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Texas’ Musical Poets

We saw an interesting article recently we wanted to share with y’all.  Texas Co-op Power Magazine, if you’re not familiar with it, is the largest-circulation publication in Texas and shares “stories about Texans, food, travel, history, destinations and important issues.” This month’s issue had an interesting article about Texas songwriters.

They spotlight the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association and their Hall of Fame. (We told you about this year’s upcoming induction ceremony, featuring the 2018 honorees- Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mickey Newbury, Liz Rose and Buddy Holly.)  They give you a great overview of some the previous inductees. So it’s basically a short primer on some of Texas’ best songwriters, whom they call “Musical Poets.”

Some of those songwriters are Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer, Kris Kristofferson, Cindy Walker, Sonny Curtis and Sonny Throckmorton. They also highlight Bruce Robison, Delbert McClinton, and Joe Ely.  Ely eloquently says of writing songs in the Texas Panhandle, “I guess it comes down to the emptiness of everything and the desire to fill it up. It’s flat. There’s sky forever. And the only way you can fill it up is with a good song.”

If you want to find out a little bit about some of Texas’ greatest songwriters, find the article at


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