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We’re in Texas, so we’ve got a Texas question…

posted by Scot McKnight

What is the Texans’ best contribution to world of music?



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Jason Powell

posted February 20, 2010 at 10:59 am


Stevie Ray Vaughn. Close second is Austin City Limits



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James

posted February 20, 2010 at 11:30 am


Since I doubt anyone else will go out on this limb, I’ll say Stamps-Baxter just for kicks. “Just a Little Talk with Jesus” anyone?



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David Herrick

posted February 20, 2010 at 11:41 am


1. Buddy Holly . . . from Lubbock, TX
2. Robert Earl Keen



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Dave

posted February 20, 2010 at 11:44 am


Towns Van Zandt



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James

posted February 20, 2010 at 11:48 am


1. Stevie Ray
2. Townes Van Zandt
3. Lyle Lovett



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Rob

posted February 20, 2010 at 11:52 am


Eric Johnson, especially his performances on Austin City Limits! Fabulous guitar player!



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James

posted February 20, 2010 at 11:57 am


4. Guy Clark (almost forgot one!)



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Denny Burk

posted February 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm


You’re all wrong. It’s definitely Willie Nelson.



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Jon Wasson

posted February 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm


Homer Hiccolm and the Rocketboys.
Now know as just The Rocketboys



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Chuck

posted February 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm


Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys



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Keith Clark

posted February 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm


Stevie Ray Vaughan without a doubt!



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Clint W

posted February 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm


Here’s another vote for Bob Wills.



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Shannon Byrd

posted February 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Stephen

posted February 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm


Of course, there are too many contributions to mention! Here’s a sampling (in no particular order):
Stevie Ray Vaughn (80s blues revival)
Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Janis Joplin, ZZ Top (rock)
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker (outlaw country)
Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett (country-folk)
Clint Black, George Strait, Kenny Rogers (country)
Selena (Tejano music legend)
Scott Joplin (King of Ragtime)
Austin City Limits
SXSW
If you can get to Austin, head to 6th Street and sample the live music scene – there’s a reason it’s called “The Live Music Capital of the World”!



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Rusty

posted February 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm


George Straight and SRV



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Bill Kinnon

posted February 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm


Lyle Lovett at the very top.
And I am rather fond of Don Henley.



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Dan

posted February 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm


Austin City Limits and Stubb’s Sunday Gospel Brunch, for sure.
DJ|AMDG



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Darren King

posted February 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm


My vote: King’s X.



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Shannon Bond

posted February 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm


Funny how no one has mentioned Pat Green. No Aggies on here?



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Scott Meyer

posted February 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm


Going to have to give it to Stevie Ray Vaughn, but I will give honorable mention to Buddy Holly.



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James

posted February 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm


What? Nobody’s mentioned Earnest Tubb? He used to drive a beer truck in San Angelo. “I’m walkin’ the floor over you…”



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Darren

posted February 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm


Seriously? The Fightin’ Teas Aggie Band. Is there any doubt to this?



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Darren

posted February 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm


And yes, I meant Texas Aggie Band. Maybe an Aggie joke, maybe my poor typing skills.



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Dottie

posted February 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm


Van Cliburne



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Ken

posted February 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm


The Texas Tornados( Freddy Fender and Flacco Jimenez, et al)
along with many of those mentioned above: Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Bob wills, Willie Nelson,…………………)



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Chris

posted February 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm


Hey — how about Glen Campbell and his song Galveston! My wife and spent our honeymoon on Galveston Island.



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discokvn

posted February 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm


glad that townes and lyle and clark were named but let’s not forget joe ely, butch hancock, and how about the flatlanders, etc…



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J.R.

posted February 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm


silence.



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Dan Smith of Reno

posted February 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm


Bob Wills — fused jazz (trumpet/sax/drums) with coungry. His first appearance on Opry caused a stir. Here had never been drums so the producers made him keep the drummer off stage. It was OK to hear but not see them.



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Larry

posted February 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm


How about the 13th Floor Elevator. Has anyone else used electric jug??



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grinder

posted February 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm


King’s X, but they may be too obscure even though they are amazing.



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John Mark Harris

posted February 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm


Stevie Ray Vaughn



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Joey

posted February 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm


It has been said but….Buddy Holly, without a doubt.



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Jim Martin

posted February 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm


Both have been said but I would say either Willie Nelson or Buddy Holly.



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okie

posted February 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm


Well, there’s Willie & Buddy & Joe Ely & Townes Van Zant & Gatemouth Brown & , if I’m not mistaken, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Johnny Winter, Janis Joplin and, oh yeah, a rookie piano player named Van Cliburn.



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Rick in Texas

posted February 20, 2010 at 9:50 pm


Buddy.



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Greg in East Texas

posted February 20, 2010 at 10:44 pm


ZZ TOP



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troy

posted February 20, 2010 at 11:13 pm


Roy Orbison



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tim e

posted February 21, 2010 at 1:42 am


skynard…hands down.



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paul

posted February 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm


SRV may he live in blessed memory! Willie, no mention of Waylon yet!!! Also, from Austin in the early 90′s: Twang, Twang, Shock a Boom and Poi Dog.



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Happy

posted February 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm


Townes Van Zandt



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Anonymous

posted February 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm


Ummm…. all of these are very nice indeed, but all of the legends listed here would actually cite Bob Wills as the king of all Texas music, world without end, amen.



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Wendy

posted February 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm


Dixie Chicks



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Kenton

posted February 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm


My son’s middle name is Vaughan after Stevie Ray, so I’d have to go with him for greatest. This list makes me proud to be a native Texan, though.



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Bundesbedenkentraeger

posted February 22, 2010 at 5:24 am


Definitey the Dixie Chicks. Not only good music but also good morals!



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keo

posted February 22, 2010 at 10:16 am


King’s X (the early years)



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Brian

posted February 22, 2010 at 10:25 am


Stevie Ray
Eric Johnson
Ian Moore
Buddy Holly
In that order.



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Cecil

posted February 22, 2010 at 11:39 am


Too many to list. But my favorite is Michael Martin Murphey. Check out his lyrics for “Observer”, “Ring of Life”, “Backslider’s Wine”, to name a few.



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