Originally Published in the Texas Polka News
There are over 50,000 people of Polish descent in the Houston and surrounding areas. As a Texan of Polish descent, I can add that Polish music has been an integral part of my appreciation of my Polish heritage. For many others, it may be their only link to their cultural past.
Many people are not aware that Polish music is or ever was alive in the Texas region. Prior to 1980 there were only nine recordings in existence representing the Texas Polish style. Six cuts were by Steve Okonski who represented the Robertson County style ; three others were by Randy and the Rockets with well-liked fiddler Pete Kwiatkowski who represented the Washington County style. But I jump ahead of myself.