I love supporting my home state. One thing Texas does well is make music, so here are three kickass country music festivals that go on every year.
Lonestar Jam, Austin
Of the three on this list, this is the only one I’ve actually been to. It’s two days of music, from about noon till midnight, 10 bands a day. It’s in East Austin, just out of town but not too far. There are food trucks, plenty of beer, fans and tents, and even an IV truck (just in case!), and of course, amazing music. Last year’s line-up included Flatland Cavalry, Randy Rogers Band, Kevin Fowler, Bri Bagwell, Casey Donahew, Gary Allan, Parker McCollum, Read Southall, Reckless Kelly, Randall King, Kody West, Roger Creager, and more.
It’s hot though, so be prepared! Make sure you’re dressed appropriately (i.e. not wearing clothes at all), drink plenty of water, eat plenty of food, wear sunscreen, and wear a hat or sunglasses or bring an umbrella. Here are some pics from my adventure:
KOKE Fest, Hutto
KOKE is a radio station in Austin (the only one I listen to, actually) that plays Texas country (Whiskey Myers, Koe Wetzel, Randy Rogers, Josh Abbott, Flatland Cavalry…) and older country (Willie, Waylon, Merle, Conway, Dolly, Reba, Loretta, George). Every August they hold a two-day festival out in Hutto, which is only a hop and a skip from Austin. I’ve never been, but here are some pictures I found of the festival:
Larry Joe Taylor Fest, Stephenville
This is the big daddy. It’s held in April and lasts five days. LJT just passed, but this year’s line-up included William Clark Green, Turnpike Troubadours, Koe Wetzel, and many more. It’s in Stephenville, which is basically in the middle of Texas and is a bit of drive for me, which is why I’ve yet to go, but it’s on my list! I hear it is absolutely wild.
For more info on these festivals, here are the links: