Here's to Texas and the artists that it produced! ;) This week I'm featuring my favorite songs from a few of my favorite Texans.
Aaron Watson's "The Prayer" - An album cut from Watson's The Underdog, released in 2015, "The Prayer" is my favorite song on the record. I like the mood and feel to the song, which is driven by a banjo and the cry of a fiddle. Written by Watson himself, the song is a spiritual one that finds Watson admitting that he can not be the King of himself, that he needs a God of his life. The chorus explains, "My mountain is a molehill/ my throne's a busted chair/ this crown has turned to rust and it's all tangled in my hair/ this high horse that I ride on it's gonna buckle at the knee/ on my castle made of sand/ I cannot be the King of me." It's a song that finds a man humbling himself before God.
Other highlights from Watson: "That Look", "Bluebonnets (Julia's song)", "Fence Post", "The Underdog", "Outta Style", "Vaquero", and "Texas Lullaby".
Wade Bowen's "Saved" - This is a cut from Bowen's Gospel record, Then Sings My Soul, which was never intended to be released to the public, instead meant to be a gift to Bowen's mother. Bowen released the record in 2016 after being encouraged to release it for his fans and the public. The song takes on a Jerry Lee Lewis, Southern Gospel, Rockabilly sound to it, with a driving piano. Wade's delivery is at a rapid pace and takes you right to church. It's a fun, it's fresh, and unique take, and the sole original on the record (the rest standard hymns). It's rowdy and has a lot of energy, you can't help but get caught up in it.
Other Highlights from Bowen: "Trouble", "Who I Am", "Songs About Trucks", "Death, Dyin', and Deviled Eggs", and "Say Anything".
Tanya Tucker's "Old Dan Tucker's Daughter" - Written by Curly Putman and Buddy Killen, this song was featured on Tanya's third studio record, Would You Lay with Me(In A Field of Stone). I love Tanya's voice, it's warm and gritty and takes you to a happier place, or at least it does that to me. This is one of my favorite songs from Tucker. I've always loved story songs and Tucker has quite a few of them. "Old Dan Tucker's Daughter" seems to be a spinoff of the folk song "Old Dan Tucker", with the songwriters turning it into a deeper story song about a drunk and his daughter. Though not written by Tucker, the song fits her voice and seems destined to be sung by her due to her last name being Tucker. It's a fun song about a sad story.
Other highlights from Tucker: "Love Me Like You Used To", "Delta Dawn", "What's Your Mama's Name Child", "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane", " If Your Heart Ain't Busy Tonight", "Blood Red and Goin' Down", "Shotgun", and "Down To My Last Tear Drop".
Sunny Sweeney's "Pills" - This fun song is a cut on Sunny's latest album, Trophy. Written by Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, the song is wickedly catchy and groovy in a grungy, rootsy sort of way. The song finds the narrator running into an old pal and wondering if they're still taking pills, which the narrator has given up ages ago. The narrator reminisces about their wilder days and the effects of the pills, but shows concern over the effects the constant use of pills seem to have had on the friend. It's an interesting song, one you'll definitely be singing along to.
Other Highlights from Sunny: "Pass the Pain", "From A Table Away", "Bottle By My Bed", "If I Could", "My Bed (Ft. Will Hoge)", "Backhanded Compliment", "Unsaid", and "Trophy".
Miranda Lambert's "Look at Miss Ohio" - This song is a deep cut from Miranda's fourth studio album, Four the Record, released in 2011. The song is actually a cover, Gillian Welch (co-author of the song) originally recorded it for her Soul Journey record. It has a melancholy feel to the melody/production, as it tells the backstory of a beauty queen, who proclaims "I wanna do right, but not right now." She's not quite ready to settle down, but she also wants to make everyone else happy.... It's a struggle. The song is an interesting one that pulls you in and makes you think a bit.
Other highlights from Miranda: "Dear Diamond", "Safe", "Nobody's Fool", "Airstream Song", "Girls", "Two Rings Shy", "Same Old You."
Born and raised in Upstate NY, Liz is a freelance writer. She has written for websites, blogs, and magazines for the last 10 years. She works as a freelance writer and editor, as well as a proofreader and beta reader for several authors, all the while working on her first book.