Texas Singer-Songwriters: An Americana Portrait is a new exhibit of images by photographer Gary Goldberg, who was so taken with Texas country and folk music that he dedicated himself to getting shots of musicians from all across the state. The names read just like the ones on the records we were raised on, from classic country crooners (Ray Price) to '70s outlaw legends (Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver) to the musical mavericks of the Lubbock mafia (Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen and Lloyd Maines). Goldberg also trained his lens on younger songwriters continuing the tradition, from talented cats (Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll and Hayes Carll) to complete hacks (Pat Green). Unfortunately Goldberg's ear for Texas singer-songwriters doesn't extend much past the Americana radio and coffeehouse folk circuits, in which case he might find many other artists worth shooting (might we suggest Mara Lee Miller, Doug Burr or the Gourds?). See the faces behind the songs through November 11 at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Suite 300. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 972-252-7558 or visit irvingartscenter.com.
Oct. 18-Nov. 11, 2007