Texas Musicians Museum
Utilizing unique and exciting displays, a knowledgeable staff and the power of these Texans and their art, the Texas Musicians Museum will bring attention to and educate people about the history and influences of these artists. We believe their music is a statement of Texas' character. Through it, we can see where we have been, who we are, and where we hope to be.
Texas musicians have had a profound effect on American music and culture. Casey Monahan of the Texas Music Office writes, "Americans of all kinds came to Texas and brought with them their music: Polka from the Czechs, Poles and Germans; Conjunto from Northern Mexico; Gospel, R&B, jazz and blues from Africans; classical from throughout the world. Moreover, when these Texans got together, wholly new strains appeared soon thereafter. Electric blues, honky-tonk, Tejano, Down South Hip Hop, and ragtime are all variations of American music that began in Texas through such innovation and melding."
The Texas Musicians Museum will bring their stories to life, weaving their experiences, styles and influences together. Through the quality displays, visitors can trace the thread of Bob Wills' Texas swing to Buddy Holly's 50's rock and its influence on the likes of the Beatles and Eric Clapton. They can pick another thread and follow back to Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan and even further back to the early bluesmen such as T-Bone Walker and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Woven into their histories are the early African-American cowboys and their gospel-like country blues.
The importance of culture and art to society cannot be over-emphasized. In a study titled, "The Arts, Culture and the Texas Economy," M. Ray Perryman, PhD, President and CEO of the Perryman Group states, "At the most obvious level, the spending on producing and attending performances or organizing and viewing exhibits generates a stimulus to local areas across the globe. This type of effect is frequently measured by traditional economic impact studies of the cultural arts. At the other end of the spectrum, the enthusiastic spark engendered when a young person attends a concert for the first time may manifest itself years later in a medical breakthrough, a new technology, or an innovative corporate enterprise. The mere exposure to a bigger world provided by the arts transforms the perspectives and prospects of many."