T. Tex Edwards gets around. From Austin by way of Dallas, with stops in between including California, Edwards started shocking eardrums and entertaining generations of edge-dancing music aficionados with the Dallas punk band the Nerve-breakers.
A singer, songwriter and frontman who has a way with a crowd, Edwards has long been able to wrap music and the truth in a package that's fun and dangerous. Edwards and his cohorts mixed country, punk and roots rock long before it was cool.
With bands including Out on Parole, The Loafin' Hyenas, The Swingin' Cornflake Killers, Tex and the Saddletramps and the Big D Ramblers, and a mind-boggling parade of collaborators from Hickoids to roots stalwarts including drummers Mike Buck and Freddie “Steady” Krc and pedal steel player Marty Muse, Edwards has cranked out a long string of songs designed to make people think, laugh and shiver. The man also is a serious music fan. Follow him on Twitter (@ttexmusic) and he'll hip you to enough cool links to help you stay lost on the Internet for hours at a time.
A new CD, “Intexicated!” (Saustex Media) is a collection of Edwards' oddities, demos and more. The 19-track disc includes “Lee Harvey,” Leon Payne's “Psycho '84,” the Kinks' “Death of a Clown” and “If Looks Could Kill.” The disc closes with “Chili's Demo,” an ode to babyback ribs.
Friday, Edwards will bring his new band, Purple Stickpin, to The Mix on a bill with Dixie Hammers. Purple Stickpin, represented on “Intexicated” by “Baby's Got a Gun,” also includes the considerable talent of multi-instrumentalist Danny Hoekstra, formerly of Sons of Hercules. No telling exactly what Purple Stickpin will spring on S.A., but that's all part of the fun.