UPDATED: The 10 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live in Texas
By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION (Honorable Mention)
Some of our more genteel readers may be wondering who the hell Texas Hippie Coalition even is, not to mention how they landed on a list that purports to (informally) rank the Lone Star State's biggest rock stars. (Note: if not for recent romantic fluctuations, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Plant would have come in at Nos. 4 and 1, respectively.) But THC -- mind those initials -- has amassed quite a following without drawing much mainstream media attention; they have twice as many Facebook fans as the Old 97's, for example.
The Sherman-based badasses recently wrapped a stint on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour and are looking ahead to their fourth full-length album, Ride On, in October. Loudly glorifying the outlaw lifestyle in haymaking songs like "Pissed Off and Mad About It" and "Clenched Fist," these hippies ain't the band to come running to for a little peace and love. Those songs come from an album called Pride of Texas (their 2008 debut), if you're looking for a better idea where their heads are at.
10. BLUE OCTOBER
Photo by Violeta Alvarez Blue October at the Woodlands Pavilion last month
Front man Justin Furstenfeld may be best known for Blue October's downtrodden lyricism and pessimistic metaphors. However, the vocalist and creative force behind the Houston-spawned modern rockers recently reinvented himself as an uplifting songwriter. Furstenfeld penned all the lyrics for the band's 2013 album Sway, which brims will hopefulness.
9. BOWLING FOR SOUP
Twenty years is a long time in the music industry, especially for a pop-rock group whose members never took themselves too seriously. But after 12 albums and a Grammy nomination, Denton's Bowling for Soup have proved themselves more than a fad, recently wrapping another stint on the Vans Warped Tour.
Photo courtesy of MSO PR
Despite the departure of longtime vocalist and co-founder Lacey Sturm, who amicably left the hard rockers to pursue her faith, the Belton-born Flyleaf saunters on with new singer Kristen May. In fact, they have another album due out next month and a Scout Bar show scheduled for October 7. Flyleaf's eponymous 2005 debut has been certified platinum, and the Central Texans still make regular trips to Austin to enjoy the music scene.
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