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THE TEXANS webWhile the Lone Star Jubilee shows are certainly filled with inspiration, fun and laughter, they also perform for a purpose. They have a ministry to support that keeps them doing what they love – entertaining, inspiring, and giving.

Sam Ray, who first started performing at Dallas Christian College with the Master’s Four in 1971 moved to Branson in 1983 and changed their name to the Texans. They are now a full-time trio comprised of Sam, wife Brenda, and son Curtis. They began their full-time traveling ministry in 1999, performing more than 300 concerts a year. They have shared their stage with speakers like TD Jakes, Charles Stanely, Jerry Falwell, Tim Lahaye, and many more.

Today, they might have gone down to 200 or so concerts a year, but they serve the same purpose, to help missions at home and around the world. They do this by singing gospel and putting on comedy skits at their shows. It is sure to be an evening of soul-stirring music, great comedy, and hand-clapping enjoyment for all.
The group has traveled over 39,000 miles in the US, helping with senior adult low-cost housing, summer camps for adults and children, and fundraising for mission projects around the world. They have helped out in other countries by providing churches, feeding centers, schools, clothes, and other necessities.

The Texans will be returning later this month for six concerts in the Rio Grande Valley. Along with Sam Ray and the Texans, bass vocalist David Little and Duke Mason will also be performing in this year’s Lone Star Jubilee.

Duke Mason is a special performer because of his unique height of only 46 inches. However, his talent and charismatic personality bring a respect and dignity to his singing that only a few are chosen to have. Mason sings, plays guitar, keyboard, bass, and drums.

Oklahoma’s David Little is known for his deep voice. He formerly sang with the Schaefer Brothers quartet.

The Texans have won several awards in Branson and have also won a Valley Star Award for Gospel Group of the Year.

A freewill offering of $10 is suggested at the show. No one will be turned away if they cannot pay. For information call (903) 436-5410 or email samraythetexans@aol.com.

Their Valley schedule is as follows:
Sun., Jan. 21, 10 a.m. – First Baptist Church, 1600 Boca Chica Blvd., Brownsville
Sun., Jan. 21, 6 p.m. – Christ Church of the Valley, 2900 Dr. Hugh Emerson, Brownsville
Mon., Jan. 22, 2 p.m. – First Baptist, 402 Templeton, Combes
Tues., Jan. 23, 2 p.m. – First Baptist Church, 600 S. Kansas, Weslaco
Wed., Jan. 24, 2 & 7 p.m. – Valley Baptist Retreat Center, 1600 US-83 Bus., Mission
Thurs., Jan. 25, 2 p.m. – First Baptist Church, 103 W. Magnolia, La Feria
Fri., Jan. 26, 2 & 7 p.m. – Llano Event Cetner, 2402 E. West Blvd., Mercedes