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ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Named Texas State Musician

The Texas Commission on the Arts has revealed that ZZ Top guitarist and rock legend Billy Gibbons has been named the Texas State Musician for 2012 by the Texas State Legislature. The honor includes a one-year term. Singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett is the Texas State Musician for 2011, according to a press release. The legislature also named poet laureates, two-dimensional artists and three-dimensional artists for 2011 and 2012.

“To say we’re proud to be named Texas State Musician for 2012 would be a complete understatement,” Gibbons said in the release. “To be so honored along with our good friend Lyle Lovett makes this recognition that much sweeter, and a tip of the hat to 2012 Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist Bill FitzGibbons.  And, we promise to forward all mail sent our way that might be intended for him.”

More information on each inductee can be found at www.arts.state.tx.us/stateartist.

“For years, Texan artists have inspired people across our state and nation to share in their unique experiences and expand their creative horizons,” said State Representative Ryan Guillen, Chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism. “It’s important that the residents of our state recognize these individuals for their invaluable artistic contributions which have enhanced the lives of so many.”

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