Texas music museum exhibit


by ANDREW HORANSKY / KVUE News and photojournalist KENNETH NULL


Posted on March 20, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 2:45 PM

AUSTIN -- Few states come close to the rich range of music out of Texas. From ragtime to rock, it is all represented. From now through October, that musical landscape will be on display at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

“We’re calling this exhibit the Texas Music Road Trip, and the idea is to invite visitors on an adventure across the state,” director Gary Hartman said.

It is an adventure that includes more than a 100 musical artifacts. Some of them are priceless.

Visitors will find Buddy Holly’s glasses, a book of songs written by Willie Nelson when he was 10 years old, and costumes worn by groups such as ZZ Top and Destiny’s Child.

There is also Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar. Never before has it been on display.

Even Elvis Presley has a place. His name is misspelled on a 1955 handwritten poster for a concert in Austin. The last name is spelled “Pressley.”

“He was so unknown at the time,” Hartman said.

Some recent visitors found the story of Texas music to be inspiring and even a little eye opening.

“I don’t think many people understand that it’s not just country music,” visitor Janna Babb said.

The Bullock will be hosting a series of concerts in conjunction with the exhibit.

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