The destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey devastated the greater Houston area and left much of the fourth largest American city under water. It will likely take years to fully asses the damage the deadly storm and subsequent flooding caused, but this week has already shown that the citizens of the Lone Star State have a resilient spirit and strongly shared sense of community. With the people affected by Harvey on the minds of many, this edition of Saturday Stream celebrates the music of Texas with a Spotify Playlist of songs by Texas-based musicians.
Those wishing to contribute to the Harvey recovery effort can do so by making donations to national charities such as the Red Cross as well as local organizations like the Houston Food Bank and the Texas Diaper Bank. Additional resources for aiding with Harvey relief, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s The Greater Houston Community Foundation fund, are thoroughly detailed in this guide published by NPR.
Much of the most well-known music produced by Texans is rooted in the blues and country genres, both of which are well represented in the 45-track playlist presented this week. Legendary bluesman like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Blind Willie Johnson, Freddie King and the “Father Of The Texas Blues” Blind Lemon Jefferson are featured alongside beloved country artists such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, Kris Kristofferson and Kenny Rogers. There’s also rocking cuts from Z.Z. Top, 13th Floor Elevators, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Edgar Winter and others.
The eclectic playlist includes selections from Spoon, Gary Clark Jr., Amanda Shires, White Denim, Explosions In The Sky, Snarky Puppy, Old 97’s, The Suffers, Doyle Bramhall II, Leon Bridges, Daniel Johnston, Steve Earle, Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Robert Glasper, Solange and several more. Check out the links above to donate to help Harvey recovery efforts and stream the Texas Tunes playlist below: