Hello from Our Hometown

Big fun in our hometown over the weekend: we went to the annual Art Car parade, which I’ve attended with my son for who knows how many years.  Just the other day the New York Times did a story where they spent 36 hours in our hometown, and needless to say they missed a lot of the good stuff.  How can you spend any time in our hometown and not mention the music?

Our little town is an American cradle of blues, country, folk, jazz and hip-hop, all seasoned by our neighbors to the south (Mexico), the east (Louisiana) and the west (Austin).   You can look up some of the cool musicians who have called our little town home, and the many more who recorded their hits here.  Of course the NY Times mentioned an art museum, some swanky restaurants and hotels and – naturally – a gay bar.

Screw the New York Times.  We still run that damn space program from here, and there’s still no better place to get your damn heart fixed.  And did I mention we have a lot of great music here: guess who was here over the weekend?  Elwood Blues.  Ha ha ha ha!

MP3: “Telephone Road” by Rodney Crowell

MP3: “Struggle Here In Houston” by Lowell Fulsom

MP3: “Orphan Of The Storm” by Mudcrutch

MP3: “Fannin Street” (live) by Tom Waits

MP3: “Houston” by Dean Martin

MP3: “Houston Is Hot Tonight” by Iggy Pop

MP3: “Seeds” (live) by Bruce Springsteen

MP3: “Houston” by the Deadstring Brothers

MP3: “Houston, TX” by Deer Tick

MP3: “Houston” by Bun B, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Paul Wall &  Chamillionaire

MP3: “If You Ever Go To Houston” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Home To Houston” (live) by Steve Earle

MP3: “Heaven, Hell or Houston” by ZZ Top

The Houston Press‘ take on the New York Times article.  Nice photo!

5 Responses to “Hello from Our Hometown”

  1. D. Jon Moutard Says:

    Here, have another! From Graham Parker’s old backing band.

    [audio src="http://www.filefactory.com/file/b19522e/n/The_Rumour_17_Houston.mp3" /]

  2. 30daysout Says:

    Thanks! Forgot about that one!

  3. Steve Earle also has a good song about Telephone Road:

    http://popup.lala.com/popup/504684663716245506

    There’s also a Doug Sahm song or cover where he sings about Houston, but the name escapes me.

  4. The Doug Sahm song is called “Houston Chicks,” from his Groover’s Paradise album.

  5. 30daysout Says:

    Yeah I thought about including that Steve Earle “Telephone Road” but opted for the rare live version of “Home to Houston,” which was recorded for Austin’s KGSR radio back in 2005.

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