Inquiring Minds

Pat Green: "We're Still Totally In the Mix"

Earlier this morning, Rocks Off talked to Texas country star Pat Green, who plays the Coastal Conservation Association's "Concert for Conservation" Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park with his hero Jerry Jeff Walker, Sammy Kershaw, Gene Watson, and a few others.

After more than a decade as both one of Texas country's top-selling and most controversial artists -- some critics thought his early songs were a little narrow-minded in their Lone Star boosterism, others thought he went soft when he spent most of the past decade on a couple of Nashville major labels -- Green seems to be at a crossroads in his career.

His latest album Songs We Wish We'd Written II (SugarHill) is a companion to 2001's Songs We Wish We'd Written, his album of duets with buddy Cory Morrow that's usually cited as one of the handful of records (alongside Green's Three Days) that broke Texas country wide open.

The rest of our conversation, from Green's home in Fort Worth a couple of days ago, centered around where he thinks this whole Texas thing is now, plus a couple of questions about fishing.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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