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Observer’s Best 50 2.0

In light of the passionate online response to the Dallas Observer’s “50 Best Texas Country/Red Dirt Songs of All Time”, we put modern online democracy in action and let you speak your mind. We set out to gather up your 50 “best”.  Using whatever metric you decided was most appropriate.  Popularity, influence, favorite, longevity, style, importance etc. You responded in a big way via Facebook, Twitter, IG, Reddit, email, carrier pigeon and smoke signal.  We cobbled all of YOUR responses together and put them in popular order.  The results are below. Is it perfect? No. Is it a more “legitimate” (term we used probably a little harshly) than the Observer list? Probably. But the cross section that voted in this unscientific poll still don’t represent all tastes. We could do it again next week and get a different 50.  Speaks to the quality of songs over the years.

Will people still be upset? Definitely.

1. Robert Earl Keen – “The Road Goes On Forever”

2. Charlie Robison – “My Hometown”

3. Pat Green – “Carry On”

4. Cory Morrow – “Nashville Blues

5.  Pat Green/Walt Wilkins – “Songs About Texas”

6.   Jason Boland and the Stragglers – “Somewhere Down in Texas”

7. Cross Canadian Ragweed – “17”

8. Turnpike Troubadours – “Every Girl”

9.  Ray Wylie Hubbard – “Snake Farm”

10. Jack Ingram – “Biloxi”

11. Randy Rogers Band – “This Time Around”

12. Bart Crow – “Wear My Ring”

13. Brandon Jenkins/Stoney LaRue – “Feet Don’t Touch the … Keep Reading

Best of All Time?

Anytime a “best of” list is compiled, there will be much criticism. Today the Dallas Observer published a list we termed “interesting” on social media.  Interesting due to some glaring omissions and strange inclusions.  An extremely impassioned response broke out on our Facebook page decrying the list.  This motivated us to undergo a remix.

So…we’d love to hear your top 5 (not 50 unless you feel inclined) best Texas/Red Dirt songs “of all time” using whatever metric you determine. We’ll compile the results of this informal poll into what is hopefully a more legitimate representation of “best”. Hit us with your TAKES below!… Keep Reading

Greenfest 15

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It’s that time again. The festival of the summer. The music family reunion. Meet up. Turn up. Greenfest 15. #gf15

WHEN: Sat July 18 & Sun July 19, 2015

WHERE: River Road Icehouse & Lone Star Float House. New Braunfels, TX

RSVP on FB

Saturday will be full bands rocking. Sunday will be some acoustic healing.  Ticket info and full line-up coming soon!

We’ll be announcing plenty of other acts along the way, but we’ll kick it off with two of our favorite new artists that will be sharing their talents with us all:

Zac Wilkerson (Saturday)

 

and

Haley Cole (Sunday)

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Words of Wisdom From K Phillips

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Early morning rehearsal. I used to get up at this time to dig fence post holes in ground that is mostly rock. We’d ride four wheelers, shoot rifles, pistols and shotguns and do some back-breaking work. Digging a hole or a trench, in west or central Texas is some of the hardest work I’ve ever done. However, it’s rewarding. At the end of the day you see the work you have put in. You make something. Even if it’s a dang hole in the ground. You can take a picture of it when you are done. When you’re having a beer later, (I guarantee you will want a beer when you’re digging that hole, you may not even like beer or bars or talking to strangers) you can whip out your phone and nod at the guy next to you and say “look at this! Look, look at this hole I dug! Yes, in the ground! Yes it IS mostly rocks! And the guy sitting next to you might say, “look at this bathroom I re-did” or “look at this floor I stained.” and that’ll be that. The work was grueling but it was God’s country. Even the skinny cows looked angelic. The wind is wider there. It’s more like a breath than a blast. There are no building to squeeze between. I was often outworked by men twice my age. I can’t tell you how embarrassing it is to watch someone who is 10 years retired, (or should of Keep Reading

Ready For Primetime?

Mainstream country megastar and Miranda Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend.  That got us to thinking.  What Texas/Red Dirt/Americana artist would make the best SNL host?  Here are a few names that came up in our discussions:

 

-Drew Kennedy.  Enough dry wit and storytelling prowess to make Steven Wright crack a smile.

-Granger Smith. Long before Earl, there was Nigel.

-Willy Braun.  The scene’s ultimate prankster would have some sly tricks up his sleeve.

-Jack Ingram. Seems like he’d be game for whatever the writers threw at him and be able to deliver.

-Doug Moreland.  Funniest person in the scene.  Already crushed The Tonight Show a decade ago.

-Mike McClure. Could go method and lend an Andy Kaufman-esque vibe to the proceedings.

-Matt Hillyer. Funny guy, would give it 100% and has some acting experience.

 

If you were Lorne Michaels and looking to cast from this scene, who would you choose?… Keep Reading