story by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle:  As holiday travelers crowd into airports, lining up to be screened by the Transportation Safety Administration's infamous full-body scanners or to undergo a pat-down, they have a new anthem to express their woes. Full Story »

Lyle Lovett remains deeply rooted in South Texas soil
Texas Business notes this story by Keith Spera of the Times-Picayune: On Nov. 8, “Austin City Limits” said goodbye to its home of 36 years, KLRU’s Studio 6A on the University of Texas campus. Full Story »

Allen resident hitting high notes in gospel music industry
Texas Business notes this story by Katie Van Syckle of HoumaToday.com: The 46-year-old Gray native operates a gospel music label, writes songs for gospel artists like Walter Hawkins and was recently named one of Epitome Gospel Magazine's Artists to Watch in 2010. Full Story »

A Curtain Call For Austin City Limits' Famed Studio
Texas Business notes this story by NPR:  The longest-running music series on American TV, Austin City Limits, wrapped up its 36th season Monday night with a performance by Lyle Lovett.   Full Story »

Sonicbids Helps South By Southwest Music Conference Find Emerging Artists
Texas Business notes the following story by Music Industry News Network:  Sonicbids, the website that helps bands discover and book gigs, and the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference are looking for the best independent artists out there.   Full Story »

Must-see shows by Texas artists
Texas Business notes this story by Mario Tarradell of the Dallas Morning News:  Welcome to the Ghostland Observatory. Full Story »

Texas bandleader's hit is a Rangers tradition
Texas Business notes this story by Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  Only one man has played 30 years for the Texas Rangers.
 
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Pepe Aldape still carrying torch of conjunto music
Texas Business notes this story by Crystal Olvera of The Monitor: Just because Pepe Aldape hasn’t spent his whole life in South Texas, it doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his roots. Full Story »

Reggae Fest kicks off Friday night
Texas Business notes this story by Jim Beal Jr. of the San Antonio Express-News:  It's fall in South Texas, but music fans can take a Jamaican vacation in place. Full Story »

Bandera Music Hall of Fame induction this Sunday
Texas Business notes this story by the Bandera Bulletin: In a year of firsts, the Bandera Music History Project and Hall of Fame's new voting membership will induct six musicians and one venue as their newest honorees on Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. behind its home at the Bandera County Library. Full Story »

Fabulous Ginn Sisters return to South Texas for Wednesday show in Cuero
Texas Business notes this story by Sonny Long of the Victoria Advocate:  CUERO - Crossroads music lovers have an opportunity to enjoy some mid-week entertainment from a duo with South Texas roots that is gaining national attention. Full Story »

Austin City Limits, Day One: Strokes, Vampire Weekend Lead Guitar-Band Blowout
Texas Business notes this story by Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone:  “This festival is super-cool,” said Strokes singer Julian Casablancas from the stage at Austin City Limits on Friday night.  Full Story »

Stars align for Texas musical evening
Texas Business notes this story by the Hays Free Press:  This year’s Stars of Texas Music Legacy series will present Texas State University alumnus Randy Rogers, who will share the stage with the Trishas and Walt and Tina Wilkins for an evening of unique, Texas-inspired music.
 
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San Angelo inspires harmonious tunes
Texas Business notes this story by Rick Smith of the San Angelo Standard-Times — Some towns just rhyme better than others. Full Story »

Chamber music concert on tap
Texas Business notes this story by Brad Newman of the Amarillo Globe-News:  The epic poem "Beowulf" receives a Texas Panhandle retelling in "Wolfe," which premieres this week in Amarillo. Full Story »

Daughter of conjunto music producer recalls youth
Texas Business notes this story by Crystal Olvera of the Houston Chronicle:  McALLEN, Texas — Juanita Garcia can still recall the smell of the freshly grilled burgers her parents used to buy her at the late Sunday afternoon tardeadas in Weslaco and Hidalgo. Full Story »

Owners of The Stage on Broadway plan Austin location
Texas Business notes this story by G. Chambers Williams III of The Tennessean:  The owners of Nashville's downtown live-music venue The Stage on Broadway will open a similar operation in Austin. Full Story »

Conjunto club given six months
Texas Business notes this story by Scott Huddleston of the San Antonio Express-News:  The Dangerous Structure Determination Board has given a West Side conjunto club six months to raise funds for repairs to avoid demolition. Full Story »

5 Lone Star State classical musicians to make us proud
Texas Business notes this story by Tara Dooley of the Houston Chronicle:  . This is Texas, where many folks consider classical music anything involving Willie Nelson, Bob Wills or a Czech polka.  Full Story »

Lonestar Music Fest canceled
Texas Business notes this story by San Angelo Standard-Times:  The Lonestar Music Fest Back to School Bash, which was scheduled to begin at noon Saturday, has been canceled because of rainy weather. Full Story »

The Texas Heritage festival gets back to its roots
Texas Business notes this story by Tim Sampson of the California Chronicle:  The Texas Heritage Music Day event has gone through a number of name changes throughout its 24-year existence -- including one just this year aimed at getting back to the festival's roots. Full Story »

Rowlett Resident Nominated Best Female Artist
Texas Business notes this story by LaDarien Spencer of the Star Newspapers:  The South Florida Gospel Music Awards (SFGMA) nomination committee has nominated Joyce Spencer, a resident of Rowlett, Texas, as Best Female Artist. Full Story »