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2019 Williamson Branch 1As the Williamson Branch, the bluegrass family band with the rich sound, soaring vocals and prolific harmonies, departed the Rio Grande Valley following a great beginning to 2018, they couldn’t have mapped out a much better, or busier, remainder the year.

And that hustle and bustle continues into 2019 as the group returns for a full slate of shows over the next two months in the Rio Grande Valley.

“We are always excited to come back to the Valley,” said Kevin Williamson. “We meet new people every year, get to see others that we have made friends with and just have a lot of fun.”

It was at the end of 2017 when the group signed on with independent label Pinecastle Records. In July 2018, Williamson Branch released their third album, entitled “Free.” The single and the video with the same name later hit the charts and have received quite a lot of airplay. Even bigger, it has received a lot of airplay on Sirius/Cm radio’s bluegrass, considered the top station around the world when it comes to bluegrass.

“It’s the Holy Grail of bluegrass music,” Williamson said. “There’s no place else you can turn on your radio for nothing but bluegrass. There’s just so much happening.”

That isn’t all of the excitement or movement in recent months. The one-time five-person band, which includes dad, Kevin; mom, Debbie; and daughters, Melody (19), Kadence (16) and Carolina (9); has added a sixth person, 18-year-old Mississippi native Anthony Howell, who plays mainly banjo but can play nearly any instrument.

“We’ve seen him and watched him grow as a musician for the past four or five years.” Kevin Williamson said. “Adding him really fills out our sound and gives us more options when we are looking for the right instrumental orientation. It also gives us a lot of flexibility if we want to send one of the girls out with a mic into the audience to interact.”

In October, the Williamsons decided to make a simple YouTube video of the three girls singing the gospel classic “I’ll Fly Away.” What they’ve received so far –8.8 million views on the Country Rebel Clothing Facebook videos page – has been nothing short of staggering.

“We were in front of this historic church and it was Oct. 14 when we posted it,” Williamson said. “Now it’s almost reached 9 million views. As a result, a lot of people have been reaching out, wanting to talk to us. It’s been really fun watching it fly.”

For the year, Williamson Branch has had three different songs hit the charts, including Bluegrass Today and two gospel charts.

“We’re just so busy – when we get to the Valley the girls will put so much time into our Faith, Family and Freedom show and we have shows almost every night,” Williamson said. “There’s been a lot of stuff happening – it’s an exciting time right now.”

Williamson Branch Show Schedule

Jan. 9 7 p.m. McAllen Mobile Park, McAllen
Jan. 10 7 p.m. Llano Grande, Mercedes
Jan. 11 6:30 p.m. Winter Green Estates, Mission
Jan. 12 7 p.m. Sunset Palm RV Park, Brownsville
Jan. 13 6:30 p.m. Lakewood RV Resort, Harlingen
Jan. 15 7 p.m. El Dorado Acres, Palmview
Jan. 16 7 p.m. Gateway RV Park, Raymondville
Jan. 17 7 p.m. Winter Ranch RV Park, Alamo
Jan. 18 7 p.m. Eastgate RV Park, Alamo
Jan. 19 7 p.m. Tropic Winds, Harlingen
Jan. 20 7 p.m. Southern Comfort, Weslaco
Jan. 21 7 p.m. Lemon Tree RV Inn, Mission
Jan. 23 7 p.m. Paradise Park, Pharr

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