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From songwriters to one of the largest grocers in the US.

We know Kerrville as the home of the most scenic triathlon in Texas, but it’s also the home of some pretty legendary superstars. Keep reading to find out 4 famous people you didn’t know were from Kerrville.

Robert Earl Keen

4 famous people from Kerrville

Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl Keen is an American singer-songwriter legend in the music industry. Keen’s music spanned many styles including folk, country, bluegrass, and rock, although he is most widely credited for his influence in Americana music. He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Keen is a Texas A&M graduate whose career sparked from playing shows in Austin, Texas and other famous music halls. While Keen struggled to become a mainstream artist, his music grew to be widely appreciated and influenced some of today’s biggest country music stars. His songs were covered by many musicians including George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks. In 1983, Keen won the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas. Staying close to his roots, Keen continues to tour around Texas and will be at Austin Rodeo, and even has a show in Kerrville on March 7th!

James AveryJames Avery next to the original James Avery Craft Jewelry sign

James Avery, now a household name, started as man designing jewelry in his mother-in-law’s garage in Kerrville in 1954. The one-man business was a huge success and continued to grow and gain popularity and James Avery Artisan Jewelry was born! Staying true to his roots, the first every James Avery retail store was opened in Kerrville in 1973.   Avery’s jewelry became very popular in the Texas Hill Country and still is to this day. This world-renowned company has over 50 stores located in the U.S. and 5 manufacturing plants, one is in the heart of Kerrville. Truly a family business, James passed his legacy onto his son, who is now the current CEO.

Howard Edward Butt Sr.

Howard Butt and his wife standing in front of H-E-BHoward Edward Butt Sr. was son to Florence Thornton Butt and pharmacist, Charles Butt, who relocated to Kerrville, Texas in 1905 for the drier climate to combat his father’s tuberculosis. Florence opened a small grocery store below their apartment as a place for locals to get their groceries. Once Howard was in high school, he took over the store as a manager. After a brief stint in the Navy, Howard returned home to run the store with his mother. Although his first attempts at expanding the family business failed, he achieved success when he opened a store in Del Rio, Texas. In 1935, he changed the name of the company to H.E. Butt Grocery which was eventually shortened to, you guessed it, H-E-B. The first supermarket was opened in Corpus Christi and was credited as one of the first places a shopper could purchase meat, fish, produce, baked goods, and personal care products under a single roof. The rest is history with H-E-B being classified as the twentieth largest retailer in the United States.

Jimmie Rodgers

Famous from Kerrville, Jimmie Rodgers and his guitar

Jimmie Rodgers was an American singer-songwriter and musician who rose to popularity in the late 1920s. Best known for his distinctive rhythmic yodeling, Rodgers is widely known as the “Father of Country Music”. Rodgers rose to stardom from his recordings rather than concert performances, which was very uncommon at the time. He is credited as an inspiration for hundreds of artists after his time in both country and blues music. Rodgers reached the peak of his career and chose to build his dream house in Kerrville, Texas around 1929. The house still stands on the intersection of Main and Jackson on a hill that overlooks the town. His most popular hit, Blue Yoddlle No. 1 was even covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd. His other works were celebrated and honored by stars such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams who publicly gave Rodgers praise and credited him as a music legend. Rodgers was enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame and is still celebrated to this day.

Don’t dread the drive, check out our 7 favorite places you must visit between Austin and Kerrville for the road trip of a lifetime.

1. Pecan Street Brewing

Pecan Street Brewing 7 Places to Visit on Your Road Trip Between Austin and Kerrville

Inside Look: Pecan Street Brewing

Hardware store-turned-brewery, Pecan Street Brewing is a must-see. Located in Johnson City, Pecan Street Brewing is a local favorite hangout to grab a beer with friends! While you’re there, you have the option to enjoy a craft beer, brewed on-site, various craft cocktails, or Texas wines. Don’t forget to save room for their famous brick-oven pizza! On the weekends, this pet-friendly spot also features live music for passers-by to enjoy with new friends.

2. Shopping in Johnson City

While you’re in Johnson City, make your way down to Main Street and Nugent Ave. for some shopping! These locally owned stores offer everything from knick-knacks to fine art and antiques, so plan a day to relax and enjoy the shopping Johnson City has to offer!

3. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Check out the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park to get a tour of LBJ’s childhood home and other cool exhibits about our 36th president. Located 14 miles down the road from the national park, the official state park is home to his ranch house, or the Texas White  House, that you can also take a tour of. The State Park also offers a free driving tour of all the grounds so be sure to stop by!

4. Official Luckenbach Texas General Store

View of General Store in Lukenbach. 7 Places to Visit on Your Road Trip Between Austin and Kerrville

Post-office-turned-Saloon

Don’t take it from us, take it from Willie Nelson! “Luckenbach, Texas” singer helped put Luckenbach on the map. While you’re there,  you can’t miss the Official Luckenbach Texas General Store in Fredricksburg. What locals used to call their post office and favorite bar, this Western-style saloon and general store is a must-see. Almost every night you can expect live music in the dance hall  Sit back with a beer and enjoy the music or show off some moves, you will love visiting one of the Hill Country’s most cherished spots!  

5. Jack and Adams Bicycles Fredricksburg

The second location of the bike shop that started it all with Jack’s Generic Tri in 2003! Stop by Jack and Adams Bicycle Fredricksburg to check out their impressive collection of every type of bike imaginable, and endless options of cycling gear. Get expert advice on anything and everything cycling during your visit, so be sure to drop by and say hi!

6. Woerner’s Warehouse Cafe + Catering

Once you’ve worked up an appetite from hitting the other spots on this guide, you have to stop at Woerners Warehouse Cafe + Catering in Fredricksburg for one of the tastiest sandwiches you’ll ever have made with all locally grown produce! Pair your sandwich or salad with their famous coffee or cocktails!

View from Enchanted Rock. 7 Places to Visit on Your Road Trip Between Austin and Kerrville

View from Enchanted Rock

7. Enchanted Rock

One of the best experiences you’ll have in the Texas Hill Country. Climb the pink granite dome to the top of Enchanted Rock for an unbeatable view of the hill country scenery. Spend the day walking the many trails around the park, then camp overnight for the opportunity to stargaze with an unobstructed view.

 

It’s never too early to start your planning! Make a vacation out of traveling to participate in Kerrville Tri, or The Rookie Tri out in Austin when you visit our top 7 favorite places between Kerrville and Austin.