"If you tell yourself, 'This is it, enough is enough, I'm going to change,' then maybe just saying it will make it come true.

And that's where I'm coming from: it was a letter to myself to change." Adia Victoria, for whom Caress also plays keys, makes a cameo in the video, shot at East Nashville's Edgefield Bar & Grill, along with local musician Kim Logan and Maestro – and even Caress' own boyfriend, in the role of the mysterious love interest.

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As fierce and temperamental as a Texas Summer, a Texas girl is both strong and soft, fun and self-sufficient.

Obviously everyone is different, but if she exhibits a number of these behaviors, it’s a pretty good sign you’re dating a Texas woman.

For their first single, "Bed of Bad Luck," Caress sings (and coolly sing-talks, too) about coping mechanisms and self-awareness while pursuing an intriguing suitor at the bar – who just happens to be another man.

(Watch the official video above.) "I'm sure many musicians and queer people can relate to dealing with a good amount of depression and self-medication," Caress tells Rolling Stone Country about the struggle that built the song, which features backing vocals from Caitlin Rose, Larissa Maestro and his sister Jordan.

Texas girls take care of their looks, but they aren’t prissy or unwilling to work.

Texas girls are raised to be competitive and to defy stereotypes.

A little romance in the dark isn't an uncommon image in a country music video, but in a world where the mere mention of a "Girl Crush" was enough to tense up radio programmers, and simply saying "Follow Your Arrow" is grounds for being eschewed altogether, depicting a rendezvous between two men could be considered downright dangerous.

Not so for Caress, who hopes to help the genre loosen its often conservative reins, an image that even touches the far fringes of Music Row where "outlaw" can be synonymous with a proto-masculinity and rebellion via scruffy beard and scruffier denim.

They know how to use tools and do yard work, and believe it or not, they’re actually fun to have around on fishing trips.

Oh Texas girls love wine, but don’t do the ordering for her at the bar.

When I joined graduate school at the University of Alabama, moving directly from my native country of Hungary, I took part in a training intended for foreign students to get them familiar with American culture.