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The 50 Best Red Dirt Texas Country Songs

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30. "I Have Not Forgotten You" - Kelly Willis

For younger fans, here's something really cool to know: Kelly Willis hasn't only recorded albums with her husband Bruce Robison. She's enjoyed a fine recording career all her own. For our money, it's hard to beat her 1999 album What I Deserve and this standout track from that effort.

29. "Guinivere" - Eli Young Band

There was a time when it seemed like Eli Young Band would no longer be just a "Texas" act, but full-fledged country stars. They haven't been anointed just yet, but "Guinevere" was their closest glimpse at mainstream popularity. Red Dirt is a genre that does love songs particularly well, and Guinevere and is the right kind of ode to a complicated lady.

28. "Pearl Snap Shirts" - Jason Boland

Red Dirt carries on the classic tradition of drinking songs, devoting entire tracks to extolling the virtues of booze and the process of getting drunker than hell. Which is exactly why we love it. There are not many constants in this world, but there will always be Texas Country music, cheap bourbon whiskey and pearl snap shirts.

27. "Loving County" - Charlie Robison

This detailed story of a desperate man wanting to buy his woman a ring can sometimes seem endless in concert, but when Robison's into it, this song is a sing-along highlight of the highest order.

26. "Alabama" - Cross Canadian Ragweed

Cross Canadian Ragweed has always been a blend of Southern rock and Texas Country, a sound that is prominent in "Alabama." It's a hard-rocking love song, which is sort of rare, but that's exactly why it's so distinct. If Cross Canadian Ragweed were to get back together and go on tour, we can almost guarantee that this song would be their No. 1 requested tune — even before that song about the quality of Oklahoma's joints.

25. "God Bless This Town" - Wade Bowen

Bowen's a small-town guy, as many fans of Texas Country are. So in this hard-charging tune, when he sings about the behind-the-back chatter one endures in said small town, it's easy to understand what he really means when he sings, "God bless this town."

24. "Corpus Christi Bay" - Robert Earl Keen

Living in this concrete city, it's easy to forget that there are Texas beaches. Some days, it's easy to want to just slip away and become a beach bum in Corpus Christi Bay. All of our fantasies about skipping out on our jobs and moving down south have Robert Earl Keen's voice on "Corpus Christi Bay" in our ears, even if we're not really listening to Keen warn us about the consequences of beach life.

23. "Kiss Me in the Dark" - Randy Rogers Band

It's hard to write a song that is as equally at home on a honky-tonk jukebox as your gettin' it on playlist, but "Kiss Me In The Dark" is the best of both. This is a thoroughly country song that is unapologetically about having passionate, mind-blowing sex, and that's something we can all get behind.

22. "Down In Flames" - Stoney LaRue

He's not a Texan by birth, but Stoney LaRue has plenty of Texas Country cred. "Down In Flames" isn't necessarily LaRue's biggest commercial hit, but it is certainly one of his best tracks. It's the perfect kind of song for jilted exes and pissed-off girlfriends, and may or may not have been the impetus for a keyed car or two.

21. "Freeze Frame Time" - Brandon Rhyder

Brandon Rhyder's vocals might be the technically strongest in Texas. He's a talented songwriter as well. Combine his ability to nail a soaring chorus with goosebump-inducing lines about enjoying the seemingly small but hugely precious moments of family life, and you have a fine example of how emotionally deep Red Dirt can be.

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Amy McCarthy and Kelly Dearmore