Five Texas Folk Singers and Songwriters who Changed the World for the Better
Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas on the thirtieth day of April in the year 1933, and was welcomed into a world suffering through a great depression at the hands of eurofilth bankers that create such situations for their own personal gain. Willie's entire family was inclined to enjoy music, and his Grandfather bought him his first guitar at the age of six, and taught him a few chords.
Willie still remembers those chords, and quite a few more of them too! He's basically a self taught guitarist that uses a totally unique playing style on a semi obscure Martin guitar to a great effect that surely you have heard before, and will hear and enjoy again and yet again.
The music of Willie Nelson is very varied due to his extremely long and still popular recording and touring musical career. He's aged and changed with the times, and always managed to have a huge appeal to everyone that knows of him due to his strong everyman personality, his blue collar working class values, and his fight for the rights of persons oppressed by a big capitalist government that seeks profits rather than any sort of morality.
Willie Nelson has been one of the strongest supporters of the legalization of marijuana, a plant that grows out of God's green Earth, and is forever mis - categorized as some sort of drug. Drugs are what are made in pharmaceutical company laboratories - marijuana has been a medicinal herb for more than five thousand years longer than it has been called a drug by ignoramuses and fear mongers in America.
Despite the obvious contradictions in the erroneous classification of medicinal plants by liquor and tobacco moguls, Willie Nelson tops this list of Texas Giants for his Farm Aide efforts, and his undying love of the common men and women that fight to make a living by farming and producing natural crops and not Monsanto sterility and ethnic cleansing GMO stuff.
Willie Nelson - City of New Orleans
Townes Van Zandt, Tragic Hero
Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt was one of the greatest songwriters to have ever lived. The one person that could possibly be compared to him would be the more famous Bob Dylan. Though Dylan's work is immense and powerful, the songs of Townes Van Zandt are very different, and more troubling, as Townes was a troubled man throughout his life.
There is no beauty without pain, and Townes truly drank himself to death, and because of his erratic behavior, he wasn't exactly the type of person that always could make his scheduled appearances in either the studio or the stage. He was mostly penniless during his lifetime, and who are we to judge him when we've got his lyrical artwork to enjoy? Towns was a singer besides being a song writer - but most often his songs are known in the incarnations they take in the singing of persons other than Townes. Willie Nelson and others helped make his masterpieces more well known, with songs such as Poncho and Lefty.
Tears are the normal reaction to hearing a Townes Van Zandt song, and Waiting Around To Die is one of his best, and please enjoy the fine words of wisdom offered to all from Uncle Seymour in the brief interview.
Townes Van Zandt was born in Forth Worth, Texas to a very wealthy family of oil mongers on March the seventh 1944. He died from complications from years of substance abuse on new years day 1997, and we've all been singing the Forth Worth Blues every single day since that time - but not in mourning, in the celebration of a lyrical genius who lived and died, and who left the world an absolute treasure, a wealth of songs.
Townes Van Zandt - Waiting Around To Die
Texas Rebel for the common man, Steve Earle has been one of my favorite artists in the entire world for so long that I can't hardly remember not being a fan of his. Steve Earle, however, probably doesn't consider himself nearly so powerful as the rest of us who are cognizant of him. He isn't the least bit shy about anything - and is a man to pattern yourself after regardless of your sex, sexual orientation, religion, or anything else.
Steve Earle is absolutely and totally honest about everything. The man will not give you a false opinion even if it means that he's going to insult you. He speaks his mind without any fear of the repercussions, and such men in this world of corporate greed and envy are very rare indeed.
The music of Steve Earle is all over the place. He's played Rock, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, and his own weird and creative styles of fusing all of the previously mentioned styles into his own unique voice.
Steve is also a poet, wrote a song for Elvis that Elvis Presley was too high on prescription medications to record, and many another artist who has taken his songs and ran with them. He's wrote songs that people have described as PERFECT IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY.
Despite the songwriting genius and moral high ground of honesty that Steve Earle has honed to as close to perfection as is possible for sinful humans - he's a total devotee of his close friend who has passed, Mr. Townes Van Zandt. Steve once proclaimed something like,
Townes Van Zandt is the greatest song writer to have ever lived, and I'll jump on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.
To which Townes Van Zandt replied,
No you won't, Bob Dylan's body guards will remove you.
Steve Earle was born in Virginia on January the seventeenth in 1955, his family returned home to Texas before Steve's second birthday, and there he was raised in several locations around San Antonio. Steve makes waves wherever he goes for the things that he says, he's a political activist of the highest order, and only persons like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger can compare to him.
Steve Earle is also very well known to be a former drug addict. Drugs are a gateway, nothing more, and nothing less - into the spiritual realm, and it can get very scary there. The thing about drugs is that it opens the mind, and allows persons like Steve and I to be free of mass media lies, implied thoughts of compliance and conformity. It's a very un safe route to take, but if you take like Steve did, and then come out on the other side alive - you are then free with your own mind to ignore the lies implied and sold to the masses as truth, you can then recognize lies for what they are, and what doesn't kill you has made Steve Earle stronger.
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road
Folk Singer - Buddy Holly
I'm totally aware that you might not consider Buddy Holly a folk singer - but you should think about just exactly what a folk singer is. Folk music is often after the fact, as what was once new becomes old, and passes, after a time, into that netherworld of FOLK, tradition, and mythology. Buddy Holly was once a rock and roll singer and song writer - but those days died with the man who made the music.
I grew up with a Buddy Holly fanatic as a father. Heck, he's right next door as I write this, and he's only an older Buddy Holly fanatic now. Buddy Holly's music has had an absolutely gargantuan impact in this world, and without Buddy Holly, we would never have really had much of an Elvis Presley, The Beatles would have sucked, and even Led Zeppelin wouldn't have been half so magnificent Heck, even Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood made a go at Buddy Holly Classics with Blind Faith.
My earliest memories in life and some of my earliest photographs are of me in diapers and a straw cowboy hat standing on top of a plastic toy box with a ukulele in hand while singing about someone called Peggy Sue for the enjoyment of my parents and my older sister. No, you certainly can not see those photos - you have to be an attractive female (preferably from Galway) and have earned such rights.
Buddy Holly was born in the El Llano Estacado city of Lubbock, Texas on September the seventh 1936, and he went on to revolutionize American music, and to also influence all of those British Invaders that we all loved so much. Perhaps his music doesn't seem to have such a Texas flavor to you - but that is merely because you are so accustomed to it now, and you can't taste it anymore. Buddy Holly is a Rock and Roll and Folk American Music and Historical Icon that only Elvis Presley can rival. He died in a plane crash on February the third, 1959 - far, FAR too soon, and some say that that was the day that music actually died. I disagree, music still lives in Texas, whether or not corporate filth media plays it much or not.
Buddy Holly - WELL ALRIGHT!
Jerry Jeff Walker
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Jerry Jeff Walker
Jerry Jeff Walker isn't from Texas - but he lives in Austin, Texas - the Liberal capital of the Southern United States and the capital city of Texas.
Austin has a larger capital building than Washington D.C. does - do you know why? I'll answer!!!
EVERYTHING IN TEXAS IS BETTER THAN ANYTHING EVERYWHERE ELSE! THAT'S WHY!
The music of Jerry Jeff is full out folk perfection full of roots and dreams of the common man - wholesome in it's altogether colloquial wisdom. Texas has it's own style of music, several of it's own styles of music, and everything else. No matter how hard the rest of the nation wishes to imitate, there is only Texas and the flattery that the rest can and routinely does offer.
Though Jerry Jeff Walker has made famous songs by others of great notoriety such as Ray Wylie Hubbard - he's also a song writer of his own, with his own things to say, and even when he's saying what has already been said elsewhere - he's added his astounding authority to the words of others as he honors them by repeating them. I've nothing but platitudes and honor for a man that went awol from a military that does not protect America - but rather, serves a corrupt to the core secular humanist satanic world order system. I spit on the pseudo morals of the rest - to go busking about singing songs in honor of the salt of this corrupt Earth.
Jerry Jeff Walker - Up Against The Wall Red Neck Mother!
Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr. Bojangles
I hope that you've found something to enjoy in these five fabulous Texan singers and song writers - there are lots of styles here, and as many or more omissions of those that should have, could have, would have been listed here; and could possibly be brought up in a second installment of this genre of online publication.
The world is shaking, and time is dwindling, we should all enjoy what we've got, burn a television or a Monsanto poison field, and listen to some music.
Questions & Answers
How about Newbury, Coe, Keen as folk singers?
First of all, I consider David Allen Coe as part of the "outlaw country" music movement, or at this point in time, a classic country singer and songwriter. I feel as though the outlaw country people should have their own webpage, and that the music is significantly different from what I'd consider folk music.
Robert Earl Keen could possibly be thought of as a folk music guy. He certainly did some folk music on some of his best known albums. He has a great mix of styles, and is not unlike Steve Earle in that.
Of course Mickey Newbury deserves recognition, and was one of the great hippie cowboy guys and a fantastic songwriter. Perhaps another webpage with a different title would be the best place to discuss him. I'm certainly not done writing about the heroes of Texas music.
© 2011 Wesman Todd Shaw