2020 Texas Sounds
Thursday thru Sunday
October 15, 16, 17, & 18

Entertainers of the Year = Alamo Country Band – Mexico

Male Vocalist of the Year = Peter Donegan – UK

Female Vocalist of the Year = Kim Carson – U.S.A.

Band of the Year = A Nyughatalan (The Restless) – Hungary

Instrumentalist of the Year = Gustavo Ordóñez – Fiddler – Alamo Country Band – Mexico

Original Song of the Year = Peter Donegan – UK – Thank You Texas
Kristina Bærendsen – Faroe Islands – A Stronger Makers Mark

Rising Star = Payton Pierce – U.S.A.

Outstanding Virtual Production = Zappe Country Band – Mexico

Outstanding Virtual Performance = Laura Denisse – Mexico
Axel O – Iceland

Outstanding Live Production = Florian Fox – Switzerland/Nashville

Duo/Trio of the Year = Kim Carson & Buckshot Willie – U.S.A.

Texas Balladeer = Anna McRose – Netherlands (Anica Pongers-Schoemaker)

Texas Spirit = Kristina Baerentsen – Faroe Islands

Producers Choice = Andrea Benz – Switzerland/Nashville


Here is our 2020 lineup as of this minute. Please keep in mind, this is a fluid situation. Not only are we subject to the normal last minute changes that life may present, we are restricted to whatever the world’s governments decide is appropriate at the moment. The lineup can change. In fact, as of October 13, we are still considering additional acts!

Sarah and the Romans – Croatia
KRISTINA (Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen) – Faroe Islands
Kim Carson – U.S.A. –
Peter Donegan – UK
Country Sisters – Czech Republic
Alamo Country Band – Mexico (David Preito!)
Laura Denisse – Mexico
Payton Pierce – U.S.A.
Anna McRose – Netherlands
La Rosa Negra – Spain
The Purple Hulls – U.S.A.
Zappe Country Band – Mexico
Florian Fox – Switzerland
A Nyughatatlan (The Restless) – Hungary
Axel O. – Iceland
Gloria River – U.S.A. –
Bootlegs – Norway
This event brings participants from around the world 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, a small town of only 1800 residents that depends largely upon tourism as its primary industry. The worldwide publicity that this event generates is a major boost to the future of tourism in Jefferson.

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 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.