In 1999, the 76th Legislature of the State of Texas passed House Concurrent Resolution number 65, designating Lubbock and West Texas as the Music Crossroads of Texas. The West Texas region has produced a copious number of musicians, artists, and entertainers that have had an undeniable influence on music, art, and culture throughout the world. In the spirit of the House Concurrent Resolution 65, the Southwest Collection (SWC) at Texas Tech decided to create the Crossroads of Music Archive.
The Crossroads Music Project began in December 1999 when Brazos Studios, operated by Alan Crossland who had leased the studio from Don Caldwell, closed its doors at 1214 Avenue Q—the original Don Caldwell Studios location. When the studio closed, Curtis Peoples was working in another special collections library at Texas Tech and soon learned that all of the original master tapes were moved to various locations that were not conducive to long term, or short-term storage for audio materials. As a former employee of Caldwell Studios, Peoples was familiar with the tape collection and knew the importance of preserving this invaluable anthology of West Texas music; thus he conceived an idea of a music archive at the SWC. After several meetings between the interested parties, the decision was made to move the tape collection to the SWC for protection. About a year later, Peoples joined the SWC as a music archivist to initiate the Crossroads of Music Archive.
The first order of business was to create an advisory board to help facilitate the project. One of the original board members was Andy Wilkinson, is now at the Southwest Collection and a co-director of the Crossroads Music Archive. Andy helped form a new advisory board consisting of many of the original board members, but also some internationally renowned musicians and scholars. Andy has also helped to bring in numerous music collections including: Texas Shorty, Buck Ramsey, Nolan Porterfield, and David and Rita (Peek) Box, and more are on the way.
The Crossroads of Music Archive is looking for any donations (i.e., music recordings, posters and handbills, photographs, and oral histories, etc…) relating to music in the West Texas area, as well as the Southwestern United States. Please contact us if you have materials to donate or would like to help the project in some other manner.