Road Trip Music : Texas
Guy Clark is a songwriter's songwriter, and even a Texas songwriter's songwriter. Even if you’ve never heard his name, you’ve heard his music through the many pop, country, and folk artists who have covered his songs. For this trip, take a listen to one of his recent albums, Some Days The Song Writes You
Terri Hendrix well knows how to build a song, and how to cover one too. She was once awarded a scholarship to study opera, but decided to pass that by in order to go deeper into creating her own music. She draws on folk, blues, jazz, and country, seasoned with social justice at times and flavored with humor too. You can hear her latest adventures with this on Cry Till You Laugh.
Kelly Willis is a storyteller, both in what she chooses to sing and in how she sings it. Love and its challenges is her most frequent subject matter. Love seen from both dark and light sides, and more than anything, love seen as part of life’s journey and never ending quest for understanding. She has a voice which can handle the bluest country rock and also turn quietly gentle when it’s right to do so. Take a listen to her voice and song choices on What I Deserve
Bruce Robison is another one of those musicians whose music you may know better than you know his name. The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill are among those who’ve taken Robison’s music to the top of the charts. For this trip, reach into his back catalogue for an album which among other things includes his version of the song Travelin’ Soldier. The album is called Long Way Home From Anywhere.
Tish Hinojosa brings her experiences as a first generation Mexican American to her work. She was born in San Antonio. You’ll hear more of her work as the road trip travels to New Mexico, but while we are in Texas, listen to Frontejas.
photographs of Kelly Willis and Tish Hinojosa copyright Kerry Dexter
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more music from the road trip
This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there. Stop by and see what the Library has in mind to inspire travels across Texas.
For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins
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