ATX Songwriters

Songwriting may not be unique to the Lone Star State, but Texas songwriters are a breed all their own, as diverse and colorful as Texas itself. Texas songwriters, past and present, reflect in rhythm and rhyme, the essence of our culture; they are the poets of their time and have become the symbolic troubadours of our state.

In this special series, CultureMap profiles the 2013 inductees to the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame, while highlighting some of the other great troubadors of Texas along the way.

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Ronnie Dunn on Texas sensibility, swagger and the Lone Star songwriting tradition

By Arden Ward - February 7th, 2013

Ronnie Dunn may be best known for “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “My Maria,” and a 20-year Nashville career as the latter half of the most successful duo in music history. But Dunn is more than a commercial country crooner creating Grammy-nominated tunes from ...

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West Texas simplicity and the stuff of legends: The tale of songwriter Sonny Curtis

By Arden Ward - February 14th, 2013

The tale of Sonny Curtis unfolds as any great Texas songwriter’s should, with equal parts simplicity and the stuff of legends. Starting with West Texas sandstorms of mythic proportions and featuring the likes of Buddy Holly and The Clash, Sonny Curtis ...