There’s no shortage of “do what you love” songs in country music.
But, there’s only one Foster & Lloyd — the hit duo that charted nine singles in just four short years, from 1986 to 1990.
Singer-songwriters Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd nailed the inspirational anthem with their tune “Texas in 1880”, a mid-tempo alternative country gem from April 1988. A little bit optimistic and a little bit nostalgic, Foster wraps a minor melody around lyrics that chronicle rodeo riders who do it all for the love of the sport.
The chorus was meant to be sung at the top of your lungs with a refrain that leaves goosebumps every time: “Be young and wild and free — just like Texas in 1880.” The single debuted with a music video featuring old footage of cowboys from more than 100 years ago, adding to the effect.
Interestingly enough, the song was one of the least popular singles at the time of its release. It peaked at No. 18, while four other singles landed in the top 10. But the song has stood the test of time.
In 2001, Radney Foster teamed up with fellow Texan Pat Green to re-record the song. He delivers the lines with as much passion as the first time, but there’s just something about the original Foster & Lloyd version that can’t be replicated.
Foster and Lloyd reunited for a fourth album in 2010. “Texas in 1880” remains the unanimous fan favorite to this day.