Little Texas’ ‘God Blessed Texas’: Story Behind the ’90s Hit Song

by Emily Morgan

Don’t let the name fool you; outlaw country band Little Texas has created some big hits throughout the years, including their song “God Blessed Texas.” 

Little Texas recorded and released the song in July of 1993. The song served as the band’s second single from their second album, Big Time. “God Blessed Texas” was the group’s seventh single. 

Porter Howell, the band’s lead guitarist, co-penned the track with keyboardist and vocalist Brady Seals. In December of 1993, the song peaked at no. 4 on the “US Billboard Hot Country Songs” chart. Additionally, “God Blessed Texas” claimed a spot at no. 55 on the “Billboard Hot 100.” Before then, Little Texas had never received this amount of success in the band’s career. “God Blessed Texas” has gone on to become a fan favorite, and the group still performs it live today. 

Tim Rushlow uses his vocals on the song, which acts as a celebration of Texas pride. 

God blessed Texas with His own hand
Brought down angels from the Promised Land
He gave them a place where they could dance
If you wanna see Heaven, brother, here’s your chance

Little Texas Brings Lonestar Pride to Nashville

Coincidentally, Little Texas got their start in Nashville in 1988. In 1991, the band got their first record deal when they signed to Warner Bros. Records. The same year, the band dropped their debut album titled First Time for Everything. 

The lead-off single off the album, “Some Guys Have All the Love,” reached the No. 8 position on the “Billboard Hot Country Singles” and “Tracks” charts. 

Throughout the ’90s, the group continued to create smash hits, including the No. 1 single “My Love” and six other top ten hits. First Time for Everything received a wellearned gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. In addition, their second album, Big Time, became certified double platinum. Moreover, the Kick a Little album from 1994 was also certified platinum.

The band’s domination throughout the ’90s can be attributed to the group’s rare form of sincerity. Texas country music is unique in itself. It’s known for incorporating traditional down-home sounds with the outspoken, rough around the edges, outlaw country. The band’s ability to merge these subgenres made it so the band could appeal to the “everyday, working man” often found in small Texas towns.