Texas Red Dirt Country
by Jim Allen | March 13, 2013
The Red Dirt country scene is the ultimate DIY movement -- so much so that it takes its name from the very earth beneath the boots of its artists and aficionados. Texas and Oklahoma are the twin hubs of the Red Dirt scene, which started out as a regional blend of everything from classic outlaw country and heartland rock 'n' roll to Americana singer-songwriter sensibilities and a dash of Southern rock. In its early days, it was exemplified by artists like Bob Childers and Jason Boland.
Gradually, the Red Dirt nation grew across the Southwest and beyond, picking up steam along the way. Over time, country fans nationwide have fallen for its raw, rough-edged approach, as The Randy Rogers Band, Brantley Gilbert, Pat Green, and others have transcended their indie/underground status and appeared in the upper reaches of the country charts. As their influence pervades mainstream country, the Red Dirt revolution will sneak in more and more through Nashville’s back door. But for now, here’s a hefty batch of tunes by the scene’s most essential Western warriors.