Though it wasn’t among his one-hundred-plus original compositions, the Gainesville crooner’s 1927 hit was so soothing that it sold about 12 million copies, making it America’s best-selling record until Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” fifteen years later; it helped him become one of the most popular night club entertainers of the Depression era. But even devoid of its trippy atmospherics, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” would work as high-dosage rock. “Now make it mellow!” he shouts, as a horn coda takes everything down—for two bars. The iconic Lubbock songwriter’s heartfelt and poetic 1981 love letter should be kept in a vault. But this 1982 rodeo ballad puts you right there in the pickup truck, next to the broken-down cowboy pushing on to the next county fair competition. He claims these hallucinatory visions were the feelings he had as a teenager, when he spent two years in a mental hospital. And steel player Ralph Mooney’s opening line (“Now blue ain’t the word for the way that I feel”) helped get everyone’s attention fast. Plenty of exceptional musicians hail from the great state of Texas, from the classic country artists like Willie Nelson to the modern country singers such as George Strait. Dwight Yoakam didn’t invent honky-tonk music, nor did Buck Owens or even Merle Haggard. Not quite country or rock, it conjured the Plains so completely that you could taste the dust. Dixie (the Texas boy's version which goes "shall this boasting, mad, invader, trample Texas and degrade her? The bloody song cycle about murder, revenge, and redemption in the Old West was tempered by this sweetly sentimental single. Of all the meme songs to bust out during karaoke, this might be the least expected and the most fun. The Texanist: How Can Whataburger Say That It’s Still “Family Owned and Operated”? Club owner Don Robey was so knocked out by the Orange-raised string-bender that he launched his seminal Peacock label just to record him. Tubb didn’t have much of a voice, but his ebullient charm made up for it. Here are 16 songs about Texas that will touch your soul. Though Bland was Memphis-bred, he was based in Houston for most of his tenure with Duke Records. He incorporated vaudeville, ragtime, and a touch of the blues, nowhere more effectively than on “Railroadin’ Some,” a single-chord state tour that mimes a conductor’s station calls while the quill train whistle blows. Jacquet’s surefire cockiness kicked “Flying Home” to an entirely new level. It’s still Texas Czech polka’s most enduring anthem. Before you pore over our picks for the best Texas songs, you’ll probably want to know about the methodology behind the list, starting with how we define a Texas song. 4. Show More Show Less 34 of 51 "Hell and Half of Georgia," Mike Stinson (2014):. Not coincidentally, this is the third Huey P. Meaux production (after the Sir Douglas Quintet and Sunny) to make our top forty. “Watch it now! That’s fine with us. Compared with that, love songs are easy. 7 thoughts on “ 22 Jokes About Texas That Are Actually Funny ” Walter says: July 14, 2016 at 9:11 pm . If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here: Thank you! When Wills added lyrics and cut the new version nearly two years later, he kept nothing but the original, traditional melody; the song was all reeds and brass, like any other big-band swing record of the day. And the reason is that sound. Though this was released in 1927, two years before he moved to Kerrville hoping that benign weather would cure his tuberculosis, Rodgers’s million-seller (10,000 qualified as a major hit at the time) suggests that he may not have been a native Texan, but he got here as soon as he could; besides, he’d spent much time in the state during his hoboing days. The Best Things in Texas, 2021: H-E-B’s Charles Butt. Swing bandleaders routinely “appropriated” tunes from their sidemen. That ruse lasted only until the heavily accented musicians first opened their mouths in public for any purpose except singing—yet the song endures. His melodic wizardry is on display in all his pieces, but 1899’s “Maple Leaf Rag” was his, and ragtime’s, most enduring. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” like the rest of the album, was as full of wide-open space as West Texas itself. I Still Got COVID. The result is a list that reflects everything great about Texas music, from turn-of-the-century pop to nineties rap. Fender was one of the first in the Valley to pick up on rock and roll, and this 1960 plaint (he re-recorded it as a country song in the seventies) is easily the greatest Gulf Coast triplet to come out of Texas. Even today, it’s the one tune that any new Texas blues band has to know. Hey! He’s respectful of the black original but eager to show what he can do too; unlike so many of his peers who got themselves lost in the blues, he never forgot he was a white interpreter. I Live in the Middle of Nowhere. Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson -- "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" 4. And Jacquet’s still at it. Frizzell, with his elongated crooning style (“I’ve go-awt the tii-ime”), attracted a wide audience to his honky-tonk and became a huge influence on almost every country singer to follow. Vamping for half a minute on slide guitar lines so expressive they sound like a language, Johnson breaks into a wordless moan that’s as chilling as anything ever heard in music. In which four tuff and tender guys from El Paso provide a bridge from path-breaking fifties rock and roll to mind-blowing sixties rock. If anything, the song sounds more audacious now than it did when it first shot to number thirteen on the national charts in 1965, at the height of the British Invasion. Ray Sharpe: “Linda Lu” Usually pegged as black rockabilly, the Fort Worth singer-guitarist’s 1959 hit might be the sexiest thing to come out of a Texas roadhouse. But it’s one of his most imaginative vocals, and since the Rolling Stones revived it in 1964, it’s become a standard, a self-fulfilling prophesy that has stood the test of time as well as anything he did. Tanya Tucker, "I'll Come Back As Another Woman" ... "All my exes live in Texas, and Texas is the place I'd really love to be. Hank Thompson: “Wild Side of Life” Honky-tonk country meets western swing and fills up the dance floor on this 1952 megahit. Blind Willie Johnson “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground”. Hoying shared the viral Tik Tok on his Instagram page. What, not one of her affecting love songs, like “Como la Flor”? No easy task, that. Blame a Jimmie Rodgers devotee from Crisp whom his friends called E.T. No wonder that though nearly everything else in this style now seems a period piece, “Wasted Days” still sounds both urgent and eternal. A version of this ballad of broken hearts appears in the movie ‘Road House’ and the song has continued its popularity for Mr. Strait, being performed in each of his ‘The Cowboy Rides Away’ tour sets. Flaco Jimenez “Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio”. He Hoped Sheltering in Place Would Save His Marriage. No matter what style or genre of music you enjoy, though, these songs about Texas are sure to strike a chord in your heart when you hear them! Where all the bravado came from is anybody’s guess. Asleep at the Wheel: “Miles and Miles of Texas” The Austin-based band’s 1976 track is sing-as-you-swing evidence that size does matter. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. Fronting various bands, Temple’s Little Joe Hernandez had been riding near the top of the Tex-Mex circuit for close to two decades when he cut Para la Gente (“For the People”) in 1972 , the album that best gave voice to the emerging Brown Pride movement. Nightcaps: “Wine Wine Wine” Texas’s white-boy blues scene begins here, in 1959, with a Dallas quintet that had a convincingly loose, loping feel on this jivey blues-and-rock standard. Where religious singing had prized precise technique over emotion, this record rides on composer Rebert Harris’s thrilling, trilling leads and bluesy moans and slurs, as well as on his unprecedented “delayed time.” The pure tonalities of the background singers fills out the a cappella sound, and the song itself has a contemporary lyric. Just ask Ray Charles. Oddly, McKay always claimed that the Yardbirds’ Jimmy Page played the blistering guitar solo on his version. Choosing the best was a subjective process, and sometimes we went on gut feeling. Johnny Bush: “Whiskey River” Houston native Bush’s huge, throbbing tenor—they didn’t call him the Country Caruso for nothing—gave the master of dance hall heartbreak his biggest hit in 1972, even if it did later become better known as Willie Nelson’s theme. Now Lefty wears his “skin like iron,” and Pancho . You Don’t Have to Move to Austin. 5. Soul and rock lived with strident politics and hippie sentiments, all of which made you dance to the music. The band plays with a swampy, swaying undertow while Fender’s sweet, choked-up tenor milks the lyric for every last drop of desolation. For the purposes of our list, we chose to rank only the top forty (don’t forget that the radio format of the same name began in Texas). I spend any chance I get traveling, enjoying nature, trying out new recipes, and meditating. Cliff says: August 17, 2017 at 9:39 pm . First, you’ve got that two-step rhythm—always common in regional Tex-Mex, country, and Cajun-zydeco but not in rock and roll, not then or now. It's the high point of the band's best album, 1993's Big Time. These aren’t jokes, and they’re as funny as Texas is awesome. Who qualified? Which make more sense, actually, if you know that the song was originally called “She’s a Body Mover,” an offhand comment Sahm had made about a girl dirty-dancing at one of his shows. Steve Earle: “Billy Austin” Earle has rocked harder, but the Schertz-raised singer never made a more powerful record. Ernest Tubb: “Walkin’ the Floor Over You” You’ll not find a simpler sound than that unveiled on the Texas Troubadour’s first massive hit, from 1941. His slyly humorous, down-home philosophizing (“Show me a man that’s got a good woman/I’ll show you a man that goes to work hummin’”) was tinged with the knowledge that to err is human, and celebrations like this snappy, rhythmically shifting 1967 affirmation of the do-right couple gave soul a whole new dimension. Subscribe or link your existing subscription. Bob Wills -- "San Antonio Rose/New San Antonio Rose" 5. The Perryville native turned Nashville upside down in 1956 when he introduced the Texas dance hall sound to conventional country, replacing the standard 2-4 beat, double-stop fiddle, and vocal choruses with a 4-4 featuring drums and heavy bass, single-string fiddle, and high harmony over his own swelling lead vocals, which verged on the croon he’d later adapt. It was T-Bone Walker’s virtuosity that drove Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown to the soaring heights he has reached on the guitar. It perfectly captured Gatemouth’s fiery eclecticism. Nearly fifty years later, in 1986, his son Flaco revived it with his own modern but tradition-based brand of brown bounce and bop. Jacquet was only nineteen when he first entered a recording studio with Lionel Hampton’s 1942 band and played the solo that would define his more than sixty years on the stage. What other great songs about Texas did I miss? His best-known tune (released in 1972) tells of an ill-fated meeting. Roger Miller: “King of the Road” Though Miller had written hits for others, the Fort Worth singer was known for novelties like “Dang Me” until this finger-popping 1965 smash about a “man of means by no means” came along. We Swear. Texas, Our Texas 4. Buck Owens: “Act Naturally” Owens suffered a lot of false starts before this self-effacing 1963 chart-topper launched his career. Sir Douglas Quintet “She’s About a Mover”. Unfortunately, Holly had an all too short eighteen months left. But what’s most amazing is that a giddier and less-worldly rock audience back then actually bought manager-producer Huey P. Meaux’s hype that this racially mixed group (white and brown) was the newest sensation from England. Welcome to Texas, Elon Musk. Enter your e-mail address for things to do, restaurants to try and much more! Those spaces proved to be the silence heard ’round the world. They inspired everyone from their homeboys Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan to ZZ Top, over in Houston. Gene Autry: “The Yellow Rose of Texas” The Singing Cowboy’s 1933 definitive upbeat version of the pre-Civil War classic glosses over the racial controversy. Head even upped the ante by giving it garage-band trappings. Jack Teagarden: “Basin Street Blues” A double threat as both a superb vocalist and trombonist, Vernon’s Teagarden somehow missed the limelight. The Houston native thus earned the title the Lark of the Border. The hard-swinging 1954 recording of “Okie Dokie Stomp” takes off like a bullet and never slows down. Hey! The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “She’s Tuff” Always a notch above the bevy of white blues revivalists, Austin’s T-Birds were a formidable live act, and this 1979 version of the Jerry McCain tune got all their strengths down on record too. The best GIFs are on GIPHY. The stories you want, in one weekly newsletter. Then you’ve got those maniacal dit-dit-dit-dits from organ jockey Augie Meyers; he claims he owned the first Vox in the nation, which supposedly provided the English vibe, but the way he used it mainly served to make a direct connection with Tex-Mex accordion. All this elevated the quartet style from spiritual entertainment to sanctified “church-wrecking.”. T-Bone Walker: “West Side Baby” Walker’s precise, cleanly articulated licks and exquisite tone are timeless, and this slow burner from 1947 is all late-night atmosphere, leavened with a dash of humor. . Clifton Chenier: “I’m on the Wonder” The King of Zydeco, who spent most of his peak years in Houston, goes even farther out than usual on this 1974 slow blues track with a curious title phrase. The rat-tat-tat of the rhythm section is as unnerving as the overdubbed gunshots at the beginning of the song; there’s been very little else in white pop music with such propulsive thrust. Offensive? Joe Patek Orchestra: “The Shiner Song” John Patek started the orchestra in the twenties, but it was his son Joe, who played clarinet and sax and eventually took over as bandleader, who overhauled the traditional “Farewell to Prague” in 1949 and named the results after their hometown. For this month's issue of Texas Monthly, writers Jeff McCord and John Morthland took on an ambitious assignment: coming up with a list of the 100 best Texas songs. Funny, rocking, and undeniable. He was such a maverick that he still doesn’t get proper credit. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators “You’re Gonna Miss Me”. LET’S BACK UP FOR A SECOND. Even by 1957 standards, this Lubbock teen looked, well, like a geek. Alejandro Escovedo: “Paradise” A condemned man awaits the gallows as the evocative first song from Austinite Escovedo’s 1992 solo debut opens. Leave them blank to get signed up. Few countries can boast such an amazing and diverse legacy, and one reason is that Texans are passionate about music. “Hi, everybody! 1) “Texas, Our Texas” by William J. Marsh, 2) “Deep In The Heart Of Texas” by Perry Como with Ted Weems and His Orchestra, 3) “Luckenbach, Texas” by Waylon Jennings, 4) “The Yellow Rose of Texas” by Various Artists including Elvis Presley and Mitch Miller, 9) “San Antonio Rose” by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, 10) “Deep Elem Blues” by The Shelton Brothers, 11) “Miles and Miles of Texas” by Asleep at the Wheel. Willie Nelson: “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” In lesser hands, his 1979 song might seem irredeemably hokey, but Nelson pulls off this slow-dance heartbreaker with his usual aplomb. It was the title song of an album that won Jimenez a Grammy and solidified his standing as the lone conjunto accordionist known to the non-Tex-Mex audience. He mastered his stunning bottleneck guitar technique (he used a pocket knife) on the streets, and his voluminous croak rang over the din of the crowd. Jimmie Rodgers “Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)”. Gilmore and his band of Lubbock unknowns, the Flatlanders (Joe Ely and Butch Hancock), played spare acoustic backing, including a musical saw, that emphasized his Texas warble. Plenty of exceptional musicians hail from the great state of Texas, from the classic country artists like Willie Nelson to the modern country singers such as George Strait. George Strait: "All My Exes Live in Texas" Gary Miller / Getty Images. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “New San Antonio Rose”. That attitude mirrored both current Chicano disillusionment and the faith to rise above it, and the song quickly spread through the Southwest to become the anthem of Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers—and probably the first true great example in the modern style eventually dubbed tejano. You already know the biggies -- "Deep in the Heart of Texas," "All My Ex's Live in Texas," "Yellow Rose of Texas" -- but there scads of lesser-known gems, too. Texans don’t say “wiretapping”… they would call it “the eyes of Texas are upon you.” 13. Search, discover and share your favorite Texas GIFs. Jun 1, 2013 - Explore Infectious Tex's board "Funny Texas" on Pinterest. “That’ll Be the Day” borrowed its title from the catchphrase of John Wayne’s character in The Searchers and boasted a swagger worthy of the Duke. Port Arthur-born, Joplin would become the finest white blues singer of her generation. The word is a bit misleading; in fact, we included the best recordings of songs, from 78’s to singles to album tracks. 2021 Bum Steer of the Year: The Texas Democratic Party, With Salons Closed, an 89-Year-Old Houston Woman Washes Her Own Hair for the First Time in Decades. They would have been funny and worthwhile to share, if the writer would not have had not put in the four letter words. Enter your email below to send a password reset email. Its appeal lies not only in the angular melodic lines but also in the marvel of its performance. It's barely December but with Thanksgiving over and done with, the moratorium on Christmas songs is officially over. Couchman’s Blind Lemon Jefferson was an originator of country blues and the first successful male blues performer. Since the punk-rock era, Fuller’s only top ten hit, released in 1966, just before his untimely and mysterious death, has come to be seen as a rebel classic, and rightfully so. We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. Successful as a songwriter but stymied as an artist, Willie fled Music City for his native Texas in 1971, intent on making his own music on Red Headed Stranger, which was so out of step with prevailing sounds that his label first dismissed it as a bunch of demos it didn’t want to release. Get our weekly newsletter, filled with good reads, news analysis—and updates on special events. Ray Wylie Hubbard: “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” The Dallas-raised Hubbard could continue his eclectic work for a hundred more albums and he’d still be known for 1978’s “Redneck Mother” (first recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1973). Dierks Bentley's fun little song about partying and having fun is great for a spring break playlist. Jerry Jeff Walker and Gary P. Nunn: “London Homesick Blues” Walker helped make his band mate Nunn’s 1973 tune (with Nunn on vocals) part of the vernacular before Austin City Limits dubbed it its theme song. The music was upbeat and happy, while Tommy Duncan’s vocals mourned a loss he just couldn’t shake (“Moon in all your splendor/Known only to my heart/Call back my rose/Rose of San Antone”). Love Texas? God, what a scream. Butch Hancock: “If You Were a Bluebird” With so many sharp and incisive songs under his belt, the prolific Hancock sports an embarrassment of riches. Psychedelic music and, not coincidentally, LSD were just starting to take hold when these acid-rock pioneers made the scene. His first hit, 1948’s “Chicken Shack Boogie,” typifies his effortless-sounding R&B style. Watch it!” Sam warns, as if to caution the thousands of future bar bands who’d be amending their set lists to make room for the song—which, in case you were wondering, is about Samudio’s cat. Waltz across Texas 3. Newbury was born in Houston, Texas, on May 19, 1940, to Mamie Ellen (née Taylor) and Milton Newbury.As a teenager, Newbury sang tenor in a moderately successful vocal group called The Embers. But there was no denying the song Holly and his band, the Crickets, rolled out from Norman Petty’s Clovis, New Mexico, studio onto the national stage. It was 1966; the Grateful Dead had yet to release an album. Esteban “Steve” Jordan: “Kranke” Jordan earned the title Jimi Hendrix of the Accordion for the way he, like Hendrix, redefined his instrument. See more ideas about Songs, Texas, Texas music. Sorry, we’re unable to find an account with that username and password. Bells of Joy: “Let’s Talk About Jesus” Lead singer A. C. Littlefield’s creamy, countrified tenor made this Austin quartet’s 1951 debut that rarest of gospel beasts: the secular crossover. Navasota’s gift to soul music—and the genre’s most unsung hero—had uncommon common sense. And dancers knew exactly what this meant, because nobody made feeling bad feel better than these guys. Let me know in the comments! But if Lynn’s voice suggests just enough of that genre’s youthful innocence to sneak her into the mainstream, everything else—the lyrics, the band, her delivery—offers the angry defiance, wisdom, and resolve of the blues. Sippie Wallace: “Woman Be Wise” Houston’s Wallace started out early enough to have Louis Armstrong as a sideman, but this spunky 1966 recording, made after she was lured from retirement, endeared her to the emerging folk scene and made her a hero to a new generation. Their responses, combined with our own lists, brought us to some consensus, but we still had more than four hundred songs. The Big Bopper: “Chantilly Lace” Jape Richardson, a Beaumont-raised deejay, was also a songwriter (“White Lightnin’,” “Runnin’ Bear”) but is remembered for his hilarious 1958 “Chantilly Lace,” which lasciviously declared to the world, “Oh, baby, that’s what I like.”. Sample Funny Lyrics He stuck that needle down deep in my gum And he started drillin' before I was numb Some beach Frizzell had already paid his musical and civic dues (he did a bit of hard time) when a studio owner heard him in a Texas club, leading to his signing with Columbia. Mance Lipscomb: “Tom Moore’s Farm” So notorious was employer Tom Moore that Navasota songster-sharecropper Lipscomb first issued his 1960 recording anonymously. Fuller yoked Buddy Holly’s Tex-Mex grooves to a rockabilly attack, an eclectic guitar flash, and vocal harmonies that owed much to the Beatles and early folk rock; he wrapped it in contemporary production and engineering that was all presence. It made moments of found emotion, like the bitterness that springs from “. We report on vital issues from politics to education and are the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering everything from music to cultural events with insightful recommendations. Amos Milburn: “Chicken Shack Boogie” Houston powerhouse pianist Milburn made irresistible good-time music, celebrating drinking, carousing, and carrying on. Just as it’s difficult to overstate Walker’s importance, it’s impossible to conceive of the modern blues without his unforgettable couplet: “They call it stormy Monday/But Tuesday’s just as bad.”. But it was the stirring lyrics (“There is a sorrow cleft like a dagger into my thoughts”) and haunting, innovative three-part harmonies that probably turned this desolate memory of rejection into their signature song. Doubtless to some, but also, like a good low-budget action flick, “Mind Playin Tricks on Me” is so over the top that it quickly turns surreal. At his solo’s peak, the Houston-raised saxophonist blows a brash single note twelve times in a row, then he does it again. Texas is definitely a place worth talking about, and many more people of note have had words to say about the Lone Star State. Here’s two Jimenezes in one. Gene Autry -- "Deep in the Heart of Texas " 3. Yet this haunting 1959 beauty clearly resonates the loudest. They are among the hundreds who have recorded the 1947 anthem of the world’s most influential electric blues guitarist, Linden’s T-Bone Walker. Well, it's just a Texas phrase meaning brave. Audiences fed off his frenzy. You'll receive your first newsletter soon! These 16 Songs About Texas Will Touch Your Soul Today. nothin’, that’s all that Bobby left me” all the more powerful and authentic. http://www.raystevens.comhttps://www.facebook.com/raystevensmusic1707Copyright 2013Clyde Records Inc./Ray Stevens Music Nothing else in Texas rap compares to this 1991 B-movie vision of urban paranoia from Houston’s Fifth Ward. The remaining sixty are alphabetized, a decision that eliminated the prolonged—and fruitless—debate over whether, say, George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning” should be number 86 or number 87. “Money” was recorded in 1950 and launched a hit-making decade for the Corsicana singer. When Waco’s Playboys recorded “San Antonio Rose” as an instrumental, in 1938, country fiddle and steel took the leads. George Strait: “Amarillo by Morning” The spiffiest of modern Texas swing/honky-tonk singers is known for his love songs. See more ideas about texas, only in texas, texas humor. The Houston to San Antonio train would roll through each night at midnight, and the prisoners all imagined it to be their ticket home. But don’t call it the blues. Yet in his entire free-ranging repertoire, there’s something about this melodic slice of Louisiana black magic, most of its lines adapted from other songs, that remains irresistibly pure Lightnin’. His 1972 yin-yang paean to Dallas is direct and honest. Bill Neely: “Never Left the Lone Star State” Written in the forties, recorded in 1985, and unreleased until 2002, “Never Left” is the ultimate Texas travelogue (a.k.a. Charlie Christian (with Benny Goodman) “Breakfast Feud”. A product of the San Antonio and Houston scenes, Tillman cast aside country’s usual euphemisms to write and sing about extramarital love and sex with no apologies, no moralizing, no excuses. “Only the Lonely” was the first of many memorable hits for the Vernon singer, and it perfectly encapsulated his style; blending elements of rock, doo-wop, and rockabilly to a lush vocal and string pop arrangement, which builds Bolero-like to the inevitable big finish. And though he spent his entire career up north, his radio-friendly tenor and his mellow phrasing retained just enough Texas grit to make him a seldom-credited influence on Floyd Tillman and other honky-tonk trailblazers. texas 4713 GIFs. With his quirky guitar and his dry, bemused vocals, he could—and did—write and sing about nearly anything; he’s also perhaps the most recorded bluesman ever (he cut this song twice, in ’60 and ’69). 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