Archive for September, 2010

Texas Music Note

September 24, 2010

All:  I know Doug Gitt has created a Texas music CD for those attending BALTA’s 40th Reunion (BAR40) next month, and having received one of his “Music from 1969 + a German Oompah band” CDs to listen to on my road trip to Ruidoso for the ’09 Reunion, I’m sure it will be good.  I plan to ask for one.

But, there is just too much Texas music, and too many favorites to put on one CD and I’m sure each of you has his or her own favorite Texas music/musician; for instance, John Smoller told me his favorite is Stevie Ray Vaughn  Excellent choice, and if Doug misses your favorite, you may want to create your own CD(s) for the trip.

First, we set up BALTA Radio Austin so you can have 24 hour streaming Texas music on your computer at all times.  Go to – / and enjoy.

Since Texas, and particularly Austin, has such a music tradition, BAR40 will be a musical event, which means any and everyone can break out into song at any moment.  And, one night we just may have a Texas music karaoke competition, so you will want to get familiar with your Texas tunes and practice your moves.

As a primer, and for those just starting out, there is a good overview of Texas music on Wikipedia will be an excellent source of answers to questions that may be on the test.  Someone’s favorites have been combined in “Austin iTunes Essentials” at, which can also be linked at

And here are some other  fun links:

  • The Austin Chronicle, “The Top Texas 40: Ranking the Lone Star State in song lists 15 songs about Texas towns & places and 25 with Texas in the title.  Anyone visiting Texas should have at least listened to all of these.
  • KUT 90.5 (NPR): (James McMurtry Live).  James is the son of  Larry McMurtry who won a Pulitzer prize for his novel “Lonesome Dove”, a book you should have read before you get here.
  • KUT 90.5 (NPR): (Joe Ely Live).  Joe, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock “have been friends for almost 40 years, and members of that not-really-a-band, life-of-its-own musical entity known as The Flatlanders for nearly as long.’

Also fun, and one of my favorites, is almost anything by The Austin Lounge Lizards , to mention a few here:

o      “Life is Hard, But Life is Hardest When You’re Dumb”,

o      “Old Blevins”, this could be you,

o      “Jesus Loves Me (But He Can’t Stand You)”

o      “Buenos Dias, Budweiser”, for those of you who do not speak Spanish, that’s Guten Tag, Maxilrain,

o      “Half a Man”, and, as ya’ll are probably thinking right now, their summary tune,

o      “Stupid Texas Song”.

Any problems with the links here, send me a note.

Working on the others issues, i.e, arrival and departure times for everyone to coordinate rides to and from Gruene and sleeping arrngements, etc. and will have it out this week.  If you are one of the very few we are waiting on for information or final payment (lodgers) please respond asap.

Have fun, and we’ll see you in about 30 days.  Thanks.  Tom

Tom Forrest


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September 19, 2010

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BAR40 Early Arrival?

September 14, 2010

Fellow Baltonians,

I’m going to make my car and flight reservations this week and plan (tentatively) to fly into San Antonio… I may change to Austin though.

I’m thinking of arriving early…Tuesday or Wednesday and wonder if anyone else is planning the same.  If so, maybe we can share car expenses and perhaps a cheapie motel room somewhere.  Anyone interested?

See y’all soon…