By Sophia Abbey-Kuipers
Today is a national holiday of utmost importance: Texas Independence Day. Texas Independence Day celebrates the end of the Texas Revolution, when the settlers of Texas rebelled against the Mexican government for their independence. On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted, creating the Republic of Texas. Texas Independence Day is one of the state’s most important official holidays. With that in mind, today’s the day to celebrate everything Texas: good music, Lone Star beer, the Honky Tonks, oil money, and, of course, barbecue.
As a native Texan (Austin counts) I celebrate this holiday with gusto. My second mother, Mary B., cooks up a storm– smoked brisket, pulled pork, southern style greens, San Antonio squash, King Ranch casserole, armadillo eggs, banana pudding. While she’s in the kitchen, I can get the party started with some jams by some of my favorite Texan artists.
“Texas When I Die” by Tanya Tucker
“Country Gramar (Hot Shit)” by Nelly
“Como La Flor” by Selena
“Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)” by Janis Joplin
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.
“Love in This Club (feat. Young Jeezy)” by Usher
“Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain” by Willie Nelson
“Jumpin’ Jumpin’” by Destiny’s Child
“The Healer” by Erykah Badu
“Stoned & Starving” by Parquet Courts
“International Player’s Anthem” by UGK
“Get Ready” by The Temptations
“DRUGS” by Kevin Abstract
“Goodbye Earl” by Dixie Chicks
“Mamacita (feat. Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug)” by Travis Scott
“That’ll Be The Day” by Buddy Holly
“Drank In My Cup” by Kirko Bangz
“From West Texas” by Explosions in the Sky