Jefferson becomes a worldwide country music destination Nov. 2-5 when East Texas Performing Arts (ETPA) brings to town artists from sixteen nations. Bands, duos, and solo performers compete for awards including Entertainer of the Year, Female and Male Artists, Band of the Year, Songwriters, Guitarist of the Year, Personality of the Year, Locals Choice, Producers Choice, and Rising Star.
ETPA strives to expand Jefferson’s reputation with this multinational event, drawing performers and audience from around the world. When asked where is the center of country music, most Americans would answer Nashville. To country music artists and fans around the world, the response is Texas! At the first Texas Sounds in 2014, ETPA included a band named “East Texas” that advertised itself as from the deep south – of Australia!
This year after inviting a duo from Swaziland, Texas Sounds producer Preston Taylor was contacted by Jessie Rudoy, a documentary filmmaker from New York City. Rudoy and his team are making a film about the popularity of country music around the world that featured “Dusty & Stones” of Swaziland. The filmmakers had already traveled to Swaziland twice for filming. When Rudoy discovered the duo would be performing at Texas Sounds, he stated…
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