Randy Galloway, the dean of DFW sports radio, likes to call North Texas "The Chicken Fried Nation." I love that term, in all its thick, white-gravied glory.
The only thing we need now is a theme song.
How 'bout Chicken Fried, and undeniably hooky anthem from a Georgia group called The Zac Brown Band. They're not singing specifically about Texas, but why split horse hairs. Listen to the song and watch the video (Brown looks like a less-menacing version of Jack Black), and I bet you won't be able to stop bopping to it in your head.
They're like the male version of The Dixie Chicks -- country with rock 'n' soul and edge.
Chicken Fried is the first single off ZBB's upcoming CD, The Foundation, and its racing up the Billboard country charts. The video debuts Monday on CMT. But you can watch it right 'chere.
Speaking of the Chicks, I miss 'em. Was sad to hear that they're deal to have a song in the movie The Lucky Ones fell through, but smiled when I read that Natalie Maines sang at Howard Stern's wedding. Woulda like to have been a fly on the wall at that reception, which included a performance by Billy Joel and gifts from the likes of Donald Trump and Joan Rivers. Oy.
Good news is that the Chicks are working on a new album. But in the meantime, I'll just have to jam to Chicken Fried.
I took my family to opening night of Concerts in the Gardens, one of those rites of summer that I really love about Fort Worth. And it was a fun night. My son dashed around with another boy, waving glow sticks till their arms nearly fell off. And because it was late May, the temps were bearable and mosquitoes not too ravenous.
But I must ask: Has any band ever butchered the Beach Boys' harmonies the way the Crawfish did? Just because they wore Hawaiian shirts and smiles on their faces didn't hide the fact that they were dreadfully off-key; turtles were ducking their heads back in their shells.
L.D. Bell and Richland high school bands are among 90 bands from around the country competing in the Bands of America Grand National Championships. Preliminary competition is today and tomorrow. Read our story here.
Question is, how will their performances compare to Cal's halftime show from a couple weeks ago? I guess the high schoolers performing today weren't even born when some of these video games came out, but it's hard to beat this rendition of Pong, Tetris, Mario Bros. and more. Check it out.
People who are hipper than I -- and that describes the entire populace of Fort Worth/Dallas -- may want to know that a new hangout for jazz cave dwellers is slated to open in early December.
Video goddess Kristin Campbell, who is much hipper than I, alerted me to the news about The Scat Jazz Lounge, which will occupy the basement of the old Woolworth building at the southeast corner of Fourth and Houston streets in downtown Cowtown.
If I can stay awake past 11 some night, I'd like to check it out.
In fact, she castigated the fan from the stage, never missing a dance beat. Watch the video at TMZ. (How do they get this stuff?)
No such funny business during the country music supercouple's concert Sunday at the AAC in Dallas. But we do think there's a country song in here somewhere. That's what we'll be spending the rest of the day doing here behind the supply cabinet. Who knows? Maybe our song will even make the next list of top 100 country songs. They could even record it at Big Balls of Cowtown.