The Texas music scene will be featured in the next Oxford American magazine and they are getting some local star power to publicize the release.
Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey was at the Contental Club Monday on South Congress to talk about the importance of Texas music.
The Oxford American staff says their music issues are especially sought after. In the past the literary magazine has highlighted states like Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
McConaughey says Austin’s live music scene has had a huge contribution to Texas music and pointed out some of his favorites, like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
"And yes I did in 1999, at 2:37 in the morning make my small little mark on Texas music when I got arrested on those bongos. Case was dropped, I think somebody else paid the 50 bucks, and we're still okay," McConaughey said.
McConaughey also encouraged everyone to support the Oxford American, which is a non-profit. The issue will be available on newsstands nationwide in December. It will also be packaged with a compilation CD dedicated to the music of Texas.