The Five Most Texan Types Of Music


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3. Psychedelic Rock/Noise: Hot, humid and loaded with chemicals, Texas has been a breeding ground for mind-expanding rock from the mid-'60s right up to the present day, as demonstrated by the long list of bands from the Thirteenth Floor Elevators and Red Krayola to the Black Angels. And Texans are as creative as we are cantankerous, which anyone familiar with Indian Jewelry, Rusted Shut, and Richard Ramirez would tell you if they could hear what you're saying.


2. Chopped & Screwed Rap: A full decade after he passed, DJ Screw's syrupy sound continues to run the streets of H-Town via a long list of believers including Trae Tha Truth, Lil Keke, Paul Wall and the almighty Bun B. Even though it's been a few years since the sound had its moment in the national spotlight, Screw music is a critical part of the arsenals of hip-hop superstars like Drake and Lil Wayne. Southside for life indeed.


1. Electric Guitar Blues: Almost from the minute T-Bone Walker hopped onstage at the Bronze Peacock, this state has been six strings down. Walker touched off a true Texas flood of hot-shit guitarists, from Albert Collins, Freddie King and Juke Boy Bonner through ZZ Top and the Vaughan Brothers, who took it live and worldwide in the '70s and '80s. Today old-schoolers like Little Joe Washington and young Turks like Los Lonely Boys and Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights keep the torch lit by singeing their strings.



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Scoob
Scoob

where da zydeco?

Scudpipe
Scudpipe

I'm a true Texan and I don't have any of these types of music in my collection.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Good article. I realize each list of examples is not intended to be all-encompassing, but let's show some love in category #1 for Johnny Winter.

Texacelt
Texacelt

Overlooking DDD's vaguely racist comment, #5 is arguably the most true Texas music. I'm with Rich on #1, too.

Rich HB
Rich HB

Excellent stuff Chris. However, the one time Texas History Teacher in me wishes that you had cited the origins of Sam Houston's nom de alcohol, "Big Drunk." That's what the Cherokees called him. And of course, that's logically why Blues should be at the top of the list. Well played.

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