Quotation by Administration in the State of Texa

During the cattle drives, Texas cowboy music came into national significance. Its practical purpose is well known—it was used primarily to keep the herds quiet at night, for often a ballad sung loudly and continuously enough might prevent a stampede. However, the cowboy also sang because he liked to sing.... In this music of the range and trail is "the grayness of the prairies, the mournful minor note of a Texas norther, and a rhythm that fits the gait of the cowboy's pony."
Administration in the State of Texa, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State (The WPA Guide to Texas), pp. 137-38, in "Music," Hastings House (1940).
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