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Houston’s Often Forgotten Contributions To The Music World

From Houng Dog to Texas Flood, we hear the often-forgotten stories of hit songs and legendary artists who have their origins in Houston.

A State of Texas historical marker honoring blues legend Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins in Houston's Third Ward at the intersection of Dowling and Francis Streets. (Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)
A State of Texas historical marker honoring blues legend Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins in Houston’s Third Ward at the intersection of Dowling and Francis Streets.

When you think of influential cities for jazz, country or blues, you might think about New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis or Chicago. But what about Houston?

A conference this weekend (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016) called The History of Houston’s Musical Soul at the MATCH aims to educate the public on – and celebrate – the Bayou City’s contributions to the American musical landscape.

The event, from the Houston History Alliance, features a film screening, numerous speakers and musical performances.

Two of those speakers are music biographer Joe Nick Patoski and music historian Roger Wood, who tell us about the often forgotten history of Houston music.

ARTISTS & SONGS HEARD IN THIS PIECE:
Lightnin’ Hopkins — Every Day About This Time
Lightnin’ Hopkins — T-Model Blues
Big Mama Thornton — Hound Dog
Larry Davis — Texas Flood
Stevie Ray Vaughan — Texas Flood
Clifton Chenier — Louisiana Two-Step
Clifton Chenier — I’m Coming Home
Beyonce — Crazy in Love
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown — Long Way Home

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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