Texas is famous for its country musicians, including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Tex Ritter.
But some of the best known names in every genre of music were either born in Texas or lived there for long periods of time, including Scott Joplin, Roy Orbison, Janis Joplin, Beyonce, Selena, Freddy Fender, and Kris Kristofferson.
So, in an effort to add a new level of interest to the 2014 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas, the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) is introducing each region of the Lone Star State by highlighting famous singers, songwriters, and musicians who were either born there or lived there for long periods of time.
“We think it’s a pretty unique approach to introducing each region of Texas,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive director and CEO.
Steve Haley of Arlington, Texas-based Steve Haley Designs is the lead designer of the 2014 guide, which he divided into seven regions, each of which has a two-page, illustrated introductory spread that talks about singers, songwriters, and musicians from each region as well as popular songs that highlight each area of Texas.
Region 1 or West Texas performers include Betty Buckley of Big Spring, a Tony award winning Broadway star whose credits include “Cats.” She also played Abby Bradford in the 1980s television series “Eight is Enough,”; rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly of Lubbock; and country music singer Waylon Jennings of Littlefield. The featured West Texas song is “El Paso” by Marty Robbins.
Region 2 or North Texas performers include ragtime piano pioneer Scott Joplin of Texarkana; pop singer Johnny Mathis of Gilmer; and rock and roll pioneer Roy Orbison of Vernon. The featured North Texas song is “Big D,” a song about Dallas from “The Most Happy Fella,” a broadway musical.
Region 3 or East Texas performers include Jim Reeves, a country music singer and songwriter from Gallaway; Tex Ritter, the famed country music singer and television star, who was born in Murvaul; and Bob Wills, a singer, songwriter and band leader who was born near Kosse. Wills is considered to be a co-founder of Western Swing. The featured East Texas song is “East Texas Red” by Woody Guthrie.
Region 4 or Central Texas performers include country music stars Pat Green of San Antonio, Willie Nelson of Abbott; and George Strait of Poteet. The featured Central Texas song is “Luckenbach Texas,” which was made famous by Waylon Jennings.
Region 5 or North Gulf Coast performers include Beyonce, who was born and raised in Houston; rock star Janis Joplin of Beaumont; and Selena, the Tejano music superstar, who was born in Lake Jackson. The featured North Gulf Coast song is “Galveston,” which was made famous by Glen Campbell.
Region 6 or South Texas performers include country music star Radney Foster of Del Rio, and Johnny Rodriguez of Sabinal, the first Latino country music star. The featured South Texas song is the “Streets of Laredo.”
Region 7 or South Gulf Coast performers include Freddy Fender, a Tejano, country and rock and roll musician from San Benito; Bill Haley, a rock and roll performer from Harlingen; and Kris Kristofferson, a country music star from Brownsville. The featured South Gulf Coast song is “Brownsville Girl” by Bob Dylon.
Locator maps are provided at the beginning of each regional section of the 2014 guide, with numbered listings of the campgrounds for each region. Campgrounds are also alpha-indexed by city and park name.
Each campground listing includes a grid that lists the park’s facilities, services, and amenities as well as driving directions, a miniature locator map and many parks have panoramic photos showing off what campers can experience. The directory also features a Texas Saver Card, which provides 10 percent discounts at participating parks.
Schaeffer said an initial batch of directories has already been sent to campgrounds, RV parks, TXDOT Travel Information Centers along with Convention & Visitor Bureaus across the state.
RV and camping enthusiasts can order the nearly 150-page directory online by visiting www.texascampgrounds.com.
The 2014 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas is also posted on the website in digital page-turning format.
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