I went to Texas A&M during the ‘90s, so you were pretty much handed a pair of boots when you got on the bus for Fish Camp. Back then you hung out at The Dixie Chicken or Dudley’s, playing bones while Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, David Allen Coe, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were at the core of the music rotation. It was good stuff and definitely fit the atmosphere of old wood, vomit and stale beer but it really wasn’t until I graduated in 2000 that my passion for Texas music grew. Like a lot of folks my age, my love for Texana matured under the tutelage of Pat Green. “Songs About Texas” prompted me to buy my first Pat Green album, “Here We Go”. I shoved the CD in and I was greeted to track one, the fiddling magic of “George’s Bar”. The music and the lyrics were so local, raw and plain fun and I was hooked. That album was full of gems, big and small – Dancehall Dreamer, I Like Texas, Here We Go, #2, Southbound 35, If I Had A Million. From there, Pat Green tunes were the part of any Texas road trip soundtrack we assembled. You have to admit that driving down 377 through the hill country while Carry On blares through your speakers is pretty darn perfect. I’ve always dreamt of meeting Pat Green and asking him what the hell is “lonely bee-hive pain?” Many years later I saw this TV interview with Pat and Walt Wilkins, who actually wrote the song. The clip is entertaining but skip to 5:30 for the answer.
Credit to Lone Star Roads
So Pat was my gateway drug. Thanks Pat.