Troubadour, TX is a new made for TV  documentary series that premiered this past weekend. The documentary hosted by country artist Stacy Dean Campbell, follows over a dozen singers, including some well known Texas performers like Stephanie Urbina Jones and Rick Trevino. The one-hour, episodes will air on the CW network in most markets. Twenty two episodes are currently in production for season one and past episodes will be available for viewing at So if you have ever dreamed of being a singing music sensation, take a look first at what some performers go through to try to make it. Even a country star like Rick Trevino whom once had a big record deal and was on top of the national charts, struggles today to get back on top.

The lure of making it nationally is still the goal for most artists that set out to make music their career. While artists like Kevin Fowler and Aaron Watson are at the top on the regional/state charts and sell up to one hundred thousand albums a year. A nationally known artist will sell one million albums in a year. The profitability of selling that many albums may seem like a real way to make a bigger profit margin, nothing could be further from the truth because having that kind of success on a larger scale comes at a greater price. To get that kind of notoriety the record companies will hire promotional teams, advertise the album in national trade papers, take the artist on a national tour promoting the album and all that comes from the profits the album brings in, at the end of the day the artist could be and mostly are in debt to the record companies. That is why you hear of so many well known artists going broke and filing bankruptcy. It may seem like thee life but as one singer once  sang, "It's not an easy life, but it's my life." The fact remains that there are singes and songwriters out there that are willing to give it their all just to be heard. Some do it because it's in their heart and in their blood. In Texas there is an influx of musicians now days trying to climb the over crowded ladder of musical success. To each of those artists, we look forward to seeing them perform at the local honky-tonks and dance halls and possibly hearing them on the radio someday.