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Texas Country Music Festival Review

November 17 - 18, 2006

The 2nd Annual Texas Country Music Festival and BBQ Cookoff was held in Round Rock's Old Settlers Park next to the lake. Old Settlers Park has a 40 site RV park, 100 acre lake with a fishing pier, volleyball court, picnic area, soccer fields, baseball fields, 2.5 mile hiking/biking trail, 18 hole frisbee golf course, and is also home to the Dell Diamond Baseball Field. What this means is that you can get to the Festival early, get a close by parking spot and play games or fish before the music starts. We camped in the Old Settler RV Park and you can read our review by clicking here.

The music started on Friday night (we couldn't make it down in time to catch any of the acts) and the line-up included: Prentice James, Ricky Calmbach, Deryl Dodd, and Micky and the Motorcars.

Saturday's music included:

  • Pauline Reese was very good with her six-piece band, powerful vocal style, and an undying appreciation of true-to-the-roots country music
  • Granger Smith was new to us and we loved the simple honesty of his lyrics and melodies which was combined with his undeniable charisma and quiet charm
  • Chute Nine has a quote on their website that can describe them better than I can: "Their brand of tangled tumbleweed stampedes and haunting booze-fueled love is coated with intelligent machismo that steers clear of egotistical showmanship"
  • Honeybrown has found a sweet spot between alternative country and alternative pop coupled with lots of enthusiasm and energy
  • Stoney LaRue is one of our favorites and we love his musicianship, wit, and magnetism as he blends varied elements of country, blues, and soulful rock into fun and excellent performances

Granger SmithHoneybrownStoney LaRue

A large par of this festival is the BBQ Cookoff which starts on Friday night and this year had over 20 teams and some excellent smelling and tasting BBQ. It was fun to wonder through the BBQ cookoff area and check out the teams and their commitment to the cookoff - showmanship, presentation, and BBQ pit - as they compete for Overall Grand Champion Master Cook and Best pit award.

This year, the Texas Music Festival also included several fee-based rides for kids. You can't bring food or drinks into the festival but you can buy cold beer, soda, water, and some limited BBQ items. This years entrance fee was $20 online for two days or $30 at the gate and one day tickets were $15 online and $20 at the gate.

Check this event out next year. If the line-up is good, you should find this an enjoyable Festival and a good value.

 

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