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Lone Star music icon who takes us “home with the armadillo”
Gary P. Nunn has been taking Texas to the country and Texas country to the world for around 40 years now, establishing himself as an icon of Lone Star music. A founding father of the progressive country movement out of Austin in the 1970s that changed the face of popular music, Gary P. also is an independent music pioneer who continues to oversee his own record label and song publishing companies, manage his own career (with the help of his wife, Ruth), and play almost every weekend at top music venues throughout Texas and beyond. His composition, “London Homesick Blues,” with its internationally known “I wanna go home with the Armadillo” chorus is a signature Texas country song that was the theme for the PBS concert TV show Austin City Limits for nearly three decades. It’s no wonder that All Music Guide hails him as “a Texas music institution.” After landing in Austin in 1967, his first band included the late Rusty Weir. After Willie Nelson, Michael Martin Murphey and Jerry Jeff Walker all moved to town, Gary P. was such a pivotal figure that at one point, he was playing bass with all three artists. He was a key figure in The Lost Gonzo Band when they recorded Jerry Jeff Walker’s landmark ¡Viva Terlingua! album, making “London Homesick Blues” a breakout hit. Gary P. has made numerous visits to Europe, where he’s considered a Texas music legend. Along the way, he has appeared on shows like Austin City Limits, Nashville Now, TNN’s Texas Connection and on national broadcasts of Texas Rangers baseball games singing the National Anthem. In 2004, he was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame, and also is honored in the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock as well as the Texas Department of Commerce and Tourism’s roster of Lone Star Greats.