Texas Music Breakthrough – Christmas Edition

Well it’s that time of year again!  The most wonderful time of the year! A time to be thankful and enjoy the blessing of friends, family, and of course  great music!  Celebrate however you want to, but I think Texas Rebellion says it best when they say “here in Texas, we still say Christmas!”

We’ve got some great tunes from a variety of artists in this special edition of Texas Music Breakthrough.  Some will be make you laugh, some will make you cry, but most of all they’ll put you in the Christmas mood!  Check them out and have a Merry Christmas!



This Texas Singer-Songwriter has had songs recorded by Johnny  Bush, Johnny  Rodriguez, David Lee Garza, Lantana, Big John Mills, and many others.  We hope you like this Christmas single from Billy’s latest CD, SONGS FROM THE SECOND STORY.

Website:  http://www.reverbnation.com/billyorourke


Merry Christmas from Mario Flores & Cameran Nelson thanks for always supporting our music and we hope you enjoy this wonderful Holiday Season!

Website:  http://camerannelson.com/

Website: http://www.mariofloresmusic.com/


Jason Lee McKinney is a two time nationally signed recording artist, power house vocalist, and songwriter. McKinney blends an a underdone snarling musical underbelly full of equal parts trained prowess and almost out of control piss and vinegar attitude; soaring sing along hook melodies, with lyrics that are raw and raucous, reflective and radiant; simultaneously weaving a narrative that is both uniquely his and everyman’s story.

Website:  http://www.jasonleemckinneyband.com/


Jarrod Sterrett and the Hired Guns are a Texas Country/Honky Tonk Band. The band was formed in Huntsville although the members are from small towns across Texas. They have played all across the state and into Arkansas. and will soon be releasing another album to Texas radio Titled Honky Tonk Hero.

Website:  http://www.reverbnation.com/jarrodsterrettthehiredguns


Third generation Austinite Al Staehely is best known nationally and internationally via his work with Spirit, John Cipollina, Nick Gravenites, Keith Moon and his own solo albums.  “Heart of Texas (The Texas Christmas Song)” was written while Al and Mickey Raphael while driving from L.A. to Texas for the Christmas holidays.  So, it is only fitting that Mickey put his signature harmonica stamp on this song that should strike a chord with all Texans on their way home for the holidays.

Website:  http://alstaehely.com/


Texas Rebellion is an eight piece group of good ol’ boys from Tyler Texas. From George Strait to Brad Paisley, the band plays many of Nashville’s yesterdays favorites as well as hits from today. Some words that have been used to describe the band are “Incredible, Amazing and Fantastic”. Texas Rebellion has a combined two hundred plus years experience and members of the band have played with such National recording artist as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ray Charles, Ray Price, “Long Tall” Marcia Ball, Cheap Trick, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Los Lobos, The Arc Angles, Henry Mancini and Roger Williams to name a few.

Website:  http://www.reverbnation.com/texasrebellion


This is country music that everyone can get into. Songs written and performed by Jody Booth. Get on board and see where this ride can take you



Once primarily family affairs and a mainstay of the American musical landscape, traditional music duos have been replaced by music business pre-packaged duos created by label executives. Jesse and Noah have re-claimed the age-old concept of the “brother duo” and reinvented it for the Americana era.



Rob Ybanez was born and raised in the great state of Texas, and now makes his home in the heart of red dirt territory of Guthrie, Oklahoma.  He served in the USARMY for 6 years and most of that was at Ft. Sill Oklahoma.  While in the Army he played with a couple local bands as a lead guitarist and singer, with limited success.  He, his wife, and daughter live on a ranch outside of Guthrie where they raise Angus, and you can find him on his tractor as much as his guitar.  Industry professional agree that he has explosive yet smooth vocals, combined with intense guitar playing and song writing makes for an awesome combination.

Website:  http://robybanez.com/


Stephanie Urbina Jones was born in a bi-cultural home in San Antonio, Texas where she grew up hearing sounds from both sides of the border.

  Her  tapestry of music combines her life experiences and the sounds that influenced her soul. From country rock to latin blues-pop, she has created a style all her own. This unique artist is poised to be the very first Hispanic- American female to break through country music. She is not only a proven songwriter and vocalist; she is a passionate performer with a presence and spirit that is infectious.

Website:  http://www.stephanieurbinajones.com/


Born in the small “Salt Town” Grand Saline,Tx, Tommy Joe Wilson never forgot where he comes from and it’s easily heard in his music. Songs about backroads and barrooms are everywhere, but TJW has lived them. He started playing honkytonks at the age of 13 and his seasoned baritone voice draws on influences like George Strait, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, and Alabama.

Website:  http://www.tommyjoewilson.net/


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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