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What they are saying about Dance Halls & Dreamers:

“It's AWESOME! Good job. My band loves it. They are fighting over them.” -- Kevin Fowler

“[Pat Green] pays written and photographed tribute to those and seven others in Pat Green's Dance Halls & Dreamers, a handsome, coffee-table-sized book that's essentially a big old love letter to the smoky music rooms.” -- Dallas Morning News

“The finished product is a handsome, hardcover volume, lavishly illustrated with more than 200 of Rogers' evocative photographs and filled with Gilliam's perceptive prose framing these venerable venues in the proper context. The book educates and celebrates the dance halls and the communities that spring up in and around them.” -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Gilliam manages some nice colloquial turns of phrase. As expected of a work by Texans for Texans, there's also a good bit of hyperbolic mythologizing, but never so much as to detract from the real people and places behind the stories. If the writing is good, the photography is great. Rogers's work is simply captivating. In all, 208 color and 28 black & white photos are packed into 184 oversized pages. A good number of those are full-page shots with layered text, or full-page montages that lend a scrapbook-type, you-were-there vibe. Words can't do justice to the photographs and the overall book design. It's a wonderfully styled, award-worthy package.”
--  This Is Texas

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The Line-up:
Jack Ingram at The Bandera Cabaret
“You might fight, might get laid, might get drunk, whatever.”

Kevin Fowler at The Coupland Inn & Dancehall
“If I had every beer that has spilled on that dance floor, I could drink for a lifetime.”

Cory Morrow at Luckenbach Dancehall
“Every artist becomes tangible, approachable when you get here.”

Randy Rogers Band at Schroeder Hall
“The people that come here come to have a good time, listen to music and dance.”

Pat Green at Gruene Hall
“It’s history co-mingling with a few cold beers and good music.”

Cross Canadian Ragweed at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
“It makes us feel good to play here, so get ready for a long set.”

Willie Nelson at Billy Bob’s Texas
“You can’t get laid in this place, you’re queer, blind or crippled.”

Robert Earl Keen at John T. Floore’s Country Store
“It was probably the first real honky-tonk that we played.”

Ray Wylie Hubbard at Sons of Hermann Hall
“It’s not a nightclub. It’s set up more as a theater. It has a deep sense of integrity about it.”

Wade Bowen at Saengerhalle
“I think it’s got everything set up perfect to go out and have a good night of drinking and listening to music.”

Pat Green's Dance Halls & Dreamers is an all-access look at Texas’ legendary music venues and the musicians who make them great. Author Luke Gilliam and photographer Guy Rogers III spent a day at ten of Texas’ venerable dance halls, recording candid interviews and action-packed color photographs. The result is an unprecedented day-in- the-life look at the people who make the Texas music scene flourish. Each of the chapters documents a venue’s personality, history, and atmosphere as everyone prepares for and parties at the biggest show in town.

Texas icon and three-time Grammy nominee Pat Green shares his memories and favorite stories of each venue. He also gives fans a backstage pass into his world with a performance at his favorite dance hall, Gruene Hall.

A unique assemblage of Texas musicians share their stories about dance halls that have served as landmarks on their rise to fame. Hear from honky-tonk heroes Willie Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Robert Earl Keen, as well as established stars Jack Ingram, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cory Morrow, and Kevin Fowler, and up-and-comers Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen. Each performer offers a firsthand perspective on his career.

The venues are equally diverse, from the big city lights of Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth and Stubb's BBQ in Austin to road-trip outposts in Luckenbach and Schroeder Hall.

But the Texas music scene's true essence is painted by the dance hall owners, bartenders, bouncers, and fans, who commingle at these halls on a nightly basis. Colorful sidebars delve into the unique characteristics of each hall as well as its founding fathers.