Monday, June 30, 2008
Country and Western Music
If Tennessee is the center of country music, then Texas must be the center of western music. Here are some songs I learned yesterday at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival that have to do with the lone star state.
"The Yellow Rose of Texas," by Mitch Miller
"You Can't Get the Hell Out of Texas," by George Jones
"Deep in the Heart of Texas," by Moe Bandy
"El Paso," by Marty Robbins
"Luckenbach, Texas," by Waylon Jennings
"New San Antonia Rose," by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
Now who is your favorite country and western singer? Mine is Willie Nelson. I like how he combines "outlaw country" music with east Texas delta blues.