Here is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process.
Billy Bragg’s music blends elements of folk, punk rock and protest songs, and his lyrics mostly deal with political or romantic themes. It may seem incongruous that a British singer identifies as an Americana musician, but he’s not alone. Britain’s Mumford and Sons’ 2012 Grammy win for Album of The Year put Americana on the map. British folk rocker Richard Thompson’s 40 year career is celebrated b
Jerry Douglas is a resonator guitar and lap steel player and record producer. Held in high regard throughout the music industry as a solo artist, band member, collaborator and session musician, his distinctive playing graces over 2000 albums as well as the eight-million-plus selling soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and his work has earned him thirteen Grammy Awards.
Buddy Miller is a central figure in the Americana music scene. A singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Miller has worked with a host of legendary musicians. Ann, Deborah, Regina, and Alfreda McCrary have been described by music historian Robert K. Oermann as “Nashville’s greatest soul sisters." The McCrary Sisters stopped by Sirius XM's The Buddy and Jim Show studio to appear on the show.
Tex meets Mex at the annual Zapata County Fair, where the town shows off its rural heart. Mariachi students Eloy Martinez and Jennifer Santos demonstrate another extracurricular side as they participate in the Future Farmers of America auction, selling their hand-raised farm animals to the highest bidder.
Zapata, Texas (population 5089) is a small Texas town on the Rio Grande, 200 miles south of San Antonio and 400 miles southwest of Houston. The population is 95% Latino, and, interestingly, boasts the most hangliding world records in the world. The visual tour starts here.