Everyone knows the phrase ‘Everything is bigger in Texas’ and when it comes to musical talent that sure is the truth. Texas has had its fair share of mainstream artists – talent you may have heard of Aaron Watson, Cody Johnson, Jack Ingram and of course ‘The King of Country’ George Strait. However, Texas airways and watering holes are filled with musicians playing Red Dirt Country Music.
Red Dirt Country can be best described as a mix of blues, folk, roll, bluegrass, and honky tonk. While mainstream country music is a little more ‘polished’, thanks to studio musicians, new technology and a higher budget, Red Dirt Country music is rawer, most times recorded only using the first take. You can hear every lick of the guitar, every beat of the drum, every chord of the piano. Every emotion comes through with the words of the song because the singers are also the writers. It’s their life they’re singing about.
Most Texas country songs are written about the blue collar lifestyle, the monotony of every day life – looking forward to the weekend. Most don’t have that happy ending as mainstream country songs do. One thing all the Red Dirt artists have in common is they all sing about their love and pride for Texas.
Below is a list of some of the Texas country artists that we think you’ll love. Take a listen to each of them on our Spotify Playlist.
Listen: “Monday Morning Merle”
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Listen: “Take Me Out To a Dance Hall“
Stay Connected: @patgreenmusic
Randy Rogers Band
Listen: “Kiss Me In The Dark”
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Shane Smith & the Saints
Listen: “The Mountain”
Stay Connected: @ShaneSmithMusic
Listen: “Double-Wide Dream”
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Listen: “Hippies and Cowboys”
Stay Connected: @codyjinks
William Clark Green
Stay Connected: @wcgmusic
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