Texas Tech University

TTU archivist uncovers West Texas music and its history

Rich Lopez

December 17, 2017

MRT - Andy Wilkinson is guest speaker at Petroleum Museum's monthly brown bag luncheon

Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Natalie Maines and Waylon Jennings are a handful of iconic musicians who have one thing in common: West Texas. They provide a rich history of music that has become the focus for the archivist at Texas Tech University's Crossroads of Music Archive.

Andy Wilkinson, who also serves as artist-in-residence for the archive, is the guest speaker at the Petroleum Museum's monthly Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series, set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Wilkinson is also a musician and will perform at the event.

"We've had these artists come out of the area who really shaped music," he said in a phone interview. "The archive started a little more than 10 years ago because we had such rich artists come out of here who influence the music that led to today."

These artists include Joe Ely from Amarillo, Holly and Delbert McClinton from Lubbock and Orbison from Wink. Midland's Explosions in the Sky is another example of local music moving on to national acclaim, he said.

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