The Texas Country Music Fest is El Paso’s foremost opportunity to breathe the excitement and quality that Texas Country artists bring to the country music genre. The mission of TCMF is to provide a quality music festival which strengthens El Paso as a destination market for Texas Country touring routes, while engaging and inspiring all ages within the borderplex region on country music from our state. All while, truly reflecting this region’s colorful passion for music.
Thanks to its inherently upbeat and singable material, Josh Abbott Band has become one of the leading acts in Texas music, winning four trophies in the inaugural Texas Regional Radio Awards. But JAB has national cred to boot – it’s landed three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart – including “Oh, Tonight,” the first charted track to feature Grammy-winning Kacey Musgraves – and nabbed a Top 10 album with the 2012 release Small Town Family Dreams and reached No. 12 with the 2014 EP Tuesday Night. The six-piece ensemble is releasing its most ambitious project to date with the 2015 album Front Row Seat, a song cycle that follows a relationship from first meeting through its euphoric rise to a difficult breakup and contemplative aftermath. The release is accompanied by a national tour that takes the band to some of America’s most iconic country clubs.
Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country music with songs such as “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums. The Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award winning recording artist has helped shape the sound of Country music for two decades, recently celebrating twenty-years in music. Few country artists have ever known the kind of success that Tracy Lawrence has earned and the influence his iconic voice has contributed to the Country music genre. His music has inspired a whole new generation of entertainers and fans. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan frequently pay tribute to the singer live in concert by playing his double-platinum hits like “Time Marches On” and “Alibis.” Songs that help make Lawrence among one of the most played artists on radio.
Across five independent albums and a decade-plus of touring, Wade Bowen has amassed a string of regional hits and awards, and also a fan base who is passionate about music. Indeed, in the fourteen years since Bowen launched his career at Stubb’s Barbecue in Lubbock, Texas, he’s risen from collegiate greenhorn to the top of the Texas music and Red Dirt circuit. His colleagues and friends Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Eli Young Band and others had made the major-label leap, helping to take a vibrant regional sound to the rest of America.
Hunter Hutchinson was born and raised in Abilene, Texas where he attended Wylie High School. Currently, Hunter is a senior at Texas Tech University where he is pursuing a degree in Business; He is also an alumni of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, in which he was heavily involved in the Greek community.
Hunter’s journey unknowingly began in 2008 when he lost his father, Chuck Hutchinson, to cancer at the young age of 14. His father was a huge inspiration to him and is the reason he learned how to play the guitar. Chuck Hutchinson’s passing was incredibly hard on Hunter and his family, especially at such a young age. About 6 months later, a cancer benefit golf tournament was put on at The Abilene Country Club in honor of Hunter’s dad. Aaron Watson sponsored one of the holes and was also one of the performers for the event. Hunter spent the day with Aaron and the two quickly became close. Aaron brought Hunter to the concert later that night and put him in a chair in the middle of the stage during the performance. That day changed his life forever.
Hunter began learning how to play guitar when he was 17. After receiving a baseball injury, he was lying around the house recovering when he saw his dads favorite guitar sitting in the corner and decided to pick it up. He sat at the computer on YouTube for countless hours learning how to play basic chords and strum. The first song Hunter learned to play was Amarillo By Morning. Hunter began to write songs and record them. One of his fraternity brothers had put up one of hunter’s recordings on YouTube and by the next day, it already had 2,000 views. Hunter was blown away by this and decided that singing and songwriting was what he wanted to do. The first song Hunter wrote was for his dad, Chuck Hutchinson. This song is probably the most powerful and meaningful song Hunter has ever written and is played at every single show.
Based out of Nashville,TN Joe Barron bases its roots in Country with many soul and r&b influences. Joe has had a passion Country music since the days of "Dusty" the role George Strait played in the movie "Pure Country" back in the early 90's when Joe was just 4 years old!
Since those early days of imitating George and singing along to all those number one hits , Barron has had a driving passion for writing music and playing live gigs. In early 2011, Joe met up with guitarist Ruben Aguirre, fiddle player Loretta Rubio, bassist Rick Bolanos, and drummer Joel Bautista. The four band members bring several years of experience in different genres including rock and roll, country western, jazz, blues, and folk-rock. Blending Country with soulful vocals coming straight from the heart along with his late 90s r&b influences is what gives the Joe Barron his unique style. Current members include, Isaac Almodovar on Drums, Marcos Molina on bass guitar and Mark Boogie on lead guitar. The band has already been able to share the stage with such acts as Parmalee, Thompson Square,Josh Abbott Band, Brantley Gilber, Dwight Yoakham, Stoney Larue, Kenny Rogers, Josh Grider. After hearing some of Hunter’s songs and ideas, Aaron began to work with hunter and collaborate on song writing.
In March of 2015, Hunter released his first full-length album entitled “What Do You Say?” which was produced with Aaron Watson by Big Note Studio in Abilene, Texas. This album can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and on Amazon. Over the last two years, Hunter and his band have played with and opened for many great artists’ such as Aaron Watson, Josh Abbott Band, William Clark Green, Randy Rogers Band, Cory Morrow, Eli Young Band, Kevin Fowler, Wade Bowen, Zane Williams, Hank Williams III, Turnpike Troubadours, Whiskey Meyers, and many more!