Best Texas Music (literary edition)


Today, the Dallas Observer is running a piece on “The Best Texas Songs of All Time,” counting down from 100. I found out about this from Denton band Slobberbone’s Facebook page, where they celebrated hitting #63 on the list with their track “Barrel Chested.”

“The huge riff is lifted straight off an AC/DC album and all the amps are set at 11,” writes contributor Darryl Smyers. “I loved each and every Slobberbone song, but with ‘Barrel Chested,’ Brent Best may have never had a finer moment.”

Why is this worth mentioning? Well, aside from the fact that Slobberbone is awesome, their “best Texas song” is on the same album as “Little Drunk Fists,” which is very close to my literary heart, because a little over a year ago Ryan Werner offered that song up as part of my stint sitting in at Our Band Could Be Your Lit. The resulting story, “The Voice You Through, the Blow You Catch,” has wound up proving very popular, so much so that it later got picked up and given the full media treatment — creepy puppet artwork, audio file of my scratchy voice reading the story aloud — at the excellent Fiction Circus. And not long ago, I got a note from an editor I’d sent a small chapbook to in which the editor singled out “TVYT,tBYC” as his favorite story in the selection I’d sent.

So, thanks for helping me make awesome fiction, Slobberbone! And congrats on making the list of Best Texas Music. It’s well deserved.


Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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