B. W. Stevenson, Native Texan

B. W. Stevenson was born in Dallas Texas October 5, 1949 Buckwheat (B.W.) was a progressive country artist most famous for his song “My Maria”. 

Maria on Youtube

BW attended Adamson High School in Dallas along with other artists Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

 “My Maria” grew to become the number 9 hit, on Billboard in 1973. The song was recorded later by Brooks & Dunn, and became a three-week #1 country winner in 96.  BJ had other successful singles, including “A Little Bit of Understanding” and the original version of Daniel Moore’s “Shambala”.

BJ passed away during heart operation at 38.

Poor David’s Pub in Dallas holds a songwriting contest in his memory.

Dance Hall or Honky Tonk

If you’re a Texan you’ve been to Gruene Hall, or any other number of infamous dance halls.  Music is big in Texas, especially country music.  Stroll down 6th street in Austin, the live music capital of the world.

There are legendary dance halls all over Texas.  The one that was in Longview was a legendary Honky-Tonk by reputation, I never went. 

According to “Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc.” you dance with your wife at a dance hall and dance with somebody elses wife at a honky-tonk.

I have been to quite a few dance halls including the oldest continuously operating hall, in Gruene, Texas.  My wife tells a story about one time when they were really busy and I decided to help serve beer from behind the bar and was asked to leave.

Texas Dance Hall Preservation is out to save all that are left.  Sounds like my kind of  charity to me.  They are a 501( c )3 .   http://www.texasdancehall.org

James Taylor, San Antonio 9-9-09

Good Night you Moonlit Ladies,  James Taylor and “Sweet Baby James” in San Antonio, 9-9-09  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9MncdJ_lOs&NR=1&feature=fvwp