Texas Piano Professors

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The Texas Piano Players are a group of musicians who primarily (but not always or only) play the piano. The style started to emerge in the Depression and through WWII, inspired by Church music, polka, afro-Caribbean styles, Louisiana folk, and so much more. 

The principal musicians of this nebulous “Texas Piano Professor” group, include T.D. Bell, Erbie Bowser, Robert Thomas Williams (better known as Grey Ghost), Lavada Durst (Dr. Hepcat), and Robert Shaw. These men often played together in various combinations for over 50 years, from the time TD Bell and Erbie Bowser started playing clubs in West Texas in the 1940s, til Grey Ghost played his last show at The Continental Club on his 92nd birthday, the Texas Piano Professors have had an indomitable impact on Austin’s Music and Cultural History.