¡Viva Terlingua!

Travis D. Stimeling

in Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199747474
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896981 | DOI:
                   ¡Viva Terlingua!

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This chapter proposes that much of the music that was composed and recorded in Austin was imbued with an aura of authenticity because it bore obvious traces of the social and musical interactions of the city's musicians. This chapter centers around a detailed account and analysis of a series of recording sessions that singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker led between 1972 and 1973. These sessions, held at an Austin dry-cleaning establishment and in Luckenbach, Texas, reveal that Walker deliberately sought to capture and transmit the relaxed and collaborative social environment of Austin through the use of self-referential lyrics, the preservation of imprecise ensemble execution and intonation on the final product, the inclusion of friends and neighbors on recording sessions, and carefully controlled anti-industrial rhetoric.

Keywords: recording practice; authenticity; musical participation; communality

Chapter.  6257 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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