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The Texas 20: Our “official” songs from the Lone Star state

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2010 by 30daysout

Some radio DJs here in Houston had an intriguing bit going a few weeks ago: they wanted listeners to nominate an official state rock song for Texas. Apparently Ohio did that recently, and its official state rock song is now “Hang On Sloopy.” Go figure.

Anyway, listeners of Dean and Rog (on KGLK-FM, “The Eagle”) could choose from a short list of a few songs each from ZZ Top, Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds … and their winner was the Top’s “La Grange.” Official rock song for the entire state of Texas? Hmmm, maybe. To make the song truly official, Dean and Rog now have to get the Texas legislature to buy into that – I’m not sure lawmakers are gonna go for a tune about a whorehouse.

But it got me to thinkin’: Texas is a pretty big place.  Its music encompasses not only rock and roll, but blues, country, Tex-Mex and even a little Cajun from our nice neighbors to the east. Why stop at just one official state rock song? Why not have an entire album of “official” songs for the big ol’ Lone Star state?

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Live: Ray Wylie Hubbard, Houston

Posted in Review with tags , , , on January 24, 2010 by 30daysout

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Texas has a boxcar full of “legendary” singer/songwriters, and folks in other parts of the country may have heard of some of them.  Ray Wylie Hubbard has been around for a while, he’s kind of an elder statesman of the Lone Star singer/songwriter contingent.  Saturday he offered a great little in-store performance at Houston’s Cactus Music and Video to showcase his latest album, A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C).

“The world’s worst album title,” he cracked, as he launched intoDrunken Poet’s Dream” from the new album.  The song, co-written with Houston singer/songwriter Hayes Carll, talks about a woman who likes “being naked and gazed upon,” before it flips down the list of writer’s “inspirations” that make for great literature (and shot livers).

Ray explained that he originally started making the album with Gurf Morlix, but Morlix had another commitment and told Hubbard to produce it himself.  Hubbard enlisted the help of Texas musician/producer George Reiff, and finished the album.   Just when Hubbard thought it was done, Reiff said “You know what this album needs?”  “Don’t tell me, it’s done, I don’t want to hear it,” Hubbard said.  “It needs a rock anthem.”

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Ain’t Nobody Feelin’ No Pain

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by 30daysout

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Back when I had HBO I saw this movie, it was called Lost Horizon.  It was about these people, they all had some kind of hole or emptiness deep inside their lives, and they wound up in this mythical place called Shangri-La.   It wasn’t on any map, it was tough to find and in fact it may have existed only in some people’s imaginations.  If you didn’t have the right kind of attitude, the right kind of feeling in your heart, you could walk past it all your life and never find it at all.  There’s a place like luckenbach signthat in Texas.  It’s called Luckenbach.

Luckenbach is a town that has a history and a legend.  The history is that the town started in the 1800s, and at one time it had about 400 people living there.  It’s located in Gillespie County, near Fredericksburg, about 50 miles north of San Antonio and about 70 miles west of Austin.  In the 1960s the place was for all intents and purposes a ghost town – it’s not located on any major highway and even then there were precious few road signs directing drivers to the place.

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Rusty Wier, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , , on October 13, 2009 by 30daysout

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Rusty Wier was a well-known singer/songwriter who has been a Texas hero for decades.  He died last week after a long battle with cancer.  He was one of the most exuberant and infectious performers I’ve ever seen, every show I saw him play was memorable.  Here is a proper tribute from the Austin American Statesman.  Perhaps his biggest moment was Bonnie Raitt’s cover of Wier’s “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance” from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.  People in Texas will remember him differently, though – most likely from a hot, sweaty night of dancing and drinking in a roadhouse somewhere.  Rusty Wier was a Lone Star classic.

MP3: “Austin City Limits ad/Rusty Wier”  (KILT-FM, 1977)

MP3: “Coast Of Colorado” by Rusty Wier

MP3: “Good Good Lovin’ ” by Rusty Wier

MP3: “Midnight Angel” by Rusty Wier

YouTube: “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance” by Rusty Wier

Review: Texas Music (Summer Edition)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2008 by 30daysout

Don’t know about you, but here in the Lone Star state the weather is telling us summer’s here.  Time to clean the pool, dust off the barbecue grill and pop a few tops (of Lone Star Beer, naturally).  We understand gasoline is 4 bucks a gallon so we won’t be too offended if you don’t visit over the Memorial Day weekend.  So here’s some freshly minted music from Texas, as a little holiday gift to you.

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Rock Moment: Sir Douglas Goes New Wave

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , on May 21, 2008 by 30daysout

 

One of the most influential figures in Texas music was the late, great Doug Sahm. Even though he was somewhat underappreciated on a national scale, he nonetheless put together a body of work whose range surpasses even that of Willie Nelson.

Beginning with the seminal Sir Douglas Quintet in the mid-1960s, Sahm’s music encompassed British Invasion pop, Gulf Coast blues and spicy Mexican conjunto to form a joyous blend that resulted in the hits “She’s About A Mover” and “Mendocino.”  Later in his career Sahm would show he was equally at ease with country, 1960s psychedelia and big-band blues and pop.

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Review: “Living For The Sunshine,” Jack Saunders

Posted in Review with tags , on April 10, 2008 by 30daysout

 

From the first notes of the beautiful tune “Faith” you can tell that Jack Saunders is an artist who knows exactly what he’s doing. Saunders’ third solo CD, Living for the Sunshine, is a great piece of Texas storytelling that channels country and blues and stands up against any work currently on the country charts. Tunes like “Nothing at All,” “It Never Was Like it Used to Be,” “This Highway,” the rocking “Highway 71” and the title track have a Steve Earle quality to them (without the gravely voice) and would be great listening with the top down traveling out in West Texas. A nice “freight train” groove makes an appearance on “Red Dirt and Rusted Steel,” and he gets a little soulful on the excellent ‘You’ll Have to Wait.”

 

Saunders has been a favorite on the Texas music scene since releasing CDs with veteran Shake Russell back in the 90s. He sounds mighty comfortable on his own with this 11-track collection, and after listening to it, you’ll feel pretty comfortable yourself.

 

MP3: Faith

 

Jack Saunders official website