Music Fridays: West Texas Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, October 14, 2011 11:59 EDT
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Shouldn't have too many problems updating the blog, but there will probably be some blips this next week. That's because, after today, I'll be traveling in West Texas to visit my folks, spending time in the one area that I don't think has much in the way of songs written about it—the Midland/Odessa area. (Though the fictional Dillion, TX from "Friday Night Lights" is based on it.) Then on to Lubbock, which has one of my most favorite recent country-western songs written about it.

I think it's interesting/telling that in the past decade plus's celebration of "bluegrass" and "alt country", the Dixie Chicks have been larger ignored, though they have such marvelous instrumentalists. 

I will try to pay attention to the local media there to get a general idea of how they're seeing things in West Texas and the Panhandle. Meanwhile, we're gonna Panda Party, amirite? Y'all will have to fill me in on how the last Panda Party went, since I wasn't able to make it. But I should be in there most of today, and am frankly looking forward to it, since I haven't had a lot of opportunity to listen to music this week. 

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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