While San Antonio's music scene has often been eclipsed by that of a certain city north of us on Interstate 35, it's still been a launching pad for plenty of performers — some of whom even stuck around once they found success. All of these musicians who spent time in the Alamo City made significant contributions to their respective genres, from country and Tejano to hip-hop and heavy metal.
Poteet-born Strait has stayed true to his SA roots during the course of a country music career that included more than 40 chart-topping singles. Although he retired from touring in 2012, the singer's distinctive Western swing-influenced is still popular on country radio, and he's a revered local celebrity.
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Megan Thee Stallion
Although most associated with her home base of Houston, rapper and singer Megan Thee Stallion was born in San Antonio in 1995, and her lyrics and stage presence definitely boast an SA swagger. Her confidence and sensuality have made her a strong hip-hop contender and earned her a slot last year on Time magazine's inaugural Time 100 Next list.
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Brooke, who got her start with the girl group Fifth Harmony, was born in San Antonio and attended Cornerstone Christian Elementary School before home schooling her way to a diploma. She launched a solo career in 2017 and last year racked up a third-place finish on the 28th season of Dancing with the Stars.
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Although born in Virginia, this Americana heavyweight, political activist and actor on the HBO show Treme was raised in San Antonio. By the age of 19, though, he'd headed to Nashville, where his music career first came into bloom.
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The Butthole Surfers roiled the '80s rock underground with a dirty mix of psychedelia and post-punk noise. The band's core members, including singer Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary, met while attending Trinity University.
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San Antonio-born pop star Austin Mahone still reps his hometown, even though he spends most of his time in elsewhere now. The hit singer attended Johnson HS for his freshman year and was homeschooled for the rest of his high school career.
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Girl in a Coma
San Antonio's all-female indie-rock trio Girl in a Coma made waves in the 2000s after being taken under the wing of rock legend Joan Jett. The group scored critical praise for a series of releases that mixed punk energy with melancholy vocals and a distinctively South Texas feel. After the band's breakup, the rhythm section went on to form the similarly feted Fea, while singer Nina Diaz pursued a solo career that took her to LA and then back to the Alamo City.
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"Wave on Wave" country singer Pat Green enjoyed serious chart success in the early 2000s before coming back to his Texas roots and working as an independent artist. His love for Texas shouldn't be a surprise: he was born in San Antonio, raised in Waco and attended Texas Tech.
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San Antonio-born Lares has been a key figure in Tejano music for more than three decades, having been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for thirteen consecutive years at the Tejano Music Awards. In addition to her Latin chart success, she attempted a move into country music in the '90s and recorded duets with Vince Gill.
Photo via Facebook / Shelly Lares
San Antonio-born Meyers' "Hey Baby, Que Paso" is pretty much the city's unofficial jukebox anthem. Beyond that, the Bulverde resident has found success as a founding member of '60s rockers the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornadoes supergroup. Plus, his distinctive Vox organ sound has also graced recordings by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and others.
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