Songs All Self-Respecting Texans Should Have On Their iPods

Skip to about 1:30 for the song, but Lyle's intro is pretty funny too.

Happy Texas Independence Day, y'all. Have you voted? Good. Now relax. It's time to have some fun.

The other day, the Sir Douglas Quintet's "Westside Blues Again" came on Rocks Off's iPod and, in the course of its six-minute running time, planted the seeds of an idea. It's an idea we sincerely hope we're not the first person to have, but we'll go ahead and take credit for it unless somebody wants to argue about it.

What if someone were to load an iPod with nothing but Texas music? In other words, what if someone were to create the Best. iPod. Ever?

For one thing, that would be an undertaking as big as the Lone Star State itself. (Let's see you take that one on, Texas Monthly.) But today of all days would be the perfect day to start, so Rocks Off jotted down a few songs no self-respecting Texan's iPod - hell, no self-respecting iPod - should be without.

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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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