By: Concert Vault
I've only been to Texas twice. The first trip was through the panhandle on I-40; I stopped at a friend of a friend's ranch and received the sort of hospitality that most people assume is a Texan exaggeration. The second time through, I entered via New Mexico on I-10, then followed the I-20 to the I-30. It's a beautiful place with its own customs, culture, and history that set it apart from the rest of the United States. And by the time I got to Texarkana, it felt like I had been there for three weeks (it was a 2 or 3 day drive). It's intimidatingly huge. There were times during when it seemed pointless to keep going because of its own peculiar gravitational pull, made from the combination of friendliness, natural beauty and sheer size. Judging by the songs here, I wasn't the first person to fall under its spell, either. There's country, rock, blues, pride, longing, joy, awe and gratitude in these songs, a testament to the effect Texas can have on its inhabitants and those just passing through.
Only sort of facetiously, I'd like to take this opportunity to appeal to all citizens of Texas to contact your local representative and request a change in the state motto, from "Friendship before statehood" to "Stevie Ray Vaughan rules."