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Texas Music SelenaIt wasn’t long ago that you could reliably sort Texas music’s biggest exports into three buckets: country, ZZ Top, and, way off to the side, everything else. Sure, this magazine has argued that Texas has as strong a claim as the Mississippi Delta to being the birthplace of the blues, citing pioneers such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and T-Bone Walker. But for most of the twentieth century, mainstream Texas music was whiter than Gene Autry’s Stetson. Now the state is singing a different tune. Yes, country music is still a juggernaut. But today’s Texas megastars are much more often female and much less often white, compared with their predecessors, and they dominate genres—hip-hop and pop—that once were largely the province of the East…

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