Live Music Stage

Sammy Kershaw (Performs at 8:15 p.m.)

Sammy Kershaw

Since his debut on the music scene in the early 90’s, Kershaw has remained one of the most consistent power hitters in country music—both with a chain of major hit records and sell-out touring schedules. 

His platinum albums were propelled into the records books by hits such as “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” “National Working Woman’s Holiday,” “Love Of My Life,” “Cadillac Style,” “Don’t Go Near The Water,” “Haunted Heart,”…and many other milestones.

Sammy grew up in the Cajun country of Louisiana on a diet of crawfish and country music. The oldest of four children, the tragic loss of his father, matured him even faster than the clubs and honky tonks he was performing in at 12 years old. He speaks openly today of years spent battling substance abuse and addictions. “It’s not a period of my life I’m proud of but I do talk about it to encourage kids not to follow in my footsteps,” Kershaw recently noted. 

Sammy Kershaw’s plan for country music is re-claiming its roots and recapturing the spirit that made it great. Kershaw’s current album "Honkytonk Boots" promises to be a much anticipated first step in that plan of salvation. 

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Ray Johnston Band (Performs at 6:45 p.m.)

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The Ray Johnston Band has built a solid foundation over the years based on melodies and lyrics that always seem to lean on the positive side of life. This frame of mind is Ray’s best feature, and everyone who knows him will admit that his “glass is half full” attitude has a sobering effect on others. Having 5 1⁄2 years in remission from Leukemia will definitely put things into perspective for pretty much anyone, and the new lease on life has never been lost on Ray.

The success of his latest album “No Bad Days” is not only the result of a growing fan base with 120 plus shows played yearly including headlining gigs at the House of Blues in Dallas and the legendary Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, but also 7 singles on the Texas Music Chart, over a quarter of a million streams online and national exposure garnered from songs co-written among a significant company of peers. The last year parades a slew of national music placements including the ABC hit drama “Nashville” with “Keep It Rollin’,” the new Netflix series “The Ranch” starring Ashton Kutcher, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott with “This One’s On Me,” and a cut on iconic country music stars ALABAMA’s latest album “Southern Drawl” with “No Bad Days.” Add to that a hit music video on CMT Pure 12-Pack with the album’s first single “More Crown Than Coke,” and a deluge of media raves including feature pieces on Billboard’s The 615 and Country Weekly Magazine.