Radio station KHYI-FM (95.3) The Range has just announced the biggest, most eclectic lineup yet for its Toyota Texas Music Revolution.
The station announced Thursday at a press conference in Plano that Kacey Musgraves -- the Grammy-winning, newly-engaged Texas expat -- will be the headliner. She's perhaps the boldest artist they've gotten in the festival's remarkable history.
Taking place on March 24 and 25, this will be the second year in a row the event takes place at Plano's Oak Point Amphitheater over two days. It was once a single-day event held at the famed Southfork Ranch; the festival formerly featured mostly regional country and Americana acts, with a few nationally recognized names thrown in.
Musgraves packs even the large spaces she's performed in locally -- namely, Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth and the State Fair of Texas. A springtime visit from the Golden, Texas, native is notable on any calendar.
Announced along with Musgraves are a few artists not typically associated with the regional Texas country scenes, though they fit in with the KHYI's varied, rootsy identity: Idaho-native folk-rock troubadour Josh Ritter, who has filled the Granada in recent years; and Castro, the acoustic-pop family band featuring local American Idol alum Jason Castro.
The festival's most intriguing act is Kiefer Sutherland. Yes, indeed, the 50-year-old star of ABC's Designated Survivor has a long personal history with music as a record label owner and musician.
Jack Bauer, err, Sutherland's country album Down in a Hole was released in 2016. Thanks to a great backing band an oddly appealing voice, he shows more promise than many actor-turned-singers, we think.
There are plenty of buzzed-about up-and-comers to get there early for, too. Paul Cauthen, who released one of the best country albums in 2016, will be joined by Red Shahan, The O's, Zane Williams, The Bird Dogs, Buffalo Ruckus and one of the best country-rock groups to emerge from Dallas in the past several years, the Vandoliers.
Toyota Texas Music Revolution features Kacey Musgraves, Josh Ritter, Kiefer Sutherland and more on March 24-25 at Oak Point Amphitheater in Plano. Details here.