Everyone needs a certain appreciation for the classics – those songs that inspired the Texas and Nashville tunes we hear today. There was a certain honesty in songwriting back in the day that deserves to be recognized and remembered.

For those of you don't know, I am from the great 'ol cowtown that is Fort Worth, TX... and now reside in the very weird city of Austin. On my recent visit back home, I found the Ernest Tubb Record Shop that stood long and tall in the Stockyards had been closed, and of course, turned into another record store. Being the only shop in Texas to bear his name, and being from Texas, this was quite sad, as it was a hallmark of this great country star.

Ernest Tubb was “The Texas Troubadour” – a true pioneer of honky tonk country music, working tirelessly to pursue his love for music. He opened the first Ernest Tubb Record Shop in 1947, with a few more opening over the years, including Fort Worth. In 2014, the HQ in Nashville decided to wash its hands of the Fort Worth shop.

But 'alas... we will still remember this great Country star.