Honoring Roots – A Photo Journal


I live on south bank of the Colorado River in Austin, Texas. There is a boardwalk which stretches several miles over water and through forest, between the Western edge of my property all the way to Austin’s East Side. Installed along the railings are bronze belts engraved with lines from country music songs. As you walk, you hear the cicadas buzzing strong, you smell the sweet grasses, you feel the heat of the Texas summer sun drawing sweat from your pores. You see turtles, ducks, herons, dragonflies, beetles, caterpillars. The tallest trees are covered in vines, and the bushes are webbed with spider silk. Bikers and runners fly by. Kayaks and canoes coast the water. There is one section of the bridge that sings when you stand on it — a very gentle ringing, a tinkling like bells. The whole experience is magical and sensual — and what makes it even more special is these bronze belts, honoring country music culture and reminding us of the deep musical roots of this city and of the southern United States.

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Mojo hand – Lightin’ Hopkins

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal – Billy Joe Shaver

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Me, Upon My Pony, On My Boat – Lyle Lovett

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line – Waylon Jennings

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Como La Flor – Selena

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Pride And Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughn

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

San Antonio Rose – Bob Wills

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Crazy – Patsy Cline

 Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Nyquil Blues – Alvin Crow

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Two Headed Dog – Roky Erickson

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Hey Baby Que Paso – Texas Tornados

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

I’m Walking the Floor Over You – Ernest Tubb

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

She’s About a Mover – Sir Douglas Quintet

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Musta Notta Gotta Lotta – Joe Ely

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

I Wanna Go Home With the Armadillo – Jerry Jeff Walker

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal

Bubbles in My Beer – Willie Nelson

Honoring Roots - A Photo Journal