Review: Texas Music




Of course you know that the best music in the world comes from Texas, or at least that’s what we Texans believe.  OK … just kidding, but you gotta admit some pretty good stuff comes out of the Lone Star State pretty regularly.  Here is the evidence, judge for yourself:


Peace, Love & BBQ is the latest from Texas blues and piano gal Marcia Ball, and although it’s a party from the opening track she’s not afraid to slow it down.  Guests include Dr. John, Tracy Nelson and Terrance Simien.


Lovers comes from Bobby Whitlock, former member of Derek and the Dominos, but he and wife CoCo Carmel make their home in Austin now.  This is his first studio album and it’s a blue-eyed-soul extravaganza, with a few cameo appearances by that Willie Nelson guy.


Live Cactus! Along with Lone Star Beer, Joe Ely is our other great national resource.  Here he’s mostly acoustic with accordionist Joel Guzman; just close your eyes and imagine you’re in a border town cantina.


Kashmere Gardens Mud is the autobiographical track that kicks off Johnny Bush’s album of the same name.  Bush is an acclaimed country writer (“Whiskey River”) and that Willie Nelson guy pops up on a couple of tunes here, too. 


Moment Of Forever is a new one by that Willie Nelson guy (man, he’s everywhere!), who is celebrating his 75th birthday this year.  Title song is a Kris Kristofferson tune and while the album is uneven it has its, ah, moments.


Troubadour goes down nice and easy, because it’s by long-time country great George Strait.  In his 28th year of making music, Strait keeps crankin’ them out.


Living For The Sunshine by Jack Saunders is the work of another tried-and-troubadour from our great state.  We blogged on this one last week (April 10) but we like it so much we are sharing another cut from this excellent album.  Thanks, Jack!


Come and Take It is an ancient Texas battle cry, and it’s also the newest album from Orange Is In, our little blog’s house band.  Catch them live, they’re playing at a fine establishment near you … that is, if you’re in Texas.  If you’re not, take a listen of our finest new music and we’ll leave the light on for ya’ll.


MP3: Party Town by Marcia Ball

MP3: Dice Of God by Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel

MP3: Where Is My Love? by Joe Ely & Joel Guzman

MP3: Kashmere Gardens Mud by Johnny Bush

MP3: Moment Of Forever by Willie Nelson

MP3: When You’re In Love by George Strait

MP3: Nothing At All by Jack Saunders

MP3: House Where You Go by Orange Is In

One Response to “Review: Texas Music”

  1. Glenn Simmons Says:

    great post and information. I recently did a post on friend, texas troubador, walt wilkins. check it out at

    let me know what u think

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