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The Best Little Cowboy Gathering In Texas is proud to have these exceptional entertainers join us in what will be our 11th Annual Gathering. Bring those dancing boots! *Artist & Entertainment lineup subject to change.

This is the #1 International George Strait Tribute Production in the world.  Derek Spence captures the look, sound, and mannerisms of "The King of Country" in such amazing detail, that even Texan's have a difficult time telling the difference (please see the comments section)!  Having grown up in Texas, with over 25 years of Entertainment experience as a performer (vocalist/guitarist), production manager, and director, Derek knows what it takes to make it an extremely "real" experience for all audiences. 

"Derek Spence is the real deal. You will think you are at a George Strait concert, and since I worked quite a few of his records for MCA since 1981, I should know." -- Roger Ramsey, SW Regional Director of Promotions, MCA Records.

The Tribute to George Strait Show featuring Derek Spence and Southern County Line is always a huge hit! Fans sing along and dance the whole night. It is incredible how much Derek Spence resembles George Strait and he, along with the band, does a great job covering the greatest country music songs! 


Will Banister first gained attention when his Turned Her On To Country album gathered a rave review in the consumer monthly Country Music People, leading on to building business with the import dealers. Next the song Turned Her On To Country enjoyed a four week stay at number one in the UK's weekly Hot Disc charts, ensuring the singer a radio audience way beyond British shores. The Wembley visitor not only proved a winner with the country audience but also gained attention of the national media, with the Daily Telegraph's Douglas McPherson concluding his Wembley review: "The most memorable moment [of the festival] found 23 year old Will Banister wowing the crowd with a sublimely straightforward Lovesick Blues. Sixty-three years after Hank Williams sang the same song, it was proof that country, like rock 'n' roll, will never die." in 2017, Will Banister won two New Mexico Music Awards in the Categories, “Country Artist”, and “Country Song”, for the first release off his latest album, “What A Way To Live.


Coby Carter, was born in Lubbock, TX and has recently completed an Ag Business Degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. In 2013 he won the Rising Star Award from the Cowtown Society of Western Music. He is the 2014 and 2015 Academy of Western Artists Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year. He and his band were named Western Swing Duo/Group for 2015. Also, he was honored to be a top five finalist for Male Vocalist of the Year for the 2015 Ameripolitan Awards. Coby had the great opportunity to record his first CD "Legends" with Grammy Award Winner Bobby Flores producing, it featured duets with such greats as Bobby Flores, Jake Hooker, Leon Rausch, and Jody Nix. The album was nominated for Western Swing Album of the Year, and Pure Country Album of the year for the 2014 AWAs. 

Young country singer and songwriter Brady Honeycutt is a debut Traditional Country Music and Western Swing artist from the Lone Star State of Texas! Brady grew up listening to the tunes of George Strait, Bob Wills, Faron Young, Jody Nix and many others alike. At 5 years old, he performed live on stage with Western Swing Hall of Fame singer and fiddle player, Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys in Midland, Texas. Little did he know, one day he would be following the footsteps of those bigs names that helped establish his country roots.

Based out of south Texas, Brady provides some of the best honky-tonk and dancehall music as he travels from show-to-show. He is know for putting folks on the dance floor. His followers associate his sound and style of music to that of late Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, George Strait and Aaron Watson. The enjoyment of taking the stage, watching people dance and have a good time are highs Brady can't get enough of. He always makes a point to even stick around and mingle with the crowds who are there to enjoy good country music.


Kristyn Harris Kristyn Harris

The Best Little Cowboy Gathering In Texas Featured Female Artist, Kristyn Harris is a singer/performer/entertainer from Texas, who is noted for her powerful vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style, unique songwriting, award winning yodel, and captivating stage presence. In 2014 she became the youngest person in history to receive the Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year, and was also awarded the 2013 Academy of Western Artists Western Female Performer of the Year. Kristyn brings an energetic and genuine style to her performances that makes her love of the music she performs evident and contagious.


Jeff Woolsey Jeff Woolsey & The Dancehall Kings

Raised on traditional country music such as George Jones and Ray Price, Jeff Woolsey sang his first song on stage at the age of 4 to the tune of Charley Pride’s, “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone”. His positive attitude is reflected in his music and is sure to please any audience. Jeff Woolsey & The Dancehall Kings are sure to keep you on the dance floor!


Billy Mata Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition

Billy Mata is a veteran of over 40 years in the San Antonio music scene and is celebrating more than a quarter of a Century making music with his own band, The Texas Tradition. Two-time Academy Of Western Artists Western Swing Vocalist of the Year and winner of the Academy's Entertainer Of The Year award, Billy Mata delivers authentic western swing and true traditional country music through a 9 piece, Bob Wills/Asleep at the Wheel style orchestra.


Jake Hooker Jake Hooker & The Outsiders With Jake Hooker Tommy Hooker

It's always a treat to hear both Jake and Tommy Hooker playing out in the dance hall. These boys were born and raised with country music continuing a family tradition of playing good country western music. These two have a large devoted following. The obvious choice for the Friday night Cowgirl Ball, sponsored in part by Coors.


jody nix jody nix

A true fan favorite here at the gathering, Jody Nix. A true Traditional Country Music and Western Swing artist, he has been in the business 50 years. He has played dances and shows all over Texas and parts of the southwest. He leads one of the finest dance bands in Texas, they fill the floor on every song. If you listen to XM radio you will hear Jody and the Texas Cowboys on Willie's Place XM 13 where they are in heavy rotation. This has brought attention world wide for the band.

jason roberts jason roberts

Jason’s professional music career started early and by age 15, he had played with Western Swing legends like Johnny Gimble, Leon Rausch, Bobby Boatwright, Herb Remington, Buck Roberts (his grandfather and a fellow Hall of Famer), and others members of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys. Before forming the Jason Roberts Band, Roberts joined Asleep at the Wheel in 1994 and has toured with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, and Van Morrison. Roberts has logged hundreds of thousands of miles, performing everywhere from the White House and The David Letterman Show to the Kennedy Center and Bob Wills’ hometown of Turkey, Texas.


Lake Travis Fiddlers

The Lake Travis Fiddlers, a talented group of young musicians from Lake Travis ISD, will join us again this year. They are sure to entertain by playing music such as San Antonio Rose, Faded Love, Cotton-Eyed Joe and much more. The group is a gathering of young talent that we want to encourage and we always enjoy having at The Gathering! The Lake Travis Fiddlers, founded in 2000 by Orchestra director Anna Macias, is a group of talented Lake Travis middle and high school students who meet before, after, and sometimes during school to learn and play Western swing music. As the primary fundraising performance group for the LTHS Orchestras, they play around the Texas hill country at public events such as festivals and grand openings.


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Jody Nix Fiddle Extravaganza

Enjoy a legendary mix of artists coming together for The Jody Nix Fiddle Extravaganza! See a mix of talented artists join together for a truly unique musical time!


Jodi grew up riding and has been a horse trainer for over 15 years. Looking to add to the relationship and well-being of her equine companions, she found Traditional Chinese Medicine and was very excited to add acupressure to her training program by receiving her National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM) administered through the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. In addition to practicing equine acupressure, she is also an instructor for the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. As seen in training, most horses get injured because they are not ready for the heavy work of a training program. Acupressure offers a safe and effective way to keep our equine friends healthy while maintaining their job, or as Jodi likes to say "Getting and keeping your horse sound". Jodi has seen amazing benefits in the horses she has cared for.


Service Dogs, Inc. transforms dogs abandoned to animal shelters or otherwise in need of homes into lifelines for people living with hearing loss or mobility challenges. Founded in 1988 by attorney Sheri Soltes, SDI provides the dogs and training free of charge and is one of the only organizations to provide quality, in-home training for their clients. The Mission of Service Dogs, Inc. is to improve the quality of life of persons living with disabilities through providing custom trained Hearing and Service Dogs. Don't miss demonstrations of these talented animals and how they impact the lives of people all around them.


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Dutch Oven Demonstrations

Tim Spice is a dutch oven chef and has been cooking in dutch ovens since his youth. A conversationalist who really enjoys sharing his skill and delicious food. This year Tim will be putting on a cooking class on Friday.

Much more including Children's Events, Horse Demonstrations, Chuck Wagon Exhibits, Western Arts & Crafts Exhibits.