Before I can get started, I need you to know where I’ve been.
I’m married to a wonderful man and my best friend, Ken and we have a son, JT, who is our life!
Fifteen years ago I helped create and start the Texas Music Chart, the original radio station airplay chart for Texas and Red Dirt Music! We contacted radio stations across Texas (and eventually Oklahoma) who immediately said YES when asked if they wanted to be a part of our reporting panel. They knew there was a love for this type of music and were already playing independent artists on their stations such as Kevin Fowler, Pat Green and Cory Morrow!
Now why did we start this music chart? Because not only was it obvious that there was a ton of support for this type of music but we were fans of it too! Growing up in Austin, I vaguely remember going to Armadillo World Headquarters where I danced down front listening to the Charlie Daniels Band. And there was always Willie Nelson or Waylon Jennings playing on my families’ radios! As a teenager, I remember listening to Robert Earl Keen’s “Road Goes On Forever” and Guy Clark’s “LA Freeway” and of course “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” from the one and only Ray Wylie Hubbard. So needless to say, Texas music started for me a LONG time ago.
All this reminiscing makes me wonder, who do you remember hearing first in this scene and realizing that’s when the magic started for you?