Every year the Whitewright Truck and Tractor Pull hosts the Honky Tonk Fest. This event gives the local people a chance to come out and sample local musicians. This year, Honky Tonk Fest just happened to be able to book a local musician who has made it in the big leagues.

This year’s fest was held on Saturday, Sept. 23. Over 400 attendees were able to listen to five bands from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The musical line up consisted of Ed Burleson, Ida Road Band, Jarod Birmingham Band and Mike and the Moonpies. The headliner of the event was Deryl Dodd and the Homesick Cowboys.

Some of the attendees traveled from Whitesboro, Sherman and even Prosper to watch Dodd. Jason Williams from Whitesboro has been a fan of Dodd for many years. Williams said he loves watching Dodd play.

“I would drive all the way across Texas to see Deryl Dodd,” Williams said. “He is a great entertainer and a good friend.”

Heather Thompson from Sherman is another fan of Dodd’s that would follow him across Texas. “I just love watching Deryl play. He is awesome.”

Wayne Smith from Prosper said he traveled to see Dodd due to his energy and stage presence. “Deryl always puts on a fantastic show,” Smith said. “Always so much energy — positive energy.”

Dodd said even though he did not get to see the tractor pull event, he is glad they had Honky Tonk Fest. “Whatever the reason they came up with for us to show up and play music for the fans is alright by me,” Dodd said.

This is Dodd’s second year in a row to perform at the Honky Tonk Fest, and he said he loves it. “I just love this place, I love the energy that the fans bring,” said Dodd. “I was happy we were called back to headline this year.”

Dodd has been playing professionally for almost 30 years. He graduated from college with his Marketing Degree in ‘86. After throwing bags on airplanes for a year, he got serious about his passion for music. He says he has not looked back since.