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Visit the Texas Music Museum and continue your historical journey into Texas Music. Following our recent exhibition, Texas Music 1800-1930, the new exhibit highlights the explosion of Texas talent from Western Swing such as Bob Wills and Hank Thompson to Country greats Barbara Mandrell, Ernest Tubb, Roger Miller, Tanya Tucker and Kenny Rogers. Rock and pop artists include: Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Sly Stone, Trini Lopez, Sam “the Sham” & The Pharaohs, Mary Martin, ZZ Top, and Les Baxter to name a few. Blues and Jazz greats include: Freddie King, Big Walter Price, T-Bone Walker, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Charlie Christian, Ernestine Anderson, Arnett Cobb, and Ornette Coleman.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

This spotlight exhibit, focused on East Austin’s African-American music history, explores the musical legacies of artists whose contributions help establish Austin as a “Live Music Capital of the World”. The exhibit includes rare photographs, biographies, historic posters, recordings, and live music videos. Display cases feature items from the Victory Grill and The Piano Professors, plus collections from East Austin Blues and Jazz communities. The multi-genre exhibit explores Ragtime/Barrelhouse, Blues, Jazz, and Gospel music, and also includes the Rap/HipHop component currently being displayed at the historic Victory Grill.

This exhibit is the result of more than 25 years of research and documentation by Texas Music Museum’s volunteers in an effort to preserve the rich heritage of East Austin’s African-American musicians. This is an ever-growing, “living” exhibit.

Mexican‐American artists of East Austin including the Grammy Award winning Ruben Ramos and Family, Grammy Award winning Tortilla Factory and Manuel “Cowboy” Donley.  

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