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Posted at 5:44 PM ET, 06/24/2008

The Sounds of Texas

By David Malitz

The Folklife Festival is always a great place to expand your cultural horizons, and this year's edition is no different. But with Texas being one of the featured regions, it means that some of the musical entertainment is so unknown to us. So here's a list of six Folklife Festival performers -- and an accompanying playlist -- that we already know to be excellent.

Joe Ely (6 p.m. Friday, June 27)
One of the founders of cult-favorites the Flatlanders, he has kept that band's outlaw-country vibe throughout his 30+ years of solo work.

Asleep at the Wheel (6 p.m. Sunday, June 29)
The preeminent Western Swing band of the last few decades.

C.J. Chenier (6 p.m. Wednesday, July 2)
His dad, Clifton, was a zydeco legend and even if he didn't have the same last name, C.J. would still be one of the genre's biggest names.

Guy Clark (6 p.m. Saturday, July 5)
He's a master storyteller with a baritone voice that gives his tales an authority.

Marcia Ball (6 p.m. Saturday, July 5)
She plays perfect party music, mixing in boogie, zydeco and blues.

Terri Hendrix (6 p.m. Friday, June 27)
The singer-songwriter is a local favorite in her hometown of Austin, not the easiest city to break from the pack.

Texas Folklife

By David Malitz  | June 24, 2008; 5:44 PM ET
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DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW THE JONES FAMILY SINGERS WHILE THEY PERFORMED AT THE FESTIVAL, BUT THEY SHOULD BE REPORTED ON.
THEY WERE SPECTACULAR TO SAY THE LEAST... WHILE I AM NOT AMONG THE MOST RELIGIOUS, I DO KNOW SPLEDOR WHEN I EMBRACE IT.
THAT FAMILY SHOULD BE LOOKED AT MY WHO EVER LOOKS AT STARS. BECAUSE OF THEIR MUSIC, I WILL ATTEND AGAIN.

Posted by: ALLEN | July 5, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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