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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by elihu, Jan 27, 2016.
Johnny, but no Edgar?
Yeah, 'course Edgar! Wasn't Michael Naismith from Texas?
Yeah, Krisoffersons' first two records were the best as far as I'm concerned-nary a wasted song. But his third release Border Lord was significant for me in that a local guitar hero from Fort Worth joined Kris' band. Stephen Bruton was the son of a jazz drummer that operated the best record store in Cowtown. Stephen's older brother Sumter was a blues guitarist who was in The Five Careless Lovers, a highly influential segregated blues band headed by Robert Ealey. (Their drummer was Mike Buck, who went on to join the Fab T-Birds). Stephen was a stone bluegrass guy who was doing Clarence White acoustic type material when he joined Kris. He went on to tour with Bonnie Raitt and Delbert McClinton and quite a few others before releasing his first solo album in 1993. We lost him in 2009 from cancer right after he helped write the Crazy Heart movie soundtrack.
Born in Abilene, Zane won the $20,000 Maxell song of the year (John Lennon Songwriting Contest) with this cut.
Love is more important than being right.
In reference to the OP, one time David Allan Coe told me I reminded him of "a young Guy Clark". Which I totally appreciate that comparison, but I find it pretty off base. Just in terms of lyrics, my stuff is a lot more straight forward than Clark. He was truly a master with lyrics, I don't think our styles are similar at all. I loved hearing that, but maybe DAC is going senile, haha.
Yeah there's singer-songwriters in every state.
Different styles - some more similar regionally than others.
Most states are all the same though.
All the same.
Just imaginary lines on a map...
Thanks for posting Landon. You've got a great voice and a tight band but yeah, I don't hear it either. But I would be interested in hearing your examples of some great songs from Texas artists. Who and what inspires you?
As has been mentioned, Zane Williams is a great one, and a super nice guy.
Robert Earl Keen was one of my first inspirations, and now being a student at A&M (same major in fact) that's an extra connection with him.
My personal favorite (current) songwriter is actually from Oklahoma, but he relocated to Texas and is doing the Texas scene now; that's Jason Boland. Like Guy, I don't even attempt to write in that style. But he's great at it.
A lot of my favorite country artists don't really fit the "singer/songwriter" bill, but these are a few that do. And still bring some honky tonk flavor.
The story on Zane was that despite many years in Nashville he couldn't convince higher-ups that he could make it as an artist. So he came back to Texas and promptly proved 'em wrong.
I have a bud with a similar story. He had one song cut in the mid 80's that went to #1 for one week. So he moved and got a job at Tree publishing as a writer. After years of them sitting on his songs waiting for someone else to break him he moved back home...said he got tired of A&R people who couldn't sing, play or write tellin' him what was wrong with his songs.
Don't think he's been mentioned, but of all the great Texas Singer-Songwriters Eric Taylor is the one I dig the most.
Blaze Foley was an interesting guy...ran with Towns Van Zandt, thought duct tape was a fashion accessory...lived fast, died young and wrote some great songs.
We made it to page 3, and no mention of Wayne "The Train" Hancock?
This only covers a few, but there's a burger joint by my parents in Denton Texas with this painting that's probably 25 feet long:
EDIT: Just remembered, it was called LSA Burgers
Are you sure it's not LSD burgers?
One more song from Blaze...man, this is what I call country. It sounds like a cross between Willie and Waylon.
I was going to make a semi-snarky comment about, "Well, there are a lot of good songwriters everywhere, y'know..." but I started reading everyone being listed and I have to agree. There must be something in the water.
I work in Denton, LSA is short for Lone Star Attitude.