Those are some difficult choices there. Much talent in that (abbreviated) list. I don’t know that i’d put all these guys in the same catagory (Texas Rock), but I agree w/ you that a lot of talented musicians have been Texans.
Well, i jumped right out and said, “Toadies” ! Then I read a little farther and remembered shakin’ my booty to Bob Wills a few times. I can’t say that I remember dancing to the Toadies (smoking to the Toadies maybe, but no dancing). And then I thought of the occasional tear or two that appeared while listening to ol’ Willie share his feelings though his songs. This is a tough call for sure.
Though i’ve always enjoyed the Toadies, I can’t say they were as talented as some folks on that list. They did a great job w/ what they had and they were great songwriters (did Todd write it all?)… *Tyler *and Possum Kingdom tell quite the story. That, combined with their “no bullshit” approach, made their music stand out to me (“We’re coming home on a plane crash”!).
But you did ask for favorite, and not “the best” so I’ll stick w/ the Toadies for now. Of course, sitting on the deck w/ a cold beverage later today, I might be more partial to brother Wills. And after a couple more beers, I’ll be looking to hear some Willie. And then i’ll want to hear Willie sing (Townes’) Poncho and Lefty, ha!
(p.s. King’s X… one of the best things to come out of Katy, IMHO. And I am a Fool for Those Stockings that ZZ sings about)