Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Michael Hearne:

An Inventory of His Records, 1987-2007, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Hearne, Michael
Title: Michael Hearne Papers,
Dates: 1987-2007
Abstract: The papers of Michael Hearne relate to the professional career of the prominent Dallas-born and Taos-resident singer-songwriter.
Collection # AV 95
Quantity: 1 box and 1 cassette box (1.2 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Dallas native Michael Hearne got his first guitar at the age of seven and turned professional as a teenager, eventually hitting what he calls the "Honky Tonk Road" to become a highly respected singer-songwriter and music producer based in Taos, New Mexico. His songs have been recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, Johnny Rodriguez and Gary P. Nunn, among others.

He collaborates with Carmen Acciaoili, Zeke Severson and others in the band South by Southwest, touring nationwide to clubs and dance halls. In 2002 he swept the New Mexico Music Awards with a record-setting seven citations.

With volunteers, Hearne produces the annual Big Barn Dance Music Festival in various venues in and near Taos. Beginning as homegrown parties in 1985, the September event has grown to cover three days of music and two-stepping with guest artists and an associated songwriter workshop. In addition, he writes advertising jingles and develops real estate in the valley of the Sangre de Christo Mountains.

Scope and Content

Within the collection of Michael Hearne are manuscript and audiovisual materials that reflect on his long and respected musical career as songwriter, performer, and producer. These include contracts, correspondence, promotional materials, holographic lyrical sheets, photos and recordings, both live and in the studio. Other recordings are by associated artists and musicians he has produced. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Hearne, Michael
Subjects (Organizations)
Big Barn Dance Music Festival (Taos Ski Valley, N.M.)
Subjects (Places)
Dallas (Tex.)
Taos (N.M.)
Alternative country music
Folk music
Guitar music (Country)
Music festivals
Performing arts and literature

Administrative Information

Michael Hearne Papers, 1987-2007, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Accession number(s):

Gift, 2008

Processed by

Jon Holmes

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Contracts, 2003-2006
2 Correspondence: Email, 2003
3 Correspondence: Letters and notes, 2005 and undated
4 Periodicals: Five magazine, undated
5 Posters and Flyers, 2006 and undated
6 Posters and Flyers: Crestone Music Festival, undated
7 Programs: New Mexico Music Awards, 2002
8 Promotional Artwork, 2002 and undated
9 Song Lyrics, undated



box folder
1 10 Michael Goldberg ( 6 proof sheets and cover letter, Big Barn Dance (Thursday), 2007
11 Michael Goldberg ( 9 proof sheets, Big Barn Dance (Friday), 2007
12 Michael Goldberg ( 9 proof sheets, Big Barn Dance (Saturday Day), 2007
13 Michael Goldberg ( 5 proof sheets, Big Barn Dance (Saturday Night), 2007
14 Songwriter of Taos: housing development architectural model, undated



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2 1 Larry Joe Taylor's Carnival Cruise laminated ID card "Michael Hearne", 2008


Oversized Materials

Children's artwork from the Guymon, OK, public schools, inspired by Michael Hearne songs, 2010


Audio Visual Materials (Box 2 located temporarily inside Box 1)

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2 2 Compact Discs (Photos) Michael Goldberg ( matches proof sheets in Box 1, Folders 10, 2007
3 Michael Goldberg ( matches proof sheets in Box 1, Folder 10 (Copy 2), undated


Compact Discs (Audio)

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2 4 "BnB Live," Pre-Master, undated
5 "Bill Bob Cathy Auge and friends," Fourteen rough takes, undated
6 Michael Hearne: "Ghost", "Reckless Love", undated
7 Michael Hearne: High Hill, November 15, 2006
8 Michael Hearne: High Road to Taos, 2007
9 Michael Hearne: High Road to Taos (Rough), undated
10 Michael Hearne: Sight and Sound, Songs Inspired by the Fine Art of Northern New Mexico, 2004
11 Michael Hearne: "Three Nashville cuts", undated
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1 12 Michael Hearne and Friends: Live at The Old Blinking Light, 2002
13 Michael Hearne and Friends: Taos Christmas Eve, Live at The Old Blinking Light, 2003
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2 14 Michael Hearne and South by Southwest, "Live at Texas Nights North", April 16, 2005
15 Hearne, Travis: Three tracks, 2004
16 Kitty, Mike and Jimmy mixes: "Angel from Montgomery", "Black Roses", "Buckets of Rain", "Lazy Bones", "Full Moon of Love", "Guilty", December 8, 2000
17 Live on Radio, Revisited, undated
18 Robbie Romero: Untitled, undated
19 Rough Tracks, "She Said Yes", "Fading Light", "Sting of Desire", undated
20 Ramsey Scott: "You’re Not Coming Home", "I Just Wanna Cry", September 15, 2006
21 South by Southwest, undated
22 South by Southwest, Honky Tonk Road (autographed), 1995
23 Keith Sykes: You’d Better Be Ready To Dance, undated
24 "Tales from the Big Dog" (Mastered mixes), December 27, 2000
25 Kim Treiber: "Mixes", August 7, 2003

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2 26 5-inch Reel-to-Reel Tape: Michael Hearne: commercial demos for Schlotzky’s and Jack’s American Bar, undated

3 2-inch Ampex audio tape: Michael Hearne songs "Middle of Love", "Satisfied Mind", "River of Love", "Who’s It Going To Be", "Heartbreak Road", September 17, 1986