The Texas Music Revolution is a program that helps support Texicana and Americana style music. Each year the program hosts a concert of sorts that welcomes all of the local musicians to share their craft with appreciative guests and fans. The event is somewhat like a state fair, as there are gatherings of people, good food, and entertainment that is suitable for the whole family. The even has been hosted at the Plano Centre as well as the Southfork Ranch, and has been hosted every year by the KHYI 95.3 radio station every year.
In March of 2006 the sixth annual Texas Music Revolution celebration was held for the first time at the Plano Centre. The event was on Sunday, march 17th and was touted to the biggest celebration of Texas music in the history of the event. While the celebration was bigger, many fans and annual attendees did not find the event to be better. KHYI definitely took some time to put this year's show together, as they opened with acts such as Domino Kings and ended with Mark Manders and Max Stalling.
While the Texas Music Revolution event features a lot of great artists, it can be frustrating for fans to see all of their favorite acts. The reason for this is that there are so many great bands that the shows actually have to overlap. Fans are required to move from area to area to see different musicians, and they have to fight the crowds to see each one! This means that you'll probably miss a few of the shows, or you'll be so tired from fighting the crowds that you won't enjoy the show. The large amount of musicians is a good thing, because it means that more and more people are supporting the Texas Music Revolution, but the radio station might have to think about splitting the celebration up into a couple of days into the future.
Some of the acts at this years Texas Music Revolution celebration included The Domino Kings, The Hangdogs, Kevin Deal, Davin James, Jim Lauderdale, Ed Burleson, Larry Joe Taylor and Chris Wall on the Hippie-Tonk Stage, Don Edwards, Austin Cunningham, Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Trent Summar, and Bruce Robison. Additional acts included Jack Ingram, Gary Stewart and Mark David, and more! With so many great acts this year, it's obvious that this year was the biggest in Texas Music Revolution history, though the flow could have been better.
Not only do fans of these artists come out to the event every year, but Texas music educators also find the event useful. Music educators often find the music inspiring and the message and love that these artists put into their craft refreshing. The event can open just about everyone up to new music, new people, and new experiences. For those that really want to embrace their Texas roots, the Texas Music Revolution is the place to be. While all the music may not be mainstream, it's entertaining and really something to hold close to your heart. If you're from Texas, you may not get it, and for fans of the TMR, it's fine by them if you don't get it.