The Border Blasters

The Border Blasters

 Marfa, Texas, USA

Cowboy Swing & Hillbilly Blues ~ reminiscent of the border radio stations of yesterday. A lively show highlighted by tight harmonies, raw musicianship and a natural, humorous camaraderie.


*** Official Showcase Performer 2010 Intl Folk Alliance, Memphis, TN ***

*** Official Showcase Performer FAR-West 2009, Irvine, CA ***

*** Kerrville Folk Festival 2009 Main Stage Performer ***

*** Showcase Performer: 2009 Third Coast Music Presents @ SXSW ***

*** Official Showcase Performer: 2009 Intl. Folk Alliance Conference ***

*** Official Showcase Performer: 2008 Southwest Folk Alliance Conference ***

*** CD "Blast From The Past" voted #2 BEST OF 2008 in category Freeform American Roots chart ***

*** Four months in Top 20 F.A.R. Chart; Two months at #3; #14 in Euro-Americana Chart (2008) ***

"You make more music than any two guys I've ever heard!"
- Johnny Gimble

"As musicians, Jagger and Harrell are both consummate professionals - nimble and at ease in performance. Roots entertainers in the true sense of the word, they not only draw from the catalogue of the early blues and country performers, but, like those performers, can engage and entertain a crowd with nothing but themselves, their voices and their acoustic instruments."
- Andrew Stuart, Feature Writer, The Desert Candle

From the mountains of Far West Texas comes authentic Texas music hot as the desert sun, cool as the mountain rain. Kerrville New Folk Award Winner Jimmy Ray Harrell and Austin Music Award winner Todd Jagger are The Border Blasters! Veterans of the Austin music scene, Jimmy Ray and Todd have been making music together since their first gig at Gruene Hall in 1975.

The Border Blasters's sound is a melting-pot of blues, real country, western swing, bluegrass, folk - all sewn together with tight blending harmonies and raw musicianship. Their music connects with people of all ages.

The Austin-American Statesman says: "You can't get enough!"

Music City says more: "Years of experience knit this ensemble into a smooth, ingenious sound, provoking even staid listeners to at least chair-dance. Jagger & Harrell's long Austin history includes gigging at the legendary Armadillo World HQ, the Skyline Club and the original Soap Creek Saloon. Typically Texas eclectic, Jagger's virtuoso mandolin style melds country, bluegrass and blues, while Harrell plays guitar, accordian, piano and more. [The Border Blasters]'s smooth harmonies and lively performance will delight even the most discriminating music fan."

In addition to their musical careers together both Harrell and Jagger have lent their talents to other bands as well. In the early 90's Todd was the mandolinist with the Austin Lounge Lizards and appeared with them at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Kuumbwa Jazz Club, the Strawberry Music Festival, on NPR's Mountain Stage and many other venues. During this time the Lizards won "Best None of the Above Bands" for two consecutive years at the Austin Music Awards. Todd also was given Honorable Mention as Best Mandolinist in the Austin Chronicle and Music City readers' polls. Jimmy Ray, as part of the popular duo "Lou-Ray", won the New Artist award at Kerrville New Folk Festival, and was featured on the main stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival as well as the 1975 festival LP.

Professionalism is a trademark of Border Blasters which club owners and festival coordinators appreciate. On time, in tune, ready to make the crowd feel good!

The Border Blasters divide their time between Austin and the Davis Mountains of Far West Texas.

You can also tune in to the Border Blasters Radio Revue every Thursday at 11am on KRTS-FM, 93.5, Marfa Public Radio where the boys dish up a heapin' helpin' of tasty Texas and Americana roots music, and sometimes they'll get out their axes and play a few themselves.


"The Sun Studios Session" (Boquillas Records 2010): 8 songs recorded at the legendary Sun Records Studio in Memphis. Featuring Mark Rubin (Bad Livers, Atomic Duo, many more) on upright bass and tuba. Scheduled for December 2010 release.

"Blast From The Past" (Boquillas Records 2008): #2 "BEST OF 2008" ON THE FREEFORM AMERICAN ROOTS CHART, #3 FEB/MAR '08! FOUR MONTHS IN TOP 20. 13 track CD featuring legendary Texas artists on both sides of the studio glass: T.J. "Tiny" McFarland, producer; Joe Gracey, engineer, special musical guests Kimmie Rhodes, Ponty Bone, Alvin Crow, Freddie Krc and more; remastered and mixed by David Sinko. February 2008 release. "Blast From The Past" is getting widespread airplay around the world, including trendsetting stations such as KUT-Austin and KPIG-Santa Cruz.

"it's TOO MUCH": 16 track cassette, limited release 1989. Reached Top 20 in airplay at KNON-FM, indie radio and rotation at other public radio throughout Texas.

All songs in currently in rotation at KUT (Austin, TX), KGSR (Austin, TX), KPIG (Freedom, CA), WEVL (Memphis, TN), KNON (Dallas, TX), KRTU (Houston, TX), KSJD (Cortez, CO), American Music (Belgium), ISA Radio (France), The Medicine Show (UK), Radio Winschoten (Netherlands), 3INR Radio (Australia), Assoc. de Country Music Uruguay (Uruguay, S. America!),,, and many other terrestrial and Internet radio stations.

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Set List

An eclectic mix of originals, obscure covers and a few classics drawing from Texas and American roots music, real country, blues, bluegrass and western swing.

Sets can be from 25-70 minutes as desired.