So I told you guys I was going to do a lot of traveling to different festivals this summer just to bring you the very best in Texas Music! My very first stop was the July 4th celebration in Stephenville. BBQ Bands and Bottle Rockets on the Bosque was a brand new celebration started by community members and the whole thing was to raise money for their spot light charity, Back Pack Buddies. If you know me….then you know I do a lot for different organizations but Back Pack Buddies is probably the one I do the most for and have for the last seven years so this festival made me prouder than a hound dog pup getting his very first flea!!
BBQ Bands and Bottle Rockets with the help of KWBY 98.5/107.9 pulled in some major Texas Music talent to help raise money for Back Pack Buddies. Texstar Ford sponsored the main stage and PT’s Prime Time sponsored the day stage. I couldn’t do anything but respect every artist that performed because when I say it was hot….I mean it was hotter than an Austin armadillo’s hind end on a Waco country-fried steak griddle. Every single artist ( Larry Joe Taylor, Tejas Brothers, Davin James, Jon Young, Joe Austin, Buck Fuffalo, Cody Gill, Dakota Drummond, Kerri Lick, Richard & Aaron Abila, Immediate Blues Band, and Stacey Sliger with Samtana Lopez) performed and didn’t hold anything back just so we the spectators could sit back and enjoy our favorite music!!! I enjoyed every single performance but there was this one that actually made me break out into tears.
She isn’t a Texas Music Star yet, but well on her way. I see it, I just don’t think she knows it yet. Jewell Caudle, daughter of KWBY’s General Manager Jody Caudle stood up and sang the national anthem with all heart….she was so good, she was asked to sing again after Larry Joe Taylor performed.
The Stephenville Community come together and put together probably one of the best July 4th’s I have ever seen in a small community. There were many many music artist, volunteers, organizations, vendors, & sponsors that help make all of this happen and because of it, Back Pack Buddies was given a check for $10,000.00, but that’s not all. There was an additional $8000.00 given to volunteer groups that help make BBQ Bands & Bottle Rockets a huge success. All together BBQ Bands & Bottle Rockets in their first year generated $18,000.00 that was given back to the county non-profit organizations.
Me, the Mouth From the South, advises everyone within a 100 mile radius to mark your calendars for next years event because I have this gut feeling it’s only going to get bigger and better!!!
Love Peace & Bacon Grease Ya’ll ~ Sonya