Artists To Watch
There's no doubt that the past few years have been a challenge for Texas Country Artists. 
TCMM's "Artists to Watch" features some overcomers we've noticed are coming up strong. 
This issue we feature Jesse Raub Jr., Chad Cooke Band, and Allora Leonard.

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Jesse Raub Jr.

A blue collar Texan born in Houston, Texas and hailing from Magnolia, Texas. Jesse's country working class roots help him capture his love for family, friends and growing up Country with them.  As the frontman of his own band, Jesse has spent the last 10 years traveling throughout the great state of Texas.  His unique voice and true country twang continue to captivate his audiences. 


Jesse appeared on Cody Johnson’s 2011 critically acclaimed album “A Different Day” as a co-writer for the hit “The Way She Loves Me.” In 2014, he scored his first #1 on Texas Radio as a co-writer on Johnson’s “Dance Her Home”. He has also had ten(10) recordings of his own chart in the top 50 of the Texas Music Chart and the Texas Radio Report: “Blame It On The Music”, “Bad Intentions”, "Good Man Go Wrong", "Plead the Fifth", "She Can Forgive" and 2017's #1 "She'll Put The Hurt On You", 2018's #1 "Mistakes", and #1 "Sittin' Here" 2019's #1 "Touch the Water", 2020 #1 singles "Good Times" and "I'd Look Good On You' from the soon to be released studio EP "Real Simple Country Vol. 1" .

 

Jesse released 2013's Blame It On The Music, gaining fans and friends in the right places.  Sittin' Here was released in 2016 and has delivered 4 Texas Regional Radio #1's and a signature song "Touch the Water" released in January of 2019 and two more #1's in 2020.

 

Jesse has enjoyed the opportunity to share the stage with some of Texas’s biggest country stars like Lee Ann Womack, Cody Johnson, Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Stoney Larue, and many more.

You can follow Jesse Raub Jr on:

www.jesseraubjr.com/

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Chad Cooke Band

In and out of honky-tonks all across the United States, the Chad Cooke Band delivers contemporary country with a 90's flare and unrivaled energy. As a band in its truest form, their 4-part harmonies and bright grins have sent shockwaves across the Texas Music scene and beyond. 

Since the release of their debut album, Easy Way Home, in December of 2016, the band's first single, “Oil Man”, continues to be a fan favorite with over 10 million streams and a music video that has amassed over 15 million views across social platforms. 

Following the viral popularity of “Oil Man”, the band set off to Nashville in March of 2018 to record their next project. Their sophomore album, Risk It All, is honest Texas Country music with just enough modern shine to attract the attention of Miller Lite, Lucchese Boots, and rodeos across the United States. The first radio single from the album, “Whatever It Takes”, climbed all the way to #3 and set the record for the longest-charting single on Texas/Red Dirt Radio at 43 weeks on the Texas Regional Radio Report. Building on the success of “Whatever It Takes”, the band's following six singles (“Life Behind Bars”, “Four Minutes”, "Cowboy's Cowgirl", "Bringing Country Back", "Señorita Sky", and "I Just Want You") all reached #1 on Texas/Red Dirt Radio.

The Chad Cooke Band has also been a multi year finalist at the Texas Country Music Awards for Country Band of the Year.

You can follow Chad Cooke Band on:

www.chadcookeband.com/

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Allora Leonard

Allora Leonard is a seventeen year old singer/songwriter born and raised on a ranch in south Texas. Her deep soulful vocals are a unique blend of pure country and blues. Combining her love of legendary Texas swing and classic country into a fresh, current sound has created a style that resonates with many generations. A true country girl, when Allora is not singing you can find her competing in reined cowhorse and ranch horse versatility events.  In 2021 she was named National and Reserve World Champion.  2022 has started off with her winning the Ft. Worth Stockshow Championship.  In the fall, her love for the outdoors and wildlife lead her to early morning hunts with her dad in Texas and Colorado. 

As a songwriter, Allora has been inspired in many ways by a family member that had great success in writing country music. Royce Porter wrote many hits for such artists as George Strait, Keith Whitley, Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney. Allora appreciates his storytelling style and finds that she tends to follow that same pattern. She loves paying tribute to him by covering some of his tunes, such as Ocean Front Property, in her live performances.

With over 150 performances completed in 2021 her schedule is quickly filling in 2022.  Allora is gracing stages from Texas to Colorado. The Texas music industry has embraced Allora naming her one of the Top 10 Fresh Faces in Texas Regional Radio.  Lots of creative energy is surrounding this young artist as she has her sights set on a bright future.

You can follow Allora Leonard on:

www.alloraleonardmusic.com

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