The 33rd Heart of Texas Country Music Festival ended its ten day run on March 26, in Brady, Texas, and featured twenty two shows, dances and performances with over 30 traditional country music artists.
The festival was a big success with fans attending from 22 different states as well as Canada, Scotland and Spain this year.
The ticket count totaled 4,041 ticket sales throughout the festival with the Gene Watson concert being the most attended event with 515 fans taking part in his show. It was the first time in several years that Watson helped to headline the Traditional Country Music festival. Three of the other days were at sell out levels with tickets selling briskly throughout the week.
The showing of the new documentary “The Birth and History of Western Swing Music” was shown on Wednesday afternoon of the festival and drew about eighty to the historic Palace Theater in downtown Brady. The association is hoping to work with the Palace to show a music type documentary or movie each year during the event in the future.
Country Music Entertainers featured this year includes Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Jeannie C. Riley, Dottsy, Justin Trevino, Bobby Flores, Jake Hooker and the Outsiders, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys, Billy Mata and Texas Tradition, Mary Lou Turner, Landon Dodd, Amber Digby, Heather Myles, Rocky King, Jeff Woolsey and the Dance Hall Kings, Frankie Miller, Mona McCall, Kaye Tolson, Tommy Horton, Tommy Hooker, The Kenastons and the Heart of Texas Band. New artists appearing for the first time included The Malpass Brothers from North Carolina and Dennis Stroughmatt from Illinois.
The Heart of Texas Country Music Festival grew from the Hillbilly Hits radio show featured on KNEL FM 95.3. During the last several years, the event has become a destination event for Traditional Country Music fans from across the country and many foreign areas as well.
“The 33rd Heart of Texas Country Music was another big success,” event organizer Tracy Pitcox said. “We are seeing some of our foreign visitors return and look forward to even more coming next year. The event helps to secure our Heart of Texas Country Music Museum financing for the year as well as helping out our local economy. It also allows many people to see our community that may never visit here for any other reason.”