“DEEP IN THE HEART (of Texas)”
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"...Home in the twentieth century is less where your heart is, than where you understand the sons-of-bitches. Especially in Texas, where it is the vitality of the sons-of-bitches which makes everything possible..." -- Dave Hickey, Art in America, 197?


Being a Texan is not something you have to be born to; it's more a state of mind than a state, and therein lies the true beauty of our myth. Lyle Lovett sums it up best, when he sings about his uncomprehending girlfriend from somewhere else ...

"As we were drivin' down the highway,
She asked me, baby, what's so great?
How come you're always goin' on
About your Lone Star State?
Oh, yeah, that's right you're not from Texas,
But Texas wants you anyway!"

In 1985, Texas(in the guise of Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum) wanted the Yankee photographer, Richard Avedon to photograph the contemporary West for the Texas Sesquicentennial. The result was his bleakly beautiful photo essay "In the American West"

An experimental theatre company in Austin, Big State Productions responded to Avedon's grim artistic statement with their own mythology. Their result was In The West, a tapestry of monologue portraits performed before a simple photographer's backdrop. The Big Staters writing and acting talents gave audiences a startling glimpse into the real lives of westerners.

In The West played to high praise and returning audiences for years in Austin, toured the southwest, and finally landed at Kennedy Center in 1991. Along the way, a Texas filmmaker, Stephen Purvis, saw it and made it the basis for his film, Deep In The Heart (of Texas.)

Since Texas musicians are our boldest ambassadors -- and clearly pull in the most converts. It was fitting that each performance of In The West opened with a musical offering by a Texas musician (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Kimmie Rhodes, Butch Hancock, Erik Hokannen, David Halley, Don Walser among others.) That tradition is upheld on this soundtrack with those In The West musicians and many of their friends represented.

This Deep In The Heart (of Texas) soundtrack represents the very best of contemporary Texas singers and songwriters. It is dedicated to Walter Hyatt, a much-loved singer/songwriter who died in a plane crash in 1996. Known as "Uncle Walt" of Uncle Walt's Band, a seminal Austin combo of the 1970's, Walter wrote and sang songs that have been compared to the work of Hoagy Carmicheal and Cole Porter. He can be heard on two compostions. “This Time Lucille” which was produced by Lyle Lovett, and co-written with his long time collaborator, David Ball. His other song is the haunting “Last Call,” which serves as an eloquent eulogy to his artistry.

Though national recognition eluded him, in Texas Walter Hyatt was called a legend in his own time. But first and foremost, Walter was a South Carolina boy transplanted to Texas; like so many others he was "from somewhere else." Walt's artistry and spirit, shared by all of us who knew him, are immortalized by Lyle Lovett's tall talkin' in "That's Right (You’re not from Texas)"...

"Well, those boys from Carolina,
They shonuff could sing,
But when they got on down to Texas
We taught them how to swing!"
-- Sidney Brammer
A Texan in New York


“DEEP IN THE HEART (of Texas)” is based on these monologues from the play
“IN THE WEST”

Mickey Cruthers Welcomes a New Neighbor
by Gene Fowler

Half of Forever
by Jo Carol Pierce

Dad in a Nutshell
by Aralyn Hughes

Souveniers
by Bill Leisner

Sayra
by C.K. McFarland

Battlefield
by Marco Perella

Darn Good Advice
by Janelle Buchanan

Born in the Eye
by Sidney Brammer

Wild Child
by Lou Perryman

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by Marco Perella

Be Ye Not Forgetful
by Jo Carol Pierce

Million $ Idea
by Jo Carol Pierce


IN THE WEST
was created in a workshop
conceived by Jim Fritzler