Texas Week & Songs about Dallas

I’m dubbing this “Texas Week” at ATS because well, I’m in Texas. Dallas to be specific, though next weekend I will be in Austin. So I thought we would kick this off with some songs about Dallas specifically (because there are A LOT of songs about Texas).

So here are a few of my fave songs about Dallas, TX.  What are some of you guys favorite songs about Texas, or even Dallas specifically?

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Johnny Winter – Dallas Forget what you think you know about Johnny Winter and listen to this. Fact is his first couple albums are some of the best raw and dirty Texas blues you are likely to find.


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Charlie Daniels Band – Trudy Forget what you think you know about Charlie Daniels too! His pre-Urban Cowboy stuff is some of the best damned Southern Rock you are likely to find. This song is about getting locked up in Dallas after a bad game of poker


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Ray Wylie Hubbard (with Jack Ingram) – Dallas After Midnight Even though Jack Ingram is now pseudo-pop country, at one time he was a “Texas Country” icon.  Here he is with Ray Wylie singing about some ill-conceived criminal activity late at night in Dallas


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The Flatlanders – Dallas (Live Version) of course I would choose this, it’s the quintessential song about Dallas. This is a live version that is absolutely smokin’….I mean man…best version of this song I’ve ever heard (watch video of it here)


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Jack Ingram (with Steve Earle) – Dallas this is Jacks version of the classic Flatlanders song above, with Steve Earle along for the ride. See I told you he was legit at one time


and finally:

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Waylon Jennings – People In Dallas Got Hair I don’t know what that is supposed to mean Waylon…but yes, I can confirm that people in Dallas do indeed have hair….except for that one guy walking his bull terrior down Harwood.

  • Brad

    June 27th, 2010

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    Huge fan of this site. I live in Dallas. Welcome! What are you visiting for? Awesome selection of songs by the way. I guess I’ll have to go get some Johnny Winter and try to find that Waylon song. Don’t have that one…

  • greatbahen

    June 27th, 2010

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    How can you have a list of songs about Dallas and none of them be by The Old 97s?

  • Aimz

    June 27th, 2010

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    Don’t mess with Texas!

  • Martin Luther Presley

    June 28th, 2010

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    Willie Nelson – Texas In My Soul
    Waylon Jennings – Bob Wills Is Still The King
    Wayne Hancock – Goin’ To Texas When I’m Through
    Guy Clark – Texas Cookin’
    Misfits – Bullet

  • Vaughn

    June 29th, 2010

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    Visiting Austin July? Are you nuts? Go pound down cheap Margs at Guero’s and, just maybe, you won’t notice you’re melting.
    Also hit Saxon Pub early on Sunday night.
    Have fun, I’m jealous.

  • Vaughn

    June 29th, 2010

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    And stop with the Jack Ingram, he sucks.

  • Mike K

    July 2nd, 2010

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    Man, that Johnny Lee Walker was a bad dude. Beacuse of the picture in the post I figured Hank. Jr.’s “This Ain’t Dallas” would have been on the list, not that it’s really about the city. Also, if Guy Clark’s protagonist in “Let HIm Roll” is correct, you should find a lady of the night and you just might find heaven.

  • el rey

    July 2nd, 2010

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    Welcome to Dallas I too am a huge fan of your blog and I live downtown so glad you are here and I hope you enjoy your time. The first song I blared when I moved in was Matt Powell’s version on “missing you” Thanks again for your post and reviews

  • Connie Stahl

    May 16th, 2011

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    And don’t forget–although many may have–the song that was written specifically about Greenville Avenue back in the ’80’s. I’ve been trying to find a YouTube video of it with no success; probably because I can’t remember the artist’s name! Can anybody help me with that?

  • T. Roberts

    July 12th, 2011

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    have you ever seen dallas from a dc9 at night?

    • Truersound

      July 15th, 2011

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      I seen it from an Airbus A30 in the morning

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