TexasAndMusic.com was started seven years ago this month at the urging of my friend, Dobie Hatley…..it’s even dedicated to her (read about that here). Dobie was a lover of all things with a special place in her heart for musicians. She thought it would be a great to put the pictures I’d been taking of our favorite bands on the big ol’ world wide web. Ms Dobie thinking something was a good idea meant it was gonna be done…..and so it was!
For the past seven years, we’ve enjoyed great music, taken thousands of pictures, and met a lot of really great people…..on stage, in audiences, and even on the web….that we now call “friend”. We’ve traveled all over the state of Texas, worn ourselves out, rested, and did it all again. But, I’m thinking the website has survived these years better than I have.
If you’re a fan, I’m sure you’ve noticed fewer new posts and pictures. There are several reasons. One, of course, is all the things that make life wonderful but reduce the amount of time I have available to work on the site. Another is that going to new venues by myself isn’t that appealing any more so I tend to stay closer to home.
There have been times I’ve thought about letting the website just “go away”, but, have decided not to do that. When I look back over some of the pictures, I realize how much “history” is here. There are pictures of bands that are no longer active and, sadly, friends and musicians that are no longer with us. On a much happier note, there are pictures of bands that were playing for tips at the time and have now made a big name for themselves!
So……the website will stay active. I will occasionally post pictures (just can’t see to stop taking them!) and….as I have time…..bring the “archives” into the current format of the site.
For now, I’d like to send out a big “thank you” to all the musicians….and venues….that put up with me and my camera, and you, for continuing to visit this site. All of you have made my life more than interesting!
God bless, hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!