Leaving Texas by Dan Weber
There’s something about ‘Texas’ that inspired a cultural mythology that’s been celebrated in movies, books and songs ever since Davie Crockett famously said “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas’. I personally fell in love with Texas through the people I met at the Kerrville Folk Festival, which is unlike any other festival in the country. It’s an 18 day campout, like Woodstock for songwriters.
I drove there 2,500 miles (one way) on a whim, and when I showed up the first person I met said ‘Welcome Home’. It’s THAT kind of place: filled with free spirits, good friends, unpredictable weather and great music. I don’t how to say it any better but there’s just something about Texas and the people I’ve met there that sticks with me long after I’ve left. Nowadays, traveling around, every once in a while I’ll meet someone who will ask me ‘Are you from Texas?’ and I can’t think of nicer thing to say to a stranger except maybe ‘Welcome Home’.
P.S.: HUGE Thanks to Dalis Allen and the late, great Rod Kennedy (The ‘RodFather’) and the folks at the Kerrville Folk Festival who changed my life; To Deb Rouse and Lindsey Lee for giving the ‘New Folk’ tribe a ‘Home’ at Rouse House; and all the friends I’ve made and the amazingly talented songwriters I’ve met around the campfire. And also to Richard Julian, for the suggestion on the ending, it’s just what it needed…