Balloon Race Announces 2019 Lineup

Koe Wetzel

The Great Texas Balloon Race announces its musical entertainment lineup for the 2019 event which includes the masterful voice of traditional country music, Gene Watson and the rising star of Texas Red Dirt music, Koe Wetzel. 

Wetzel’s stage show on Saturday will culminate the Great Texas Balloon Race’s 42nd year. An east Texas native, Koe Wetzel has become a zenith of Texas country music with the distinction of selling out major venues with a powerful stage show before he ever had a hit record. It’s Wetzel’s stage prowess that has made him a real force in the music scene along with his powerhouse presence on streaming services such as Spotify. His solid choice of material along with his genuine Country on the cusp of Rock style is a real crowd-pleasing combination.

Keeping with the theme of dynamic east Texas acts, Cody Wayne will kick off the Saturday night music at the GTBR. Wayne is an entertainment staple in Texas, thanks in part to an intense performance schedule and his continued presence on the Texas Regional Radio Report. He was the Texas Country Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year in 2017 and New Male Vocalist of the Year in 2018.

Friday night at the Great Texas Balloon Race will start the weekend off with two acts that are sure to please. Gilmer native Dustin Hodges will kickstart the stage for Friday’s headliner, “The Singer’s Singer” with 30 years in the business, Gene Watson. Having accomplished 34 studio albums, six #1 country hits and 23 Top Tens, Watson is a true journeyman of the country music industry. With his new album released this year, Real.Country.Music. he remains defiantly country in the face of today’s more pop oriented offerings and is proud to keep traditional country music alive and well.

The Great Texas Balloon Race is July 26-28, 2019. Gates open at 4pm. Advanced tickets are $15 for Friday, $15 for Saturday, and Sunday is free. Gate ticket prices are $15 for Friday and $20 for Saturday. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Active military members are free with military ID.

Advance tickets go on sale March 27th at Advanced tickets will also be available at area Brookshires and Super 1 Foods.