Texas Music

With a silver pompadour and a belt-busting baritone that delivers songs about heartbreak and honky-tonking, Texas musician Dale Watson is straight country — but he doesn't necessarily want you to say so.

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Mary Cutrufello knows just how much people in Texas like to dance. Before she relocated to Minnesota in the early 2000s, she spent ten years touring, creating, and learning the music of Texas. In the summer of 1997, she played live at the Cibolo Creek Country Club for TPR’s “Sunday Night Session,” which was broadcast on KSTX 89.1 FM from 1996-2010. [You can hear the full show at the bottom of the page]

Love your old uncles while you have them. Mine used to hang around near the drinks table at family gatherings, comparing the weird bumps growing on their ears, sharing jokes they'd learned in the Army, and blowing the kids away with stories culled from decades' worth of interesting exploits. Most have gone to the next beyond by now, but I hold my uncles' devil-may-care spirit close to my heart. People have a lot to learn from those among them who've lived long enough to not worry about any particular outcome.

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