Gone Country: Happy birthday, Texas: Here’s 181 songs about the state

 

Hopefully it’s not too late to wish the state of Texas a happy birthday! 181 years old is nothing to scoff at, and that’s why I’ve decided to put together a playlist of songs about the Lone Star State.

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That’s right, 181 songs. That’s 11.5 hours of music, so you’ll be able to listen to this playlist and celebrate well into the waning hours of the early morning. It’s got the standards, like “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” “T for Texas” and “All My Exes Live in Texas.” The list skews country, because country artists love to sing about Texas (especially Pat Green.)

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There’s also some rock, hip-hop, post-rock and other genres toward the end of the playlist. How else was I supposed to hit 181 songs? Plus, don’t tell me you don’t immediately think of high school football when you hear “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky.

No matter what your musical taste, there’s something for everyone. So sit back, crack open a Shiner or a Lone Star, wave the Texas flag with pride, and celebrate 181 years of Texas. Cheers.

Gone Country aims to thoughtfully explore the country music genre and where it’s headed, with a focus on national trends and buzzworthy news of the week. For info about album releases and concerts, check out this week’s Country Music Roundup.

Questions, comments, suggestions? Let me know on Twitter @jakeharris4 or through email at jharris@statesman.com.

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