It’s become cliche to say that we all should remember that Memorial Day is about more than picnics at the lake and getting the day off from work. Well, it’s true, regardless. Here’s a couple of Tex-centric videos that cover both sides of the American holiday. Above, James McMurtry recalls stories from his youth and the America of the past. Below, Jason Isbell performs at Stubb’s in Austin and provides a wonderful rendition of his song “Dress Blues,” which is, to me, the greatest war-related song written since the days of the Vietnam conflict. Sorry, I know this is the land of the free and we all have the right to our own opinions, but watch the video below. If you arent moved to at least goose-bumps, if not tears, then something’s not right.

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