Music: Deep in the Soul of Texas

Singer Shea Seger's The May Street Project takes her hip-hop-tinged soul on a promising back road

Quitman, texas (pop. 2,000), is not listed in tourism brochures as the hip music capital of the Lone Star State. But it's doing its part. The tiny town is the home base of Shea Seger, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter behind one of this year's smartest debuts, The May Street Project (RCA). "Growing up, I hated the smallness of the town," says Seger, who was born in Fort Worth but moved to Quitman when she was four years old. "Now I respect it for its simplicity." Seger has also lived in a number of other places, including Virginia Beach, Va. (where she embraced...

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