From a really interesting Esquire interview with Lucero’s Ben Nichols:
BEN NICHOLS: I wrote “Texas & Tennessee” about a girl I fell in love with. Obviously, like the song says, she was from Texas. I live in Tennessee. She moved to California. If you listen to the lyrics, it’s not hard to put it all together. I hadn’t been in love in a long time. I was actually concerned I might not have those kinds of feelings left in me. But when a girl like that comes into your life all of a sudden, those feelings are all too apparent. And she gave me a run for my money.
And here’s a gorgeous live recording of “Texas & Tennessee”:
Ben Nichols fronting Lucero at The Jinx earlier this year: