Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Charles R. Hollis:

An Inventory of His Collection, 1978-2013, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Hollis, Charles R.
Title: Charles R. Hollis Collection,
Dates: 1978-2013
Abstract: The Charles R. Hollis Collection contains audio CDs and reel to reel tape recordings from the Mid Austin Recording Studio (MARS) owned and operated by Hollis.
Collection # AV 0139
Quantity: 1 box (1.0 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Charles R. Hollis was born in Germany in 1952 to a family serving in the US armed forces and migrated back to Oklahoma at a young age. He grew up in Central Oklahoma and earned a degree in the humanities from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Hollis played guitar from the age of twelve. He started recording on a Sony stereo tape recorder about the same time and told his father that would be how he made his living. He played guitar, and later bass, all through high school and college.

Charlie opened his first recording studio in Stillwater with a TEAC 3400 Series 4-track recorder in 1983 and recorded Jimmy LaFave and Bob Childers. This was his first involvement with Red Dirt Music. In 1987, Hollis moved to Austin, Texas and opened MARS (Mid Austin Recording Studio) inside a two-car garage. One side was his apartment, and the other was the studio. His first recording was Jimmy LaFave's Highway Angels...Full Moon Rain which was awarded the best tape release of the year by the Austin Chronicle in 1988/89.


Scope and Content

The donation consists of an oral history with Charlie Hollis, master tapes, and copies of audio recordings from MARS Studio in Austin, Texas recorded in the 1990s. There are five CDs of recordings of various artists, one 5" reel to reel recording, one 7" reel, and three 10" reels of Randy Crouch. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.


The collection is arranged into the following series:


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 (Persons)
Hollis, Charles R.
Crouch, R. (Randy)
LeFave, Jimmy.
Subjects (Organizations)
Mid Austin Recording Studio.
Subjects (Places)
Austin (Tex.)
Alternative country music.
American folk music and folk musicians.
Blues (music)
Country music.
Folk music.
Folk music--Texas.
Folk-rock music.
Progressive rock music.
Rock music.

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles R. Hollis Collection, 1978-2013, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):

Donation, 2014

Processing Information

Processed by: Cynthia Curry

Collection Inventory


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1 1 Awards: Austin Chronicle Best Tape Award for Jimmy LaFave's tape Highway Angels, Music City award for best independent tape for Betty Elders' tape Daddy's Coal, 1998-1999
2 Consent/Release Form: Signed by Charles R. Hollis and Curtis Peoples, July 31, 2014
3 Receiving Report: Provenance-Collection picked up by Curtis Peoples at 75 Bullion Cr, Florissant, Colorado 80816, Interview conducted at the Charlie Hollis home, July 31, 2014

Audio Visual Materials

5-inch reel-to-reel tape
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1 1 Randy Crouch: Flying Horse Opera, undated
7-inch reel-to-reel tape
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1 2 Randy Crouch: "Time Bomb" "It's A Crime" "Just A Few More Things" "Sun and Wind," 1981
10.5-inch reel-to-reel tape
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1 3 Maxell master tape Flying Horse "Close Enough" "Radioactivity" "Dear Mr. President" "No Matter What" "Big Shot/OBS" "Wagoner Girls" "No Good Reason" "Waitin' To Score" (7-1/2 IPS) "I Hope You Make It To The Mountains" (7-1/2 IPS) "Hitchhike To Boulder",undated
4 Flying Horse "Back In The Hills" "Next Time" "Time Bomb" "Warp Drive",undated
5 "Epic" "Pegasus" "Grandfather's Theme" "Big Shot",undated
Compact disc (CD Audio)
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1 1 MARS volume 1: Bob Childers: "Mexican Morning" "Slow Train"; Betty Elders: "Bed of Roses" "Lift My Burden"; Natalie Withers: "In the Distance"; Michael Elwood: "While Gold and Rubies" "Last Year's Christmas Whiskey"; Melissa Miller: "Mr. Harmonica Player" 1987-1991
2 MARS volume 3: The Greener The Pink: "Dream of Tomorrow" "Search"; Joy Dome: "Can't Find My Way" "Are You Receiving Us"; The Earthkeepers: "I Remember" "Edge of Darkness"; Salem Tree: "Loose" "Waiting for Rain"; Mary Melena: "Unknown Title" "Unknown Title", 1987-1991
3 Randy Crouch and the Flying Horse Opera: 1. "Intro-Spacewails"; 2. "The Epic" (Science Fiction Country Band); 3. "The Monster"; 4. "Pegasus"; 5. "Grandfather's Theme"; 6. "Warp Drive"; 7. "The Hole"; 8. "Fallin' Away"; 9. "On the Illinois"; 10. "Big Shot", 1996
4 The Rezt, Complete: Susan Hollis: "Who Is Like You"; Quinn West and Susan Hollis: "Incomplete"; Mark Lyon: "Full Moon Blues"; Susan Hollis- "The Monster Within"; Susan Hollis: "Winter Is Past"; Randy Crouch: "On The Illinois"; Susan Hollis: "Trust In God", 2012
5 Charlie Hollis, The Flying Horse, songs by Randy Crouch: 1. "Warp Drive"; 2. "Back in the Hills"; 3. "Falling Away"; 4. "The Monster"; 5. "The Hole"; 6. "The Epic"; 7. "Pegasus"; 8. "Grandfather's Theme"; 9. "Hope You Make It"; All rights reserved MARS Studios, 2013