Texas Tech to Host Inaugural Lubbock Lights

Honorees consist of Wade Bowen, Butch Hancock, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines.

“Lubbock Lights: Celebrating the Musical Heritage of the South Plains” will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday (April 9) in the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building on Texas Tech University's campus. This event will honor the wide musical heritage and creative legacy of the South Plains.

Honorees for this event are musicians Wade Bowen, Butch Hancock, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines. Two are Texas Tech alumni, three are from Lubbock and all have international followings.

The program will be a moderated group discussion of their creative process, punctuated with performances of their original music.

Bowen, a graduate of Texas Tech, has had two of his albums rise to the Top Ten among country records. Hancock is a Lubbock native and alumnus of Texas Tech who co-founded the band The Flatlanders and is widely considered to be one of the nation's most prolific songwriters. Hendrix is a multi-instrumental singer-songwriter with classical music training. Maines grew up just outside of Lubbock. Son of one of the original Maines Brothers Band, Lloyd and his brothers later formed the widely-acclaimed second version of the Maines Brothers Band. Before he became one of the nation's most respected producers, his legendary skills at the steel guitar helped power the first Joe Ely Band. He earned a Grammy for producing “Home,” the 2003 album by The Dixie Chicks.

Prior to the event honorees will be on campus meeting with professors, researchers and students and exchanging ideas about the creative process. Between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Wednesday (April 8), they will make presentations in individual Texas Tech classes. In addition to talking about their work, they will offer their insights into building successful careers in the arts despite coming from small-city backgrounds.

Tickets for this event are $18 and available through Select-A-Seat. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a CD signing will follow the event. For more information, contact Suzanne Taylor at (806) 742-2121 or Andy Wilkinson at (806) 777-7851.

CONTACT: Suzanne Taylor, director of external relations, Office of the President, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2121 or suzanne.taylor@ttu.edu.