Kathleen Hudson

TOHA Community History Award, 2002

Gary Hartman, Director of the Institute for the History of Texas Music, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, nominated Hudson, a TOHA member since 1989, citing the following qualifications for the community history award:

“Since 1986, Dr. Hudson has been conducting and compiling an extensive collection of oral interviews with a wide range of Texas singer/songwriters, including Willie Nelson, Tish Hinojosa, Lyle Lovett, Townes Van Zandt, Tanya Tucker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Marcia Ball, Johnny Rodriquez, Robert Earl Keen, and many more. Dr. Hudson has brought together these interviews in her recent book, Telling Stories, Writing Songs (Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2001).”

Dr. Hartman extolled both the significance and excellence of Hudson’s work: “This collection of oral history is not only unique, it is profoundly important to the academic study of the musical history of Texas and the American Southwest. These interviews will allow music historians to better understand the tremendous ethnic and cultural diversity of the region as reflected through its music. Dr. Hudson conducted these interviews in a very thorough and professional manner. She also has been careful to include an analysis of the interviews in order to demonstrate how these various artists differ in their understanding of Texas folk culture, but, at the same time, also share certain overlapping similarities.”

Having known Hudson’s work through the years, the TOHA board agreed with Hartman’s praise: “Dr. Hudson has done a truly remarkable job in preserving the history of Texas music and music makers through her work. Her approach to conducting oral history is innovative, thorough, and professional and should serve as an inspiration to others in the field.”

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