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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Texas Music

Texas Music is an anomaly unto itself as well as those who claim to love it.  I can't say how many times I've heard someone say with a certain bravado "Yeah, I mainly just listen to Texas Musicians".  To which I'll reply, "Really! me too, I'll really like Jim Reeves, Lightnin' Hopkins, Doug Sahm, and The Polyphonic Spree!"  That is usually followed by me being called a jackass, and the occasional argument sometimes ensues.

 Texas Music ebbs and flows from Tejano, to punk rock, to mariachi, to electronic, to blues, to gospel, to country, to rap, to R&B, to rock and every facet in between.  From mainstream, to Indie - if you like music, I mean real heart felt music, there's a place for you in Texas!

Texas Blues 

No sensible Texan or other knowledgeable person would claim that the Blues is genuinely Texas, BUT, Texans did put there own spin on the style which originated in the Mississippi Delta at the beginning of the 1900's.  Just like a good Mayhaw Jelly, Texas blues came out of East Texas, namely the timber camps and oilfields and then spread to Dallas, Houston and Galveston during the Great Depression.  By the 1970's Texas Blues had lost pretty much all of it's appeal.  Texas Rockers ZZ Top included some blues riffs in there styling but it wasn't until the emergence of the great Stevie Ray Vaughan in the 1980's that the term Texas Blues actually meant something again.  With the tragic and sudden death of Stevie Ray Vaughan in August of 1990 the Texas Blues scene crept back into a seemingly quite spot on the shelf.  Texas still has its fair share of great Texas Blues artist, most notably Tyler Bryant form Honey Grove, Texas.



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