TXC Essentials

Texas Country, Texas Music, Red Dirt? What are you supposed to call it? What’s the difference? Here’s a little peek inside our wild and crazy Texas Country / Texas Music scene.

From Wikipedia:

Texas Country Music (more popularly known just as Texas Country or Texas Music) is a rapidly growing subgenre of American country music. Texas Country is known for fusing traditionalist root sounds (similar to neotraditional country) with the outspoken, care-free views of outlaw country. Texas Country blends these sub-genres by featuring a “take it or leave it” approach, a “common working man” theme, and witty undertones. These often combine with stripped down music sound. “Red Dirt” is often associated with Texas Country, but is its own genre entirely, as is Tejano. Sounds from Texas and Oklahoma have influenced the scene of this particular genre, and it is most popular throughout Texas and parts of the Midwest.”

From those of us who live here:

Texas Music can be whatever the Hell you want it to be as long as it’s not Nashville or rap. ”

All that being said, we know you’re curious and invite you to discover some of what the great state of Texas has to offer. Below is an A to Z list with some of the main players, several classic inspirations and a few obscure acts that either have underground followings or are on the rise. This is, by no means, a complete collection of acts as the genre is ever changing and everyone has their own opinion of what is and isn’t – rather, this is a safe entry level guide for exploring the genre. Enjoy!

Bart Crow | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Wear My Ring, A Little Bit of Luck, Say’n Goodbye

Brandon Rhyder | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Freeze Frame Time, Back Roads, That’s Just Me

Cade Holliday | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Best of Me, Bluebonnet, Have Mercy

Casey Donahew Band | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Go To Hell, White Trash Story, No Doubt

Cody Canada & The Departed | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Lipstick, Revolution, Worth The Fight

Cody Jinks | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Must Be The Whiskey, Loud And Heavy, Somewhere In The Middle

Cory Morrow | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Always And Forever, Lonesome, Nashville Blues

Croy and the Boys | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Gentrification, It Seems Like You Just Can’t Be Poor Anymore, A Song To Play The Next Time That I Meet Your Mother

Don Williams | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good, I Believe In You, Tulsa Time

Eleven Hundred Springs | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Raise Hell Drink Beer, We’re From Texas, This Morning It Was Too Late

Eli Young Band | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Drunk Last Night, Crazy Girl, Love Ain’t

Gary P. Nunn | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: London Homesick Blues, What I Like About Texas, Corona Con Lime

Guy Clark | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: LA Freeway, Desperados Waiting For A Train, Dublin Blues

Hayes Carll | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: What It Is, Bad Liver and a Broken Heart, Little Rock

Jack Ingram | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Great Divide, Wherever You Are, Barbie Doll

Jason Eady | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: I Lost My Mind In Carolina, OK Whiskey, AM Country Heaven

JB and the Moonshine Band | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Beer For Breakfast, Sticker Peck Out, Perfect Girl

Jerrod Medulla | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Wolf Howl, Unbroken Horses, Drive

Jerry Jeff Walker | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Sangria Wine, Navajo Rug, Mr. Bojangles

Jonathan Terrell | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: When I Woke Up Today, Color Me Lucky, Songs Don’t Buy Sunshine

Josh Abbott Band | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Wear My Ring, A Little Bit of Luck, Say’n Goodbye

Josh T. Pearson | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Straight At Me, A Love Song, Give It To Me Straight

Kacey Musgraves | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Rainbow, Follow Your Arrow, Merry Go ‘Round

Kevin Fowler | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: That Girl, Beer Me, 100% Texan

Kris Kristofferson | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down, Me and Bobbie McGee, Help Me Make It Through The Night

Kyle Park | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Rednecks With Paychecks, Leavin’ Stephenville, Every Day Kind Of Love

Larry Joe Taylor | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Island Time, Third Coast, My Kinda Day On Padre

Lyle Lovett | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Cowboy Man, If I Had A Boat, She’s No Lady

Max Stalling | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: I-35, The Rodeo Song, Home To You

Midland | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Mr. Lonely, Drinkin’ Problem, Cheatin’ Songs

Mike and the Moonpies | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Damn Strait, Tape Machine, Glory

Pat Green | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Carry On, Wave On Wave, Take Me Out To A Dance Hall

Randy Rogers Band | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Kiss Me In The Dark, Too Late For Goodbye, Fuzzy

Ray Wylie Hubbard | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Snake Farm, Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother, Screw You We’re From Texas

Robert Earl Keen | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Corpus Christi Bay, I’m Comin’ Home, Merry Christmas From The Family

Rocky Lott | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Wrong Love Song, Overdrive, Baby It’s Christmas

Roger Creager | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Fun All Wrong, Everclear, River Song

Sand Dollar Rodeo | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Good Time, Fried Okra, GPS To Nowhere

Stoney Larue | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Oklahoma Breakdown, Message In A Bottle, Forever Young

Tanya Tucker | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Texas When I Die, San Antonio Stroll, Delta Dawn

Thom Shepherd | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Riding With Private Malone, Redneck Yacht Club, Parrot Head

Tommy Alverson | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Una Mas Cerveza, Texas Woman, Upside Down

Trent Willmon | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Beer Man, Good Horses To Ride, Medina Daydreaming

Wade Bowen | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: You Had Me At My Best, Nobody’s Fool, Saturday Night

Walt Wilkins | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Trains I Missed, Watch It Shine, Spacewalk

Waylon Jennings | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Lonesome Onry and Mean, Luckenbach Texas, Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard

Whiskey Myers | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: Die Rockin, Stone, Reckoning

Willie Nelson | Amazon | iTunes
Recommended Tracks: On The Road Again, Good Hearted Woman, Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Looking to discover more music? Check out our other Essential lists!