TMP News Picks: Robert Earl Keen Named Distinguished Alumnus, George Strait’s Tourism Campaign, Copper Chief’s New Video and More

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TMP Songwriter Competition: 26 Contestants Advancing to the Live Preliminary Round

THE RESULTS ARE IN! Click here to see a listing of the 26 contestants who will be competing in this year’s TMP Songwriting Competition (and their submission videos!). Be sure to join us at The Tap in College Station on July 14th for the two preliminary rounds and then the final round on July 21st!


Robert Earl Keen among the 2018 Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&M

Robert Earl Keen, Texas A&M Class of 1978, learned of the honor March 3 in a surprise announcement during a benefit concert at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes (picture above). This is the highest honor bestowed on Texas A&M alumni, and it has been given since 1962 to only 281 of Texas A&M’s 488,500 former students. Keen will be honored on Oct. 5 along with nine other recipients at Texas A&M.


George Strait Leading Tourism Campaign to Help Hurricane-Damaged South Texas Community

Reported by Billboard, George Strait is leading a new tourism campaign for a South Texas community that was heavily affected by Hurricane Harvey last August.

“Officials with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce say Strait is participating free of charge. The singer has owned a house in the community for years. Strait is part of a radio and TV campaign called ‘Find Yourself in Rockport-Fulton.'” TV commercials are scheduled to begin this month in San Antonio and Austin and radio spots will air in the Texas Hill Country and New Braunfels area.

John Baumann’s ‘Gulf Moon’ will be on Kenny Chesney’s Record

John Baumann announced this week that his track “Gulf Moon” will be on Kenny Chesney’s upcoming album ‘Songs for the Saints’ out June 27. Baumann shared on Twitter, “I am honored, stunned and grateful….Never quit on your dreams. There is always hope.”

Taste of Dallas Festival will feature 4 Stages and over 40 Acts

The Taste of Dallas Festival is bringing an impressive music lineup this year June 22 – 24 and will feature 4 stages with over 40 acts! Performing artists include Chris Knight, Shooter Jennings, Max Stalling, Dalton Domino and more! See the full schedule here.


Part II of KORA Summer Series Announced

With their 2nd annual Acoustic Summer Series off to a great start, Bryan/College Station, Texas’ KORA 98.3 FM and Hurricane Harry’s have released Part II of the series. The second part of the song-swapping and story sharing series starts off with Shane Smith and Cleto Cordero on July 11. Check out the rest of the lineup below and purchase your tickets here. We will see you at the shows!


KOKEFEST 2018 to be held August 10 & 11

KOKEFEST is returning to the City of Hutto at Brushy Creek Park and includes an AWESOME lineup including Aaron Watson, Mark Chesnutt, and Mike Ryan on Friday, August 10. Saturday, August 11 features Chris Colston, Ruston Kelly, Koe Wetzel, Whiskey Myers, Wade Bowen, and the Josh Abbott Band.

KOKEFEST is looking for local volunteers from the Hutto & surrounding Central Texas area. Each volunteer will receive two free two-day admission passes, food, beverages, a volunteer t-shirt, and free parking. For more information, visit KOKEFEST.COM. Check out the lineup announcement below!


Cotton Fest 2019 Announced for May 2-4

“2 nights of music.
1 night of VIP partying
BBQ Cook Off
Washer Tournament
and more!!”

William Clark Green’s crew has announced that the second annual Cotton Fest will take place May 2 through May 4 in Lubbock at Cook’s Garage and is said to be even bigger and better! Stayed tuned for more information and ticket announcements.

Copper Chief Releases Video for ‘Jericho’

Copper Chief has released the music video for the band’s single “Jericho”! Produced by Christina Fedderson at Matchless Exposure and filmed at Rustic Tap in downtown Austin, the wild crew said that they had a blast making the video. CC has a few more stops this month, check out their show dates here and watch the new video for “Jericho” below!


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New Music Out This Week

Cody Jinks – Must be the Whiskey (Single)

Darrin Morris Band – Preacher Man (Album)

Jake Pyeatt – Whenever You Go (Single)

Tanner Sparks – Good Intentions (Single)


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TMP Songwriter Competition: 26 Contestants Advancing to the Live Preliminary Round

New Advertising Options!

[Podcast] A Discussion with Red 11 Booking Agent, Andrew McWilliams

Texas Music Spotify Chart: Week 24

Exciting New Additions to TMP

Zach Coffey Brings the Heat with New Single “Wildfire”

Author: Christina Ramirez

Editorial contributor for Texas Music Pickers and a whole-hearted collector of Texas/Red Dirt tunes and the stories behind them. You can also find me on the dance floor.

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