Many decades ago I had a word processing business in College Station, Texas.
My three most famous customers—not famous at the time, of course—were Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and Chuck Knoblach.
Knoblach was a professional baseball player from 1991-2002 for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, and Kansas City Royals. He was the 1991 Rookie of the Year, a Gold Glove Award winner in 1997, a four-time all star, and a member of four World Series champions.
Lovett and Keen are musicians. I heard them many times at The Front Porch in College Station. I believe The Front Porch I knew is long gone, but the memories and music remain.
Lovett and Keen were friends (but not roommates as commonly believed) and wrote one song together back then, titled “The Front Porch Song.” Both went on to record the song. Keen’s version is easier to find on YouTube, so here it is:
One of the newer country artists to come out of College Station, Texas, is Granger Smith. As we often say at Texas A&M University about the privilege and responsibility of being Aggies, “From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. And from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.” Here’s Smith doing my favorite song of his, “We Bleed Maroon,” about the Spirit of Aggieland:
I can’t end this blog post, though, without including Granger Smith’s “We Do It In A Field,” the sexual innuendo reminding me so much of The Beatles’ “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road.”
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