The city of Lubbock was the birthplace of rock and roll legend Buddy Holly, and Lubbock has also been home to country musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, Mac Davis, and more. Nevertheless, many musicians insist that Lubbock is far from music-friendly.
Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed has said that the city is known to musicians for the “Lubbock stare”—after a song is finished, a Lubbock crowd just stares. The term “Lubbock stare” appears to be current from at least 2006 and has been sparsely used, but may have greater recognition among the musician community.
Lubbock (IPA: /’lʌbək/) is an American city in the state of Texas. Located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically as the Llano Estacado, it is the county seat of Lubbock County, and the home of Texas Tech University. According to an estimate by the U.S. Census in 2006, the city population was 212,169, making it the 90th largest city in the United States and the 12th largest in Texas. The Lubbock metropolitan area has a population of 261,411.
Lubbock’s nickname is the “Hub City” which derives from being the economy, education, and health care hub of a multi-county region commonly called the South Plains. The area is the largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world and is heavily dependent on irrigation water drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer.
People and culture
Lubbock is the birthplace of rock and roll legend Buddy Holly and features a cultural center named for him. The city previously hosted an annual Buddy Holly Music Festival. However, the event was renamed Lubbock Music Festival after Holly’s widow increased usage fees for his name. Similarly, the city renamed the Buddy Holly West Texas Walk of Fame to honor area musicians as the West Texas Hall of Fame. Holly’s legacy is also remembered through the work of deejays such as Bud Andrews and Virgil Johnson on radio station KDAV-AM.
The city has also been the birthplace or home of several country musicians including Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely (collectively known as The Flatlanders), Mac Davis, Terry Allen, Lloyd Maines and his daughter, Dixie Chicks singer, Natalie Maines, Texas Tech alums Pat Green and Cory Morrow, and Coronado High School graduate Richie McDonald (lead singer of Lonestar until 2007). Pete Orta from the Christian rock group Petra and basketball players Craig Ehlo and Daniel Santiago have also called Lubbock home.
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Tuesday, May 02, 2006
The Lubbock Stare
Current mood: busy
Hidy, hidy. Well just getting recovered from our road trip to Lubbock. Got into L-town and ran over to the theatre and talked with Joe Ely for a little while, and then made it back to Bash Rip Rocks 2, just in time for the worst sounding show we have ever done.
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Nickson said growing up in Lubbock and aspiring to be a musician is not easy because Lubbock music fans are not the easiest to please and at times can be unloving.
“Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed once said the city is known for what is called the ‘Lubbock stare,’ ” he said. “You can be rocking out and playing your - - - off, and once the song is over people just sit there and stare at you.”
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