Music City Texas




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Born in England, John Conquest followed the piper to Austin and launched his journal Music City Texas in 1989 to document the burgeoning live performance industry—especially the alt-country and singer-songwriter genres. A token of his respect for West Texas acts is found in the first issue: Jo Carol Pierce on the cover, Dossier #1 devoted to Charlene Hancock, editorial mentions of RC Banks, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Ponty Bone, Joe Ely, Jesse Taylor, Angela Strehli, Flatlanders and Texana Dames.
In 1997 the journal, distributed by subscription and through record stores, was renamed 3rd Coast Music. Except for special print editions, after 2013 3rd Coast Music was published in electronic PDF form. Conquest was respected widely as a straight-talking promoter, perceptive if ascerbic music critic and historian.



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