Could what critics call Florida’s “don’t say gay” law be coming to Texas? The Texas Lt. Governor says it’s a top priority. Also, the end on an historic union lockout dubbed the “Battle of Beaumont”; what it says about organized labor in Texas. And, a collection of artifacts sheds new light on one of Texas’ most celebrated musicians. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:
Delbert McClinton has spent his life in music paying homage to American blues music. In this episode of This Song he tells the story of the first time he heard Big Joe Turner’s “Honey Hush” wafting out of a window. As he tells Taylor Wallace “The pulse was right where my heart beat.” From that moment on, he was driven to give everything he had to the blues
Then Carrie Rodriguez tells the story of the first time she heard Bill Frisell while touring in Europe. His version of “Cluck Old Hen” opened her up to the idea that traditional music need not be played in a traditional way, and helped inform her latest record “Lola.”
Listen to the songs featured in Episode 29 of This Song.