Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Waltz across Texas

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Waltz across Texas

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In the early '90s, the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, was like summer camp for the music industry-a relatively small affair with lively panel discussions among musicians, journalists, and others on topics ranging from touring on a budget to writing about such emerging genres as trip-hop, grunge, and alt-country. Back then, it seemed, everybody at SXSW knew each other, and if you didn't, you would by week's end.

In 1993,1 hosted a bizarre panel featuring an unknown singer who called himself Marilyn Manson and an oddball road manager, Phil Kaufman, who was notorious for carrying out the late country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons' last wish: stealing Parsons' body and burning it in the desert. That year, SXSW attendance was at a record 3,800 registrants, with more than 400 musical acts showcasing in clubs all across Austin. Over the next decade, those numbers would more than double. Last year, nearly 8,000 registrants from 82 different countries scurried about the city's crowded downtown streets, checking out a whopping 2,371 musical acts. Today, Austin truly lives up to its self-proclaimed reputation: live-music capital of the world.

In of honor of the monumental success of South by Southwest-which runs this year from March 17-22-AG tapped a pair of Texas music writers, Peter Blackstock and Richard Skanse, to steer our special "Acoustic Texas" section on page 33. Skanse writes about 20 legendary Lone Star singer-songwriters (as well as a handful of newcomers), and Blackstock introduces 20 essential live-music venues from Austin to Dallas to San Antonio and beyond. …

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