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Not so ‘warm and fuzzy’

Lubbock’s music scene has blown away in the west Texas wind since Buddy Holly’s death. The overall community does not embrace it’s local musicians like patrons Fort Worth, Austin or Santa Fe.

Local musicians move from Lubbock to more accepting towns to promote their music career. One of these musicians, Daniel Payne, said he was shocked by the way people treated him in New Mexico because he was a musician. He remembers one family who put himself and a friend up for five nights in their farm house. Payne said the patrons respected that he shared himself and his music with them.

Lubbock-native, Matthew Yugovich, said he is working to bring the “warm and fuzzy” back to Lubbock. His open-air venue offers free music on Sundays from local musicians. The “warm and fuzzy” he refers to is the respect and reverence other communities have for their musicians.

In the Depot District, one might find a folk artist or two performing at La Diosa Cellars or the Blue Light, but the general appreciation for true musicians is scarce in this community. Because these artists are so eager to leave west Texas, Lubbock is left with mediocre country artists and the occasional classic rock legend, like the Eagles on Oct. 29.

So how are Lubbockites to change this stigma? It’s true that we cannot force anything on the unwilling, but that does not mean we cannot get the City of Lubbock to change some things. Places like New Orleans and Austin have streets flooded with gifted, and not-so-gifted, performers. Lubbock has restrictions on street vendors, which includes musicians. There could be one day a week, or even a month, that musicians could line up on Broadway or in the Depot and patrons could listen and support their local musicians.

With these artists fleeing from Lubbock, the community is losing a “warm and fuzzy” feeling about it. It is losing the heart, soul and rhythm that Buddy Holly instilled in this community.

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