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SAGE Lecture on Texas Jailhouse Music Set at McNeese

SAGE Lecture on Texas Jailhouse Music Set at McNeese

(November 10, 2016) Author and musician Caroline Gnagy will give a lecture titled, “Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History” at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the McNeese State University SEED Center as a part of the McNeese Fall 2016 SAGE Series. texas jailhouse music book cover

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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