Deep South Soundscape: Texas Blues

TEXAS BLUES

This is a selection of the top-ranking Texas blues songs in chronological order for the series on Deep South Soundscape. From the early blues of the jug bands and west Texas cowboys to the rural East Texas bluesmen to the urban Deep Ellum buskers, and down I-45 to the Houston R&B music scene and the post-WWII blues combos to the Psychadelic Blues of 1960s and the Blues revivalists in Austin, Fort Worth, and San Antonio, Texas, blues is a dominant thread throughout our state’s history.

Blind Lemon Jefferson – “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (1927)
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Match Box Blues” (1927)
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Black Snake Moan” (1927)
Blind Willie Johnson – “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” (1927)
Blind Willie Johnson – “Motherless Children” (1927)
Henry Thomas – “Honey, Won’t You Allow Me On More Chance” (1927)
Henry Thomas – “Don’t Ease Me In” (1928)
Henry Thomas – “Bull Doze Blues” (1928)
Henry Thomas – “Fishing Blues” (1928)
Blind Willie Johnson – “John the Revelator” (1930)
Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys – “Never No More Blues” (1935)
Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys – “Basin Street Blues” (1936)
Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys – “Brain Cloudy Blues” (1946)
Amos Milburn – “Amos’s Blues” (1946)
T-Bone Walker – “Call It Stormy Monday Blues (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)” (1947)
Pee Wee Crayton – “Texas Hop” (1948)
Amos Milburn – “Chicken Shack Boogie” (1948)
Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown – “Boogie Rambler” (1949)
Charles Brown – “In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down” (1949)
Goree Carter – “Rock Awhile” (1949)
Lightning Hopkins – “Baby Please Don’t Go” (1949)
Charles Brown – “Black Night” (1950)
Pee Wee Crayton – “Poppa Stoppa” (1951)
Zuzu Bollin – “Headlight Blues” (1951)
Pee Wee Crayton – “Telephone Is Ringing” (1956)
Big Walter Price & His Thunderbirds – “Pack Fair and Square” (1956)
Ivory Joe Hunter – “Since I Met You Baby” (1956)
Bobby “Blue” Bland – “Farther Up On The Road” (1957)
Johnny Copeland – “Rock and Roll Lilly” (1958)
Willie Nelson – “Man With The Blues” (1959)
King Curtis – “Heavenly Blues” (1959)
Mance Lipscomb – “Tom Moore’s Farm” (1960)
Mance Lipscomb – “Ella Speed” (1960)
Lightning Hopkins – “Katie Mae” (1960)
Ernest Tubb – “Kansas City Blues” (1960)
Willie Nelson – “Nite Life” (1960)
Freddie King – “Hide Away” (1961)
Lightning Hopkins – “Mojo Hand” (1961)
Albert Collins – “Defrost” (1963)
Albert Collins – “Frosty” (1964)
Floyd Dakill Combo – “Dance, Franny, Dance” (1964)
Roy Head & The Traits –“Treat Her Right” (1965)
The Bobby Fuller Four – “Let Her Dance” (1965)
The Bobby Fuller Four – “I Fought The Law” (1965)
13th Floor Elevators – “You’re Gonna Miss Me” (1966)
Archie Bell & The Drells – “Tighten Up” (1967)
King Curtis – “Memphis Soul Stew” (1967)
Big Brother & the Holding Company – “Down on Me” (1967)
Janis Joplin – “Piece of My Heart” (1968) Janis Joplin – “Me and Bobby McGee” (1971)
Janis Joplin – “Mercedez Benz” (1971)
Freddie King – “Going Down” (1971)
ZZ Top – “La Grange” (1973)
Edgar Winter Group – “Frankenstein” (1973)
Edgar Winter Group – “Free Ride” (1973)
ZZ Top – “Tush” (1975)
Waylon Jennings – “Waymore’s Blues” (1975)
Delbert McClinton – “Two More Bottles of Wine” (1978)
ZZ Top – “I Thank You” (1980)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “Pride & Joy” (1983)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “Texas Flood” (1983)
ZZ Top – “Got Me Under Pressure” (1983)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “Cold Shot” (1984)
The Fabulous Thunderbirds – “Tuff Enuff” (1986)
The Fabulous Thunderbirds – “Wrap It Up” (1986)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “Crossfire” (1989)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “Tightrope” (1989)
ZZ Top – “My Head’s In Mississippi” (1990)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “The Sky Is Crying” (1991)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “Life By The Drop” (1991)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble  – “Little Wing) (1991)
Guy Forsyth – “Poor Boys” (2000)
Los Lonely Boys – “Heaven” (2004)
Los Lonely Boys – “Real Emotions” (2004)
Gary Clark, Jr. – “Bright Lights” (2012)
Lightning Hopkins – “Automobile Blues” (Unknown Date)

Deep South Soundscape: Texas Blues

The Deep South Soundscape

The Deep South Soundscape

The selector explores the Deep South Soundscape. This collection of tracks puts on display the sounds of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. It is from these lands that gospel from the churches and work songs from the cotton fields and prison gangs gave birth to the blues. Soul, country, rockabilly, and rock and roll emerged from this milieu. The heart-felt music spills from the landscape and from its diverse people. Check out these playlists by clicking on the links below:

Volume 1: Texas Blues

Volume 2: Louisiana Rhythm and Blues

Volume 3:Mississippi Delta Blues

Volume 4: The Music of Alabama

           Part 1: The Muscle Shoals Story

           Part 2: Sweet Home Alabama

Volume 5: Georgia On My Mind

Volume 6: Deep South Country

Volume 7: The Dirty South

The Deep South Soundscape