One of the most important lessons that my parents have thought us, is that you must take care of your own. No matter what happens, family is all we have. Sure, there are good friends and relationships introduce new family members, but at the end of the day - family is family. One thing for sure is that that Texas and Independent artists are like a big family.
If you look on social media , you will find many of the artists are close friends. They comment and share each others’ posts frequently. When someone releases new music, many artists help promote it to help spread the word. It’s their way of helping keep their music and “little world” alive. Beneath much of the muck of mainstream country, is this network of talented artists that work their asses off to survive. Some are incredibly successful and many fans forget that. Have you seen some of their tour buses?
Regardless of how financially successful some of the independent country artists are, I believe many just want to produce the music they enjoy making. Now some critics out there critique their work and rightfully so. After all, everything can’t all be positive all the time, but I tend to look at things through a different pair of eyes. Some Texas acts may have a more mainstream sound, but I don’t think they want to necessarily live the mainstream life. I think they realize that personal feeling in Texas and in the “underground” starts to fade away on the big stage. Many artists take the time to comment, follow, and like even my posts. I’m definitely not the only one they do that for, which shows their commitment to their listeners and the outlets that help promote them. A huge name in any genre doesn’t really have the time or even means to do so.
The Texas scene is a special place because of these attitudes and working together. It’s not Nashville for a reason. When fans can go right up and hang out with their favorite bands, that’s just like NASCAR. As a lifelong NASCAR fan, I have walked through the pits, been right next to drivers and the pit-crews. You can’t do that in most professional sports, let alone big names in music. My point is that you won’t see a tight-knit in many other places. Between the fans having such personal relationships, or like I stated in the video about the relationship between Dalton Domino and Wade Bowen, Texas is a very special place in music.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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