05. "My Hometown" — Charlie Robsion

Robison is pure Texan. In this song, he evokes small towns, Friday night football, college revelry, roughnecking and name-checks the largest cities in a candid, believable way. Brad Behler

04. "Down the Road Tonight" — Hayes Carll

I loved Hayes from the first time I heard him. I love his sense of humor. Matt Hillyer

03. "Carry On" — Pat Green

This was one of the first songs I can truly remember loving from the moment I heard it. And it still does my heart good to sing along at the top of my lungs! Katie Key

02. "Tonight's Not the Night" — Randy Rogers Band

Not only the song that truly started Rogers' ascent into the vanguard of the scene, but this song features a chorus with wordplay that's so natural, it's not really wordplay. A simple yet profound sentiment that anyone can relate to, set to a fiddle-driven, true-blue country song. Kelly Dearmore

01. "Feeling Good Again" — Robert Earl Keen

Keen is a sage writer who describes life in Texas with such vivid detail that he makes you feel like you've visited places a thousand times even when you've never been there. Anyone that hears this song is immediately transported to Bandera on a cold winter night while some old friends reconvene at a tiny bar. Brad Beheler

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lrandyalmond
lrandyalmond

15 songs? 30 songs? Howbout AT LEAST 100? Texas music took me by surprise and then swallowed me up just when Randy Rogers Band was taking off ... I was TOTALLY unaware of its existence then, but I have found it to be just about the BEST STUFF around since!!! I would LOVE to be schooled regarding this native scene, and an article like this just whets my appetite for MORE MORE MORE!!!!!! Can anyone direct me to any articles or websites where I can saturate myself with this rich treasure of original, authentic Texan Heaven? I am on the road to building a Texas/Red Dirt Library of Music and will appreciate any help along my joyful journey of discovery! Sincerely, lrandyalmond

Martin Harper
Martin Harper

No Old 97's? George Dunham? Are you kidding me?

Dennis Gonzalez
Dennis Gonzalez

Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see the late Chris Whitley's "Making the Dirt Stick" from Living With the Law...I guess it misses the 15 year hitch by 6 years.

 
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