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DFW personalities’ favorite Texas songs

Posted 12:06pm on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Putting together a list of 100 best Texas songs is a tricky proposition — so we asked a few DFW personalities to name their favorites. Turns out picking just one can be tricky, too. And we did get one answer that we’ve never thought of as a Texas song, but when put in context, it kinda makes sense.

Jon Bonnell, owner/executive chef, Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine/Waters Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine: “I love Fort Worth, Texas by Dan Roberts. It’s a well written song about my hometown, so I’m gonna like it no matter what, but Dan is also a really talented songwriter and performer to boot. Other than that, Roger Creager’s Fun All Wrong, Pat Green’s Somewhere Between Texas and Mexico, Gary P. Nunn’s Ask Me What I Like About Texas and Mac Davis’ Texas in My Rear View Mirror all have permanent spots on my iPod.

Charla Corn, country singer and morning-show co-host, KFWR/95.9 FM “The Ranch”: My Texas, by Josh Abbot featuring Pat Green. “It’s the ultimate ‘bucket list’ for any true Texas music lover — from going to the Larry Joe Taylor Fest to drinking a Shiner in Luckenbach! It would be awesome to actually live out the whole song. I’m close!”

Jody Dean, morning host, KLUV/98.7 FM: “I like all of ’em, and know most of the people who created them. [It’s] like asking a 7-year-old to pick his favorite grandparent. But it almost has to be a tie. Hill Country Theme as performed by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops has to be up there. My compadre Bob Phillips used it as his [ Texas Country Reporter] TV show theme for years, and my pop wanted it played at his funeral. It still makes my heart swell. The other one is for me, and it’s Jerry Jeff Walker’s Leaving Texas — which reminds me that there’s nothing wrong in a person that Texas can’t fix. No. 3 is Marty Robbins’ El Paso. Then Bob Wills’ San Antonio Rose. Now, see what you started?”

Tracy Kornet, CBS-11 news anchor:Heart of Rock and Roll by Huey Lewis [which mentions ‘San Antone’ and ‘Austin’]. As an ’80s girl and total ‘gleek’ in high school show choir, we must have performed this song 50 different times. It was our opening number my senior year, and it made me fall in love with Texas and Oklahoma. At the time all of these cities were romantic, enigmatic, ‘somewhere’ destinations. ... Little did I know I’d be raising my kids here and falling in love with Texas!”

Tammy Dombeck, KTVT/Channel 11 traffic reporter: “Y’all are going to laugh, but the first thing that popped into my head is All My Exes Live in Texas! Although I did leave my first kindergarten love behind in Wisconsin when I moved to Texas when I was 7 years old.”

Justin Frazell, morning-show co-host, 95.9 FM “The Ranch” and host of Lone Star Roads on KTXD/Channel 47: “One, huh? Dang near impossible. I gotta go with a song penned by Michael Martin Murphey. My favorite version is performed by Rusty Wier. It’s titled Texas Morning. Something about that song just fires me up for my early morning hours. ‘5 o’clock on a Texas morning and I’ve come a long, long way.’ I just dig the fire out of it and if it helps to shine a brighter light on ol’ Rusty, then great!”

Mark “Hawkeye” Louis , morning-show co-host, KSCS/96.3 FM: Texas in 1880, by Radney Foster, featuring Pat Green. “It was originally released in the ’80s by Foster and Lloyd, and Radney re-recorded it in the early 2000s I love it because it celebrates youth, recklessness, rodeo and optimism. And isn’t that kinda what Texas is all about?”

Jane McGarry, special contributor to WFAA/Channel 8: Amarillo By Morning. “Because I love the wide open spaces, sunrises and sunsets of the West Texas plains, and because I’m a romantic at heart.”

Pam Minick, former marketing director, Billy Bob’s Texas; RFD-TV host: “My favorite Texas song(s) are both by George Strait: Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?, for obvious reasons, and Amarillo By Morning, because it talks about rodeo.”

Tom Urquhart, co-host, The Good Show, KTCU/88.7 FM “The Choice”: “Probably my ‘modern’ favorite song about Texas, by Texans, is Just As Was Told by Denton’s Lift to Experience [Note: We’re not sure exactly what this apocalyptic-sounding epic is about, but it begins with three boys from Texas getting a visit from an angel of the Lord.] Then it’s The Streets of Laredo by Marty Robbins.”

Tony Zazza, morning show co-host, KVIL/103.7 FM: Growing up in San Diego [Calif.], country music wasn’t very big, but it was all my Grandma Annabel would listen to. So I quickly became a fan. Waylon Jennings and Willie are still two of my favorites, so I would have to say Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) hands down my favorite song mentioning Texas. It’s amazing how much I sound like both Waylon and Willie while singing in the shower!”

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