Texas music?
November 8, 2005 1:32 PM   Subscribe

When you think of Texas music, who do you think of?

I'm writing a paper on performances of cultural identities in Texas music for a grad seminar I'm taking (in an English department). I already have several iconic figures in mind (Bob Wills, Selena, the Flatlanders, Lydia Mendoza, Doug Sahm) for my analysis, but I thought that an Ask Metafilter brainstorming session might help me come up with some other people who would be interesting to look at. Also, suggestions of particular recordings would be welcome. I'd particularly welcome suggestions of Tejano/a artists (both the musical style and, more broadly, music produced by tejano/a artists).
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mariachi polka. no, really. and the vaughn brothers.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:34 PM on November 8, 2005


BUddy Holly
Tish Hinojosa
posted by Miko at 1:34 PM on November 8, 2005


Willie Nelson.
posted by quadog at 1:36 PM on November 8, 2005


I thought we didn't help with homework?
posted by mr_roboto at 1:37 PM on November 8, 2005


Townes Van Zandt

Los Tigres del Norte

We help with job stuff, what's wrong with school stuff?
posted by Pollomacho at 1:39 PM on November 8, 2005


Joe Ely
posted by Heminator at 1:39 PM on November 8, 2005


Lyle Lovett

Dave Alvin
posted by beowulf573 at 1:42 PM on November 8, 2005


Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, David Allen Coe, Jandek.
posted by youcancallmeal at 1:42 PM on November 8, 2005


Waylon and Willie and the boys
posted by footnote at 1:43 PM on November 8, 2005


ZZ Top.
posted by flipper at 1:43 PM on November 8, 2005


You Never Even Called Me By My Name.
posted by deadfather at 1:44 PM on November 8, 2005


Stevie Ray Vaughan
Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Texas Funk
posted by the cuban at 1:44 PM on November 8, 2005


Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
posted by nyterrant at 1:47 PM on November 8, 2005


Roy Orbison
posted by Pollomacho at 1:47 PM on November 8, 2005


Robert Earl Keen
posted by peppermint22 at 1:48 PM on November 8, 2005


Long Tall Marcia Ball
Lou Ann Barton
ZZ Top
Freddy Fender
Clarence Gatemouth Brown
T-Bone Walker
Lightnin' Hopkins
Blind Lemon Jefferson
posted by timeistight at 1:48 PM on November 8, 2005


Los Lonely Boys
posted by mathowie at 1:48 PM on November 8, 2005


From an indie/alt music perspective: Butthole Surfers, Spoon, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead.

I thought we didn't help with homework?
Is it really helping with homework? He/she's going to have to write about the musician(s). We're just helping with artist who are related to Texas.

posted by panoptican at 1:52 PM on November 8, 2005


First thought I had was Los Tigres del Norte - and the whole genre of conjunto music. Although I think they're from California, huge following in Texas -- and many similar groups still there.

Then if you want a generational transition, I believe Los Lonely Boys were had generational/family roots in conjunto music that's now called something like Texican... although I'm not sure about the term.

You should also check out this list on the Texas Top 40
posted by jerryg99 at 1:53 PM on November 8, 2005


Kinky Friedman
posted by arco at 1:54 PM on November 8, 2005


Albert Collins and John Zorn, "Two-lane highway (Preacher Man-White Line Fever-Nacogdoches Gumbo-East Texas Freezeout-San Angelo Release-Rollin' to Kileen-Blowout-Devil's Highway-Midnight Standoff-Marchin' for Abilene-Hico Killer-Long Mile to Houston)" from Spillane. 1987. Liner notes (scroll down).
posted by philfromhavelock at 1:55 PM on November 8, 2005


Pantera.
posted by signal at 1:56 PM on November 8, 2005


13th Floor Elevators

Butthole Surfers
posted by mds35 at 1:56 PM on November 8, 2005


ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson. And a few minor Austin indy acts.
posted by rolypolyman at 1:57 PM on November 8, 2005


Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
Asleep at the Wheel.
Lyle Lovitt.
Explosions in the Sky.
posted by saladin at 2:01 PM on November 8, 2005


What? No Explosions in the Sky?
posted by TheSpook at 2:04 PM on November 8, 2005


Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Michelle Shocked
posted by matildaben at 2:06 PM on November 8, 2005


Clearly I'm a hipster because I think of Okkervil River, Spoon and yeah Explosions in the Sky.
posted by Marquis at 2:06 PM on November 8, 2005


Geto Boys
DJ Screw
(and a bunch of folks already mentioned)
posted by box at 2:09 PM on November 8, 2005


Nanci Griffith
posted by Miko at 2:11 PM on November 8, 2005


Guy Clark.
posted by bac at 2:12 PM on November 8, 2005


Jandek
posted by unknowncommand at 2:13 PM on November 8, 2005


Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, and Robbie Fulks, i.e. "No Depression" Austin alt-country.
posted by nicwolff at 2:14 PM on November 8, 2005


Another vote for Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griiffith. (By the way, he's on the cover of her The Last of the True Believers.)
posted by kirkaracha at 2:27 PM on November 8, 2005


Let me put in a word for Steve Earle
posted by captainscared at 2:33 PM on November 8, 2005


Daniel Johnston
posted by ND¢ at 2:43 PM on November 8, 2005


Guy Clark deserves a second mention.
posted by pmbuko at 2:47 PM on November 8, 2005


don't be forgettin' Junior Brown.
posted by popechunk at 2:49 PM on November 8, 2005


Flaco Jimenez World's Best Accordianist, plus other members of the Jimenez Family
Los Super 7 and the various members
Carmen and Laura Hernandez
Don Walser

Another vote for:
Bob Wills
Lyle Lovett
Nanci Griffith
Stevie Ray Vaughan
posted by lobakgo at 2:55 PM on November 8, 2005


The soundtrack to Paris, Texas.
posted by wilful at 3:02 PM on November 8, 2005


Old 97's!
posted by Good Brain at 3:05 PM on November 8, 2005


The world's oldest boy band.
posted by essexjan at 3:05 PM on November 8, 2005


Scratch Acid
Big Boys
This Wikipedia page has a bunch.
posted by hellbient at 3:20 PM on November 8, 2005


8 1/2 Souvenirs
posted by whatnot at 3:39 PM on November 8, 2005


Alejandro Escovdeo
Joe Ely
Lyle Lovett
Guy Clark
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Roy Orbison
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 3:46 PM on November 8, 2005


Michelle Shocked. But is she even from texas?
posted by Rumple at 3:48 PM on November 8, 2005


The Asylum Street Spankers.
posted by greasy_skillet at 3:55 PM on November 8, 2005


T. Texas Tyler
posted by hydrophonic at 4:02 PM on November 8, 2005


James McMurtry.

Yeah, Michelle's from East Texas. She once dragged me to a (not very good) show when she was getting started in Austin.
posted by carterk at 4:08 PM on November 8, 2005


Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies.
posted by .kobayashi. at 4:23 PM on November 8, 2005


the very first Arhoolie Records release, Mance Lipscomb, Texas Songster, a field recording of a dirt-poor sharecropper, is an undeniable classic.
posted by planetkyoto at 4:25 PM on November 8, 2005


No one has mentioned Jerry Jeff Walker.
posted by yclipse at 4:28 PM on November 8, 2005


A few quintessentially Texan acts that have eluded mention so far (okay, so I'm not as hip as the rest of you!):

Tex-Mex:
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
? and the Mysterians
Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns

Bar Music/Blues Influenced:
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Charlie Sexton

Alt/Wacko:
Roky Erickson & the 13th Floor Elevators

Special Mention Country*:
Tracy Byrd
Mark Chesnutt

*Special mention because the Beaumont, Texas stadium proudly claims these two as local heroes, or at least it did last year when I read the sign from the interstate. I guess the area hasn't produced any football greats yet.
posted by Opposite George at 4:51 PM on November 8, 2005


Kris Kristofferson
posted by Miko at 6:14 PM on November 8, 2005


Oops! T. Texas Tyler wasn't actually from Texas! Maybe I should read the articles I link to. He was busted in Texas for marijuana possession, though.

Try Tex Ritter instead.
posted by hydrophonic at 6:28 PM on November 8, 2005


Johnny Winter
Janice Joplin
T-Bone Burnett
Two Nice Girls
Asleep at the Wheel
The Big Bopper
Buddy Holly
Michael Fricasso
Abra Moore
posted by pomegranate at 6:30 PM on November 8, 2005


I'll throw Rodney Crowell on the list.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:52 PM on November 8, 2005


Second Janis Joplin. A lot of people don't realize she was from Port Arthur.
posted by kamikazegopher at 6:53 PM on November 8, 2005


Stars of the Lid. (Gorgeous ambient music.)
posted by lbergstr at 7:12 PM on November 8, 2005


Lyle Lovett & Old 97s.
posted by croutonsupafreak at 8:05 PM on November 8, 2005


Mike Nesmith
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:35 PM on November 8, 2005


Bob Schneider
posted by TheGoldenOne at 8:58 PM on November 8, 2005


archie bell and the drells
the legendary stardust cowboy (someone who could have only come from texas)
posted by pyramid termite at 10:08 PM on November 8, 2005


UME

The best band rom Houston/PA.
posted by lalalana at 10:35 PM on November 8, 2005


Am I the only mefi who knows about Esteban Jordan? warning, eyepatch!
posted by hortense at 11:10 PM on November 8, 2005




Thank GOODNESS someone finally mentioned Alejandro Escovedo.
I was getting worried.

Props to CPBC above.
posted by willmize at 3:53 AM on November 9, 2005


Opposite George: ? and the Mysterians were all born in texas but raised as Michiganders, and didn't start playing until they were here (in the Flint/Saginaw area, no less). One of the few hits from that region EVER, so give us a little credit!
posted by sluggo at 4:21 AM on November 9, 2005


Hey!
Doug Sahm
Augie Meyer
The Texas Toranados
Waylon, Willie and the Boys
Junior Brown
Stevie Ray
posted by raildr at 4:36 AM on November 9, 2005


Thanks for all of the suggestions - this should help me flesh out my listening list.
posted by UKnowForKids at 10:21 AM on November 9, 2005


Sluggo: I did not know that! Thanks for the knowledge.
posted by Opposite George at 1:22 PM on November 9, 2005


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