The Texas Fingerstyle Guitar Association Returns To The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy this Friday July 24th from 3pm-7pm and Saturday July 25th from 9am-12:30pm with a Special Concert from Fingerstyle Champion Shane Adkins at 1:30pm! 
And guess what!? IT'S ALL FREE!!!
All you guitar nerds better not miss out on all the fun!
This will also be an educational event that the entire family will enjoy so come on down!
For more info, see the flyers below...

Great Times In Oklahoma This Past Week!!! 

It's always an honor to perform with the Hubbard Family and I just want to thank them for inviting me to sit in and also perform some original songs with them as well!
The Hubbards led worship for Pine Forest Baptist Church's youth camp all week in beautiful Broken Bow and I have to say what great kids and great church leadership and Christian teaching we have seen here! We thank God for everyone who pours their time and wisdom into today's youth and encourages them to take a stand for Jesus.
Thanks to everyone there for the wonderful time and hope to see you all again soon!
God bless you all and keep on surfin' for The Lord!!!
Rafael Espinoza


Looking for something amazing to kick off your Independence Weekend??? Then Don't Miss The Red White & Blue Dance Party - A Celebration of Independence which will be held on Friday Night July 3rd, 2015!

We've got Third Of July Festivities that you and the entire family will enjoy!
Music, Dance, Fireworks!
It Will Be A Fun Time For All!
Concessions Available!

Music Provided by Rafael Espinoza & His All-Star Lonestar Band with Special Guests Emmylou Espinoza & Shea Birdwell!
Music & Dance Start at 7:30pm!
Doors Open at 7pm!
Fireworks Display to Follow Concert!

Tickets Prices are...
$10 Advance Reserve - $15 At The Door
$5 For Children 12 & Under
This is a family friendly event so bring Grandma and the kids too!
Tickets are available at Lady Bug Jungle, Mineola Mercantile and The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy!

The Hickory Village Complex is located at 1581 N. US Hwy 69 just a 1/2 Mile Past Loop 564

Age limit: All ages


Thanks to Mineola Monitor for the great writeup on our Tribute to BB and for mentioning our band "Curtis Lane The Lonestar Shuffle King," "Tim Boss Of The Bass Bohannan" & The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy's Blues Ensemble Students Haven Hill & Matt Mullins who sat in on "The Thrill Is Gone!" 
Click on the link below to read more and also pick up a copy this week!
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It was another hit sensation at The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy as Johnny & June Night marks their fifth consecutive Sold Out Show!
Emmylou & Rafael packed the house and told the wonderful history of Country Music's Favorite Couple Johnny & June Cash and truly honored them with their own rollicking performances of these legendary Artists!
Thank you to all who came out and supported the show and made this our first pre-showtime sell out! We couldn't do this without you!
We would like to thank our All-Star Lonestar Band who are comprised of Curtis Lane The Lonestar Shuffle King who represented Fluke Holland on drums, Tim "Boss of The Bass" Bohannan who represented Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins, our Sun Records Ensemble comprised of Jack Levi Heard, Caden Roberts and MaAseias Ventura for representing Johnny's early years at the legendary Sun Studio, our emcee/foreman on the ranch Mr. Shea Birdwell who did an awesome job as John Henry's Bossman and railroad effects master on the famous "Legend Of John Henry's Hammer!"
Stay tuned to to find out when the next show is!
Photo Courtesy of The Amazing Linda Lane!

Here are a few kind reviews from Johnny & June Night...

"Young, talented and funny~this cute couple has it going listening to them. And Emmylou...for the record girl, you got jokes!" - Melissa Walker

"Awesome Job last night guys!!!!! Just keeps getting better and better. So glad you keep breaking those boys out of prison, they are AMAZING!!!!!!!" - Teresa Mullins

"Channeling Johnny and June Carter Cash" - Louise Leone

"Great music from Rafael and Emmylou as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash" - Lynda Rauscher, Mineola Main Street Director

"The house was packed. The music was pure Cash and Carter. Makings for a great evening of music." - Linda Lane

JOHNNY & JUNE NIGHT - A Concert about Country Music's Favorite Couple Mr. & Mrs. Cash Live @ The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy! 

Coming to Historic Downown Mineola Texas...
This Saturday June 20th, 2015 at 8pm The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy will be hosting a Tribute to Country Music's Favorite Couple: Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash!
Rafael Espinoza and his All-Star Lonestar Band will be here with special guest Emmylou Espinoza for a once in a lifetime concert!
We are going to honor these notable musicians and talk about their musical history in order to keep their legacy and their music alive.
Tell your friends! Bring your father and treat him to this amazing show for Father's Day Weekend! We do want everyone to know too that this will also be a very educational concert program that the entire family will enjoy! So bring Grandma and the kids too for this incredible night of fun!
Tickets are selling fast so get yours now before they're all gone!
Tickets are...
$10 Advanced Reserve
$15 At The Door
Space is limited so Call Now at 903-638-8023 for tickets!

The Thrill May Be Gone But He Is Not Forgotten! 

I am beyond thrilled at the success of last nights memorial concert to the King of The Blues, BB King!
To think that over 400 people came together to honor this man shows their love for Blues Music and that Blues Music will never die! It reassures us that we are Keeping the Blues Alive! BB gave us some great tunes and the thrill may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to pay your respects to BB King. It was truly an unforgettable night!
Special Thanks to CNB and The Mineola Main Street Board for sponsoring us, The City of Mineola for supplying an outstanding venue at Peterson Park, Mineola, Texas, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church for catering the event, Jerry Hubbard for making our job easier by running sound, and especially to my bandmates Curtis & Tim, and to the new generation of Blues, Haven Hill & Matt Mullins from my Blues Ensemble at The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy!
This night was for B.B. and I think he would have been proud by the sense of community we all felt right here in Downtown Mineola Texas.

Thank you!
Rafael Espinoza

Photo Credit: James Pogue & Johnny Taylor of

B.B. King Memorial Concert ~ The Thrill Is Gone But Not Forgotten 7:30pm 06/11/15 at Peterson Park in Downtown Mineola, TX 

Rafael Espinoza and his band will honor the late great King of The Blues, Mr. B.B. King Live at Peterson Park in Historic Downtown Mineola, TX!
The concert is FREE ADMISSION and is open to all ages! Also, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will be there selling hot dogs!
Bring your own chair and come enjoy the music as we pay homage and respect to The King of The Blues!

Here's a personal note from Rafael on the late B.B. King...
"The world recently lost one of the greatest guitar players but his vibrato can still be heard ringing out across the universe and will remain for all generations to come. This man is the reason why I picked up the guitar and decided to play the blues. It is with great honor to have even been asked to be a part of a memorial celebration for The King of The Blues. Please join us next Thursday Night June 11th, 2015 at 7:30pm as we pay respects to the man who pioneered the way for electric blues music, Mr. BB King. The Thrill Is Gone, But Not Forgotten."
Rafael Espinoza

Willie & Waylon & The Boys Hit A Home Run Out Of Luckenbach! 

The Rafael Espinoza Band does it again!

It was another hit sensation at The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy as this marks their fourth consecutive Sold Out Show!
Shea, Curtis, Tim, Emmy & Rafael packed the house and told the wonderful history of Texas' Most Wanted Outlaws Willie & Waylon and truly honored them with their own rollicking performances of these legendary Country Music Artists!
Thank you to all who came out and supported the show! We couldn't do this without you!
Stay tuned to to find out when the next show is!

Here are a few kind reviews from Willie & Waylon Night...
"Great educational concert with Waylon and Willie at the Rafael Espinoza Music Academy downtown Mineola!" - City of Mineola Texas Facebook page

"Great job! You guys were great and Shea Birdwell was wonderful! The crowd was with you all the way! It was a great night of music and fun! You guys had us all singing!" - Lynda Rauscher, Mineola, TX Main Street Director

"Wow! What a night with Willie & Waylon at The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy in Mineola, Tx. Thank y'all for sharing your talent...Can't wait for your BB King tribute coming soon!" - Tonda McComic

Photo Credit: The Amazing Linda Hill Lane


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

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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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