The Houston Seminar presents Under the Radar: Tracing Houston’s Music History: The Houston Folk Music Archive

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Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt  Photo courtesy of The Houston Seminar

In 1961, the Jester Lounge, the first folk venue in Houston, fostered what began as a celebration of traditional folk music in the city. In only a few years, members of the burgeoning scene like Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker began writing their own songs. They paved the way for subsequent singer-songwriters who merged folk and country music, such as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and Lucinda Williams.

Norie Guthrie, the archivist and librarian for the Houston Folk Music Archive, will present some of the journals, scrapbooks, photographs, lyrics, posters, and other ephemera that date from Houston’s local folk scene from the 1960s through the 1980s.

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Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005


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