Top Venues, Festivals, Booking Agents and More on Judge’s Panel for Songwriter Competition

We are excited to announce that we have some of the top Texas/Red Dirt talent buyers, booking agents, radio personnel, venue/festival representatives and more as this year’s judges!

Here are this year’s judges (in alphabetical order):

Trey Bailey – Head of Entertainment Committee for Luling Watermelon Thump Festival (Festival/Luling, TX)

Rita Ballou– “HBIC” at KOKE FM (Radio Station/Austin, TX)

Chase Colston – Promoter/Founder of Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival (Festival/Tyler, TX)

Kolby Cunningham – Entertainment Director for Twisted J Live  (Venue/Stephenville, TX)

Davis Danziger – Talent Buyer for Lola’s  (Venue/Fort Worth, TX)

Rob Edwards – Program Director for 98.3 KORA (Radio Station/College Station, TX)

Tracie Ferguson – Talent Buyer/Booking Agent for Gruene Hall (Venue/Gruene, TX)

Terran Fleenor – Director of Marketing Communications for Billy Bob’s Texas (Venue/Fort Worth, TX)

Chris Fox – Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers

Steve Fox – Head of Operations for Texas Music Pickers

Alex Garcia – Owner/Talent Buyer for Silver Saloon  (Venue/Terrell, TX)

Debbie Glen – Owner/Talent Buyer for The Red Brick Tavern (Venue/Conroe, TX)

Scott Gunter – Mgmt/A&R/Publishing at Durango Artists (Cody Johnson, Roger Creager, Randall King)

Sarah Hearne – – Production Manager for Dickson Productions, Inc.The MusicFest at Steamboat (Festival/Steamboat, Co) & Rio Frio Fest (Festival/Concan, TX) and the Promoter for Big Barn Dance Music Festival (Festival/Taos, NM)

Joel Hoffmann – Owner and Talent Buyer for Riley’s Tavern

Taylor Hons – Editorial Contributor for Texas Music Pickers

CJ Hooper – Owner/Talent Buyer for Conway’s (Venue/New Braunfels, Texas)

Jeb Hurt – Booking Agent at Red 11 Music (Booking Agency/Austin, TX)

Tim LeGrand – Talent Buyer at Cowboys  (Venue/Tyler, TX)

John Marks – The Global Head of Country Music at Spotify (Music Streaming Platform)

Colin Mathews – Executive Vice President for Chilifest Music Festival 2019 (Festival/Snook, TX)

Jared McManus – Talent Buyer for The Tap (Venue/College Station, TX) and the Owner of Back Porch Management (Artist Management)

Andrew McWilliams – Booking Agent at Red 11 Music (Booking Agency/Austin, TX)

Christina Ramirez -Editorial Contributor for Texas Music Pickers

Philip Randolph – Manager/Talent Buyer for Tumbleweed Dance Hall (Venue/Stillwater, OK)  and Calf Fry Music Festival (Festival/Stillwater,OK)

Gordy Schroeder – Founder of Hwy 30 Music Fest (Filer, Idaho)

Megan Schroeder – Founder of Hwy 30 Music Fest (Filer, Idaho)

Paul Steen – Owner/Talent Buyer for Bubba’s Brewhouse (Venue/Durant, OK)

Martha Taylor – Festival Organizer of Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival (Festival/Stephenville, TX)

Justin Weinman – Owner and Talent Buyer for Conway’s (Venue/New Braunfels, Texas)

Kerry West– Studio Manager/Assistant Engineer at Rosewood Studios

Kevin White – Owner/Talent Buyer for Banita Creek Hall  (Venue/Nacogdoches, TX)

Janey Woods – Owner/Talent Buyer for Hilltop Ice House (Venue/Pointblank, TX)

More to be announced!!!

More information on the contest can be found here:

Author: Chris Fox

Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I'am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.

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