George Strait is Named Texas State Musician

As George Strait celebrates his 65th birthday today (5/18), the Texas State Legislature will officially appoint him as Texas State Musician for 2017. Selections for the prestigious honor are made every two years, with the general public nominating the candidates and the Texas Commission on the Arts selecting the recipients. Artists who’ve been bestowed this honor in the past include Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.


  • Strait says, “It’s a great honor for me to be selected as Texas State Musician of 2017 and join this very prestigious list of other honorees. I’m a very proud Texan and love to sing the praises of our great state every chance I get. Thank you very, very much.”

Under The Radar Music: Lyle Lovett

Greetings, friends and neighbors! The Bobbo artist o’ the week this week isn’t obscure, but he’s not exactly mainstream, either.

Texas native Lyle Lovett had a brief moment of near-popularity in the early 1990s that faded as quickly as it began. He’s still out there, though.. and recently has been performing live shows with another one of my favorite Americana artists, John Hiatt. What I like about Lovett is that he blends country, Texas swing, big band, jazz, and gospel into a style that is uniquely his. He doesn’t sound like anyone else, and his music is without cliches.

Here’s a nifty live performance of “”That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas”:


A jazzy number from the 1987 album “Pontiac” that got a little airplay, called “She’s No Lady”:


And finally, the unabashedly goofy, “Penguins”:


Good music for chillin’, eh?

Next time, another Texan you might dig.

Cheerio! – Bobbo    🙂


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