Texas Roadrunner is the creative home of singer/songwriter, author, children's television host, and producer Jack Houston. Jack is also known as "Farmer Jack" from his seasonal appearances at the popular Christmas attraction SANTA'S WONDERLAND near College Station, Texas. But the "Farmer" moniker actually originated from his 1990's children's book entitled, "ImagineLand, Tales of the Trail", and the follow-up multi Telly Award winning PBS children's television series, IMAGINELAND.
Jack's favorite songwriting genres are Country, Folk, Americana and Christmas, although he also enjoys dabbling in other styles as well. Some of his major musical influences include Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, John Denver & James Taylor. Jack is a member of the Bryan/College Station Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and is also affiliated with BMI, Nashville. He has worked extensively in Nashville studios over the past 30 years and enjoys all aspects of music production.
In November/December of 2020 Jack will be performing again as "FARMER JACK" at the biggest Christmas attraction in Texas, SANTA'S WONDERLAND, just south of College Station, TX. Jack's new Christmas album, entitled MERRY TEXAS CHRISTMAS Y'ALL WAS recorded at Beaird Music Group, Inc. Studios with some of the hottest pickers in Nashville, TN. The CD is exclusively available in all the gift shops at the theme park. This Christmas album is definitely about TEXAS (with a wink and a nod to our LA neighbors just to the east), and 10 of the 12 songs were written by Jack.
The other two songs are fiddle tunes written and arranged by Jack's long-time fiddler friend Robert Herridge, with a little help from his family. Robert and his son Jonathan performed on fiddles and vocals for both songs, just like they do every Nov-Dec at Santa's Wonderland. Robert fiddled around many years for country super stars Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee and he even had a brief appearance in the 1970's blockbuster movie, "Urban Cowboy".
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The "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" Nashville Sessions were recorded at Beaird Music Group Studios. The tracking band is pictured in the video frame below. They are from left to right... Mike Rinne (bass), Troy Lancaster (lead guitar), Joe Spivey (fiddle), Jim DeBlanc (engineer & Harley Man), Jackson, Justin Schipper (steel guitar), Steve Nathan (piano/keys), Greg Morrow (drums), and Larry Beaird (acoustic guitar & session leader). Start the video below to hear Jack's tune "Country Christmas".