the victim is a well-known Texas songwriter, Steven Fromholz, age 68. A hunting rifle in a case accidentally discharged when he dropped it at a ranch in badly-named Eldorado.
Fromholz was far from a household word but revered by songwriters and performers in the state, and recorded the album, more than 40 years that many consider the birth of the Texas "outlaw" music movement, later to star Willie and Waylon. He was named poet laureate for the state in 2007. When Lyle Lovett recorded his acclaimed double-CD tribute to Texas songwriters, Step Into This House, he featured great tunes by Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark but one of the best was Fromholz's ten-minute "Texas Trilogy." Lyle also recorded his "Bears." Here's the original "Texas Trilogy" but Lyle's version tops it. -- G.M.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Texas Songwriter Dies in Rifle Accident
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