Barbara Sharon Martin, born July 13, 1947, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, died on September 20, 2020 in Austin, Texas.
Barbara, the eldest of three daughters, spent her early life in northern California. She attended Cupertino High School and U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her B.A. Barbara later owned a travel agency in Danville, California. In the 90's a client brought a CD to her office to use for the telephone's "HOLD" music: that was Asleep at the Wheel’s first Tribute to Bob Wills album, and that was all it took to launch a lifelong avocation and serious study of this true American art form called Western Swing. She fell in love with Western Swing music and got to Texas as soon as she could so that she could follow the Western Swing bands throughout the region. Barbara started writing and publishing the Western Swing Monthly newsletter in November of 1998 and kept it up for twenty years. Western Swing Monthly remained the only regular current events periodical of its type. Barbara attended many Western Swing events throughout Texas and the Southwest.
Barbara is a member in good standing of the following organizations: Cowtown Society of Western Music, Sacramento Western Swing Society, Texas Western Swing Society, Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest, Northwest Western Swing Music Society, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, inducted 2001. She also received the Academy of Western Artists Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Barbara had a big impact on the Western Swing music community and will be missed by many dear friends.
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