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Texas Singer-Songwriters

Texas Singer-Songwriters

Texas singer-songwriters are out there.

Sure, there’s a huge country scene with its own TX music chart, and you probably already have the 411 on Jack Ingram, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen and more. But there are plenty of independent singer-songwriters in Texas making a living that fit in the Americana/Folk genre.

Susan Gibson is a great example of someone who’s had a hit country song (“Wide Open Spaces”) but tours as a singer-songwriter focusing on creating great songs.

Writing strong songs first will help you learn the basics. So, be a singer-songwriter and check out some of the locals in and around your Texas city!

And don’t forget, you can support singer-songwriters through Concert Window.  It’s a great way to hear new independent music and be a part of someone’s successful career while you’re in your pajamas!


SINGER-SONGWRITERS           |              VENUES




Hayes Carll

“Another Like You”

Ken Gaines


Susan Gibson

“The Second Hand”

Eliza Gilkyson

“No Tomorrow”

Frank Martin Gilligan

“Remember Who She Is”

Matt Harlan

“Long Ride Home”

Brian Kalinec

“Next Door Stranger”

Drew Kennedy

“Room #27”

Libby Koch

“You Don’t Live Here Anymore”

Ordinary Elephant

“Best Of You”

Kevin Welch

“Killing Myself”


“The Lady Has No Heart”

Walt Wilkins

“It’s Only Rain”




Houston & -ish

Anderson Fair (Houston)

One of Houston’s oldest venues, they’ve been hosting local and national artists since 1969. Folks like Lyle Lovett and Nancy Griffith have played Anderson Fair. Check out the Thursday night Songwriters In The Round hosted by Ken Gaines and Wayne Wilkerson.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (Houston)

Local and national acts – plus – a weekly open mic hosted by Wayne Wilkerson, guitarist extraordinaire!

The Bugle Boy (La Grange)

Local and national acts. Concerts are available on Concert Window.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Primarily country, but I’ve seen Travis Meadows and Darden Smith there, so watch their calendar.

Dosey Doe (Woodlands)

Local and national acts at the Big Barn.

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Galveston)

This is where Townes Van Zandt recorded one of his best albums, 1973’s Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas. Local artists like Susan Gibson and Marina Rocks play the Old Quarter as well as acts like Alejandro Escovedo and Ruthie Foster.




The Rock Room

The Saxon Pub



Dallas/Ft. Worth Area


Blue Rock Studio (Wimberley)


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