Bookcover: Singin' Texas

Singin' Texas

Publications of the Texas Folklore Society

Contributors: Music arranged by Dan Beaty

January, 1994




92 song reproductions, 55 photos.


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About Abernethy's Singin' Texas

Singin’ Texas is now available as a free e-book at the UNT Digital Library and The Portal to Texas History.

“This book is worth every penny of the price tag… It is a real joy… finding songs which one has known or heard throughout one’s lifetime.” —The Cattleman

“Many well-known folk songs came to Texas with early settlers… This book looks at the roots and historical influences of these songs.” —Dallas Morning News

Singin’ Texas charts the lively course of folk music through Texas’ past and contains the words and music for many old and newer tunes.” —Texas Magazine, Houston Chronicle

“The sorrows and hardships of settlers, surges of patriotism… religious fervor at old-fashioned dinners-on-the-ground and love grown cold are popular subjects that Texans have sung about more than a century… They’re all here in beautiful layout and captivating pictures… Stories behind the songs are interesting, revealing as they do the Texas temperament and emotional climate.” —Louise Gregg, Wichita Falls Times

Includes songs from early settlers, play-party songs, songs of love, children’s songs, Sacred Harp songs, cowboy songs, songs of history.

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About the Author

FRANCIS EDWARD ABERNETHY was Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to editing twenty-one Texas Folklore Society publications, he wrote Singin’ Texas, Legends of Texas’ Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.

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