MON. OCT. 14, 2002
In 1967 in San Francisco, a young sailor/folksinger named Steven Fromholz wrote “Texas Trilogy,” three songs about life in the small town of Kopperl, Texas. Apparently he nailed it, because after 35 years of performances and recordings, “Texas Trilogy” is still a relevant and poignant portrait of life in rural Texas – relevant enough, in fact, to have inspired a very nicely and thoughtfully put-together book of the same title. Written by musician Craig Hillis with photographs by Bruce F. Jordan, Texas Trilogy the book ($29.95 UT Press) covers the history of Kopperl and Bosque County by interweaving Fromholz’s lyrics with photographs and stories of local residents. Hillis also weighs in with a fairly exhaustive history of the county, lending both depth and perspective to Fromholz’s lyrics. All in all, it’s an interesting read, nearly as interesting as Fromholz himself. Monday at Scholz’s Garden, you can meet Fromholz, Hillis and Jordan as well as the equally interesting Molly Ivins when they host a booksigning/fundraiser for the Texas Observer. Hearing Fromholz alone would be worth an afternoon at least, but the addition of Ivins and cheap booze means that happy hour could stretch into happy days – in a good way, of course.