With the release of Country Strong next January starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, I thought it was the perfect time to take a closer look at this fascinating American state that everybody calls Texas where cowboys, country music and fried chicken reside. Since the Oscar winning movie Giant in 1956, every guy is in the hope of becoming as cool as James Dean someday and all the girls are secretly in love with him. It sounds quite logic actually, I mean, we are talking about James Dean here, one of the most talented, good-looking and charismatic American actors of all time who incarnated the real cowboy attitude with so much ease that it’s not even fair. You won’t become the next James Dean overnight though but you can try to live the Texan life if you fancy following some tips.
First, you need to move to Texas (obviously) and find a job in a ranch in order to learn as much as you can about cattle, cows and horses. If you can make few cowboy friends along the road, it would be great for your learning experience and well, let’s be honest, it’s always better to eat fried chicken, baked corn and barbecued spareribs when you share them with mates! Secondly, you need to learn some rodeo skills and take a plunge in the bull-ring…you will never be a real cowboy if you can’t ride guys, make sure you keep that in mind. Read more