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The Mix: 100 Songs That Messed With Texas

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.

  • 13th Floor Elevators
  • Arcade Fire
  • At the Drive-In
  • Bad Livers
  • Devendra Banhart
  • Archie Bell & Drells
  • Big Bopper
  • Big Boys
  • Black Angels
  • Edie Brickell and New Bohemians
  • Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  • Bubble Puppy
  • Butthole Surfers
  • Bill Callahan
  • Joe King Carrasco
  • The Champs
  • Bruce Channel
  • Ray Charles (with Fathead Newman)
  • Charlie Christian
  • Van Cliburn
  • Arnett Cobb
  • Ornette Coleman
  • Destiny's Child
  • DJ Screw
  • Doctors' Mob
  • Bob Dorough
  • Steve Earle
  • Roky Erickson
  • Alejandro Escovedo
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Fastball
  • Freddy Fender
  • Bobby Fuller
  • Geto Boys
  • Girl in a Coma
  • Glass Eye
  • Jon Dee Graham
  • Bill Haley
  • Roy Head
  • Buddy Holly
  • Lightnin' Hopkins
  • Illinois Jacquet
  • Iron and Wine
  • Jandek
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Jay-Z with UGK
  • Blind Willie Johnson
  • Daniel Johnston
  • Esteban "Steve" Jordan
  • Janis Joplin
  • Scott Joplin
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • Mike Jones
  • Leadbelly
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Milton Mapes
  • The Mars Volta
  • Cotton Mather
  • Scotty McKay Quintet
  • Meat Loaf
  • Lydia Mendoza
  • Mickey & the Soul Generation
  • Roger Miller
  • Steve Miller
  • Michael Nesmith
  • Okkervil River
  • Roy Orbison
  • Pantera
  • Washington Phillips
  • Billy Preston
  • Ray Price
  • Question Mark and the Mysterians
  • Rank and File
  • Reivers
  • Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  • Selena
  • Charlie Sexton
  • The Skunks
  • Shearwater
  • Michelle Shocked
  • Sir Douglas Quintet
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Spoon
  • Standing Waves
  • B. W. Stevenson
  • Sunny & the Sunliners
  • The Sword
  • Jack Teagarden
  • Joe Tex
  • Timbuk3
  • Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
  • Toadies
  • Tripping Daisy
  • UGK feat. Outkast
  • T-Bone Walker
  • Paul Wall/Bun B
  • Wild Seeds
  • Johnny "Guitar" Watson
  • Edgar Winter
  • ZZ Top

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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