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ATX Music Scene 2013

The Texas Music Scene television series honors the artists, ranging from country and Americana to folk and blues, who call the Lone Star State home. Hosted by Grammy Award winner Ray Benson, of Asleep at the Wheel, the 30-minute shows feature at least two original performances, backstage interviews and scenes from the road with Texas musicians — from the young and hungry to legends who have come to define this amazing genre.

Many of these bands tour rigorously, playing honky-tonks, coffee shops, bars — essentially any venue that will have them. This kind of face time with fans builds a loyal fan base.

“Nashville doesn’t want them,” says Texas Music Scene executive producer Tom Hoitsma. “They aren’t country enough. They aren’t pretty enough, or skinny enough, and they’re losing their hair. There are 100 reasons why they aren’t appropriate for country music anymore. Yet fans are going crazy for them.”

In this CultureMap editorial special series, we present interviews with the beloved musicians who have graced the Texas Music Scene stage — the ones who take Texas music to fans well beyond the state borders.



Blues mistress Carolyn Wonderland riffs on Joplin connection and women in Texas music

By Arden Ward

Nov 15th, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Blues artist Carolyn Wonderland has been a force in Texas music for nearly two decades. She spent her formative years inside Houston's dingy blues clubs, soaking up the sounds ...


Pat Green on new album, returning to his roots and getting into the restaurant game

By Jonathan Rienstra

Oct 13th, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Pat Green may not be Willie Nelson, but few musicians have been as identifiable with Texas country in the last 20 years as Pat F-ing Green — from his independent label ...


Reckless Kelly frontman Willy Braun digs the camaraderie in Texas music

By Arden Ward

Sep 27th, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Reckless Kelly may be known as a Texas band, but these musical veterans have roots far and wide. Led by brothers Willy (lead singer) and Cody Braun, Reckless Kelly was ...


Jack Ingram talks authenticity and taking Texas country beyond the Lone Star border

By Arden Ward

Sep 19th, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Jack Ingram is a Texas-born songwriter and performer whose aspirations go far beyond the borders of the Lone Star State. Like the legendary troubadours that have come before him, Ingram ...


Honky tonk hero Kevin Fowler on being just like his fans and hunting wildebeest

By Jonathan Rienstra

Sep 11th, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Back in 2011, Kevin Fowler released his sixth studio album, Chippin’ Away. An ode to the slow but steady ascension Fowler has experienced on the charts since he began performing ...

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