There's a Girl in Texas

Album: Dreamin' Out Loud (1996)

Songfacts®:

  • On his Live Country! DVD, recorded on August 1, 2014 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, Adkins said this was his "new favorite old song." Telling the story behind it, he said: "In 1992 I moved to Nashville, Tennessee. I'd been living in Dallas, playing honky-tonks out there in Texas. Fast forward to 1994, and I'm trying to get a record deal with Capitol Records. The guy says, 'Is there a girl in Texas?' I said, 'Hell yeah there's a girl in Texas. There's a bunch of girls.' He said, 'Write me a song about it.'"

    With that in mind, Adkins came up with this song about leaving Texas - and in many ways his identity - behind. He knows that no matter what happens, there's a girl back in Texas who gets him.
  • Adkins' reality was a little different than what he sings about in this song. He moved to Nashville at the urging of his second wife, who wanted to put some distance between them and his first wife. Around the same time, he got a call from his former booking agent, who urged him to pursue his music career.
  • This was Adkins first single; it made a respectable showing on the Country chart, peaking at #20. He would go on to become one of the biggest names in the business, selling over 10 million albums.
  • Adkins wrote this song with Vip Vipperman, whose credits include "1982" by Randy Travis and "Sideways" by Darryl Worley.
  • The video did very well on CMT and helped launch Adkins' career. It was directed by Michael Merriman, who also did the clips for "Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks & Dunn and "If I Lost You" by Travis Tritt.

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