20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012

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Old 97's, Too Far to Care
Omnivore Recordings
Dallas' favorite insurgent country boys tack on some demos to make a double-disc set out of their album that swung for the fences -- and would have knocked it out of the park if the music business hadn't moved those fences at that very moment.

Flatlanders, The Odessa Tapes
New West Records
Before the legend or even really the band, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock headed south of hometown Lubbock already armed with many songs -- "Dallas," "Down In My Hometown," "One Road More" -- that would soon make the Flatlanders legendary.

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Doug Sahm, The Return of Wayne Douglas
Steady Boy Records
On his final album, Sir Doug revisits his the honky-tonks of his childhood with a set of songs that sounds fully aware of his dawning twilight years. Still, he died too soon -- nine months before Wayne Douglas was even released.

Moving Sidewalks, The Complete Collection
Rockbeat Records
Billy Gibbons' pre-ZZ Top, 13th Floor Elevators-influenced fuzz-rockers get the loving reissue treatment by Rockbeat Records, which tacks on assorted 45s and whatnot to the Sidewalks' 1968 LP Flash, and wisely issues this expanded set in both CD and LP formats.

Radney Foster, Del Rio TX 1959
Devil's River Records
Rather than reissuing Del Rio, Radney Foster re-recorded it, live in the studio, adding a warm polish to a record that -- thanks to the likes of "Just Call Me Lonesome" and "Nobody Wins" -- became a cornerstone of what we call "Texas country" today.

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Where is The Departed - Adventus? Absolutely fantastic album from start to finish.

Love the Gary Clark, Jr. inclusion -- deserves every accolade he can garner.


Great to see some praise for Shearwater. Their album has been sadly missing off of many year end lists. And too bad it seems like the same fate for the even more brilliant Buxton album.


@chris.gray @jenkinshouse55 oh yeah I know they're getting deserved praise here at home, but they should be on the "big" lists. Ah well. At least they're on mine.

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