Texas country musicians from Bob Wills to George Strait to Miranda Lambert and everyone in between have their own way of doing things, which is what makes the term “Texas Country” so exciting. But we’ve never heard a great Texas singer-songwriter perform quite the way Jack Ingram and Jon Randall did at the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame Ceremony, held Feb. 24 in Austin.
The event was hosted by Ronnie Dunn and, in addition to awarding Eric Church his honorary Texas citizenship, Texas favorites like Maren Morris and Radney Foster honored inductees Buddy Holly, Mickey Newbury, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Nashville hitmaker Liz Rose.
OK, you might not know some of these artists or songwriters, but you do know who Taylor Swift is, right? And whether you still love Taylor from way back when she was a country star, or you’ve shunned her because of her insanely successful pop music career doesn’t matter. What does matter is that Liz, a Dallas native, helped guide Taylor through her country songwriting career, helping the young teen write tunes like “Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops On My Guitar” and “You Belong With Me.” But Liz also co-wrote songs like Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” and “Sober,” Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does” and RaeLynn’s “God Made Girls.”
Hmmm … that’s a lot of girl songs, isn’t it?
That’s OK. It didn’t much matter to Jack and Jon. They were there to honor one of their most beloved peers, so they picked one of the songs you might least expect to hear two manly men sing and, in true Texas style, they wrestled it to the ground like a rodeo steer.
And it was hilariously awesome.
Austin country radio station KOKE-FM shared a video clip of the performance on their Instagram page. Delivering the sweet melody with a little bit of grit, Jack and Jon executed the tender tune of teenage angst with far fewer giggles between them than you might expect. The audience, however, didn’t hold back on the chuckles and guffaws, but they also didn’t hold back on the well-deserved applause before the gentlemen had even finished their performance.
You have to appreciate the fact that Jack and Jon must have given the song a considerable amount of practice. They didn’t seem to even bobble on the lyrics, and they even had a nice little harmony worked out for the chorus.
As much as we laugh and love this unique performance, we’re sure that Liz really appreciated the sacrifice these men made to perform one of her biggest songwriting hits.
It wasn’t exactly Eric and Ray Wylie’s rousing rendition of “Screw You, We’re From Texas,” or the all-star finale of “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,” but it might be our favorite performance from the event.
Congratulations Liz, and well done Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.