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A love letter to Nelson's birthplace, "No Place But Texas" is so rich with scenic imagery it makes even the most blue-blooded Northerner consider pulling up stakes and relocating to the Lone Star State. Written by Alex Harvey — who also penned Tanya Tucker's "Delta Dawn" — the harmonica-heavy travelogue sounds tailor-made for the Texas tourism board. The song also lays out the author's burial wishes. Whether they are Harvey's or even the Red Headed Stranger's authentic requests, or a bit of artistic license, to hear Nelson sing "When I die, I hope they bury me/on the Pedernales River/beneath a live oak tree," is to confront the inevitable: that country music will one day feel a loss of Texas-sized proportions.

"The songwriter Alex Harvey, one of the men behind "Reuben James," soon became one of my best friends. He was one of those writers, like Mickey Newbury, who wrote from a place I could really appreciate but could never seem to get with my own writing."

"I wrote or cowrote some hits like "Sweet Music Man" and "A Stranger in My Place" (with Kin Vassy), but my accomplishments in this regard are modest compared to those of soulful writers like Alex. A great example is the song he wrote for the First Edition called "Tell It All Brother." Here is a song that asks people to take a look deep inside themselves and examine their own conscience - at least to internally "tell it all."

Kenny Rogers (2012) author of Luck or Something Like It

Kenny Rogers - Luck or Something Like It


“Alex always puts on a wonderful show…not just wonderful, but a show that truly touches the hearts of everyone in attendance. You just have to love the honesty and the emotion Alex brings to a performance.”

Kevin Lynch, Publisher of Sunset Magazine
"Your gift of songwriting touches not only each individual present at the event but also stirs the emotions of people far and wide.You are and amazing person with an incredible forte, and we were awestruck by your performance".
Donna Shaffer / Korene Stevens - MCA's Music at the Mill

“For years we have utilized Alex Harvey’s shows as a great event for our clients. Each year our clients ask for and look forward to this event. Alex’s performances, talent and relationships with these clients are a bonus. I have used other groups, but none treated our clients as well as Alex.”

Steve Moore, Director of San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau

"I have personally known Alex Harvey for over 10 years and have known his heart through his music a lot longer. Over the past few years Pier 1 Imports has sponsored several of his shows in Dallas, Chicago, and other areas to showcase his talent. He's had a great career, but I believe he has a greater future."

Marvin Girouard, Chair Executive Pier 1 Imports


"What makes Alex Harvey so special is that he is both the Songwriter and the Singer.  It's obvious that his music is genuinely personal and comes from a place deep in his heart where Christ is at work." 
"Alex's music reflects the truth he has come to know, and overflows with the contagious joy of a life redeemed.  We can't wait to have him back!" 

Jonathan Cox, Worship Leader Fernvale Community Church, Fairview, TN

"I've spent years going to dozens of Southern Gospel and other Christian music concerts and coming away strengthened in my faith. But I tell you, what Alex shared was ministry in one of its most effective and, again, powerful forms."

"You could easily feel the love and joy from his faith and for his audience from the stage (and I loved watching the whole band join hands in prayer before the show started)."

Wendy V - Nashville Blend (Nov 14, 2008)

"Speaking of appreciation, I’ve said this before: anytime you’re seeing Alex Harvey, whether solo or with his awesome band, he gives you everything he’s got in passion and just plain stellar songwriting. The folks who came out were royally entertained--for my money, Alex Harvey is one of the best live performers in this town. It’s all about honesty and emotion."

"...yet another soulful performance from the Alex Harvey Band. This is the 2nd time that we have had you as the featured evening entertainment for one of our company events. In both cases the companywide response has been emotional and moving.  As your performance evolves through the evening it just keeps getting better and better.  You change lives through your music."


Henry Bedford - Southwestern Company, Nashville, TN

Alex Harvey made a tremendous impact on the people of Harpeth Heights Baptist Church.  His music is centered in Christ Jesus.  The music was not only pleasant to listen to, but also presented a clear proclamation of Biblical truth.

The thing I loved most was the genuineness of his heart and ministry through song.  Alex is an everyday man that has been captured by the love of God.  He is an extremely talented musician.  His joy in the Lord is contagious.

I highly recommend that you invite Alex to be a part of your ministry.  He will inspire, encourage and entertain your people to the glory of God.

Dr. Richard Lee Sr. Pastor Harpeth Heights Baptist Church