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Mixed Tape Monday: Texas Artists

Welcome to another installment of Mixed Tape Monday.  As you may have noticed, I am on a bit of a Texas Music kick and today will continue down that path.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear some great live music at a little barbeque joint just west of Fort Worth.  I am a huge Walt Wilkins fan and I saw that he had two shows in the Fort Worth area yesterday.  So, off we go for some beer and barbeque and some great music.  In addition to Walt, there were some up and coming musicians like Johnny Cooper, Bobby Duncan, and 6th Market Boulevard that played as well.

So, my topic for today is, you guessed it, Texas Artists.

Song:              One of Those Moments

Artist:              Walt Wilkins

Album:            Rivertown

Song:              Texas On My Mind

Artist:              Django Walker

Album:            Down the Road

Song:              Beautiful Thing

Artist:              Slaid Cleaves       

Album:            Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away

Song:              Eden’sGate

Artist:              Pat Green

Album:            Wave On Wave

Song:              My Brother and Me

Artist:              Bruce Robison

Album:            Wrapped

Song:              Home

Artist:              Eli Young Band

Album:            Jet Black and Jealous

Song:              Shades of Gray

Artist:              Robert Earl Keen

Album:            Picnic

 Song:              Daddy and the Devil

Artist:              Wade Bowen & Chris Knight

Album:            If We ever Make It Home

Song:              Goodbye Sweet Dreams

Artist:              Roky Erikson & Okervil River

Album:            True Love Cast Out All Evil

Song:              Simple Song

Artist:              Lyle Lovett

Album:            Pontiac

Song:              Too Many Ways To Fall

Artist:              Arc Angels

Album:            Arc Angels

 Song:              Sunday Morning Coming Down

Artist:              Kris Kristofferson

Album:            Kristofferson

 Song:              We Can’t Make It Here

Artist:              James McMurtry

Album:            Childish Things

 Song:              Sunday Clothes

Artist:              Charlie Sexton

Album:            Under the Wising Tree

 Song:              Fool

Artist:              Jack Ingram

Album:            Electric

 Song:              Life Without You

Artist:              Stevie Ray Vaughan

Album:            Soul To Soul

Song:              Love Must Follow You Around

Artist:              Randy Rogers Band

Album:            Rollercoaster

 Song:              Indianola

Artist:              Charlie Robison

Album:            Life of the Party

Song:              I’m the One

Artist:              Doyle Bramhall II

Album:            Jellycream

Song:              Come with Me Tonight

Artist:              Bob Schneider

Album:            I’m Good Now


Last night I witnessed greatness!

Well, dear, sweet, gentle blog readers, last night I witnessed greatness.  Not once, mind you, but twice.  I saw Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at the Bass Performance Hall in lovely Fort Worth, Texas.  The show was sold out and had been for weeks, as it should have been. 

I realize that the genre, musicianship, and singing style may not be in line with the musical palette of everyone, but there is no denying the impact and influence these legends have had on the musical landscape.  Both men have had commercial and critical success, survived the business for more than forty years and, most importantly, are still relevant.

The brilliant musical pairing began in 2009 when Merle and Kris performed a few shows in California, which was the first time these icons shared the same stage at the same time in their storied and illustrious careers.  The fan reaction was enough for them to contemplate the continuation of the shows.  As of this blog, last night’s show was just one of six dates that the boys are doing in 2010.

Kristofferson, who is a much better songwriter than singer, covered his hits such as “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Help Me Make It Through the Night”, and “Why Me” to name a few.  His voice was grainy, and gruff with just enough of a whisky stain to remind you of the hard living that he crafted in his songs.

Merle played some of his staples such as “Okie from Muskogee”, “The Fightin’ Side of Me”, “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star”, “Silver Wings” and “I Think I’ll just Stay Here and Drink”. His voice was just beautiful, the tenor and pitch might have lost a little something over the years, but Father Time takes a little from each of us every day. 

It was evident that the two had not rehearsed much; at times they were out of sync, out of tune, and even off key.  The sound was raw, gritty, authentic and perfectly fitting for two legends in their seventies who played and sang for two hours. 

I can’t imagine that anyone left the show disappointed.  For two hours last night, I shared a lifetime of music and history with two musical icons.  They have certainly earned the right to be human and less than perfect in their performance.  And yet, they were perfect for all of the right and wrong reasons.  Last night, I witnessed greatness.

 Great music awaits!