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22 May 11 Universal Message from International Stars for Texas Music

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Stevie Ray Vaughan has influenced thousands of stars, including the Little River Band.

By Sam Moore

No matter how many superstars you see over how many years of performances, one thing is clear: musical roots almost always run through Texas.

This weekend, I have been attending the Wildflower Festival in Richardson TX. Yesterday, I had a chance to talk with one of the founding members of the Little River Band. The group was one of the most successful acts of the ’70s and ’80s, with hits such as Lady, Reminiscing, Cool Change and Lonesome Loser. They formed in Melbourne, Australia. But their success can be traced to many American acts, including at least one from Texas.

“I have been with the band a few years now,” said Greg Hind, singer and guitarist. “Our early songs especially have a heavy Stevie Ray kind of blues influence.

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Of course, as we developed, we had many more bands help shape our sound.”

The Little River Band is by no means alone in this assessment. Other Texas musicians, from Buddy Holly to Willie Nelson, have helped shaped the sounds of many of the superstar acts of our era.

Last night, at the conclusion of the LRB show, I walked to the Texas Songwriter stage, where I was able to catch a part of Joe Ely’s show. It was a great feeling when the usher at the door informed me that it was standing room only. It’s good to know that fans in Texas really do appreciate great Texas talent. And it struck me at that point. There is a very good chance that the Joe Elys, Pat Greens, Jack Ingrams and Randy Rogers of the world will be influencing future generations of musicians. That’s a lot of power from one state!

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