I’m going to avoid going heavy again this week. It occurs to me, given I use “Texas country” right in the blog name, that I have been neglected actual Texas country. What could be more Texas country than a band from Oklahoma? (Hey, I did my swing through Texas in Houston. As a Houstonian, I consider everything north of Austin to be South Oklahoma anyway.) The Turnpike Troubadours are absolutely one of my favorite five acts active today.
We stopped off in a no name town to grab a bite to eat
And the ceiling fans they hung above a screened in patio
Crawfish hotter than a chimney fire the beer was cheap and cold
And the bar maid smiled that kind of smile that knocked me off my stool
Said hang around I’ll show you things they don’t teach in school
One thing the Turnpike Troubadours do better than about anybody else in Texas country is write catchy, fast-paced songs. And they do it without devolving into the meaningless slop of most Nashville country. I’ve never been to Shreveport itself, but the song brings back a lot of fond memories of crisscrossing the country between Texas, Florida, and North Carolina.
Shreveport is off the Turnpike Troubadours album Diamonds and Gasoline.
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