Over the past two decades Texas, specifically Austin, has developed into a legitimate contender to Nashville as the second pole in the music world. Much of the credit for this development comes from an unusually tight cooperation between the state and leaders in the arts industries.
The Austin American Statesman reports that Abbott has notified the longtime Director of the Texas Music Office, Casey Monahan, that he’ll be removed in February. Monahan was appointed by Bill Clements in 1990. Ann Richards moved the organization into the Governor’s office to raise its profile and influence.
There’s been no statement from Abbott on the reason for removing Monahan. It’s a bit of a puzzle. Anybody have any clues?
Here’s a little Texas music to help you think on it: