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 weve never thought of as a Texas song, but when put in context, it kinda makes sense.
Jon Bonnell, owner/executive chef, Bonnells Fine Texas Cuisine/Waters Bonnells Coastal Cuisine: I love Fort Worth, Texas by Dan Roberts. Its a well written song about my hometown, so Im gonna like it no matter what, but Dan is also a really talented songwriter and performer to boot. Other than that, Roger Creagers Fun All Wrong, Pat Greens Somewhere Between Texas and Mexico, Gary P. Nunns 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. Its 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. Im close!
Jody Dean, morning host, KLUV/98.7 FM: I like all of em, and know most of the people who created them. [Its] 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 its Jerry Jeff Walkers Leaving Texas which reminds me that theres nothing wrong in a person that Texas cant 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 Id be raising my kids here and falling in love with Texas!
Tammy Dombeck, KTVT/Channel 11 traffic reporter: Yall 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. Its titled Texas Morning. Something about that song just fires me up for my early morning hours. 5 oclock on a Texas morning and Ive 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 isnt 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 Im a romantic at heart.
Pam Minick, former marketing director, Billy Bobs 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 Dentons Lift to Experience [Note: Were 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 its 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 wasnt 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. Its amazing how much I sound like both Waylon and Willie while singing in the shower!