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Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit. By Gail Folkins, Photographs by J. Marcus Weekley, and Preface by Andy Wilkinson. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2007. 212 pages. 132 duotone photos, ISBNs 978-0-89672-603-1, $34.95 tan cloth, pictorial endpapers, sources, index, Series: Voice in the American West.
Yee Ha!!! Put on your jeans, boots, hats, and fancy, flairing skirts. The folks at Texas Tech Press have found the early version of Dancing with the Lone Stars.
Here, Gail Folkins, a journalist and creative writing teacher provides the patter and Marcus Weekley chimes in with the photos.
Andy Wilkinson's preface describes the volume as "A curious mixture of community center and honky-tonk ..." Boot scootinig folks will find that this cultural institution has its roots in Czech and German immigrants. The 18 chapters two-step you mostly across the center of the state in over a dozen dance halls, starting with the Twin Sisters Hall and ending at the Lukenbach Dance Hall. For the city slickers, the editors have wisely included the Broken-Spoke-on-the-Colorado. I'll not mention any other big names for fear of charges of favoritism, but you can see Little Joe y La Familia over at Indian Springs Park right in the middle of the book.
They've got Weekley's pictures of screen doors, singers, fiddlers, tamborine artists, guitarists, drummers, dancers, bartenders, ticket stalls, stools, wide wooden floors, outdoor barbeques, folding chairs at tables, old men, beautiful women, smiles, songs, a Juneteenth celebration, mechanical bulls, real to life horses, kids, pool tables, and, it seems to me, couples standing kinda close together and whispering secrets to each other. And Folkins' stories go with it all.
I'm already a bit winded just flipping through the pages and thinking about it all. Where's a fellow get a Shiner?
As Willie would say, let's dance little longer. And at home, turn the pages of Tech's new book.