Wild Texas Wind

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Wild Texas Wind
Genre Drama
Written by Mark Kiracofe
Dolly Parton
Directed by Joan Tewkesbury
Starring Dolly Parton
Gary Busey
Ray Benson
Dennis Letts
Willie Nelson
Music by Ray Benson
Dolly Parton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Richard L. O'Connor
Fred Berner
Robert Chartoff
Howard Rosenman (executive producer)
Editor(s) Richard E. Rabjohn
Running time 96 min.
Production company(s) Sandollar Productions
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release September 23, 1991

Wild Texas Wind is an 1991 American made-for-television drama film distributed by Sandollar Productions, directed by Joan Tewkesbury and starring Dolly Parton, Gary Busey, and Ray Benson. Parton co-wrote the story with Mark Kiracofe, as well as multiple songs from the film with Benson.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The story centers around singer Thiola Rayfield (Parton) and her band Big T and the Texas Wheelers. The plot follows the band's climb to success and Thiola's tumultuous relationship with their violently abusive, alcoholic manager Justice Parker (Busey). In the midst of the chaos, a murder occurs, leaving authorities with a trio of suspects and a mystery to solve.[2]

Main Cast[edit]


The film was shot on location in Austin, Texas.[3] Club scenes were filmed in an at-the-time new south Austin C&W dance hall where several hundred people enjoyed the good C&W bands on a big dance floor during the 1990s. Still an active club which has operated under several names since the 1990s on Ben White Blvd near I-35.


The film features original music by Ray Benson and Dolly Parton. No soundtrack was ever released.

The songs in the film are:[4]

  • "Big T" (performed by Dolly Parton)
  • "There's a Ring Around the Moon Tonight" (performed by Dolly Parton)
  • "Say It's True" (performed by Ray Benson & Dolly Parton)
  • "Road Happy/On the Road Again" (performed by Ray Benson, Dolly Parton, & Willie Nelson)
  • "Cover Up a Heart That's Broke" (performed by Dolly Parton)
  • "Swingin' Like Tarzan & Jane" (performed by Ray Benson & Dolly Parton)
  • "Farther Along" (performed a cappella by Dolly Parton)
  • "Leave That Cowboy Alone" (performed by Ray Benson & Dolly Parton)
  • "Wild Texas Wind" (performed by Dolly Parton)
  • "Speakin' of the Devil" (performed by Dolly Parton)
  • "I Love a Tall Man" (performed by Ray Benson & Dolly Parton)
  • "Songbird" (performed by Willie Nelson)
  • "Big T/On the Road Again" (performed by Dolly Parton, Ray Benson, & Willie Nelson)
  • "Wild Texas Wind Theme" (instrumental score)


The film received a positive review from Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker, who praised the cast's performances and called the film "pleasingly unexpected."[5]


  1. ^ "Wild Texas Wind (TV 1991)". Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Wild Texas Wind (1991) (TV) - Synopsis". Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Wild Texas Wind (TV 1991)". Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Wild Texas Wind (1991) (TV) - Soundtrack". Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Wild Texas Wind Review". Entertainment Weekly. 1991-09-20. Retrieved 2011-11-17.