Recently I posted a blog that featured six Texas artists and it got me to thinking about all of the great music that comes out of Texas. In years past, when I heard the term Texas music, I immediately associated that with country music. As I’ve gotten older and immersed myself more into the music scene, I’ve realized that Texas offers a lot to all of the musical genres.
I grew up on the greatness of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble as well as Jimmie Vaughan’s band the Fabulous Thunderbirds. They were two paragons of the Texas music scene who paved the way for so many other Texas musicians such as the Arc Angels.
From the country side of music, you have early pioneers such as Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. These two college buddies have been leading the charge for over 20 years. Based on their dedication to the craft, a whole new crop of Texas artists has emerged. Folks such as Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Wade Bowen, and Walt Wilkins are just a few that top the list.
Austin has been dubbed the Live Music capital of the world and with good reason. Not only are they home to one of the greatest music festivals (Austin City Limits Music Festival) they also have SXSW which is a great place to catch a litany of great musical acts. Austin is home to musical greatness such as Spoon, Erin Ivey, James McMurtry, and Bob Schneider.
Dallas has given us the likes of Tripping Daisy, the Old 97’s, Nora Jones, and the erratic and recently erotic Erykah Badu.
Fort Worth is responsible for The Toadies, Elizabeth Wills, and the Butthole Surfers.
Denton, a thriving musical Mecca and home to my Alma Mater has provided us with artist such as Roy Orbison, Bowling For Soup, Eli Young and the always fun polka band Brave Combo.
Houston has provided the Southern Rap community with artists such as The Ghetto Boys, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, and Chamillionaire.
Texas has a killer music scene and you should be listening to Texas music in whatever form/genre you dig.
Great music awaits!