During the mid-20th century, inmates at the Huntsville unit and neighboring Goree State Farm for Women captured hearts all over Texas during weekly radio broadcasts and live stage performances.
Gnagy’s lecture – based on her book with the same name - reveals the decades-long story of the Texas convict bands, using prison records, radio show transcripts and the words and music of the inmates themselves, that offers a surprising account of ingenuity, optimism and musical creativity.
Gnagy’s prison band research can also be found in her recently published book, “Country Boys and Redneck Women.” She also works as a contributing writer and music editor for many independent publications and has been a member of several music groups that have played both rockabilly and country music.
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