Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Festival 

Honored to be performing with these incredible artists from all over the world as the house band leader for The Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Festival!!!
It all starts tonight and goes through Mid - August!!!
Be sure to make a stop at The Jefferson Visitor Center in Jefferson, TX for this prestigious event!!!
For more info, click on the link below.... 

- Rafael Espinoza

Hairspray at Tyler Civic Theatre 

Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters, such as Corny Collins (The show's singing host who shares Tracy's liberal political views) and Velma Von Tussle (The villainous producer of the show who does everything in her power to further her daughter's career and destroy Tracy's and Corny's). She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

Showtimes are...
July 10th-12th at 7:30pm
July 13th at 2:30pm
July 17th-19th at 7:30pm
July 20th at 2:30pm
July 24th-26th at 7:30pm
July 27th at 2:30pm

Rafael will be performing in this musical on guitar.

You can buy tickets at the link below or call the box office at



The Grand Opening of The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy is this Saturday July 12th at 11am!

This event will feature Live Musical Performances by...
The Main Street Pickers of Mineola's Music On The Streets Program
Greg Simmons
The Hubbard Family
The Rafael Espinoza Band

Please make plans to attend!


Twitter Thursday 

Couldn't help noticing the new followers on Twitter!
The Grammy Award Winning Jazz & Blues Guitarist Robben Ford and The Editor for Guitar World/Guitar Aficionado/Revolver Magazines, Brad Tolinski!!!
Can't believe these guys are following little ol' Rafael Espinoza!!!
Are you on Twitter? Follow my journey at:

Last Texas Best Smokehouse Show - Wrap Up 

We are so thankful and blessed to have had this Artist Residency at Texas Best Smokehouse in Tyler, TX! Now it's time to start a new chapter and we are looking forward to what the future brings!
Also there seemed to have been some confusion about this show with people wondering if this was my last show EVER and if I was ending my musical career on this night, and that is completely a ridonkulous bogus misunderstanding. Lol! This was just simply our last show at this specific location because we had been performing there every Friday night since I came home from Berklee College of Music in Boston last August. So just to be clear... I am not going into retirement. I am way too young for that word. Hahaha! I will not become the retired Garth Brooks and release a huge box set of material every few years or have multiple Farewell Tours like The Eagles or Cher. HA! This was not "The Last Waltz".
There will always be Rafael Espinoza Concerts as long as I am alive! PRAISE GOD!!!!!
Thank you so much to Texas Best Smokehouse and to all who came out to celebrate with us as we closed out our Final Artist Residency Show at Texas Best Smokehouse!

- Rafael Espinoza

Rafael Espinoza Finale Show @ Texas Best Smokehouse - Tyler, TX 

This will be our last show at Texas Best Smokehouse in Tyler, TX! We are so thankful and blessed to have had this Artist Residency at Texas Best Smokehouse! Now it's time to start a new chapter, so please come celebrate with us as we close out our Final Show at Texas Best Smokehouse!

Thank you,
- Rafael Espinoza

Musicians will include...
Rafael Espinoza "The Texas Hurricane" - Guitars/Vocals
Tim "Boss Of The Bass" Bohannan - Bass Guitar
Curtis Lane "The Lonestar Shuffle King" - Drums

This band is the current winner of Austin Blues Society's Heart Of Texas Blues Challenge! They competed against the state's top blues bands at The World Renowned Blues Capitol of Texas "Antone's" in Austin, TX and Won the State Title! 
Come listen to The Texas Best Blues Band at The Texas Best Smokehouse!

This Weekend - "Always... Patsy Cline" 

Live @ KE Bushman's Celebration Center - Bullard, TX
"Always... Patsy Cline" - The Patsy Cline Story. A Musical about the life story of Patsy Cline.
Rafael will be performing in this musical on guitar. This is also a Dinner Theater Event! Come eat dinner and watch the show!

Showtimes are this Friday June 13th & Saturday June 14th at 7pm
and Sunday Afternoon June 15th at 2pm

You can buy tickets at the link below or call the box office at 903-592-0561

Performance with The Lake Country Symphonic Band 

is an absolute "Classical Gas!"
Had an absolute "Classical Gas" of a time performing with The Lake Country Symphonic Band yesterday at The Historic Select Theater in Downtown Mineola Texas!
Thanks Mike Holbrook for inviting me to be a special guest! 
I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to play with y'all again soon!
Thanks Darel Hutchison for capturing this moment and to everyone who came to the show and packed the place out!

Rafael Espinoza 

Rafael Espinoza To Perform with The Lake Country Symphony Orchestra!!! 

I am excited to announce that I will be performing Classical Guitar with The Lake Country Symphony Orchestra this coming Sunday Afternoon at 2pm atThe Historic Select Theater in Downtown Mineola Texas
I will be guest starring on some special songs! This will be fun for the whole family, so don't forget to bring Grandma to the show!

Call the box office at
(903) 569-2300
for reservations.
$5.00 For Adults - Free for Children 11 & Under


The Official Bigfoot Boogie Music Video

Music Video by Rafael Espinoza performing his original song "The Bigfoot Boogie." 
(c)Rafael Espinoza Music 2013.

In support of "Bigfoot Meets Nature Fest" happening in Mineola, TX in the 2nd Weekend of October, Rafael was asked to write a song about Bigfoot!
Rafael was up for the challenge and wrote "The Bigfoot Boogie!"

Watch the video and purchase an mp3 of the song for only $0.99 at the link below...

Rafael Interviews Los Lonely Boys!!!

Berklee College of Music Student Rafael Espinoza got the special opportunity to Interview Grammy Award Winning Texican Rock & Roll Trio Los Lonely Boys at The Outside The Box Music Festival in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday July 13th 2013.

In this Interview Los Lonely Boys talk about Henry Garza's path back to a miraculous healing recovery after a recent stage injury and that with faith in The Good Lord above anything is possible.
The boys also talk about their recent works on a brand new album set to release very soon.
The three brothers from San Angelo, TX also take part in a Q&A series with San Angelo Native Lauren Lopez who is studying Journalism at Harvard University.

Find out more at The Official Rafael Espinoza Website at:

"Guero's In The Barrio" song belongs to Los Lonely Boys and is copyrighted by their music publisher.
The Song is available on their album entitled "FORGIVEN."

Their latest album release "ROCKPANGO" is available on iTunes at: and on Amazon at:

Find out more at The Official Los Lonely Boys Website at:

"Thank you so much Los Lonely Boys for taking time out of your busy day to make a musical dream come true for me. God Bless You!!! Familia Es Todo!!!" - Rafael Espinoza 
Los Lonely Boys
Henry Garza
Jojo Garza
Ringo Garza
Rafael (Guero) Espinoza
Lauren Lopez

Also check out Rafael Espinoza's Debut EP Album Release "GOLDEN" on iTunes at:

1st Review for Rafael's Debut Album "GOLDEN"

"Just listened to the new recording "Golden"...A great set of originals from guitarist/singer,songwriter Rafael Espinoza. Beautiful soulful playing and singing that cover a wide range of moods and musical influences. From the swinging blues title track "It's All Gravy Baby" to the love ballad "Your Eyes Told Me", Rafael's originality and honesty come through as does his sheer enjoyment of the music. The trio arrangements create just the right groove for each tune - great playing. And...they all sound like they are having some fun!" - Woody Mann

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The Debut Music Video for the song "GOLDEN"

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