Like the state, Texas music is a big sprawling mish mash of different people and influences which end up sounding distinctly Texan.
It’s as though a country full of influences landed in one state and mutated. There’ve been giants who played blues, outlaw country, rock, rap, soul, swing, psych, garage, and cojunto. It’s all been mixed up into a spicy stew called Texas music.
Texas rock and roll borrows liberally from these styles into a distinct Texas sound. Many legendary Texas musicians slide from one style into another which indicates how close all the styles are related. If you’re not certain what I mean, spend an hour listening to Doug Sahm or Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. You’ll get a good idea of what I’m talking about.
This playlist skitters across various genres and the tracks lean on guitar. So, if you don’t dig guitar, you may be disappointed. The list includes lesser known bands such as Sparkles, Bubble Puppy, and The Moving Sidewalks. Of course, Texas guitar greats as Z.Z. Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Reverend Horton Heat get represented.
Some notable bands:
- Bloodrock – for a short time in the early ’70’s, this band had considerable chart success. Yet, conversations about 70’s rock bands rarely include Bloodrock.
- Roky Erickson – the driving force behind psychedelic pioneers, 13th Floor Elevators, Roky faded away due to mental and legal problems. He came back many years later and reveled in the adulation an important influencer should get.
- Butthole Surfers – notorious punk, psych and whatever other label you tack on to them, this band can get downright weird. And fun.
- Titty Bingo – who are these guys? If you’ve ever been to Austin, you’ve probably seen their stickers. The band has a number of big Texas music names and, by the way, the song rocks.
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