The Mix: 100 Songs That Messed With Texas

Johnny "Guitar" Watson. (Courtesy of the artist)
Johnny "Guitar" Watson. (Courtesy of the artist)

Most folks have an idea of what Texas music sounds like — or think they know, anyway.

For better or for worse, the stereotyped "Texas sound" wears a cowboy hat and leans against a pickup, swigging an ice-cold Lone Star beer. To be sure, this well-worn boot fits OK , but the footprint left by Texas music is vastly bigger than most music fans appreciate.

Over the course of a month, the Texas Music Matters team at KUT Austin — with input from the station's veteran music hosts and feedback from friends online — assembled a list of "100 Songs That Messed with Texas Music." The idea was to identify a hundred songs that both a) buck Texas stereotypes, and b) have earned a spot in the Texas musical canon.

While by no means exhaustive, you'd be hard pressed to hear a more eclectic sampler of the stuff that makes Texas music great.

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