Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends
of West Texas Music
"Indeed, Oglesby's introduction of more
than two dozen musicians who called Lubbock home should be required
reading not only for music fans, but for Lubbock residents and
anyone thinking about moving here. On these pages, music becomes
a part of Lubbock's living history."
What the readers and
artists are saying
Honey, look at me! I'm in virtualubbock!
I just wanted to say how great the piece you've written about Jesse [Taylor] is. Thanks. Best, Terry Clarke
I am Michael Allsup, guitarist
with the band Three Dog Night. We just played an event
in Lubbock a few days ago. Backstage was a goodie sack for each
of us. One of the items included was the book titled "Fire
in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music" by Christopher J. Oglesby. I read the
book on flights back home to California, and finished up a day
later at home. I so enjoyed the book and being familiarized with
the "Lubbock Scene" that I felt the need to drop Christopher
an e-mail to express that. As well as the artist/musician interviews that
were so well done and informative, I found that when I got home
I couldn't wait to run out and buy some STUBBS barbecue sauce.
Ha. A silly truth I thought he might enjoy. Anyway, "Well
Done, Chris." This old rocker really enjoyed (and learned)
from the read. Keep it up.
After I left Lubbock, a lot of friends moved, a couple passed
away, and others just got lost. Please accept my sincere thanks
for such a great web site. It is re-assuring to see that I really
didn't make up the things I lived through, and to see that the
magic in Lubbock has not gone away.
I live in Dublin, Ireland and for years have had a
big interest in West Texas music - I guess since Butch's first album in 1978. Every so often,
I go to the VirtuaLubbock website and read a few more interviews.
I think I've read them all now! I wanted to say a big "thank
you" to you for putting these together. They are truly insightful
and a great way to get a real understanding of what Lubbock and
the music is all about.
I want to extend a big pat on the back for the site. It is
easy to remember the dust storms, smell of the feed-lot, and
the not-so-open-minded folks you sometimes encounter in the Hub.
But, to have a site like this to remind us about all the good
stuff is great! It is very nostalgic to read the interviews and
stories about these people we grew up with... Also, to learn
more about the things I wasn't exposed to while I was there.
You have a fun website.
Well, I'll give you this: You didn't leave anything out! I
thought that was impressive. You obviously left "the edge"
in the interviews.
I think that's a good idea because people don't want to read
fluff; They want the straight skinny.
I live in Shanghai, China now, and it
is unbeleivable how much Lubbock dust is in China! I was sitting
in a bar in Hong Kong, and an Aussie came up to the bar and ordered
a drink. I asked him, in my stellar West Texas dialect, "Where
ya' from?" He said, "Austrailia, and you?" I told
him "Lubbock, Texas," and he said, "No shit! I
love Buddy Holly, Terry
Allen and The Flatlanders."
I was naturally shocked and asked him how the hell he knew those
guys. He told me that he was a die-hard Buddy Holly fan and was
searching the internet on his background and discovered this
website called virtualubbock.com and got into the idea of the "Magic Dust."
He told me that I was from a land of magic dust. Well, we of
course got drunk together... No shit, true story!
Thought you'd like to know how valuable your VirtuaLubbock
Page is to an expatriate like myself.. The whole thing is great,
but especially valuable is the
I'm sitting here listening to "Lubbock (On Everything)" for
the first time in about 20 years and stumbled across your site.
Excellent! I can't wait to take the time to read all of the interviews.
I grew up in Hobbs, New Mexico, and the folks in Lubbock (Ely,
Hancock, Allen, etc.) helped me understand that art can happen
anywhere. Thanks for keeping that spirit alive.
I grew up with Buddy Holly. He was part of all of us. I still
miss him. Great to have technology to see all of Lubbock. Thanks.
Howdy! I am a writer and poet in Lubbock. I have
written for several years for the Lubbock Magazine and the Caprock
Sun (Chronicle now).
I found your page on Willis
Cooper and wanted to to thank you. My name is Tim
Closs, and I put together the Willis tape that was featured on
the website. Willis was a great friend and I miss him dearly.
I have just spent several hours viewing your virtuaubbock
web page. My heart is warmed after reading so many of the musicians
who mentioned Main Street Saloon. I worked there 87'-92'. I was
the manager, bartender, waitress, doorperson, sometimes bouncer,
booking agent and bar fly... I ran across this page during a
search for articles on Lubbock music and found this site most
entertaining and was very pleased to see Main Street mentioned
so many times! Any how, just wanted to let you know that your
web site made my day!
I've just finished going through the features in the web sight
and re-living many old memories of those days when the music
was fresh and original. Truly all of the ideas and styles of
that time were original and pioneered much of the roots of the
Lubbock sound. I played guitar back in those days and really
had few people to listen to that were from that area. We all
seemed to be doing our own thing and had little time to listen
to each other that much. I guess my biggest influences were Buddy
Holly, Chuck Berry, and Clyde Perkins (worked at Harrod Music,
on avenue Q). I liked Buddy's rich chordal solos, Chuck's uncanny
string bending techniques, and Clyde, well, he taught me how
to use the right fingerings and how to feel the music when I
I checked out the interview and it is great! I laughed
my ass off. Thanks so much for including us in your project.
I do so enjoy all your interviews, as it is like a scrapbook
of all my friends, and I always find things that are new to me.
It definitely demonstrates the power of the revealing interview.
You are good at it so I am glad to mention you to friends.
We love the site and loved the interview, you crazy thing!
You have obviously taken an incredible amount of time and
care to find stories about Lubbock Music. There have been many
of the same stories passed around for years while others have
been totally ignored. You have found some of the untold gems
out there. (My family started KLLL radio in 1957... In a previous occupation
as a music retailer, I was one of the very few that sold local
music and promoted local artists especially 15-20 years ago.
I love your website. As a local artist, I've always felt there
was something special about this part of the world.
Thanks Chris for putting this site together. Very COOL! I
think Lubbock is a great place to be as well. Not perfect but
some of it certainly is. Joe Ely still plays frequently on my
stereo and guitar. Fat Dawgs, Main Street, Stubbs, the Spoon,
Cow Palace, Cold Water are all great (yet sometimes fuzzy) memories.
Learned a lot about life though!! Keep the Lubbock music
and culture alive!
Whoooeee!!! What a site! I loved virtualubbock and look forward
I just wanted to drop you a line an let you know how much
I enjoy virtualubbock.com. Although I didn't grow up in Lubbock
I lived there for eight years. It is great to read through your
interviews and be reminded of my adopted hometown. I am in Dallas
now and this is my first spring in a long time without a dust
storm. I miss them and it was good to see some pictures on the
website to rekindle my memories. Lubbock is a special place that
defies any kind of easy explanation. I would do anything to be
back in my little abode on 16th and X.
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