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You should be listening to Texas Music!

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!


My Morning Jacket

Today we will review the fine, jamming career of the formerly hirsute My Morning Jacket.

 My Morning Jacket Discography and best song from each album:

  • The Tennessee Fire (1999)
    • The Bear
  • Heartbreakin Man EP (2000)
    • They Ran
  • My Morning Jacket Does Bad Jazz (2000)
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! a.k.a. My Morning Jacket does Xmas Fiasco Style  EP (2000)
  • At Dawn (2001)
    • Hopefully
  • My Morning Jacket Does Gold Hole EP (2001)
  • Split EP (2002)
    • How Do You Know
  • Chocolate and Ice (2002)
    • Can You See the Hard Helmet on My Head
  • Sweet Bees EP (2002)
  • It Still Moves (2003)
    • One Big Holiday
  • Run Thru EP (2003)
  • Early Recordings: Chapter 1: The Sandworm Cometh (2004)
    • Rocket Man (Top 5 all time favorite cover)
  • Early Recordings: Chapter 2: Learning (2004)
    • Tyrone (Great cover of the Erykah Badu song)
  • Acoustic Citsuoca E (2004)
    • Hopefully
  • Z (2005)
    • Gideon
  • Off the Record EP (2005)
    • How Could I Know
  • Okonokos (2006)
    • Mahgeeta
  • At Dawn/Tennessee Fire Demo Package (2007)
    • At Dawn
    • I Think I’m Going to Hell
  • Evil Urges (2008)
    • I’m Amazed
  • Live From Las Vegas Exclusively at the Palms (2009)
    • Dear Wife
  • Celebracion de la Ciudad Natal (2009)
    • Gideon

Favorite/Best Two My Morning Jacket Album:

  • It Still Moves
  • Z

Top 10 My Moring Jacket Songs:

  1. Rocket Man
  2. Tyrone
  3. Gideon
  4. Hopefully
  5. Just Because I Do
  6. The Bear
  7. One Big Holiday
  8. I’m Amazed
  9. It Beats 4 U
  10. Off the Record

Read, review, and respond.

 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to My Morning Jacket!

My Morning Jacket is the hippie, trippy, jamming rock band from Kentucky.  Formed in 1998 and hailing from Louisville, home of the slugger, Jim James and company brought a confident swagger to harmony and dance hall reverb.  As the story has been told, My Morning Jacket was coined after a discarded jacket James saw inscribed with the letters “MMJ” on it.

Celebrated for their prolonged and cover heavy live shows My Morning Jacket is a regular at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and in 2008 performed for almost four hours and covered songs from Motley Crue, Erykah Badu, Kool & the Gang, James Brown, and Sly and the Family Stone to name a few.  An eclectic range of cover tunes that has no doubt endeared them to a wide range of music lovers.

Their music gently washes over you and it draws you further in with an all-encompassing, but slightly elusive touch, wrapped in each note.  Their songs are drenched in vocal reverb that exposes subtle realities in calculated, yet at times, indirect ways.  The up side is music that’s never timorous even when sublimely calm, as it frequently is.

My Morning Jacket Discography:

Album EP
  • The Tennessee Fire
  • At Dawn
  • It Still Moves
  • Early Recordings Chapter 1: The Sandworm Cometh
  • Early Recordings Chapter 2: Learning
  • Z
  • Okonokos
  • Evil Urges
  • Live From Las Vegas Exclusively at the Palms
  • Celebracion de la Ciudad Natal
  • Heartbreakin’ Man
  • Split
  • Chocolate & Ice
  • Acoustic Citsuoca
  • Off the Record

Top 5 My Morning Jacket Songs:

  1. Rocket Man (Early Recordings Chapter 1: The Sandworm Cometh)
  2. Hopefully (At Dawn)
  3. Gideon (Z)
  4. I’m Amazed (Evil Urges)
  5. Golden (It Still Moves)

Their complete catalog feels optimistically alive with a sense of history, of things seen and experienced.  The band instills a closeness that’s rare in these frequently overenthusiastic, indulgent times.

Check out My Morning Jacket www.mymorningjacket.com

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Q9iAcPjzc

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4HvIwhDRsM

 My Morning Jacket’s music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.mymorningjacket.com

 Great music awaits!