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In Texas, Oklahoma and up through the Midwest there is an Outlaw attitude in the music industry that is on FIRE. This industry, called Red Dirt Music has been well known among college age students for years. Texas born Pat Green whom was one of the first artists to break through and get national recognition among listeners that never heard Red Dirt/Texas Music forced the industry to take a second look at the non-polished Nashville sound. Then a Red Dirt girl from East Texas exploded into Stardom.  When Miranda Lambert hit the national scene, she gave Red Dirt Music international acclaim. Incredible and great music by talented singer songwriters such as the Red Dirt Rangers, Kevin Fowler, Jack Ingram, Stoney Larue, Cody Canada and and the Departed, Cody Johnson, Pat Green, Brandon Rhyder, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers, Eli Young Band, No Justice, Jonathan Tyler, Whiskey Myers, Zac Brown, Wade Bowen, Robert Earl Keen, Band of Heathens, Reckless Kelly, Charlie Robison, Billy Joe Shaver, Walt Wilkins, Hayes Carll, Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Josh Abbott, Cory Morrow, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Roger Creager, Kyle Park, Sunny Sweeney, Charla Corn, Jason Cassidy, Scooter Brown Band, JB & The Moonshine Band, Sundance Head, John D. Hale Band, Jamie Richards, and Bri Bagwell.

You used to not be able to get this kind of music in major markets that radio owners/producers were determined not to play or only for a couple of hours once a week. However, the tide is turning.  We salute those radio stations that don’t march to the Nashville beat and are dedicated to give us our Red Dirt.

Red Dirt Music gets its name from the color of soil found in Oklahoma. Although Stillwater, Oklahoma is considered to be the epicenter of Red Dirt music, some say there’s a Texas Red Dirt sound as well. Old school Texans and Okies alike will swear that the two were distinctly different. Outlaws, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson are associated with that distinctive Texas sound while Bob Childers defines Oklahoma Red Dirt music. Childers, known as the “Dylan of the dust” jammed to a slightly different country chord — Red Dirt style. These days, the gap separating the two genres has thinned.

Some define Red Dirt music as “country music with an attitude”. Others say it’s a state of mind as much as it is a sound – a sound that successfully closes the gap between rock and country. Although many bands got their start in Stillwater, each band has a distinctive sound said Brandon Jackson, guitar for the band No Justice. “The sound is different from each band to band to band. Some guys are more rock, some guys are more country, and there’s everything in between,” Jackson said.

Cody Canada, front-man for the bands Cross Canadian Ragweed and The Departed once said, “Its country, folksy, bluesy and rock. When you get down to it, it’s just blue collar music. It’s a lot about the lyrics. It’s a lot about the feeling of it. It doesn’t have a label, I guess. It’s everything from Merle Haggard influence to full blown Rolling Stones.”