Wrangler’s Creek’s most eligible bad boy has just become its most eligible single dad Dylan Granger could always count on his rebellious-cowboy charm to get his way—until the day his wife, Jordan, left him and joined the military. The realization that during a wild night he got her cousin pregnant is shocking enough. But the news that Jordan has come home to Texas to help raise the baby is the last thing he expects. Raising a baby with Dylan in Wrangler’s Creek is a life Jordan might’ve had years ago, but she doesn’t want regrets. She wants what’s best for the child—and to find out if there’s something deeper between her and her ex than blazing-hot chemistry. Getting closer means letting down her guard to Dylan again, but will he be able to accept the emotional scars on her heart?
A family crisis brings him home… Just in time for Christmas Cattleman Callen Laramie has no intention of returning to his hometown of Coldwater, Texas, until a Christmas wedding and a family secret convince him he has no choice. And when he’s reunited with his childhood crush, the girl who’d always been off-limits, Callen knows leaving might not be so easy this time. Shelby McCall is as pretty as a Christmas snowfall, and Callen wants to kiss her under the mistletoe…and the Christmas tree…and the stars. But once Shelby knows the whole truth behind this homecoming, will their holiday fling come to an abrupt end? Or will she accept the gift of his heart?
From frontier times in the Republic of Texas until today, Texans have been making gorgeous quilts. Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes documented the first 150 years of the state's rich heritage of quilt art in Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1836–1936 and Lone Stars II: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1936–1986. Now in Lone Stars III, they bring the Texas quilt story into the twenty-first century, presenting two hundred traditional and art quilts that represent "the best of the best" quilts created since 1986. The quilts in Lone Stars III display the explosion of creativity that has transformed quilting over the last quarter century. Some of the quilts tell stories, create landscapes, record events, and memorialize people. Others present abstract designs that celebrate form and color. Their makers have embraced machine quilting, as well as hand sewing, and they often embellish their quilts with buttons, beads, lace, ribbon, and even more exotic items. Each quilt is pictured in its entirely, and some entries also include photographs of quilt details. The accompanying text describes the quilt's creation, its maker, and its physical details. With 16.3 million American quilters who spend $3.6 billion annually on their pastime, the quilting community has truly become a force to reckon with both artistically and socially. Lone Stars III is the perfect introduction to this world of creativity.
Biographies of 50 Artists from the Later 20th Century
Author: David Dicaire
The first book by David Dicaire, Blues Singers: Biographies of 50 Legendary Artists of the Early 20th Century, (McFarland, 1999), included pioneers, innovators, superstars, and cult heroes of blues music born before 1940. This second work covers those born after 1940 who have continued the tradition. This work has five sections, each with its own introduction. The first, Modern Acoustic Blues, covers artists that are major players on the acoustic blues scene of recent time, such as John Hammond, Jr. The second, Contemporary Chicago Blues, features artists of amplified, citified, gritty blues (Paul Butterfield and Melvin Taylor, among others). Section three, Modern American Electric Blues, includes some Texas blues singers such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan and examines how the blues have spread throughout the United States. Contemporary Blues Women are in section four. Section five, Blues Around the World, covers artists from four different continents and twelve different countries. Each entry provides biographical and critical information on the artist, and a complete discography. A bibliography and supplemental discographies are also provided.
A collection of music from the finest blues-rock guitarists. Titles include: Blue Sky (Ian Moore) * Come On (Part III) (Stevie Ray Vaughn) * Emerald Eyes (Eric Johnson) * Got Me Under Pressure (ZZ Top) * Harlem (Ian Moore) * How Does It Feel (Ian Moore) * La Grange (ZZ Top) * Look at Little Sister (Stevie Ray Vaughn) * My Way Down (Chris Duarte) * Scrawl (Chris Duarte) * Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top) * Superstition (Stevie Ray Vaughn) * Sweet Soul Vibe (Jimmie Vaughn) * Tin Pan Alley (Stevie Ray Vaughn) * Tush (ZZ Top) * Zap (Eric Johnson).
Texas Blues allows artists to speak in their own words, revealing the dynamics of blues, from its beginnings in cotton fields and shotgun shacks to its migration across boundaries of age and race to seize the musical imagination of the entire world. Fully illustrated with 495 dramatic, high-quality color and black-and-white photographs—many never before published—Texas Blues provides comprehensive and authoritative documentation of a musical tradition that has changed contemporary music. Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author Alan Govenar here builds on his previous groundbreaking work documenting these musicians and their style with the stories of 110 of the most influential artists and their times. From Blind Lemon Jefferson and Aaron “T-Bone” Walker of Dallas, to Delbert McClinton in Fort Worth, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins in East Texas, Baldemar (Freddie Fender) Huerta in South Texas, and Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, Texas Blues shows the who, what, where, and how of blues in the Lone Star State.
Electric blues guitarist Sonny Blaine was the hottest player in Texas, a cool-cat bad boy who seemed to have it all. His kid brother, Walker, shy and plain, wasn’t someone you’d look at twice—until he, too, took up blues guitar. The two driven brothers face off in their music and their women with all their souls, bringing the music of Texas to life.
Austin City Limits is the longest running musical showcase in the history of television, and it still captivates audiences forty years after its debut on the air. From Willie Nelson's legendary pilot show and his fourteen magical episodes running through the years to Season 35, to mythical performances of BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughn, to repeat appearances from Chet Atkins, Bonnie Raitt and Ray Charles, and recent shows with Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire and The Decemberists, the show has defined popular roots music and indie rock. This is why country rocker Miranda Lambert -- relatively unknown when she taped a show almost a decade ago -- gushed to the studio audience, "Now I know I have arrived!" Austin City Limits: A History tells this remarkable story. With unprecedented access behind the scenes at the tapings of shows with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Mos Def, Wilco, and many more, author Tracey Laird tells the story of this landmark musical showcase whose history spans dramatic changes in the world of television, the expansion of digital media, and the ways in which we experience music. Beginning as a simple weekly broadcast, it is today a multifaceted "brand" in contemporary popular music, existing simultaneously as a program available for streaming, a presence on Twitter and other social media, a major music festival, and a state-of-the-art performance venue. Laird explores the ways in which the show's evolution has driven, and been driven by, both that of Austin as the "Live Music Capital of the World," and of U.S. public media as a major player in the dissemination and sponsorship of music and culture. Engagingly written and packed with anecdotes and insights from everyone from the show's producers and production staff to the musicians themselves, Austin City Limits: A History gives us the best seat in the house for this illuminating look at a singular presence in American popular music. Timed to publish with the airing of Austin City Limits 2014 -- the 40th anniversary celebratory broadcast featuring an all-star lineup of musicians including the Foo Fighters, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, and others -- here is a book for all fans of this beloved music institution.
"Sure to be of regional interest and to appeal to fans of noir or 'dark' fiction, this spicy black brew of sinister thrills is not for the squeamish or the easily offended." --Library Journal "Unsettling and shivery." --Kirkus Reviews "Crime, like politics, is local. The folks at Akashic Books understand this . . . "Lone Star Noir" is a solid collection. Heck, it better be -- the state's red clay looks like dried blood. Noir grows out of the ground here." --Austin American-Statesman "What makes Texas noir different from any other noir? Is it just that the gumshoes wear cowboy boots? . . . Akashic Books finally turns its attention to the biggest state in the Lower 48, but all that land just means more places to bury the bodies. As father-son editing partnership Bobby and Johnny Byrd observe in their introduction, this isn't J.R. Ewing's Lone Star State. This is the Texas of chicken shit bingo, Enron scamsters, and a feeling that what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico. […] So what defines Texas noir? Who knows, but you better pray that blood doesn't stain your belt buckle." --Austin Chronicle Includes brand-new stories by: James Crumley, Joe R. Lansdale, Claudia Smith, Ito Romo, Luis Alberto Urrea, David Corbett, George Weir, Sarah Cortez, Jesse Sublett, Dean James, Tim Tingle, Milton Burton, Lisa Sandlin, Jessica Powers, and Bobby Byrd. Bobby Byrd is the co-publisher of Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso, Texas. As a poet, Byrd is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship, the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship awarded by the University of New Mexico, and an International Residency Fellowship. John Byrd, co-publisher of Cinco Puntos Press, is co-editor (with Bobby Byrd) of the anthology Puro Border: Dispatches, Snapshots & Graffiti from La Frontera. He is also a Spanish-to-English translator and a freelance essayist.
Jessie and Ki take on bloodthirsty buccaneers in the eighteenth Lone Star novel! They call them The Lone Star Legend: Jessica Starbuck—a magnificent woman of the West, fighting for justice on America's frontier, and Ki—the martial arts master sworn to protect her and the code she lived by. Together they conquered the West as no other man and woman ever had!
Jazz is one of America's greatest gifts to the arts, and native Texas musicians have played a major role in the development of jazz from its birth in ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie to its most contemporary manifestation in free jazz. Dave Oliphant began the fascinating story of Texans and jazz in his acclaimed book Texan Jazz, published in 1996. Continuing his riff on this intriguing musical theme, Oliphant uncovers in this new volume more of the prolific connections between Texas musicians and jazz. Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State presents sixteen published and previously unpublished essays on Texans and jazz. Oliphant celebrates the contributions of such vital figures as Eddie Durham, Kenny Dorham, Leo Wright, and Ornette Coleman. He also takes a fuller look at Western Swing through Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies and a review of Duncan McLean's Lone Star Swing. In addition, he traces the relationship between British jazz criticism and Texas jazz and defends the reputation of Texas folklorist Alan Lomax as the first biographer of legendary jazz pianist-composer Jelly Roll Morton. In other essays, Oliphant examines the links between jazz and literature, including fiction and poetry by Texas writers, and reveals the seemingly unlikely connection between Texas and Wisconsin in jazz annals. All the essays in this book underscore the important parts played by Texas musicians in jazz history and the significance of Texas to jazz, as also demonstrated by Oliphant's reviews of the Ken Burns PBS series on jazz and Alfred Appel Jr.'s Jazz Modernism.
Texans have long been known as ornery pioneers who like to have plenty of space to themselves. In Lone Star Planet, science fiction luminary H. Beam Piper posits a future where Texans have colonized a planet (known as New Texas) and pass their days wrangling giant herds of dinosaurs. It's a rollicking read for fans who like a heaping helping of satire with their SF.
THE LOYAL PROTECTOR Gregory Hunt had always been the best—whether he was handling the toughest legal cases in Texas or coming to the rescue of damsels in distress. Only, this particular damsel was one he had loved once before—the regal Princess Anna von Oberland, whose privileged position made her off-limits. Now she needed his help, and Gregory had to risk all to save her. Because under the watchful, yearning eyes of Anna's four-year-old son—whose handsome features strikingly resembled his own—this tried-and-true Texan sensed more urgency than ever! Five wealthy Texas bachelors—all members of the state's most exclusive club—set out on a mission to rescue a princess…and find true love.
Meet the man with the voodoo eyes: Solomon Boukman. He'd used voodoo, black magic, and extreme violence to control his people, and to keep anyone who ever heard his name in a state of fear. He'd zombified his enemies with potions and hypnosis and used them as his very own suicide killers. Some said he was the earthly incarnation of Baron Samedi, the voodoo god of death; others said he was The Devil incarnate... Meet his nemesis: For private eye Max Mingus, Boukman has been the cause of unthinkable personal tragedy and professional torment. And when he uncovers a labyrinthine web of death and deceit stretching from the Miami jetset to sinister Cuban slums, the voodoo eyes of Boukman are never far from his mind. But how can Mingus stop him without losing his life, and the lives of those he loves? Meet a thriller that will haunt your dreams.
Improbable (But True) Stories of Texas's Hockey Heroes
Author: Rusty Burson,Glenn Hart
Publisher: BookPros, LLC
Category: Sports & Recreation
Imagine a state that is such a hotbed for hockey that it fanatically supported nine professional teams in 2008-09 and added two more the following year. This hockey haven's borders are practically blue lines, and its official vehicle just may be a Zamboni. So where is this puck paradise? Probably not where you would think.The state with more professional teams than any other is…Texas. If you travel deep into the heart of football country, you will discover one of the most fascinating sports developments of the last fifteen years. From Amarillo to the Rio Grande Valley, Texans have come to love their hockey.Featuring behind-the-scenes photographs and in-depth interviews with some of hockey's biggest names—from players like Mike Modano and the Howe family to front-office guys like Jim Lites and Rick Kozuback—The Lone Star Skate is a must-have for anyone who is passionate about the puck.
SADDLE IN THE SKY THE THE LONE STAR STATS by J. H. Plenn ILLUSTRATED BY AGNES LIHENBERG MUENCH THE BOBBS-MERRILL COMPANY PUBLISHERS INDIANAPOLIS NEW YORK THE OLD CHISHOLM TRAIL Goin back to town to draw my money, Goin back home to see my honey, With my seat in the saddle, And my saddle in the sky, Ill quite punchin cows in the sweet bye-and-bye Coma ti yi youpy, youpy ya, youpy ya, Coma ti yi youpy, youpy ya. The song Poor Boy page 64 from The American Songbag, compiled by Carl Sandburg, is reprinted by permission of Harcourt, Brace and Company. The Streets of Laredo page 91 from Cowboy Lore by Jules Verne Allen is reprinted by per mission of The Naylor Company. Portions of Vesta and Matties Blues first lyric on page 226 from Blues, an Anthology, by W. C. Handy, is reprinted by permission of Handy Brothers Music Co., Inc. CONTENTS BOOK ONE CHAPTER PAGE I CHARRO FIESTA 11 II CURIOS 18 III GRANDERIO 26 IV BACKDROP 38 V ODYSSEY 49 VI Rio GRANDE 75 VII MAGIC VALLEY 96 VIII DOODLEBUG 117 IX SALT SPRAY . . 131 BOOK TWO I PANORAMA 155 II CLOSE-UP ONE 163 III SWING YOUR PARTNER 192 IV CLOSE-UP Two 201 V NlGGERTOWN 223 VI CLOSE-UP THREE 233 VII CHIPPY 257 VIII CLOSE-UP FOUR 263 IX SADDLE IN THE SKY 279 BOOK ONE CHARRO FIESTA IT HAD been snowing when I left New York. Now I was in Brownsville, as far south as I could get and still be in Texas. The windows were open wide, and the air seemed fragrant and spongy, like that of a dew-weighted spring morning. But it was still winter according to the calendar. The month was February. I had with me two suitcases full of notes, an accumulation from years of newspaper work in Texas my own experiences, observations, stories told me by others. This material was to guide me in seeing Texas again in recapturing some of the feeling of a state which is as big as an empire. Brownsvilles Charro Days Fiesta was about to open, celebrating the lore and tradition of the charro, glamorous Mexican rancher-cowboy. The Fiesta would help to revive memories of earlier days, when I was stationed as a news correspondent in the border town of Granderio. I could now hear music of guitars and violins and soft voices, directly below my windowthe sweet melody of Las MananitaSj traditional serenade of Old Mexico. This music at daybreak was like a faraway echo from a Mexican village Que bonitas mananitas Como que quiere Hover, Parecen las mananitas En que te empece a querer. 11 12 SADDLE IN THE SKY Despierta, mi bien, despierta Mira que y amanecio. Ya los pajarillos cantan, La luna ya se metio. Simple words, deep words, as unadorned and as ornate, as empty and as full of meaning as I love you. What beautiful little mornings the song says. Not just one morning, but many little mornings, many sighs, many moments, many little tinkles of laughter. What beautiful, what lovely little mornings it says, as if they wanted to rain, like the little mornings when I first began to love you. Awake, my love, awake, behold the dawn has come the birds are singing, and the moon has gone away Snatches of Mexican tunes kept running through my head as I bathed and dressed. I recalled the splashing music of the waterfall in the river near the Mexican village of Tlalte nango. I saw myself again, gliding through the cool stream, swimming with Indian peasant families, everybody nude and unashamed, the hot afternoon sun beating down from a clear cobalt sky. As I rubbed myself with the towel, I thought how much more pleasant it was to dry out in the sun on a warm flat rock. When I reached the street, the sun was coming up over a fringe of tall palm trees. The suns rays struck almost hori zontally against the emerging silhouette of the big steel bridge that spans the Rio Grande. They made long slender highlights along the edges of the curved upper beams. Again I heard music, from the direction of the river Las Mananitas de Jalisco El dia en que tu naciste, Nacieron todas las fiores. El dia en que tu naciste,
From the brilliant blues of bluebonnet fields to the deep greens of Caddo Lake, the Lone Star state is filled with colorful images which symbolize its unique beauty and diversity. Texas Colors engages young readers with vivid photographs and a simple rhyming text , while introducing some basic facts about the 28th state. Texas Colors and its companion book, Create Texas Colors, are part of the Teaching Texas series. Each book in the series is designed to teach the foundational concepts of Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies as outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for grades K-3 and the Texas Prekindergarten guidelines for preschoolers.