A Guide to the John Brunson Myers Collection, 1972-1993
John Brunson Myers (1951-2010) was born in Hamilton, Ohio and was a graduate of Fairfield High School. After serving in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, he attended Millsaps College in Mississippi. Later, he lived in Austin, Texas. He had a deep appreciation and love of music, both live concerts and recordings.
Source: “John Brunson Myers Obituary,” Wells Funeral Home, (http://www.wellsfuneralhome.com/obituary/John-Brunson-Myers/Waynesville/753431), accessed July 23, 2013.
Born in Gainesville, Texas, Townsend Miller (1919-1989) was a country music columnist for the Austin American-Statesman from 1972 through 1983. Miller’s interest in country music spanned his lifetime but developed in earnest when he began to seriously collect country music sound recordings in 1969. In 1972, Miller approached the Austin American-Statesman about writing some articles on country music, which led to a twice-weekly column by Miller. Originally intended to reflect his interest in country music history and record collecting, the column shifted focus to the "progressive country" music scene emerging in Austin as the city’s reputation as a live music venue grew in the early 1970s. Miller wrote his last column for the Statesman in April 1983.
This collection is comprised of papers relating to Myers’ work researching and chronicling the career of country music columnist Townsend Miller. Copies of Miller’s Austin American-Statesman columns make up the bulk of the collection. Miscellaneous material relating to music in Austin and Texas in general includes news clippings and copies of the local newspapers Austin Chronicle, Austin Sun, Texas Sun, Rumors, and Luckenbach Monthly Moon.
Also included is Myers’s unpublished manuscript on Townsend Miller. The manuscript includes columns through early 1976, In addition, there are comments from those who knew Miller, including musicians Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Marcia Ball, Gary P. Nunn, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Fromholz; KLRU Station Manager Bill Arhos; journalist John T. Davis; and a preface by KUT announcer Larry Monroe.
This collection is open for research use.
John Brunson Myers, 1972-1993, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Stefanie Lapka, July 2013.
Detailed Description of the Papers