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Cover of the book "Metro Music - Celebrating a Century of the Trinity River Groove" by Gene Fowler and William Williams

Metro Music: Celebrating a Century of the Trinity River Groove

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by Gene Fowler, William Williams

The authors are great friends of Record Town.  This book is the culmination of 17 years of work and dedication.

Metro Music explores the musical history of Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding area from the nineteenth century to the 1960s and the continuing echoes of that transformative decade. With nearly five hundred images, many previously unpublished, the book moves through genres and eras that include old-time fiddlers and string bands, singing cowboys, the blues, western swing, gospel, country-western, jazz, ragtime, big bands, Tejano and Tex-Mex, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, and rock ’n’ roll.

The authors visit such legendary venues as Crystal Springs Dance Pavilion and the Longhorn Ballroom, Panther Hall and the Bluebird, and step into historic recording studios where Robert Johnson waxed “Hellhound on My Trail,” Willie created Red Headed Stranger, and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy birthed the demented masterpiece “Paralyzed.”

“We deeply appreciate this musical heritage,” the authors declare, “but we didn’t realize just how amazing it is!”