Tag: Texas

Monday 12pm: Music of The States – Texas

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the southeast.

Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S., while San Antonio is the second-most populous in the state and seventh largest in the U.S. Dallas–Fort Worth and Greater Houston are the fourth and fifth largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country, respectively. Other major cities include Austin, the second-most populous state capital in the U.S., and El Paso. Texas is nicknamed “The Lone Star State” to signify its former status as an independent republic, and as a reminder of the state’s struggle for independence from Mexico. The “Lone Star” can be found on the Texas state flag and on the Texan state seal. The origin of Texas’s name is from the word taysha, which means “friends” in the Caddo language.

Due to its size and geologic features such as the Balcones Fault, Texas contains diverse landscapes common to both the U.S. Southern and Southwestern regions. Although Texas is popularly associated with the U.S. southwestern deserts, less than 10% of Texas’s land area is desert. Most of the population centers are in areas of former prairies, grasslands, forests, and the coastline. Traveling from east to west, one can observe terrain that ranges from coastal swamps and piney woods, to rolling plains and rugged hills, and finally the desert and mountains of the Big Bend. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Tanya Tucker Top 60 Hits 12pm ET @tanya_tucker

tanyatuckerTanya Denise Tucker (born October 10, 1958, in Seminole, Texas) is an American female country music artist who had her first hit, “Delta Dawn”, in 1972 at the age of 13. Over the succeeding decades, Tucker became one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing her audience, and during the course of her career, she notched a streak of Top 10 and Top 40 hits. She has had several successful albums, several Country Music Association award nominations, and hit songs such as 1973’s “What’s Your Mama’s Name?” and “Blood Red and Goin’ Down,” 1975’s “Lizzie and the Rainman,” and 1988’s “Strong Enough to Bend”.

1 Lizzie and the Rainman
2 It’s a Little Too Late
3 Here’s Some Love
4 Little Things
5 I’m the Singer You’re the Song
6 Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)
7 Blood Red and Goin’ Down
8 Delta Dawn
9 What’s Your Mama’s Name
10 The Man That Turned My Mama On
11 Just Another Love
12 San Antonio Stroll
13 I’ll Come Back as Another Woman
14 Down to My Last Teardrop
15 One Love at a Time
16 My Arms Stay Open All Night
17 (Without You) What Do I Do with Me
18 Two Sparrows in a Hurricane
19 Don’t Believe My Heart Can Stand Another You
20 Love Me Like You Used To
21 Walking Shoes
22 Love’s the Answer
23 You’ve Got Me to Hold On To
24 Tell Me About It (with Delbert McClinton)
25 Texas (When I Die)
26 Can I See You Tonight
27 It’s a Cowboy Lovin’ Night
28 Call on Me
29 If Your Heart Ain’t Busy Tonight
30 I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love (with Paul Davis and Paul Overstreet)
31 It Won’t Be Me
32 Pecos Promenade
33 Don’t Go Out (with T. Graham Brown)
34 Soon
35 Some Kind of Trouble
36 Ridin’ Rainbows
37 It’s Only Over for You
38 Hangin’ In
39 We Don’t Have to Do This
40 I Believe the South Is Gonna Rise Again
41 Spring
42 Oh What It Did to Me
43 You Just Watch Me
44 Dancing the Night Away
45 Greener Than the Grass (We Laid On)
46 Daddy and Home
47 Between the Two of Them
48 Should I Do It
49 You Are So Beautiful
50 Love Knows We Tried
51 Find Out What’s Happenin’
52 Dream Lover (with Glen Campbell)
53 If It Don’t Come Easy
54 Strong Enough to Bend
55 Highway Robbery
56 Feel Right
57 Ridin’ Out the Heartache
58 Baby I’m Yours
59 A Memory Like I’m Gonna Be
60 Changes

Artist Countdown: Dixie Chicks Top 25 Hits 12pm ET @dixiechicks

dixieChicksDixie Chicks is an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres. The band is composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces”.

During a London concert ten days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Maines said, “we don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States [George W. Bush] is from Texas”. The positive reaction to this statement from the British audience contrasted with the boycotts that ensued in the U.S., where the band was assaulted by talk-show conservatives, while their albums were discarded in public protest.

As of 2012, the Dixie Chicks had won 13 Grammy Awards, including five in 2007 for Taking the Long Way—which received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year—and “Not Ready to Make Nice”, a single from that album. By May 2013, with 30.5 million certified albums sold, and sales of 27.2 million albums in the U.S. alone, they had become the top selling all-female band and biggest selling country group in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–present).  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Landslide
2 Not Ready to Make Nice
3 There’s Your Trouble
4 Ready to Run
5 Cowboy Take Me Away
6 You Were Mine
7 Goodbye Earl
8 Wide Open Spaces
9 Tonight the Heartache’s on Me
10 Cold Day in July
11 I Can Love You Better
12 Long Time Gone
13 Travelin’ Soldier
14 Without You
15 If I Fall You’re Going Down with Me
16 Some Days You Gotta Dance
17 The Neighbor
18 Heartbreak Town
19 Everybody Knows
20 Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)
21 Sin Wagon
22 Stand By Your Man
23 White Trash Wedding
24 Tortured, Tangled Hearts
25 You Can’t Hurry Love

Artist Countdown: Radney Foster Top 30 Hits 4pm ET @RadneyFoster

Radney-FosterRadney Foster (born July 20, 1959, Del Rio, Texas, United States) is an American singer-songwriter and music producer. Initially a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, Foster made his recording debut as part of the Foster & Lloyd duo, recording three studio albums and with nine singles on the country charts.

Foster began his solo career in 1992 and his album Del Rio, TX 1959 produced four consecutive Top 40 hits. However, his commercial success waned with the release subsequent albums such as Labor of Love (1995), See What You Want to See (1999), Are You Ready for the Big Show?, Another Way to Go (2002) and This World We Live In (2006). Overall, Foster has had thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits “Just Call Me Lonesome” (#10, 1992) and “Nobody Wins” (#2, 1993). His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban and Jack Ingram.

Foster & Lloyd is an American country music duo consisting of singer-songwriters Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd. Founded in 1986, the duo recorded three albums for RCA Records, in addition to charting nine singles on the Billboard country charts. The highest-peaking of these was their debut single “Crazy Over You”, a No. 4 hit in 1987. After disbanding in 1990, Foster and Lloyd both began solo careers and reunited in 2010 to release their fourth studio album. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Nobody Wins
2 Fair Shake  (Foster & Lloyd)
3 Sure Thing  (Foster & Lloyd)
4 Easier Said Than Done
5 Just Call Me Lonesome
6 Is It Love  (Foster & Lloyd)
7 Hammer and Nails
8 Before the Heartache Rolls In  (Foster & Lloyd)
9 Can’t Have Nothin’  (Foster & Lloyd)
10 Crazy Over You  (Foster & Lloyd)
11 What Do You Want from Me This Time
12 Texas in 1880  (Foster & Lloyd)
13 Closing Time
14 Everyday Angel
15 Willin’ to Walk
16 If It Were Me
17 Scary Old World (with Chely Wright)
18 Suzette  (Foster & Lloyd)
19 Texas in 1880 (with Pat Green)
20 Labor of Love
21 The Running Kind
22 Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)
23 I’m In (with Abra Moore)
24 Half of My Mistakes
25 Prove Me Right
26 A Little Revival
27 Angel Flight
28 Jesse’s Soul
29 Make It Up As I Go Along
30 Real Fine Place To Start

 

Artist Countdown: Willie Nelson Top 30 Hits 6pm ET

willienelsonWillie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from high school, in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was later discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music. During this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he wrote “Family Bible” and recorded the song “Lumberjack” in 1956.

In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price’s band as a bassist. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including “Funny How Time Slips Away“, “Hello Walls”, “Pretty Paper”, and “Crazy”. In 1962, he recorded his first album, And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. The rise of the popularity of hippie music in Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to outlaw country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie and Phases and Stages. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the critically acclaimed album, Red Headed Stranger. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, Wanted! The Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser.

During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like “On the Road Again”, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”, and “Pancho & Lefty”, he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1990 Nelson’s assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, which claimed that he owed US $32,000,000. It was later discovered that his accountants, Price Waterhouse, did not pay Nelson’s taxes for years. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1991, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?; by 1993, the profits of the double album, destined to the IRS, and the auction of Nelson’s assets cleared his debt. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk. Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television.

Nelson is a major liberal activist and the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which is in favor of marijuana legalization. On the environmental front, Nelson owns the bio-diesel brand Willie Nelson Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oil. Nelson is also the honorary chairman of the Advisory Board of the Texas Music Project, the official music charity of the state of Texas.

Source: Wikipedia

1 To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before (with Julio Iglesias)
2 Always on My Mind
3 On the Road Again
4 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
5 Good Hearted Woman (with Waylon Jennings)
6 Let It Be Me
7 Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
8 Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way) (with Dolly Parton)
9 City of New Orleans
10 Blue Skies
11 Georgia on My Mind
12 Take It to the Limit (with Waylon Jennings)
13 Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) (with Waylon Jennings)
14 Beer for My Horses (with Toby Keith)
15 Just to Satisfy You (with Waylon Jennings)
16 Spanish Eyes (with Julio Iglesias)
17 Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
18 Help Me Make It Through the Night
19 Sweet Memories
20 All of Me
21 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay (with Waylon Jennings)
22 They All Went to Mexico (with Carlos Santana)
23 Crazy Arms (with Ray Price)
24 Bring Me Sunshine
25 Fire and Rain
26 Touch Me
27 Mendocino County Line (with Lee Ann Womack)
28 Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me)
29 The Scientist
30 I Wish I Didn’t Love You So

 

Artist Countdown: Roy Orbison Top 55 Hits

0Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), a singer-songwriter who found the most success in early rock and roll from 1957 to 1964. During that time, 22 of Orbison’s songs placed on the Billboard Top Forty.

Born and raised in Texas, Orbison got his start in a rockabilly band in high school. He broke into professional music under Sam Phillips at Sun Records, but found only marginal success there. After a couple years writing for other musicians, Orbison recorded several songs at Monument Records under producer Fred Foster. With Foster, Orbison and songwriter Joe Melson tailored many of Orbison’s songs for his unique voice; his most popular songs were dramatic ballads ending with emotional crescendos that showcased his powerful vocals. After his biggest hit in 1964, “Oh, Pretty Woman“, Orbison continued to record, but not until 1987 did he find the success he had once known when his single “In Dreams” was used in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet. The next year, Orbison recorded with the supergroup Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison. Lynne produced Orbison’s final album Mystery Girl, which was released posthumously in February of 1989.

1 You Got It
2 It’s Over
3 Oh, Pretty Woman
4 Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)
5 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
6 In Dreams
7 Pretty Paper
8 Blue Bayou
9 That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again (with Emmylou Harris)
10 Falling
11 Crying (with k.d. lang)
12 Running Scared
13 Mean Woman Blues
14 Crying
15 Goodnight
16 Blue Angel
17 Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburys)
18 Breakin’ Up Is Breakin’ My Heart
19 Ride Away
20 Crawling Back
21 (Say) You’re My Girl
22 California Blue
23 Working for the Man
24 Twinkle Toes
25 The Crowd
26 Too Soon to Know
27 Candy Man
28 Leah
29 I Drove All Night
30 She’s a Mystery to Me
31 End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys)
32 Cry Softly Lonely One
33 Heartbreak Radio
34 Communication Breakdown
35 Lana
36 Borne on the Wind
37 Heartache
38 Penny Arcade
39 Walk On
40 I’m Hurtin’
41 So Good
42 My Friend
43 Distant Drums
44 Beautiful Dreamer
45 Love Hurts
46 She
47 What’d I Say
48 Indian Wedding
49 Born to Be Loved by You
50 Break My Mind
51 Ooby Dooby
52 She Wears My Ring
53 Up Town
54 Let the Good Times Roll
55 Southbound Jericho Parkway

Artist Countdown: Pat Green Top 20 Hits 8pm ET

pat-greenPatrick Craven “Pat” Green (born April 5, 1972 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American Texas Country artist. Active since 1995, he has recorded a total of ten studio albums, including several independent works, three for Republic Records and two for BNA. Fifteen of his singles have charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which the highest-peaking is the No. 3 “Wave on Wave” from his gold-certified album of the same name. –Wikipedia

1 Wave on Wave
2 Feels Just Like It Should
3 Let Me
4 Don’t Break My Heart Again
5 Baby Doll
6 Dixie Lullaby
7 Way Back Texas
8 What I’m For
9 Guy Like Me
10 Country Star
11 Carry On
12 Three Days
13 Somewhere Between Texas and Mexico
14 Texas in 1880 (with Radney Foster)
15 All Just to Get to You
16 Texas on My Mind (with Cory Morrow)
17 Austin
18 Even the Losers
19 My Texas (with Josh Abbot Band)
20 If I Had A Million