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50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs – #42: “If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)” by Alabama

April 9, 2008

Roll On50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs: #42

“If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)” by Alabama

Album: “Roll On”

Chart Peak: #1

City, State, or Town: Texas (mentions other southern states as well)

Aside from any random Charlie Daniels tune this is probably the most famous fiddle song in country music. Alabama’s tribute to one of the most essential instruments in the genre leads them to also pay tribute to the country lifestyle of Texas state. At the time Alabama had become one of the most influential acts in what was then new wave country music and despite their unique sound that could have caused them to lose their credibility as a country act, the group proved that they were all for the traditional country sound by releasing one of the first modernized country pride songs of the century.

One of the first states that a person thinks of when they think country music is of course Texas. The four man band that have become legends in country music took full advantage of this stereotype by proving once and for all that they were for the genre. The song hails the fiddle as a required instrument when playing for country fans in Texas. The song also includes references to Louisiana and Alabama (of course) in an attempt to show that Texas may not be the only state that takes pride in what makes country music so unique, but it is the biggest place that you could think of and shows just how many people are actually devoted to the music. Alabama’s attempt with this song was to make a fun and entertaining performance tune and they ended up taking it to #1 hit that caused pride to boil over in the hearts of country fans everywhere.


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