Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards



2016 Texas Sounds dates – October 13, 14, 15, & 16
Thursday through Sunday, 2016

This amazing event returns to the Diamond Don Event Center Pavilion with even more acts and more talent. Texas Sounds for 2016 is bigger and more intense than ever before!

Musicians come from around the world to Jefferson, Texas to support an entire community

Texas Sounds is produced by, and is the major fundraising event for, East Texas Performing Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Proceeds from the event, sponsorships, ticket sales, and merchandise/refreshment sales go directly to support ETPA.

Texas Sounds is held in Jefferson, Texas, a small town of only 1800 residents that depends entirely upon tourism as its one and only industry. Jefferson is known as the B&B Capitol of Texas, with over 30 B&Bs, 5 hotels, 2 RV parks, and 16 independently owned restaurants. This event brings participants from around the world (15 nations in 2015) and audience members from across the nation to Jefferson. Income from this influx of people is an integral part of the economy that keeps Jefferson alive. Jefferson is the only surviving city in one of the poorest counties in Texas. The worldwide publicity that this event generates is a major boost to the entire county.

International musicians flock to Jefferson in the hopes of winning a Texas Sounds Award. A Texas Sounds award exerts a substantial positive influence on each musician’s career. Texas Sounds attracts the best country artists from every nation.

Texas Sounds is held in a 5400 sq ft open pavilion located beside the Big Cypress Bayou in a 20-acre meadow that can accommodate thousands of attendees. Local lodging (within 20 minutes) is available for up to 5000 people.

The third annual Texas Sounds will be held October 13 – 16, 2016. We expect 20 acts from at least 12 nations, two international Country Music Association (CMA) award winners, and five international CMA award nominees It is going to be a great event!

The 2015 Texas Sounds is now a brilliant memory! The performances are completed. The awards have been presented. All out wonderful international musicians are back at home.

The experience was overwhelming. Audiences were ecstatic over the amazing talent that came to compete.

Now, work starts for the 2016 Texas Sounds! There is no down time. It takes a full year to put this show together. Stay tuned. Watch as we book top acts from around the world.

2015 Award Recipients



RV logo 1Having trouble finding lodging for Texas Sounds? Do you prefer forest, river, and the outdoors to hotels or B&Bs? RV parking and tent camping sites are available at the venue!




Texas Sounds is produced by East Texas Performing Arts, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit corporation.