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The Sound and Soul of Texas Music – An Ode to the Lone Star State

The Music of Texas – An Ode to the Lone Star State

Few things evoke Texas patriotism more than its rich musical history. From country and western to blues and rock, Texas music has a sound and soul all its own.

Over the years, its music has inspired countless artists and fans worldwide. In this article, we’ll delve into the musical roots and pride of Texas, exploring the songs that put the state on the map.

Texas as a Musical Inspiration

ZZ Top and La Grange

The band ZZ Top hails from Houston, and their 1973 hit La Grange tells a story of questionable activities in the small town of La Grange. The guitar fuzz sound and two chords that make up the song’s riff latched onto the ears of its audience, becoming the group’s signature hit.

Texas Sun by Khruangbin and Leon Bridges

Nostalgia’s the main ingredient in this song, evoking fond memories of growing up in Texas. The song’s mellow sound builds up to a powerful climax, transporting its listeners to a simpler time.

1947 by Johnny Cash

Telling the tale of a train station in Texas, 1947 brings to life the hustle and bustle of train travel in the modern train era. Cash’s lyrics provide a glimpse into Texas’ railway history.

Dime Store Cowgirl by Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves sings about the pull of fame versus the pride of her Texas roots in Dime Store Cowgirl. She celebrates her hometown and Texas culture in this song, making it a cherished hit.

All My Exes Live in Texas by George Strait

This song is a semi-autobiographical account of the songwriter’s experiences with his ex-girlfriends. The title references one of the songwriter’s exes, Lyndia, from Sanger D.

Whitey Shafer’s hometown of Tennessee.

Houston is Hot Tonight by Iggy Pop

Houston is Hot Tonight tells of Iggy Pop’s experiences in Houston during the summer, with its scorching heat and sultry nights. The song also mentions NASA and Chicago, paying homage to the contributions of the city and space exploration.

Texas (When I Die) by Tanya Tucker

Texas (When I Die) is a tribute to Tanya Tucker’s home state. The song includes a nod to Buddy Holly, and the song peaked at number five in the United States and number three in Canada.

Austin by Blake Shelton

This song is a sweet, emotional account of a relationship in Austin, Texas. The protagonist denies that he’s falling in love, but the sounds and sights of Austin’s Texas culture change his mind.

Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) by Waylon Jennings

This song is about going back to simpler times in the small town of Luckenbach, Texas. The song features women and guitars and an affluent lifestyle, painting a happy picture of life in Texas.

The Bluest Eyes in Texas by Restless Heart

The Bluest Eyes in Texas is another song from a male perspective about regret and breaking someone’s heart. The song has a catchy tune and a timeless message.

Is This the Way to Amarillo by Tony Christie

Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield wrote Is This the Way to Amarillo as a tribute to the city. The song’s sha-la-la chorus is perhaps the most memorable part of this classic tune.

Too Far From Texas by Natalie Maines and Stevie Nicks

Too Far From Texas is about missing the Lone Star State. Natalie Maines and Stevie Nicks sing about wishing they could return home and the third party involved in their relationship.

London Homesick Blues Song by Gary P. Nunn and Jerry Jeff Walker

This song has become an anthem for those who have left Texas.

The lyrics mention Austin City Limits, London, homesickness, and musician friends.

Home with the Armadillo by Willie Nelson

Home with the Armadillo is a love letter to the beauty of the state and its forefathers. Willie Nelson celebrates Texas’s cultural traditions and its people’s pride and spirit.

Travis County by Gary Clark Jr.

This song tells the story of a protagonist who ends up in Travis County jail after a run-in with the police. The song is a somewhat gritty portrait of Austin’s music scene and its darker side.

Texas Pride

Songs about Texas by Pat Green

Pat Green’s music is an ode to his home state. His songs pay tribute to notable places and popular attractions that resonate with not just Texans but visitors, too.

My Texas by Josh Abbott Band

My Texas is an upbeat song that captures the heart of the Lone Star State. Josh Abbott’s voice celebrates Texas’s beauty and describes how the state’s culture reflects the spirit of its people.

Screw You Were From Texas by Ray Wylie Hubbard

Ray Wylie Hubbard sings about his pride in being a Texan. Screw You Were from Texas became an instant classic and a fan favorite.

Deep in the Heart of Texas by Gene Autry

Deep in the Heart of Texas is a classic Western song that captures the essence of Texas. Autry’s catchy tune became so popular that during World War II, it was banned for fear that soldiers would sing it and reveal their location to the enemy.

If Youre Gonna Play in Texas by Alabama

This song pays homage to classic country music and its signature fiddle sounds. Alabama’s If You’re Gonna Play in Texas celebrates the art of country music and has become a beloved B-side.

Amarillo by Morning by George Strait

Amarillo by Morning tells the story of a rodeo cowboy who faces disappointment and heartache but keeps moving forward. The song became so popular that it was later used in a delivery service commercial.

Is Anybody Goin to San Antone by Charley Pride

Charley Pride’s song speaks about feeling alone and misunderstood, set to a catchy, upbeat melody. The song held the number one spot on the US Country charts for weeks.

Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s song Texas Flood is about the stressful experience of living through a flood. The song describes Vaughan’s call to a radio station with phone lines down during the state’s stressful time.

Dallas by Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s Dallas is a haunting tune about the darker side of Texas culture. The song speaks of how people can hurt each other, but how it is still possible to love and treat each other well.

Galveston by Glen Campbell

Galveston is a powerful anti-war song about a soldier on the front lines. The song speaks about homesickness and missing home, giving listeners a glimpse into the soldier’s experiences.

Miles and Miles of Texas by Asleep at the Wheel

Miles and Miles of Texas is a love song from one rodeo cowboy to another, set against the backdrop of Louisiana and Texas. The song’s lyrics are a celebration of the Lone Star State’s unique geography and cultural traditions.

Waltz Across Texas by Ernest Tubb

Ernest Tubb’s song captures the essence of Texas culture and celebrates the romantic partner who is forever enchanting. Waltz Across Texas has become a beloved song that espouses the state’s spirit.

God Blessed Texas by Little Texas

Little Texas’s God Blessed Texas is an upbeat tune that celebrates Texas’s unique geography and cultural traditions. The song’s simple lyrics and catchy melody have become a signature song for the state.


Texas music remains a powerful force not just within the state but throughout the world, giving voice to the people and culture of the Lone Star State. Its songs speak to our shared experiences, our triumphs, and our sorrows, painting a picture of resilience and strength.

The songs of Texas will continue to inspire us for generations to come. In conclusion, Texas music reflects the state’s pride, spirit, and cultural traditions.

From classic country to rock, Texas music represents the triumphs and sorrows of the Lone Star State. The article has provided an overview of several famous Texas songs, including ZZ Top’s La Grange,

My Texas by Josh Abbott Band, and

Galveston by Glen Campbell, among others.

The musical love letter to Texas inspires not only Texans but also fans worldwide. Texas music reflects on its unique cultural heritage and is an essential part of the state’s identity that continues to inspire people for generations to come.

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