20. "Gin, Smoke, Lies" - Turnpike Troubadours
Okay, these guys aren't technically from Texas either, but their sound is certainly borrowed from our great state. They've since made a home here, because that's where the people who love Turnpike Troubadours are. This song of betrayal and love may not ring familiar if you've led a boring life, but you'll still enjoy listening to this on a honky-tonk jukebox.
19. "Everclear" - Roger Creager
In the earliest days of the Red Dirt boom, a few songs stepped forward to become anthems that anyone in a Texas dancehall would know by heart. There is probably an entire generation of frat boys who have scars that can be directly attributed to this song. When Creager sings about pumping a watermelon full of Everclear at a baptist picnic, it makes us all want to go to church.
18. "George's Bar" - Pat Green
It's got a reputation as a frat boy anthem that isn't too far off, but that doesn't take anything away from "George's Bar." Everyone has a bar that they call home, and hopefully yours is a place that is as awesome as George's. And you'd probably still go, even if you won a million bucks selling computers.
17. "Hard Man to Love" - Kevin Fowler
There are plenty of songs about shitty relationships, but even fewer where the singer is actually taking responsibility for screwing it all up. We can all appreciate the occasional grace that our partners show us when we're acting like assholes, even if there is a little of that old "Stand By Your Man" stodginess in the mix.
16. "Snake Farm" - Ray Wylie Hubbard
Every once in a while, you have to acknowledge the more redneck elements of country music. It's just a rite of passage. This song, of course, is not about an actual zoo that features reptiles, but an actual strip club where the guy is in love with a counter girl named Ramona with a python tattoo on her arm. We agree, Ray Wylie, that the snake farm just does sound nasty. And that's kind of what we love about it.
15. "She Likes the Beatles" - William Clark Green
He's relatively new to the Texas Country scene, but William Clark Green has already made his place as one of the genre's most talented artists. While mainstream country relies on stereotypical views of women, "She Likes the Beatles" is an honest look at making it work with someone you love, quirks and all.
14. "Nashville Blues" - Cory Morrow
While we've all moved on (sort of, anyways) from the "Nashville Sucks" anthem that Morrow helped propel in the 1990s, there's little to disagree with or move on from in this ode to the sounds and artists that made Nashville great and for it to be a place where aspiring dudes from Texas take their best shot.
13. "Me And Charlie Talkin'" - Miranda Lambert
Now that Miranda Lambert is a bonafide Nashville star, it's easy to forget that she got her start on the Texas Country charts. Before she was the queen of country music, Lambert's 2005 release is technically a Nashville album, but Texas is more than happy to take credit for our homegrown talent. In terms of sound, "Me And Charlie Talkin'" fits in nicely with a genre that has been otherwise dominated by men since its inception.
12. "Angry all the Time" - Bruce Robison
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are Texas Country's power couple, thanks in large part to how incredibly talented they both are. This sad, heart-wrenching ballad was covered by Tim McGraw, but Robison's recording with Willis on backup will always be the best version of this song, hands down. If you've ever been in a relationship that's gone south, you know exactly what they're talking about.
11. "Biloxi" - Jack Ingram
Ingram's Hey You is a Texas Country Red Dirt must-have album. It's packed with tunes that are still played regularly on regional radio for good reason. But this dramatic, mournful album opening track about Ingram's father skipping town for a new life without him is nothing short of masterful.