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ATX Songwriters

Songwriting may not be unique to the Lone Star State, but Texas songwriters are a breed all their own, as diverse and colorful as Texas itself. Texas songwriters, past and present, reflect in rhythm and rhyme, the essence of our culture; they are the poets of their time and have become the symbolic troubadours of our state.

In this special series, CultureMap profiles the 2013 inductees to the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame, while highlighting some of the other great troubadors of Texas along the way.

ATX Songwriters


Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame celebrates 2013 inductees with a night of music at ACL Live

By Arden Ward

Mar 4th, 2013 at 12:45 PM

ACL Live buzzed Sunday night with the sounds of some of Texas' most influential songwriters, as the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association celebrated its 2013 inductees.


Remembering a legend: Darrell K Royal honored for his unending support of Texas songwriters

By Meredith Rainey

Mar 1st, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Few Texas legends are as loved as Coach Darrell K Royal. And few have loved Texas songwriters as much as "Coach." In addition to leading the University of Texas Longhorns ...


Cosmic Cowboy Michael Martin Murphey on Texas music and the "great homecoming" of the '70s

By Arden Ward

Feb 27th, 2013 at 4:26 PM

It's clear that Michael Martin Murphey is a student and scholar — and living example — of Texas music. Whether he's discussing the diversity of the art form's roots ...


Red Steagall, The Cowboy Poet of Texas, talks Lone Star music heritage

By Arden Ward

Feb 22nd, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Red Steagall is regarded just as much for his songwriting as for his genuine cowboy ways. In fact, he holds a post unlike any other, recognized as the Official Cowboy ...


An unscripted life: Roger Miller to be honored for prolific, humor-filled songwriting career

By Meredith Rainey

Feb 19th, 2013 at 10:40 AM

"One of a kind" is a phrase reserved for the likes of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe — and Roger Miller. Though Roger Miller has been gone for two decades, the impact ...

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