MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - Music lovers in Marshall, Texas claim the music that gave way to rock and roll started in the East Texas town.
Local historians say the primitive form of music started in barrel houses by the Texas and Pacific railroads in Marshall. The director of 'Marshall, TX, Birthplace of Boogie Woogie,' Nancy Canson says when newly emancipated African Americans came to work in the area they used music to stay entertained. Canson says the music spread along the tracks of the railroad to the rest of the nation, but it never lost its roots.
"Musicians had names for those early base lines that came from the stops along the T&P. Well, the most primitive, basic riff is called the 'Marshall'," said Canson.
Local musicians and visiting artists celebrate the trend every week with a tradition they call "Boogie Woogie Wednesdays." Performances take place at the OS2 Restaurant and Pub in the historic downtown square.
For more information on Boogie Woogie events in the Ark-La-Tex click on the link below to go to the group's Facebook page.