San Marcos Like a Local

Sounds of San Marcos: Spotify Playlist

November 10, 2015

By Ricky Galindo

Long road trips, relaxing at home, studying, or maybe you just like how we sound, whatever the reason we just made it easier to take the Sounds of San Marcos with you. Thanks to Spotify, you can now listen to San Marcos' greats and soon-to-be greats no matter where you are. The 129-minute (and growing) trek through genres and artists is as varied as a color wheel. While each song was picked for its uniqueness, they all share the San Marcos thread. From “Lil’ Jack Slade,” written by Terri Hendrix to up-and-comer Haley Cole and her heartfelt song “Existing.” If an artist has cut their teeth in San Marcos (also has an Album/Single, Spotify agreement, and a bio with verification) then we have them.

A good example of our filtering process is George Strait’s song, “Fool Hearted Memory.” George Strait has 50+ number one hits and counting, obviously belonging on our list. However, that is a lot of music. Due to the discrepancy in popularity between some of our established artists and up-and-comers we made a few simple guidelines. 

  • Is there a strong San Marcos Influence?
  • Is there some type of verification of San Marcos and its influence?
  • Which one song is the most relevant in portraying San Marcos and its culture or in relevance?

Fool Hearted Memory” was the first number one hit for George Strait and this was merely a few years removed from his time spent at Cheatham Street Warehouse. This was a simple triple check by our guidelines. Another favorite is “The Mighty Rio Grande” by This Will Destroy You. If you’re a fan of Friday Night Lights, you will recognize the track.

The playlist is fun and always evolving thanks to those musicians who call San Marcos home. Follow TourSanMarcos and our Sounds of SMTX Playlist on Spotify to keep up with new music added.

Finally, instead of spending $125.00 to see Luke Bryan 100 yards away with 30,000 people crowded around and Uber rates through the roof, maybe checkout the bands at some of these San Marcos venues, possibly for free. Here’s our LINK to live local music list that is updated each Tuesday.

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