Ageist Slant in Story?

RECEIVED Sun., Nov. 30, 2014

Dear Editor,
    In this week's cover story titled "The Big Picture" [Music, Nov. 28], Jim Caligiuri takes a look at women in Austin music. I was quite excited to read the article and due to the title, I was sure Kathy Valentine would have been one of the subjects regarding her having a place from her days out of Reagan High School, the Violators, and up through her other work to her present band the Bluebonnets, which also has another major force in Austin music, Eve Monsees. But lo and behold, Mr. Caligiuri seemed to adhere to what revealed to be well-established artists in a particular age range. I think the exclusion of Ms. Valentine and Ms. Monsees was a shameful oversight. There are many other women musicians of all age ranges he should have considered speaking with. Folks such as Hilary York, Lisa Pankratz (Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women, Derailers, the Bluebonnets), Kim Longacre (the Reivers), Cindy Toth (the Reivers, Why Not Satellite, Ice Cold Singles), Cari Hutson, Lisa Marshall, Kat McNevins (the Fledglings), Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog), or Lydia Jones (the Red Tent). I hope seeing these names will lead the reader to search out some of the incredible music in this town that is being made by women of all ages. I have left out many, but this was just a sampling to get you started, Mr. Caligiuri.
Mike Soden
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