Smoking Tracks: Make These 12 Flame-Worthy Songs From Texas Artists Add to Your Playlist 4/20 | Music Stories and Interviews | San Antonio

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Famous Lone Star stoner Willie Nelson has penned several moving tributes to weed.

Texas music is as diverse as the state itself. It has produced an incredible amount of blues, conjunto, hip-hop, country, jazz and rock artists who create world-class works.

And an interest among musicians that seems to cross all of these genres is mounting. After all, one artist’s jazz cigarette is another’s blunt. hierba, or something like that. No wonder that applies to Texas musicians, who seem to have recorded plenty of songs touting their love for weed.

So if you’re looking to beef up your 4/20 playlist with some new tunes, consider adding some or all of these smoking anthems from Texas artists.

1. “Ridin'” Chamillionaire

At the risk of starting with the obvious, the Houston rapper Chamillionaire may have penned the ultimate song about driving puffs — along with a host of other emotional violations. This one resonated with many listeners, becoming a Billboard No. 1 hit and winning a 2006 Grammy for Best Rap Performance.

2. Sweet Smoke – “Mary Jane Must Love”

Fort Worth’s Sweet Smoke have risen from the 60s garage rock scene in Texas to become the unapologetic purveyors of a psychedelic lifestyle. The name of the band and the name of it, their debut single, left no doubt as to where they stood, which is probably why they blew conservative Texas for Europe soon after their career.

3. Butthole Surfers – “The Bang Song”

The post-punk psychedelia of the San Antonio-born Butthole Surfers was steeped in weed worship, but nowhere more overtly than in this song which features the gurgle of a real loud bang in the mix.

4. Sam Price and His Texas Bluesicians — “Do You Dig My Jive”

This 1941 jazz classic might not be the most overtly unhealthy track in the opera department. People then had to be a little more subtle. But by the end of the track, it’s obvious what kind of “jive” they’re talking about.

5. Peter Rowan with Flaco Jiménez – “The Free Mexican Air Force”

Although he no longer lives in the Hill Country town of Blanco, bluegrass icon Peter Rowan was nonetheless a lifelong Texan. That track he cut with conjunto legend Flaco Jimenéz is pro-weed, anti-war and a counterculture classic that remains one of his most requested tracks.

6. Randy Garibay and the Cats Don’t Sleep – “Toke y Toke”

San Antonio’s Randy Garibay was adept at sweetening his Chicano blues with influences ranging from jazz and doo-wop to a variety of sounds south of the border. He opted for the latter on this infectious, ready-to-sing devil’s lettuce tribute.

7. The Asylum Street Spankers – “High as You Can Be”

Austin’s acoustic blues and jazz traditionalists, the Asylum Street Spankers, recorded an entire 2000 album, Spanking madness, dedicated to weed chants. While every track is a winner, the sultry chorus and moaning harmonica of this slinky number make it a must-have. high indicate.

8. Mitch Webb and the Scams — “HEB”

The opening track from this San Antonio garage rock band’s 1997 debut is a catchy tribute to workers forced to give up both their weed and their dreams of keeping a job. Sometimes we have to take our hats off to those who want to get high but can’t.

9. Sir Douglas Quintet – “Stoned Faces Don’t Lie”

This track written by San Antonio music legend, Doug Sahm, is perhaps one of the finest Sunday morning wake up and bake songs ever written. The laid-back delivery and beautiful piano work make this a highlight of The return of Doug Saldañaa 1971 album that many consider the band’s best.

10. Fearless Iranians from Hell “Iranian Hash”

San Antonio’s leading punk export of the 80s had fun satirizing fundamentalist assholes both at home and abroad while pounding audiences with pulverizing riffs. For those who like to “listen uncomfortably” while igniting, this song packs a lot of firepower into two minutes.

11. Mark Weber and Los Cuernos “Where’s the weed?”

While San Antonio conjunto singer-accordionist Mark Weber never quite lets us know if he’s pro-weed in this country-influenced song from his 2019 album. Moonshine and Mexicanshe uses biting humor to make it clear what bullshit it is to be pulled over for driving while Brown.

12. Willie Nelson “Roll me up and smoke me when I die”

Come on, you knew we had to put at least one Willie track on this list. While there are more than a few to choose from, this 2012 song has become a crowd pleaser and a closer set for the country legend for good reason.

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