Texas Blues Project was organized in 2009 to identify, locate, and document the graves of deceased African-American blues musicians, singers, and associated participants either born in or directly tied to Texas in the music industry. In addition to such documentation, TBP also purchases grave markers for unmarked graves and proposes memorials to further honor an under-recognized group that has played a vital part in Texas’ cultural landscape on a statewide, national and international level.
To date, Texas Blues Project has overseen the award of an official State of Texas Historical Marker honoring blues giant Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, provided funds to assist ailing musicians with medical costs, and purchased grave markers for previously unmarked graves.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND HERE
This website is a continuing work in progress. More information will be continuously added including biography, bibliography and discography.
Information provided is the most accurate possible at time of writing. The artists are listed alphabetically by their birth name; due to poor record keeping, some artists may have multiple or different names and spellings than often recognized. As often as possible, death certificates have been used for name sources and resting places.
Some artists may seem tenuously connected to Texas, but efforts have been made to recognize their contributions depending not only birthplace, but time spent in and recordings made in Texas. Artists may be variously connected as "True Blue" (born, raised, performed/recorded, died, buried in Texas); "Ex-Pats" (those artists born in Texas, but may have established their careers elsewhere, died and buried elsewhere); Neighbors/Kissing Cousins (some artists from neighboring states that have either recording or other history in Texas).
Most of the listed artists will be familiar while others are obscure. The only strict criteria here is that everyone included is African-American and that they have made at least one commercially available recording or played an important role in the history of Texas blues music.
Please remember, if you visit any of the listed graves, be very respectful of the cemeteries. Do not take anything from or leave behind any trash. The only thing you should walk away with is the memory of your visit.
Use caution when visiting as some cemeteries may be unkempt and ground extremely uneven. Be aware that unknown dangers may exist in the form of snakes or other animals. Do not climb over any fences or other barriers. Do not go on any private property without permission. Always use caution when visiting remotely located areas.
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