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Texas Tech University to Host Annual Lubbock Lights Concert

Cara Vandergriff

November 18, 2015

This year’s event will showcase Terry Allen’s 1979 album, “Lubbock (On Everything).”

Terry Allen album cover

To celebrate the musical heritage of the South Plains, Texas Tech University will host the annual Lubbock Lights show February in the Student Union Building's Allen Theatre.

The concert, which will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18, will feature local performers Terry Allen, Richard Bowden, Don Caldwell, Gwen Decker, Suzanne Henley, Kenny Maines, Lloyd Maines, Curtis McBride, Alan Shinn, Bukka and Bale Allen, Donnie Maines, Terri Hendrix and Jo Harvey Allen.

The event will showcase Terry Allen's 1979 album “Lubbock (On Everything),” a double-record set of classic Allen tunes that serves as a dedication to his hometown.

Allen said while he was working on this record, he realized the songs were about growing up in Lubbock and how much the city meant to him.

“Lubbock's got a hard bark, with little or no self-pity; its music has an edge that can be smelled, like Lewter's feed lot,” Allen said. “No one from Lubbock ever apologized for what they were or where they lived.”

“Lubbock (On Everything)” is meant to mark the coming-of-age of Lubbock music. It was recorded in Don Caldwell's Lubbock studios utilizing the finest South Plains musicians, many of whom will be performing at the Lubbock Lights concert with Allen.

Allen's album features both thoughtful nostalgia and dry West Texas humor, and has been described by critics as essential listening for anyone with an interest in the outer fringes of country music.

General admission tickets are $18 and are available by calling Select-A-Seat at (806)-770-2000 or visiting www.selectaseatlubbock.com.

Texas Tech students may receive one free ticket with a valid Texas Tech ID at the Allen Theatre information desk located inside the Student Union Building.