Texas Music Pickers @ Grand Stafford Theater

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Texas Music Pickers

By Adrianna Zampieri

Slip on your cowboy boots and enjoy your Friday night out on February 19 at the Grand Stafford Theater listening to the musical talents of country singer-songwriters Josh Grider, Drew Kennedy, and Sarah Olivia Buss.

With a deep voice and a slight twang, Josh Grider was born to sing country music. Grider has been a respected member of the Texas and Red Dirt music scene for years, first introduced to the scene when he moved to Waco from Colorado for college, and he finally landed a big break in 2012 that launched him front and center: a publishing deal with AMP Entertainment. His EP “The Gettin’ There” produced three number one songs on the Texas Regional Radio Report, including “Lone Star Highway,” as well as two number one songs on the Texas Music Chart. Listening to his music, your feet won’t stop tapping to the rhythm.

Drew Kennedy first picked up the guitar at 19 and hasn’t looked back. Since he dropped his first country album “Hillbilly Pilgrim” back in 2003, Kennedy has released six other albums, wrote a companion novel to his album “Fresh Water in the Salton Sea,” and created the Red River Songwriters’ Festival. He’s a man on a mission to write the best songs he can and share them with anyone who is willing to listen, and once you hear his soulful voice, you won’t want to stop listening.

A previous performer at the Grand Stafford, Sarah Olivia Buss is returning to the stage. Buss is a talented girl armed with an acoustic guitar, and she knows how to use it. Even though she’s still in high school, Buss has a talent that far exceeds her age. She’s even as comfortable on a stage as a seasoned performer. This emerging singer-songwriter might just be the next Taylor Swift. For a taste of her musical style, her catchy, original singles “Taxi” and “Old Polaroid” are available on iTunes.

Doors open at 7 p.m., so arrive early to claim a prime spot by the stage by time the music starts at 8. Tickets starting at $8 are available for purchase online on the Grand Stafford Theater’s website.

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