Texas country music fans are a family. They share a bond and a common love for some great music, whether it’s the only kind they listen to or just one of their many favorites. But just like every family has its crazy cousins and chain email-forwarding grandmas, the Texas country family has some interesting characters too.
We all know these types of Texas country fans: whether you fall perfectly into one category or have a little bit of all of them in you, there’s a good chance they describe you, too. Here are 10 different types of Texas country fans and the artists you’ll likely find in their go-to playlists.
When it comes to Texas country, we were all newbies at some point. The Newbie is the prospective fan who tags along with their friend. They go to the bigger, more accessible venues where bigger, more accessible acts play. They put forth the effort and listen hard enough to be able to sing along to the chorus by the last time it comes around. And they are genuinely surprised people actually two step. But don’t expect them to be brave enough to try dancing just yet; they constantly hold a drink and stand just far away enough to minimize the risks of being asked. Listens to: Randy Rogers Band, Eli Young Band, Josh Abbott Band
This passionate fan loves three things: Texas, Texas country, and not being from anywhere other than Texas. They won’t let reality or the law get in the way of legitimately believing Texas could (and should) secede from the U.S., just like they believe Texas music seceded from the rest of country. They party hard, the only thing bigger than their truck is their state pride and “Nashville” is a 4-letter word. Listens to: Casey Donahew Band, Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager
They will literally dance to anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s in a festival at a field or the hallowed floors of Gruene Hall, The Dancer will dance off 10 pounds by the end of the night. They come in all ages, they’ll dance with anybody and they’ll do enough spins to make the Tasmanian Devil dizzy. Listens to: Anything with a beat
Disenchanted with modern country music, the Traditionalist prefers their music fiddle-heavy and their shirts tucked. They know somebody who knows somebody in George Strait’s band, and if you win them over, they will be a fan for life. They love Wranglers. Listens to: Aaron Watson, Cody Johnson, Asleep at the Wheel
The Texas Country Hipster
Oh yes, the Texas Country Hipster exists. They may not all have perfectly procured moustaches and skinny jeans, but they do have very specific tastes in Texas country (and smaller cowboy hats). They prefer the grizzled drunken poets and the tragically under-famous. Listens to: Ray Wylie Hubbard, Brian Keane, Hayes Carll
The Mainstream Sympathizer
Can’t we all just get along? The Mainstream Sympathizer is pretty much the polar opposite of the Secessionist. They don’t care if their favorite artists find success in Nashville or anywhere else. They prefer Texas country festivals and they totally jam Jack Ingram’s version of “Lips of an Angel”. Listens to: Jack Ingram, Granger Smith, Wade Bowen
The Redneck Rockers
The Redneck Rocker hasn’t quite figured out that most Texas country music is just a twangy vocal removed from rock and roll. Their favorite part of a Texas country show is any Lynyrd Skynrd cover and they love it when it gets loud and crunchy. Listens to: Whiskey Myers, Reckless Kelly, Stoney LaRue
The Superfan has a separate dresser drawer just for band t-shirts, and it’s overstuffed. They get there for the opener at big shows and they don’t complain about a $10 cover for the smaller ones. They get the tattoos. They also may have a slight issue with overstaying their welcome at post-show meet and greets and they want to take a lot of pictures. Like, a lot. Listens to: ALL OF IT. If it’s Texas country, it’s on their playlist.
The "Old Farts and Jackasses"
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Blake Shelton once crassly referred to older country fans as “old farts and jackasses”. His favorite subgenre of country fans is alive and well in Texas country, too. They may wander in to a “new” Texas country show here or there, but they’ll probably camp out at the bar, if they stay at all. But what these fans lack in tolerance for today’s country, they make up for in great stories. And beards. Listens to: Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver
The Guy Who Just Can't Wait To Take His Shirt Off
Do you even lift, bro? Listens to: The sound of himself deadlifting 450 pounds.