The New Kings Of Red Dirt

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We all know the Texas country icons of the 90’s, or at least I hope you do.

Guys like Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Charlie Robinson, Roger Creager, Jason Boland and the like. If you’re like me and weren’t old enough to see some of those artists during the late 90’s and early 2000’s then you may feel like you missed out on the apex of a great country music sub genre. But have no fear, we are currently in the midst of a music revolution in the lone star state.

Here’s a few new artists who are making Texas country great again and one must listen song from each.

Koe Wetzel – “Austin”

As the first song out after Koe’s debut album Noise Complaint, “Austin,” was written in the bathroom of a one bedroom apartment he was sharing with his two best friends. With the perfect blend of rockin’ drinking anthems and deep love songs Koe Wetzel isn’t leaving the spotlight any time soon.

Red Shahan – “Men & Coyotes”

Red Shahan is an independent artist who is working hard to gain his fans the old fashioned way… a grueling tour schedule all across the south west. Red’s music isn’t exactly what you’d hear in the background of a rowdy tailgate, but more in the vein of Jason Isbell with meaningful lyrics and killer guitar. “Men & Coyotes,” is the title track of his first album released in 2015, while his sophomore album titled Culberson County is the perfect soundtrack to winding down at the end of a long day.

Parker McCollum – “Hell Of A Year”

Austin based singer Parker McCollum turned heads with the release of his sophomore album Probably Wrong last year. Currently on tour with Koe Wetzel and from the videos I’ve seen they look like they’re having a pretty good time together. With a very active Twitter presence and the sound to back it up, certainly be on the lookout for his next album.

Read Southall Band – “Keystone Clan”

Hailing from Stillwater, OK, lead singer Read Southall and his three college buddies dominated the Oklahoma and Texas college circuit before transitioning to a full time tour across the southwest to promote their 2018 album Six String Sorrow. Their cover of Tyler Childers’ “Whitehouse Road” is one of the best I’ve ever heard. With some added electric guitar they take the feel out of Appalachia and bring it right into a Texas honky tonk. Fresh out of college, the Read Southall Band plays a rowdy live show and has a “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that’s refreshing in this era of political correctness.

Read Southall is good and he knows it, if you don’t think so then that’s your fault.

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