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Texas Country Music

Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Kris Kristofferson, & Townes Van Zant are the godfathers of the progressive Texas Country scene that sprung up around Austin in the 1970s. When Nelson moved back to Texas to escape the artistic constraints of Nashville's assembly line Country, he and a loose group of confederates were seen as the leaders of the Outlaw movement. Their sound was stripped of studio gloss - it was spare, hard, and Honky Tonk, with lyrics that were far more instrospective and ambitious than the usual drinking and cheating. Texas-based artists Jerry Jeff Walker and Kinky Friedman, took the music of Texas bar rooms and dance halls-Honky Tonk and Western Swing-combined it with folk and rock, and imbued the music with with a sense of the metaphysical.

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