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What Is Texas Music?



Answers from some of the many Texas musicians Best In Texas has talked with over the years:


Cody Canada

“To me, it means honest music and good friends.”

Kevin Fowler

“Texas Music to me means music that is created free of all the boundaries of the industry.  Artists creating music the way they hear it, not the way some bonehead in a suit tells them to. I think that’s why most original sounding country music is born in Texas.”

Walt Wilkins

“I grew up in Austin, and I’ve lived in Nashville.  I grew up with the whole anti-Nashville sentiment.  This is what I think:  Nashville is out of touch with life, and Texas is based on life.”

Drew Kennedy

 “Uncompromising lyrical content backed by traditional influenced music and instrumentation.  If that sounds broad, that’s because I think it should be.  It’s all about the lyrics.  Texas, and Oklahoma, is a state of mind … or at least the state your mind is in when you pick up the pen to write a song.”

Jamie Richards

“Texas Music is music that is not formulated, music that still has rough edges, that has not been honed or polished to the point that it has lost all emotion, music that does not have to fit through a narrow window of nationwide top 40 radio, music that gets fans one at a time and keeps them forever.”

Wade Bowen

“It means honest lyrics and music coming from the hearts of artists that support each other and the music they play.”

Mike McClure

“When I think of Texas Music, I think back to when I was in college and newly discovering Jerry Jeff Walker.  Through his Hill Country Rain album I became familiar with Lloyd Maines.  Lloyd then turned me on to Joe Ely, and I discovered Robert Earl Keen through Love and Danger.  I think discovery is one of the greatest aspects of music.”

Jack Ingram

 “To call it Texas music is more an adjective about what is put into the music:  It’s synonymous with roots and heart and passion.”








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