Where do we put this, and what do we say?

Where do we put this, and what do we say?

It’s a late announcement, but we hardly know how to handle it in our small local publication. It is about a passing of a man we considered a dear friend, and who we had tremendous respect for in his artistry. Last Friday, Brandon Jenkins died in Nashville.

Brandon Jenkins was a “Red Dirt/Americana” singer. He was a big burly guy  with a bald head, a face full of beard, and tattoos over much of his exposed body. He looked as if he should have a black leather jacket and be sitting on a Harley. But, that “look” completely..

City Limit Signs

City Limit Signs

Inspired by the new Bart Crow song, “City Limit Signs,” we have a contest going for anyone with a good camera or smart phone and a lot of imagination.

Here’s the challenge:

We’re looking for the best selfie or other shot of someone and the Lampasas, Lometa or Kempner city limit sign. Just imagine what you can do with

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Reception and Tour Experience Returns for CRS 2017

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Reception and Tour Experience Returns for CRS 2017

(Nashville, Tenn – Jan. 30, 2017) Country Radio Seminar (CRS) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will partner for the second consecutive year to offer CRS 2017 attendees a private cocktail reception and free access to the museum during CRS 2017.

Support Texas Musicians by Voting in the Ameripolitan Music Awards

For a truly interactive experience, you can also download the free BallotBlaster app to play samples of your favorite nominees using the Dale Watson inspired interactive juke box player. iPhone and iPad users can get the Ballot Blaster app from iTunes. Android users can download the app from Google Play Store. Tap to play and swipe to vote with the BallotBlaster app.

Cast Your Vote!

Here’s how the voting will work this year. The winner will be selected by a combination of the Fan Vote and Judge’s Vote. Fans will get one vote in each category and voting will end on December 30th, at midnight.  We will also have some of our friends from the industry (radio PD’s, professional songwriters, talent buyers, studio musicians, producers, etc…) weigh in and vote as well.  We’ll then take the ranking of the fan vote and the ranking of the judge’s vote, average them together and announce the winners at the beginning of next week!  

-Texas Music Pickers



Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert headlines the 18th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, to be broadcast Friday, Dec. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Miranda Lambert performs “Pushin’ Time” and “Keeper of the Flame” from her recently released and critically acclaimed sixth studio album, The Weight of These Wings, which spent two weeks at Number One on the Billboard Country Album Charts and is currently Number Three. The double album debuted at Number Three on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, which spans all genres. Lambert also performs the heart-warming, “The House That Built Me,” which is the song that earned Miranda her first Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (her second Grammy win was for Best Country Album for Platinum in 2014).
A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS features uplifting stories of adoption from foster care and raises awareness of this important social issue.  At the emotional conclusion of the program, Miranda greets some of the families featured in these stories while “Jingle Bells” plays in the background.
The special is presented in association with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network.  Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted, established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992.  It is dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of children in North America’s foster care system. 
The Children’s Action Network was founded in 1990 by leaders in the entertainment industry in order to harness the power of the entertainment media on behalf of children.  The special is a part of CAN’s National Adoption Campaign to raise awareness of the joys of adopting and to find homes for the children who are waiting.
The 18th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS with Miranda Lambert is produced by Triage Entertainment and Goldsmith Entertainment. Karen Mack, Stu Schreiberg, Stephen Kroopnick and Marilyn Seabury are the executive producers.  Kelly Brock is the producer, Kimberly Steer is the supervising producer and Mary Donaldson is the coordinating producer.  Mike Simon is directing the special.

'Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Music Festival' In Pigeon Forge to Benefit Disaster Relief Efforts, Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

'Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Music Festival' In Pigeon Forge to Benefit Disaster Relief Efforts, Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (December 2, 2016) -  The annual Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Music Festival, will be held December 7-10 at the Ramada Inn & Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the festival brings together many traditional bluegrass and gospel bands for an early Christmas celebration.

James Taylor Added to 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Talent Lineup



 WASHINGTON (October 6, 2016) James Taylor has been added to the lineup for the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Find out who else has been announced so far at www.thenationaltree.org. Taking place on Thursday, December 1, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House), the special event wraps the National Park Service centennial year and celebrates the launch of a second century of stewardship. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the National Christmas Tree Lighting will be telecast exclusively on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5, and simulcast on DirecTV 4K Ultra HD. *


Free tickets for the 94th annual tree lighting ceremony presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are awarded through an online lottery, which opens tomorrow, October 7, at 10 a.m. EDT and closes at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday, October 10. To enter the lottery, visit www.thenationaltree.org and click the "TICKET LOTTERY" link. Those without computer access may call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777) to enter the lottery. Lottery winners will be notified on October 27.


Dates to note:

  • Tomorrow, October 7 at 10 a.m. EDT: Free ticket lottery opens
  • October 10 at 10 a.m. EDT: Free ticket lottery closes
  • October 27: lottery winners will be notified
  • December 1: National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on the Ellipse in President’s Park
  • December 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT: National Christmas Tree Lighting telecast exclusively on the Hallmark Channel and simulcast on DirecTV 4K Ultra HD

An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years, Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree, follow #NCTL2016 on social media, and visit www.thenationaltree.org for more information about the event and its history.

Kyle Park Gets Rowdy in ‘Rednecks With Paychecks’ Video

By Sterling Whitaker

Kyle Park and his rowdy friends aren’t afraid to get a little dirt under their fingernails in his “Rednecks With Paychecks” video. The Texas-based country artist knows how to show his fans a good time, and that’s evident in the clip, which is premiering exclusively via Taste of Country.

The “Rednecks With Paychecks” video was filmed in St. Hedwig, Texas, just outside of San Antonio, and in fact, part of the shoot took place at an actual place called Rednecks With Paychecks Offroad in St. Jo, Texas, a mud bog that also features music and other activities. Park worked with director Paul De La Cerda — who has previously worked extensively with Granger Smith — on the fun-filled video, which includes plenty of pretty country girls, jacked-up trucks, off-roading fun and country music.

Park co-wrote the song with Trent Willmon, whose credits include Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Eric Church and more. The lyrics appeal to work-hard, play-hard, diehard blue collar Americans.

“We’re just rednecks with paychecks / We’re American made, bona fide blue collar / Working for a dollar, just hoot and holler for the weekend / With some good friends / We’re gonna blow a little dough, do a little livin’ / ‘Cause you can’t take it with you up to redneck heaven,” Park sings in the chorus.

“This is a song for the boys (and girls) who love their toys — jet skis, RVs, jacked-up pickups, huge BBQ pits, etc. Anything with four wheels, a warning label, a throttle or an outboard motor,” Park says. “We all know a few rednecks with paychecks!”

For more information on Kyle Park, visit his official website. “Rednecks With Paychecks” is available for download at iTunes.

Texas Music Fest in Steamboat Releases Line Up

First week in January – Six days, 40 bands, a world-class ski resort – does it really get any better than the MusicFest? The MusicFest draws thousands of ski-lovin’, music-lovin’ folks to the snow swept peaks of Colorado each January.

The largest group ski trip of its kind in the nation, the MusicFest brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the world-class ski resort of Steamboat, Colorado for a week full of sport and song. The festival boasts a stunning roster that includes both legends and rising talents alike.

Dickson Productions has over 30 years of experience as the premier travel package provider. With Dickson Productions working on your behalf, you can hit the slopes and also get tons of music favorites at wholesale prices. All lodging accommodations for the MusicFest are located ski-in/ski-out or within minutes of the mountain base, and participants personally choose all the options.

Pay Attention!

Pay attention now…  Martina McBride & Friends will be at the University of Texas Bass Concert Hall on Sept. 17th for a big show benefitting the fight against Cancer through the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at St. David’s Healthcare in Austin.

Tickets to the show are going fast but KACQ Radio just happens to have obtained a few of those tickets to give to some lucky people who are paying attention.

Check it out, if you are paying attention between 6:30 and 9AM, and you hear a Martina McBride song, call in fast…the first caller gets a pair of tickets.

So – Pay attention.