This Week In Texas Music History: Texas Alexander
This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll give a shout out to a man who certainly did his share of shouting.
Blues singer “Texas” Alexander was born in Jewett, Texas, on September 12, 1900. He worked for years on railroads and farms throughout East Texas, where he often shouted out song lyrics in the tradition of earlier field slaves. Since he did not play guitar, Alexander recruited Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and other instrumentalists to accompany him.
Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll learn about a traveling folklorist who encountered everyone from cowboys to convicts.