One of the interesting things about Marshall Owens' vocal/instrumental phrasing on "Texas Blues" is that while it looks like a straight 12-bar blues when you look at the lyrics, he didn't play it that way. Marshall Owens shortened up the instrumental response time at the end of each vocal phrase by two beats, much as Booker White did for his blues that were recorded in his great sessions for Lester Melrose. So it is that Marshall Owens' form for "Texas Blues" looks like this, assuming four-beat measures except where otherwise indicated.
| I | I | I +2 beats |
| IV | IVm | I +2 beats(V7) |
| V7 | I | I + 2 beats |
Owens gets a distinctive effect, too, by anticipating the V7 chord on the sixth beat of the last measure in the second phrase, very straight-up-and-down, square on the beat. He varies his phrasing for the hummed verses, in which he plays the first phrase as a conventional four measures of four beats each.
Marshall Owens utilized a beautiful voicing for his IVminor chord that I don't think even Buddy Boy Hawkins used. He (Owens) goes from his IV chord, fingered X-0-2-0-1-X to a IVm Major 7, fingered
X-0-1-0-0-X, and boy, is it pretty. It gives the song a really special cast there. It's interesting, I've heard a lot of people cover "Try Me One More Time", and I've never heard anybody cover "Texas Blues". It's a beauty.