Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Jesse "Guitar" Taylor:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1947-2008, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Taylor, Jesse
Title: Jesse "Guitar" Taylor Papers,
Dates: 1947-2008
Abstract: The collection describes the life and career of the internationally respected musician and artist Jesse Taylor.
Collection # AV 34
Quantity: 6 boxes (6.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Product of a tight-knit family of Czech cotton farmers, Jesse "Guitar" Taylor was born April 10, 1950, and grew to become one of Lubbock’s premier musicians. Known for his innovative and high-energy guitar playing, he was befriended by restaurateur C. B. Stubblefield in Lubbock. Taylor helped bring live music to Stubb’s Bar-B-Q and create a cultural and commercial phenomenon.

Also known by the nickname "Hercules" for his physique and occasional brawling, Taylor attracted music fans from all over the world. In addition to playing early in his career with fellow Lubbock residents Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Angela Strehli, Taylor formed the band Macumba Love and recorded solo albums including Last Night (1990) and Texas Tattoo (1998). He toured and played throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia with various artists including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, opening with Ely for the Clash and the Rolling Stones.

In later years, he began producing colored-pencil drawings and had a successful gallery showing in Austin and illustrated Deal Me In, a book of poems by Alyce Guynn. Taylor died March 7, 2006. He was memorialized by a resolution of the Texas House of Representatives and is commemorated by annual concerts in both Lubbock and Austin.

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials relating to Taylor's family, life as a touring musician, original artwork and reproductions from as early as the 1970s, press reviews, recordings, and performance videos. Union membership documents, contracts, and royalty statements are included, along with photographs, performance posters and tour artifacts. Photographs and artwork have been removed from original albums and sleeved for acid-free preservation. 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)
Ely, Joe
Hancock, Butch
Stubblefield, C. B., 1931-
Taylor, Jesse
Subjects (Places)
20th century rock and roll
Rock music

Related Material

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jesse "Guitar" Taylor Papers, 1947-2008, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Gifts, 2006-2013

Processed by

Elissa Stroman

Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 Address lists and business contacts, 1992 and undated
2 Drawings (reproduced) and photographs,circa 1970-2003 and undated
3 Drawings (reproduced) and photographs,1984-1998 and undated
4 Liner notes for record albums Every Dog is a Star by The Keepers; Texas Tattoo by Jesse Taylor, 2009
5 Liner layout for cassette tapes and CDs,1990 and undated
6 Taylor drawing,undated
9 Taylor illustrations in Alyce Guynn book Deal Me In, 2005
7 Awards: Music City Texas Music Poll, #1 Album/Import for Rhythm Oil, 2009
8 Awards: Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q certificate signed Greg Johnson and Vince Staten, 1988
box folder
4 33 Awards: Washington Area Music (Wammy) in Blues Recording category: Janine Wilson, The Blue Album, 2009
box folder
1 10 Calendar, 1990
11 Calendar, 1994
12 Calendar,1995
Club Schedules
box folder
1 13 Club Hey Hey, Houston, November 1988-July 1989
14 The Brewhouse, U.K., June 1991
15 The Gig, U.K., October and November 1990
16 The Weavers Arms, April and October, undated
17 Various, 1989, 1994, and undated
box folder
1 18 Letters from Lance Copeland, 1989-1995, and undated
19 Letter and photos from Lucy and William Robinson, 1996
20 Letters from European fans, August 13, 1996 and undated
21 Various, 1971-1989
22 Various, 1990-1998 and undated
box folder
4 28 Various, 1989, 1994, and undated
box folder
1 23 Financial Records: Cash book in pounds sterling, undated
24 Financial Records: Receipts, 1995 and undated
Legal Material
box folder
2 39 Austin Federation of Musicians materials, 1995 and undated
40 Contracts and royalties statements, 1985-1995
41 Court notices, 1975
42 HR 206 Texas House of Representatives resolution to honor Jesse "Guitar" Taylor, 2006
43 Oral history release; British work permits, 1990-1996
44 Various legal documents for Jesse Taylor, Homer Taylor, and Martha Taylor, from brown military discharge folder, 1947-2008 and undated
Literary Productions
box folder
4 18 Jesse Taylor lyrics handwritten in Little Rock, Arkansas, February 23, 1988
19 Poetry, unknown author, 1984
20 Set lists, 1993 and undated
box folder
3 3 Theatrical script: "Power," Jo Carol Pierce and Suzanne Cheshire, undated
News Clippings
box folder
4 25 Folder with notations, 1988 and undated
26 Folder with notations,1989 and undated
27 Printed material and photographs, 1980 and undated
box folder
1 25 Austin Arena Magazine, January 1995
26 Blue Print: The Official Newsmagazine of the British Blues Connection, various, 1990-1991
27 Blues Life Journal, Numbers 51 and 52 , undated
28 Blues and Rhythm: The Gospel Truth, September, November, and December, 1990
29 Brum Beat: The Midlands Entertainment Monthly, October and November 1990
30 Buscadero: Mensile D’Informazione Rock, 1990-1991 and undated
31 City Limits Magazine: London’s Guide, April 26-May 3, 1990
32 Cornbread Moon, Issue 1, undated
33 Cornbread Moon, Issue 2, undated
34 Country Gazette: Country Music Maandblad Nederlandstalig, January 1991
35 Country Musico, June 1990
36 Creem, 1980-1981
37 Detour: Country Folk and Blues Music Magazine, 1989-1991
38 Dialogo: Bimestrale delle Colline Comasche, September-October 1994
39 Dirty Linen: Folk, Electric Folk, Traditional and World Music, October-November 1991
40 Easy Riders, March 1982
41 Guitar Player, September 1983 and December 1986
box folder
2 1 Highly Strung: London’s Essential Pocket-Size Music Guide, July-November 1990
2 Kerrville Kronikle, March 1989
3 Lubbock Magazine, September 1998
4 Mojo: The Music Magazine, May 1996
5 Music City Texas, Poll results, 1989
6 Music City Texas, Dossier 1, September 1989
7 Music City Texas, January 1990
8 Music City Texas, September 1993
9 Music City Texas, October 1993
10 Music City Texas, January 1994
11 Music City Texas, December 1994
12 Music City Texas, January 1995
13 Music City Texas, December 1996
14 Music City Texas, Dossier: Jerry Jeff Walker, undated
15 Music City Texas, Dossier: Tommy X Hancock, undated
16 Music Sound Output, August 1981
17 Nutshell, Fall 1983
18 Omaha Rainbow, September 1976
19 Omaha Rainbow, December 1976
20 Omaha Rainbow, September 1977
21 Omaha Rainbow, Spring 1978
22 Omaha Rainbow, Summer 1978
23 Omaha Rainbow, Autumn 1978
24 Omaha Rainbow, Summer 1980
25 Omaha Rainbow, Spring 1981
26 Omaha Rainbow, Autumn 1981
27 Omaha Rainbow, Spring 1982
28 Omaha Rainbow, Autumn 1982
29 Texas Monthly, various, 1977-1992
30 The Saturday Evening Post, various, July 11, 1959-April 29, 1961
31 Time, May 11, 1981
32 Time Out: London’s Weekly Guide, October 17-24, 1990, and May 1-8, 1991
33 Tornado Trails and Tumbleweed Tunes, March-November, 1989
34 West Texas Music Association, undated
35 West Texas Music News, various, October 1984-April 1987
36 Wichita Blues Society Newsletter, June-August 1991
37 XTRA, June 1985
38 Third Coast Music, April 2006
Photographs and Photo Albums
box folder
3 8 Chelsea Taylor, 1971, 1972, and undated
9 Europe tour album, Part I, undated
10 Europe tour album, Part II, undated
11 "Jesse, Merry Christmas ’93, Love Jack, Karen, Casey, and Chelsea", 1993
12 Musicians, photo album, 1976-1998 and undated
13 Tour of Australia with Kinky Friedman and Billy Joe Shaver, 2002
14 Various, 1990 and undated
Printed Material
box folder
3 15 Press Releases and Biographical Information, 1977-1989, and undated
16 Promotional Materials—Dr. Rockit, 1984, and undated
17 Radio Charts, KNON and KBEC, 1989-1990
18 Texas Music and Video, Levelland, Texas, pamphlet and order form, undated
box folder
3 19 "Bad Girls Upset by the Truth" by Jo Carol Pierce, undated
20 Big Bear Festival, , 1991
21 Boondoggle Festivals, 1984 and 1985
22 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, 1997
23 Funeral programs, 1979, 1987, 1995
24 Gloucester Blues Festival II, March 28-April 1, 1991
25 Joe Ely's Second Annual Tornado Jam, May 3, 1981
box folder
4 Kerrville Folk Festival, 1989 and 1990
2 SXSW, 1989
3 The Brass Group: Stagione Concertistica, Serata Blues: Butch Hancock Trio, 1992-1994
4 The Third Burnley National Blues Festival and the Charly Informer, , 1991
5 "Who’s Happy Now?", undated
6 Zen and the Art of the Texas Two-Step (Hancock family band), undated
7 "7. Open Air", Scheidegg, Bavaria, July 1996
box folder
2 45 Burton’s Book of the Blues by Burton Wilson, 1971
46 Dino Lee: The Greatest Story Ever Told!!, K.O.W.T. Productions, 1984
47 Honky Tonk Visions On West Texas Music: 1936-1986, The Museum of Texas Tech University, 1986
48 Sketches and Sayings by Paul Milosevich, 1977
49 Taylor on Guitars: Reflections on the Making and Purchase of the High-quality Guitar by Bob Taylor, 1993
50 Townes Van Zandt, The Last Songs, 1996
51 Animal Magnetism by Jennifer Kidney, WOWAPI Press, 1985
52 Anything Written in Any Form by Judy Gordon, WOWAPI Press, 1985
53 Coyote Papers by LeAnne Howe, WOWAPI Press, 1985
54 Magnetic Fields by Robert Trammell, WOWAPI Press, 1985
55 Minerva Allen’s Indian Cook Book, WOWAPI Press, 1988
56 Three Border Stories by Jack Steele, WOWAPI Press, 1986
box folder
3 1 Unfinished Business by Roxy Gordon, WOWAPI Press, 1985
2 West Texas Mid-Century by Roxy Gordon, WOWAPI Press, 1988
Scrapbook Material
box folder
4 8 Academic report cards (elementary through high school), 1956-1966
9 Backstage passes, tickets, etc., 1981-2000 and undated
10 Concert tickets, hotel and restaurant cards, etc., 1982-1997 and undated
11 Menu from Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Lubbock, undated
12 Sign: "Welcome Home Jack and Jesse", undated
box folder
3 4 Stickers for bands, set lists, memorabilia, undated
Tour and Travel Materials
box folder
4 13 International Singer-Songwriter Festival, Frutigen Switzerland, 1991 and 1994
14 Itineraries,1978-2002 and undated
15 Posters and flyers, 1980-1994 and undated
16 Train and aircraft tickets, 1990-1993 and undated
17 Travel guides and maps, 1990 and undated
21 Travel records: automobile, 1994-20001968-1971 and undated
22 2012 donation from Chelsea Taylor: postcards, brochures, and other travel related materials, mental health questionnaire, a few photographs, 1976-2006 and undated
box folder
4 23 Dirk Hamilton cassette tape with card from Brian Briek, December 1989
24 Guest Register from Jesse Taylor exhibit, 1996
31 Folder (military discharge, brown), documents moved to Box 2, Folder 44, undated
32 Framed portrait montage photo "Lubbock or Leave It!", undated

Oversized Materials

5 Posters, Photographs, Publications, and Artwork, 1978-2006 and undated

Audio Visual Materials

45 rpm Records
box folder
4 29 "Michigan" / "I Never Traded Diamonds" by Jesse Taylor, Don Caldwell Studios, 1988
29 "Nothin’ else to do" invitation / "Summertime" by C. B. Stubblefield: Celebrating 75 years of West Texas Music exhibit, The Museum of Texas Tech University, 1984
29 "She’s All Grown Up" (Jimmie Gilmore) 1984 / "Honky Tonk Masquerade" (Joe Ely) by Jimmy Gilmore, Spur Records, 1978
29 "Winning Streak" (4-song EP) by The Rhythmaires, Pink’n’Black Records, 1988-1991
Compact Disc (Photo)
box folder
4 30 Candid photos of Jesse Taylor art exhibit reception taken by Emily Long, July 29, 2009
Compact Disc (Audio)
box item
6 1 "Alyce Guynn Birthday Disk 1", October 2004
2 "Alyce Guynn Birthday Disk 2", October 2004
3 Southside Guitar by John X. Reed and Jesse "Guitar" Taylor, undated
DVD Disc
box item
6 4 Deal Me In book launch party, 2005
VHS Tapes with DVD Masters
box item
6 5 Austin City Limits with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jesse Taylor, Brad Kopp, April 11, 1992
6 Joe Ely Band Reunion, 1994
7 Mary and Jessie at Smiths, undated
8 David Letterman with Stubb, undated
9 Mary Fest--Jesse Taylor and Friends; Continental Club, Austin, Documentary by Alan Messer, 1994
10 Austin Music Network Studio Sessions: 1) Jesse Taylor’s All Star Revue; 2) Jesse with Ponty Bone and Jim Franklin; 3) Jesse with Kimmie Rhodes, Mike, Gary, undated
11 Austin Music Network: Butch Hancock with Jesse Taylor at the Third Coast Magazine Anniversary, December 22, 1997
12 Texas Connection, Nashville Network: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and the Sunspots, undated
13 Jericho Tavern, Oxford, England, undated
14 Joe Ely Band with Jesse Taylor and Lloyd Maines; Lubbock; Copyright Alan Messer, January 21, 1995
15 The Jesse Taylor Orchestra at Cricketers, London, April 4, 1990
16 Jesse at Antones / Jack Kerouac Film, undated
17 Austin Music Network: Jesse Taylor Number 3 / Hendrix, The Star-Spangled Banner / Jesse Taylor Number 8 (Ponty and Franklin) / Jesse Taylor Number 9 (Kimmie Rhodes), undated
18 Texas Bel-Airs with Jesse Taylor, undated
19 Jesse "Guitar" Taylor at Jovitas, December 7, 2001
20 Buddy Holly Festival; Lubbock; Angela Strehli, Joe Ely, Terry Allen, September 7, 1996
21 The Joe Ely Band; Holland, U.K., U.S., 1978-1981