Did you know that in Texas we have a Texas State Artist? Yeah, Ray Benson (2004), Billy Joe Shaver (2006), Willie Nelson (2009) and Lyle Lovett (2011) have all been Texas State Artists. Texas State Artists serve one-year terms and receive statewide recognition.

The whole point of something like this is to capture the heart and soul of Texas in one particular artist. Someone whose music embodies Texas culture and values. Can you think of one? We'd love you to nominate someone for this Texas honor.

The benefit of being named a Texas State Artist? "State artists receive statewide recognition, and the designation provides a unique marketing opportunity. State artists also have the opportunity to be included on TCA’s Texas Touring Roster".

You can submit whoever you want, including yourself. Nominations are accepted until October 15th. Click here to submit your nominations.