If you ask people who attend Texas/Red Dirt concerts what they are there for, simply being in attendance to hear an artist's voice is often not high on the priority list. It's about the environment, the party and singing along with their favorite songs.
Which, of course, is all well and good. But at the same time, there are singers in the Texas scene whose vocal abilities are rock-your-face-off good.
But, who would you crown as the best?
Conversations like this are always up for debate, but this is our website, so we're gonna share our opinion. The cool thing, though, is that we wanna hear yours, too.
Here are my five favorite voices in Texas music, in no particular order.
Kevin GallowayUncle Lucius
Best on: 'Ain't It The Same,' 'Pocket Full of Misery,' 'A Million Way' + 'Keep the Wolves Away'
The soul. I mean THE SOUL.
Uncle Lucius frontman Kevin Galloway has a strong voice you'll immediately recognize when you first talk to him. but that first time you hear him sing ... let's just say you'd sacrifice almost anything so you could sound close to him.
Uncle Lucius is one of the best under the radar bands in Texas music, but Galloway's voice has earned him plenty of fans ever since he fronted the Kevin Galloway Band. The first time I saw Uncle Lucius was some years back at Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ in Tyler, and when I heard "Liquor Store" for the first time, I found my favorite Uncle for life.
Seth JamesSelf + The Departed
Best on: 'Prayer for the Lonely,' 'Better Get Right,' 'Cigarettes, Anger and Wine'
Once upon a time on the Radio Texas, LIVE! Front Porch Seth James was asked by a fan how his raspy, one-of-a-kind voice came to be.
His reply: "Two packs a day for many years."
Maybe partially true, but something was molded in the world of angels and Heaven to create that voice.
It was devastating news when Seth announced he would be leaving The Departed in November, but we've got a little more time with him in the band. Which, if you haven't heard it before, is a perfect time for "Prayer for the Lonely."
Josh WeathersJosh Weathers Band
Best on: 'I Will Always Love You,' 'Two Bottles,' 'Mind, Body & Soul'
When you're talking about vocal range in Texas music, Josh Weathers wins. Every. Single. Time.
Any time anyone hears the name "Josh Weathers" these days, he's almost always known as "that guy who covers 'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston." And why not? He was launched to Internet stardom a couple months back when his video of him covering the song at The Kessler in Dallas made the front page of Reddit, The Chive and countless other websites. That video now has more than 670,000 views.
But Weathers' original songs still pack an incredible vocal punch. With a sound touching country, rock, blues and R&B, you get a great handle on his voice in so many different areas. And below you'll see his debut of "Two Bottles" in the RTX studio -- which I predict one day will be a song many will know by heart.
Jason BolandJason Boland & The Stragglers
Best on: 'Dark and Dirty Mile,' 'Comal County Blue' + 'Somewhere Down in Texas'
A ruptured vocal cord in 2008 nearly cost Jason Boland his career. Thankfully for him and his thousands of fans, we were blessed to still be able to watch Boland deliver that killer, baritone voice.
To some Boland's voice may not seem that unique, or anything overly special. But the combination of his voice with his incredible songwriting is something special. And anyone who is a Boland fan knows that.
His catalog of hits goes back many years, but Boland's most recent hit, "Dark and Dirty Mile," is a perfect example of why his voice is one of the best in the biz.
Best on: 'Songs About Texas,' 'Wave on Wave' + 'Dance Hall Dreamer'
Yes, Pat Green is polarizing. Probably the most polarizing artist in Texas music history -- you can't say Willie is controversial because anyone who likes Willie agrees with him.
When it comes to Pat Green, Texas country fans either love him or hate him. But for the sake of this diatribe, it doesn't take away from the fact the man can sing.
He's got the soul, the range and the twang. That's a good combo to have in this scene.