The Texans are coming

Some of the hottest music acts will take the stage in the 'Boat

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— Some Texans are coming to Steamboat Springs and they are bringing their guitars.

OK, Texans are always coming to Colorado, but this January some of them will be the state's hottest music acts taking the stage in Steamboat Springs for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s fourth annual Steamboat MusicFest.

It's no secret the festival is aimed at one of Ski Corp.'s key markets and it happens at a time when many people from Texas are going on vacation. Despite how one might feel about that, and how Coloradans like to stereotype the folks down in the Lone Star State, no one can argue that some of the best country-blues artists are taking up residence in Texas and a few of them are on the bill.

Plus, you can't complain about the price, because much of the music festival is free, on the aprÃs ski stage next to the gondola.

"Every year it's kind of grown in notoriety and the level of talent that is coming," Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said.

The music and the bands are being labeled as Americana, which runs the gamut of country-style music, mixing it with folk, bluegrass, alt-country and rock.

"The Americana music phenomenon is sweeping the nation as seen by the rising popularity of Pat Green, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Reckless Kelly," Ski Corp. Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth said of a few of the acts to play in Steamboat. "The wide appeal of this genre of music is that you'll be just as likely to hear it on a country radio station as you would a rock or blues station."

The Steamboat MusicFest runs Jan. 4-9. Pat Green and Texas legend Cory Morrow are the headliners, while Reckless Kelly, Seth James, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Roger Creager, Dub Miller, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Doug Moreland and Django Walker will play free aprÃs-ski concerts. They also will host special engagements throughout the week.

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