The July 2015 issue of Texas Monthly Magazine hits newsstands Monday, with two very talented Texans on the front cover - Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett. This month's cover story is dedicated to "secrets behind some of your favorite Texas songs," and includes the back story of songs written by Willie Nelson, Selena, Kacey Musgraves and the Dixie Chicks.

Here is a snippet from Executive Editor Michael Hall’s interview about the classic “The Front Porch Song" and the songwriters’ early days in College Station:

Lyle Lovett: I’m proud of that song—I feel it represents our friendship, which is very important to me. And it’s really cool to be able to do something in your life that you love to do—to be able to do for a living what you do for fun, that’s the biggest blessing in the world.

Robert Earl Keen: And then having a connection with someone you have a shared experience with—like, the excitement of talking about gigs back then. I remember when Lyle got to open for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at Rockefeller’s. We didn’t give a damn about Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, but, “You’re playing Rockefeller’s!” We had a lot of classes together too.

LL: We took summer school together the summer of ’76—American Literature.

REK: That’s when I realized, Lyle’s a much better prose writer than I could ever hope to be. He wrote this amazing piece on how he spent the weekend with his friend Tony Gallucci, and he referenced Hawthorne and he got an A–, and mine was footnoted and everything and I got a B–. The magic of beautiful prose—that’s a powerful thing.

And don't miss Robert Earl Keen this week on Radio Texas, LIVE! He'll join Buddy to talk about his latest Blue Grass voyage and much more.

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