The Texas music scene is exploding with popularity. Though Austin is considered the music capital of the world, North Texas is quickly catching up. Below are just a few greats with roots in the DFW area. – Susan Mcfarland
Texas native Pat Green, who now calls Fort Worth home, started dabbling in country music while attending college at Texas Tech. Green started writing songs at age 18, influenced by greats such as Robert Earl Keen, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson. After convincing his parents to loan him some money, he recorded an album, “Dancehall Dreamer,” independently released in 1995. A year later, at Willie Nelson’s July 4th picnic, Green performed in front of 2,000 people, which was captured for his second album, “Live at Billy Bob’s Texas.” Green kept writing and landed a label with the release of “Three Days.“ The rest is history, making Green one of the hottest stars in country music today.
Honky-tonker Jack Ingram began his career in bars and roadhouses between Dallas and Houston, releasing two independent albums and opening for famous artists, such as Merle Haggard and Mark Chesnutt. In 1996, Ingram landed a label deal. By 2008, Ingram won the Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist.” Ingram’s latest album, “Big Dreams and High Hopes,” is the seventh of his career. The album’s 11 tracks cover many facets of Ingram’s spin on country music. Notable songs on the album include “Seeing Stars,” sung with Patty Griffin, and party anthem “Barefoot and Crazy. ” The album also includes songs Ingram wrote with his mentor Radney Foster.
Tommy Alverson’s newest album, “Country to the Bone,” suits the North Texan perfectly. He notes on his website that he has been to Nashville only once. “I came home and kissed the ground and I’ve never been back,” he said on his bio, adding, “I don’t think I’m missing anything.” Alverson, known as “country to the bone,” says he would rather be known as “all over the map” than as a traditional country artist.
Vocals of country music star LeAnn Rimes have been known similar to those of the famous Patsy Cline. Rimes, whose stardom began at the early age of 13, became the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker. Her breakthrough came in 1996 with her debut album “Blue,” which reached number one on the charts and was certified multi-platinum. Since her debut, Rimes has received many awards including two Grammy’s, three ACM’s, one CMA, several Billboard Music Awards and one American Music Award.