Throwback Jam: “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas”

We’re throwing it back to 1984, when a new album was literally an album, not a stream on Spotify.

Alabama scored their 14th number one with “If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle In a Band).” The song was written specifically for the band by songwriters Dan Mitchell and Murray Kellum, after hearing about an incident the band had four years prior, on their first tour to Texas.

Excited to be out on their first tour, the band was a little surprised at the lukewarm response they received, as club patrons were more interested in dancing than listening to the group. Wayne Edwards from Alabama’s record company caught wind of the band’s disappointment and shined some insight, “If they don’t dance to your music out there, they don’t like you.” The crowd liked their music but were simply looking for a little fiddle tune to stomp their feet to.

Enter Mitchell and Kellum, armed with this story, and before long, “If You’re Gonna Play In Texas” was born. Safe to say, Alabama learned their lesson quickly concerning their Texas fans, and realized perhaps it didn’t pertain to just Texas – a fiddle in a band is always a good thing.