Wherever they've found fiddlers and dance floors, Texans have been tickled into motion. And for a century and a half they've been kicking up dust in dance halls across the state. Gail Folkins celebrates how these halls still bring people together and foster joy.
Gail Folkins, writer and English instructor, often writes about her deep roots in the American West. Her creative nonfiction book Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit was released in September 2007 by Texas Tech University Press. Through eighteen chapters, each set at a different dance hall, you'll meet the owners, patrons, & musicians, like Cindy Cashdollar, who keep these historic sites vibrant.
Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar's career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many of the leading artists in contemporary music including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrision Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone,
BeauSoliel, Daniel Lanois, and Redd Volkaert. Cindy's solo release, Slide Show, came out in 2003. (booksense)