Friday, June 23, 2023

Music Minute - God Blessed Texas

 Thirty years ago, on July 17, 1993, "God Blessed Texas" was released. The iconic anthem, which captured the hearts of millions, continues to resonate with audiences of all ages and holds a special place in the hearts of country music fans worldwide. A tribute version, which features an extraordinary collaboration of some of the most talented and revered artists that hail from the Lone Star State, have joined forces to pay homage to this legendary track. Randy Rogers, Casey Donahew, Josh Abbott, Aaron Watson, Rodney Crowell, Kevin Fowler and Pat Green each bring their own unique style, ensuring a fresh and exciting rendition of the beloved classic. "God Blessed Texas" was written by Porter Howell and Brady Seals and originally released by Little Texas. The song struck a chord with listeners and was able to immediately capture the essence of the Lone Star State with its infectious melodies and powerful lyrics. The new music is available Friday, July 14, for download and streaming and can be pre-saved here.

The song became an anthem for Texas pride and a symbol of unity. “This song made me proud to be from Texas," says Randy Rogers. "I discovered my love for country music right as this song was released and I watched the video a thousand times. So this is truly a full circle moment for me."

“Like many other Texans, this song is part of my DNA,” exclaimed Casey Donahew. “I wish I had written it. What an honor to be asked to collaborate on the new version. I have toured all 50 states and I can say one thing for certain, God definitely blessed TEXAS!”

“Bringing an all-star group of Texans together to celebrate 30 years of 'God Blessed Texas' is something pretty special,” proudly stated Executive Producer - Brandyn Steen. 

"I was a musician in Dallas when "God Blessed Texas" was released, and I was immediately a fan. Over the years, I worked on shows that were with Little Texas, and I’m still a fan. So, it was an honor to be asked to play the guitar parts on this 30th-anniversary tribute," shared Mark Matejka (guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd).

About Randy Rogers:
A native Texan, Randy Rogers is known for his soulful vocals and captivating performances. He embodies the spirit of Texas through his heartfelt songwriting and deep appreciation for the state's rich musical heritage.  
About Josh Abbott: 
Josh Abbott, as the frontman of the Josh Abbott Band, has become a prominent figure in the Texas country music scene. Growing up in West Texas, his music is infused with the essence of the Lone Star State, paying homage to its landscapes and its people.  
About Aaron Watson:
Born and raised in Amarillo, Aaron Watson is a true Texan through and through. His authentic approach to country music reflects his deep roots and appreciation for Texas values, resonating with fans who share his love for the state.  
About Casey Donahew: 
Hailing from Burleson, Texas, Casey Donahew has made a name for himself with his energetic blend of traditional country and rock influences. His music reflects the vibrant spirit and unwavering determination that defines the Texas music scene.  
About Rodney Crowell:
Rodney Crowell is a legendary figure in country music. Raised in Houston, Texas, his songwriting prowess and poetic lyrics showcase his profound connection to the state's culture and his ability to capture its essence in his music.  
About Kevin Fowler:
With his authentic Texan sound, Kevin Fowler has become a staple in the Texas country music scene. Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, he channels the pride and independent spirit of the Lone Star State in his energetic performances.  
About Pat Green:
Pat Green's music embodies the heart and soul of Texas. Hailing from San Antonio, his distinctive voice and heartfelt lyrics resonate with audiences, capturing the essence of the state's landscape, traditions, and deep-rooted values.

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