Hollywood, Texas: Let Erykah Badu Be the Voice of Big Tex

Hollywood, Texas: Let Erykah Badu Be the Voice of Big Tex

Eryka BaduSince 1952, there have been just six men to voice Big Tex, the towering cowboy who serves as emcee, cultural ambassador, and drunk-friend-collection zone at the State Fair of Texas. They were fine men all, with booming baritones well suited to the job of bellowing “Howdy, folks!” and the occasional reminder to wash your hands. But they weren’t exactly what you would call versatile. Not one of them was capable of flowing from soulful jazz to cosmic funk to announcing the start of the pig race. Couldn’t we let Big Tex’s stiff, semi-articulated jaw swing a little? Isn’t it time he’s voiced by Erykah Badu? Dallas culture blog Central Track recently stumped for the city’s very own queen of neo-soul, pointing to Badu and Big…View Original Post

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