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Bill Chrastil

Winter Texans have voted him 2016 Male Vocalist of the year.  With a high-energy show that leaves the viewer exhausted from just watching him as he jumps, dances across the stage, gives high kicks and does splits while singing the songs of popular male vocalists.

20160303 Bill Chrastil Round2-THUMBBill has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years as a musician, singer and songwriter.  He has performed in Branson, MO where he has received numerous awards including Best Gospel CD of the Year, Best Voice Impressionist, and Best Horizon Show of the Year, He is a member of the Nebraska and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association.

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Cross Strung

Cross Strung, one of the hottest groups to perform in recent years in the Rio Grande Valley will be returning again this year for a limited engagement. They were named best Bluegrass band in the RGV in 2014. They were also winners of a National Family Talent Search.

2016 Cross-Strung-THUMBLeah Cluff, 21 started playing violin at age 7 and discovered Celtic music at age 14.

Emma Cluff, 19, started paying electric bass at 19. She is the rock star of the group.

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Pat Davison's Comedy Magic Circus


“Pat Davison's COMEDY MAGIC CIRCUS!” is one of the best kept secrets in the Valley! 

Featured in Circuses and Variety Shows worldwide for nearly five decades, including “The Comedy Pet Theater” in Branson's Grand Country Music Hall, “The Statler Brothers Show!” on TNN, “Steve Harvey's BIG TIME!” on the Warner Brothers Network, Cruise Ships, Harlem Globetrotters Halftimes, Etc., their full evening show is available to entertain – and I mean Entertain! - at RV Parks!

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Daddy D Three

Genres: 50’s, 60’s & 70’s, Rock and Country
Specialty: Vocals

Daddy-D-Three-Photo-Jackson-WT-THUMBThe Daddy D Three perform iconic musical selections from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s with all the right rock or country flare. Intimate setting to concert hall venues have clapped and sung along with the guys. Songs from: Buddy Holly, Richie Vallens, Johnny Cash, Righteous Brothers, Elvis, Ray Charles, The Platters & More! Come have some fun with us! “Just the right blend of those golden oldies and good clean humor!”

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Mama's Wranglers

Genres: Old Time Western, Clog, Yodeling
Specialty: Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Bass, and more; harmonies, yodel

Mamas-Wranglers squareMama's Wranglers (, the Jackson Family Band & Cloggers out of Las Vegas, Nevada, are the pinnacle of entertainment!  They are one of the most sought after acts and have performed in 49 states, Canada, and Europe!  They sing old time western music, clog and America's little yodeling sweetheart, 1​4​-year old Skyler, will bring down the house!  

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Southern Anthem

Genres: Country, Gospel, Bluegrass
Specialty: Vocal Harmonies, Guitar, Fiddle

SouthernAnthem thumbWendy, Derek, Mikaela and Logan Pausewang, collectively known as Southern Anthem, are a fresh and uprising family band.  From fairs and festivals, church auditoriums, to Branson, national television appearances, and requests from Nashville and beyond, the demand for their unique family harmony now has them traveling full time across the US.  Southern Anthem has been featured on RFD-TV and are honorary members of the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame!

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The Punches Family

Genres: Bluegrass, Gospel
Specialty: Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals

Punches-Family squareOnce again this season The Punches Family will be back in the Rio Grande Valley entertaining Winter Texans with rock ‘n roll oldies from the ‘50’s and 60’s. Performing old favorites like “Run, Run, Run,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “The Twist” the Punches Family will bring back memories and fun with their lively performances.

Because The Punches are also known for their bluegrass and gospel performances, each show will include several of the songs for which the family is known in other areas. The Punches Family has been featured on Great American Gospel Show, which plays on over 200 stations across America and many countries around the world.

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Goldwing Express

Genres: Bluegrass, Gospel, Old Country
Specialty: Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Fiddle

Goldwing-Express squareGoldwing Express is made up of Three Native American brothers and their father. A segment of their performance is dedicated for their Indian Heritage. Each brother wears his very own Native American headdress which represents the Creek Indian tribe their mother is from. This family music show comes from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Now the family resides in Branson, Missouri producing their own music show along with many appearances throughout the United States and into Canada.

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Kenny Hess

Genres: Country
Specialty: Vocals, Songwriting

Kenny-Hess squareOn the 9th of November of 2014, Canadian Country singer Kenny Hess was inducted into the Country music Hall of fame back home in Canada. After 35 years in the country music spotlight Kenny was honored in front of his home fans where they played clips of his career including some 15 top 40 singles 14 CDs and countless shows.

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Patrick and Tracy

Genres: Country, Motown, RatPack, Broadway, Comedy
Specialty: Vocals, Comedy

Patrick-and-Tracy-Dodd-thumbPatrick and Tracy have been performing professionally for nearly 20 years and most of that time has been spent as husband and wife (they recently celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary). Even though they were both born and raised in the great state of Nebraska they met while performing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the Alabama Theater. Since that first meeting they have logged a lot of miles singing and dancing together all over the world and they have had many incredible experiences along the way!

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David Church

Genres: Traditional Country
Specialty: Vocals and Guitar

DavidChurch tnFor those who loved the sound of the late Hank Williams, no one does it better than David Church, who can perform solo, but prefers to perform with a five-piece band for authentic sound. An oft-requested artist, the "Midwest Country" shows always sell out when Church is performing.

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Bernie & Red

Genres: Comedy
Specialty: Comedy, Music Routines

Bernie Red TNBernie & Red are two of the most popular performers to entertain Winter Texans. Shows sell out regularly. This Canadian duo ties their English-Irish heritage to their lively variety shows, which feature music and comedy routines that keep the audiences in stitches.

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Gordy & Debbie

Genres:Country, 50’s & 60’s, Gospel, Patriotic Music, Comedy
Specialty: Vocals

GordyDebbie tnWith over a quarter century of success in the entertainment industry, Gordy and Debbie Kaye Wensel bring their Branson show to South Texas during Winter Texan season.  The show is an upbeat variety show that is a mixture of country, music from the 50’s and 60’s, gospel and patriotic music combined with comedy and suitable for all audiences.

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Heart to Heart

Genres: Country, Gospel, 50's & 60's Top 40, Doo-Wop, R&B, Patriotic, Comedy & Rockabilly
Specialty: Vocal, Guitar, Keyboard

HearttoHeart Jerry n Sharon THUMBSharon and Jerry Mays, better known as Heart To Heart, "The Heart & Soul of Branson, Mo." bring a brand new variety show to the RGV each season, power packed with toe-tapping, hand-clapping Country, Gospel, 50's & 60's Top 40, Doo-Wop, a little Old Rock and R&B, Patriotic, Comedy—a little of everything for an all-around good time for everyone!

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One More Time

Genres: Musical Comedy Variety, Vaudeville, Broadway, Vegas-style
Specialty: Vocals, Keyboard

The Beahms-Illustration tnOne More Time is Larry and Melissa Beahm, the Musical Comedy Variety Duo. Traveling throughout the country, One More Time focuses on providing excellent music and tasteful humor for the boomers and seniors of our great United States. “Fifty-five plus” communities, RV parks, churches and senior centers hire One More Time to perform their musical comedy variety shows: professional yet personal Vaudevillian/Broadway/ Vegas-type shows!

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The Horns

Genres: Traditional Country, Country Rock, and 50s & 60s Rock-n-Roll
Specialty: Vocal Harmony, Duets, and Impersonations

TheHorns-WEB tnWe hail from the Show-Me state of Missouri and have been entertaining in the Rio Grande Valley for five years. We've been playing music for dances since the mid 60s with a wide variety of music from traditional country music to 50s & 60s Rock-n-Roll.

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Kerry Christensen

Genres: Instrumentals, Yodeling
Specialty: Yodeling, Vocals, Alphorn & Zither

KerryChristensen_thumbNational yodeling champion and former Disney World entertainer Kerry Christensen yodels everything from Indian love calls to Alpine Swiss, German, Latin, Jewish, Hawaiian, jazz, cowboy, classical and humorous -- even chicken styles of yodeling.

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Alaska String Band

Genres: Bluegrass, Old-Time Gospel, Swing, Blues, Original
Specialty: Guitar, Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Bass

2014 Alaska-String-Band tnKnown for their lively collection of bluegrass, old-time gospel, swing, blues, Celtic, original music and energetic dancing, the Alaska String Band is also known for their original costumes that reflect the Alaskan artistic lifestyle, culture and traditions.

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Ball Ranch Family

Genres: Country, Western Swing, Gospel
Specialty: Vocals, Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar

Ball-Ranch-Family tnThe Ball Ranch Family Western Music Show features old-fashioned western music including songs like "Tumblin' Tumble Weed," "Spanish Eyes," "Ole San Antone" and "Take Me Back to Tulsa" with fiddle, banjo and guitar music.

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Bill Brooks

Genres: Country, Easy-listening, Gospel, Oldies
Specialty: Elvis & Friends

bill brooks 1 tnKnown around the Rio Grande Valley as Elvis Presley, Bill J. Brooks has the ability to look like Elvis, dress like Elvis and sound like Elvis. He is perhaps the most popular Elvis impersonator in the Rio Grande Valley. From "Blue Suede Shoes" to Elvis' gospel songs, Brooks does them all.

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Cowboy & Hobo Show

Genres: Country Western, Folk, 50's, 60's and 70's Rock & Roll
Specialty: Close Vocal Harmony's, Accoustic Electric Guitars, Modified Upright Bass

The-Cowboy-and-Hobo-SHow-picture_barrell_thumbOne of the most popular groups to be seen in the Valley consists of The Cowboy "Cactus Willie", aka Charles Casterline, The Hobo "Boxcar Bob", aka Robert Selby and The "Drifter", aka Wil Kelley. Casterline is the nephew of famed Blue Grass Legend, "Lester Flatt" who visited their rural So. Carolina home often and along with Casterlines Mother who did live radio commercials, peaked Casterlines interest in music and influenced his picking style.

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Durocher Family

Genres: Bluegrass, Gospel
Specialty: Vocals

Durocher-Press-Photo_thumbOne of the Valley's newer groups is the Durocher Family of Minnesota, known for their bluegrass music and Christian ministries in camps, rescue missions, churches and prisons. The family includes 12 children. Older children perform, younger children sing, while the adorable four-year-old claps and grins at the audience.


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The Freddie and Sheila Show

Genres: Country Classics, 60's Rock, Yodeling, Clogging, Comedy
Specialty: Guitar Instrumentals, Singing, Comedy

Freddie-Shela-PelletierThe Freddie and Sheila Show is an energetic concert featuring world
class guitar picking and fantastic singing. Lots of humor between
(and during) songs make their concerts fun for everyone! They perform
a variety of country classics, 60's rock, yodeling,clogging and more!
Freddie's specialty is playing Chet Atkins style finger picking
guitar instrumentals. The married duo perform in the RGV each January
before moving on to resorts in Arizona and California as they have done
the past 13 years.

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Gary Crain

Genres: Comedy
Specialty: Vocals, Standup Comedy

garycrain_thumbShazamm! It's Gomer Pyle from Mayberry! Or at least that is what viewers will think when Gary Crain performs his comedy routines. In addition to Gomer, Crain does impersonations of Bill Clinton, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Walter Brennan.

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Jim Owen

Genres: Country
Specialty: Vocals, Songwriter, Actor

20081211-JimOwen_bw_thumbCountry Singer and songwriter Jim Owen has been making appearances in the Rio Grande Valley during the winter season for the past two years. He is known for his offbeat humor and from-the-heart style of singing.

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John Rex Reeves

Genres: Country
Specialty: Vocals

John-Reeves_thumbJohn Rex Reeves, nephew of "Gentleman Jim Reeves," is known for his tribute to his late uncle. Jim Reeves was known for such country hits as "He'll Have to Go," "I Guess I'm Crazy," and "Am I Losing You?" When not in the Rio Grande Valley Reeves can be found on the Midwest Country Show, satellite RFD TV on Saturday nights.

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Laughing Bird Music and Comedy Show

Genres: Comedy, Folk, Acoustic Rock, Bluegrass
Specialty: 6 and 12-string guitar, dulcimer, dobro, banjola, mandolin, harmonica, percussion, strong vocals, tight harmonies

laughingbird_thumb“Original, refreshing, energetic, hillarious, and entertaining.” These are some of the words used by Activity Directors about Laughing Bird’s show, but their real magic is the warm, genuine, and unpretentious energy they project from the stage. Tupelo and Janey clearly love what they do, and it shows!

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Lindley Creek

Genres: Bluegrass
Specialty: Vocals, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Upright Acoustic Bass, Acoustic Rythm Guitar

Lindley-Creek tnMusic has always been important to the Greer family. Kathie Greer’s parents were into playing bluegrass music. While it was not the main focus of the family, it was always important. John and Kathie were country music fans until Tate started repeating some of the lyrics he was hearing. They refocused their interest into bluegrass.

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Link Family

Genres: Bluegrass, Gospel, Celtic, Patriotic, Acoustic
Specialty: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals

LinkFamily-2_thumbFrom the Ozark Mountains of Missouri…The Link Family delivers a powerful performance with world class harmonies, hard driving instrumentals and good clean family humor.

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Lloyd and Peggy

Genres: Country, Classic Rock
Specialty: Guitar, Keyboards/synthesizer, Vocals

2012 LloydNPeggyJPG TNSince 1999 we have lived full time in our motor home / tour bus and travel wherever the music takes us. Every winter is spent playing in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. Then, we head north for the summer to find other opportunities to perform. There is nothing we like better than looking out from the stage and seeing those heads bobbing and feet tapping.

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Ralph Kuster

Genres: Standards, Classic Country, Broadway, Gospel, Easy Listening
Specialty: Vocals


Ralph’s life-long passion for music became a reality with the production of his first 3 CD’s from 2003 to 2005. In 2006, he was thrilled and honored to perform ‘I May Never Get to Heaven’ by Conway Twitty and ‘Unchained Melody’ by the Righteous Brothers before 2000+ people at the annual COSAP Variety Show at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada.

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Redhead Express

Genres: Bluegrass, Gospel, Irish Country
Specialty: Violin, Piano, Guitar, Vocals, Banjo, Mandolin

redheadexpress_thumbOne of the liveliest bluegrass groups to hit the Valley in recent years is the Redhead Express, a family bluegrass band from Alaska. The Walker family performs a high-energy show filled with bluegrass, gospel, traditional Irish country and old-time music. They add a bit of family humor to provide a fun evening for audiences.

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Roger Kenaston Band

Genres: Bluegrass, Country
Specialty: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Lap Steel, Vocals, Trumpet

kenastonThe Roger Kenaston Band is a high-energy group that plays bluegrass, country and other genres of music. The band has worked with numerous celebrities, including back up for such artists as Charlie McCoy, Jean Shepard, Stonewall Jackson, Leona Williams, Jimmy C. Newmann, Jack Green, Claude Gray, Les Gilliam and many others.

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Sherwin Linton

Genres: Country, Gospel, 50s, Johnny Cash Tribute
Specialty: Vocals, Guitar

Sherwin-Linton-1 THUMBGet ready for a 60 to 90 minute Country and Popular Music show packed full of your favorite classic songs. Amazing vocal harmonies and touching duets are accented by humor & stories. We tell the truth.... it's funnier than anything we can make up! Audiences are amazed by Sherwin's ability to bring back the image and sound of Johnny Cash. Dick Moebakken's affable personality adds to his great impression of "Grandpa McCoy" and Dick's vocal likeness to Freddy Fender is a show stopper.

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Solid Gold Dance Party

Genres: Original Hit Oldies, Country, Rock, Standards
Specialty: Radio DJ live presentation

2014 Solid-Gold-Dance-Party tnThe Solid Gold Dance Party - Oldies Music and Memories, is a DJ/Entertainment with "Big Daddy" presenting a program of dance music, by the original artists, spanning over 50 years of hit music, just like you heard it on the radio. All types of music are presented, including Country, Rock, Standards, Line dancing, and others. Between songs, "Big Daddy" and the audience have a great time with trivia, contests, and prize giveaways.

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Star Fire Family Show

Genres: Classic Country, Variety, Comedy
Specialty: Guitar, Banjo, Keyboard, Saxophone, Fiddle, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Pedal Steel Guitar, Drums


The Gottschalk family, known as the Star Fire Family Band from Hortonville, Wis., is in the Rio Grande Valley for another season to entertain the Winter Texans. The Gottschalks try and mix up their shows, to have something for everyone. In Texas, they perform a Branson style show with music, comedy, audience interaction and just plain fun.

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The Texans

Genres: Gospel
Specialty: Vocals, Guitar, Comedy

the-texans_thumbThe Texans got their start singing country gospel music as a traveling quartet based out of Dallas Christian College. Today the group consists of Sam Ray, lead singer and emcee, his wife, Brenda Ray, who sings tenor and is a comedian, and their son, Curtis Ray, who sings baritone.

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Genres: Country, Western, Oldies, Gospel
Specialty: Vocals, Comedy

tucker_thumbOne of the most popular entertainers to come to the Rio Grande Valley is Sheldon Tucker, known simply as Tucker. A commanding figure, Tucker could easily be mistaken for Marshal Dillon walking down the street in his signature fringed jacket, cowboy boots and black Stetson hat. But with his voice, which is a rich combination of baritone and tenor, he is at home in Broadway musicals. He played the lead in “The King and I” with the “Rainbow Players.”  And he worked with Carol Burnett in “Moon Over Buffalo.”

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12 String Tim & Sharon

Genres: Classic and new country
Specialty: Guitar and percussion

12stringtim001011 TNWith a high-tech back-up band and a song list that reads like a catalog, this duo puts on a music variety show sure to please any crowd.

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Vance Greek

Genres: Country, Gospel
Specialty: Vocals

VANCE-GREEK-2007PIC_thumbAlthough a longtime resident of the Rio Grande Valley, Vance Greek spent 1990 to 1997 in Branson, Missouri where he became known as "the Golden Voice of Branson."

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Wade Benson Landry

Genres: Country, Swingin' Cajun, Western Swing
Specialty: Fiddle

Wade-Benson-Landry_2010_thumbLouisiana's world class fiddle player, Wade Benson Landry, made his first official appearance in the Rio Grande Valley last year when he performed at the 2010 FAME Awards.

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