UPDATED: The 10 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live in Texas

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Note: this article has been amended to remove Ministry's Al Jourgensen, who announced that he moved to Los Angeles in July.

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.


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Photo by Violeta Alvarez
Blue October at the Woodlands Pavilion last month
10. BLUE OCTOBER
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.


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Brando Records
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.


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8. FLYLEAF
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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33 comments
draggingwater
draggingwater

Swamp doom band LecH is still on Galveston Island. See sleepy driving his ferrari.

Jason Davis
Jason Davis

You do know Robert Plant lives in Austin right?!

h_e_x
h_e_x

Why doesn't Ted Nugent move to his home state? Why does he have to adopt this affected persona, as if he is a manly man when the truth is the opposite.

Sean Mcmanus
Sean Mcmanus

What about (members of) Pantera? I think Phil now lives in N.O., but is Vinnie still in Arlington?

Adam Hayden
Adam Hayden

Some of these were a bit obvious(ZZ Top, The Toadies). But interesting nonetheless. No surprise that Terrible Ted moved here.

Sean Dieringer
Sean Dieringer

Slayer is a thrash metal band, not a death metal band. #nitpick

Eric Bohlke
Eric Bohlke

he did indeed - he was dating patty griffin and living in travis heights, but they broke up and he bolted.

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

Trust me, we thought about all of this stuff...it's not the "coolest" rock stars who live here. It's the best-known. Antemasque is just too new. Pantera doesn't exist anymore. You may have written our next one for us, though, so thanks :)

Erika Garcia
Erika Garcia

Sheesh, for reals...how is aquamask even, ya know what I hate autocorrect. Great call on Roky.

Bru Sant Torrente-Tejano
Bru Sant Torrente-Tejano

Tell us how you really feel, Vik! Look, you passed up on mentioning an amazing number of good musicians. Daniel Johnston, Rocky Erikson, DRI. I think Antemasque (half of ATDI) still live in El Paso. The Black Angels are getting pretty big and they still live here. Oh, what's left of Pantera is still in Dallas. The Butthole Surfers are still around. Dead horse and King X are probably still around. What I'm really saying is that I don't like Bowling For Soup.

Vik Day
Vik Day

This is an abomination of journalism and intelligence. Robert, fucking, Plant lives in Travis Heights. The biggest rock band outside of the Beatles and you put bowling for soup on your list? Jesus. Can't wait to see you on Montrose begging to wash my window.

Jason McElweenie
Jason McElweenie

I think it's funny you used Al as the lead off image. He moved to Cali

Eric Bohlke
Eric Bohlke

no, sadly he rambled on back to the shire. i think king diamond lives in dallas though!

Sean Mcmanus
Sean Mcmanus

What about Robert Plant? Is he still living in Austin?

eudemonist
eudemonist

Holy smoke!  Bowling For Soup actually being recognized as out of Wichita Falls?  Don't see that much these days;  well done, team.

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