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Five hard working guys dedicated to entertaining the Central Texas Music Fan . . . wherever we find them.  Originally formed by Robby White in Gatesville, the group has evolved into the current lineup which now also includes members from Temple, Morgans Point and Waco.  Over the years, we've had the good fortune to open shows for: Tracy Lawrence, Sammy Kershaw, Neal McCoy, Kevin Fowler, Johnny Lee, Gary Stewart, Doug Supernaw, Ray Price, Gene Watson and Deryl Dodd.  We've played venues ranging in size from Fiesta Texas and the Heart of Texas Coliseum to local clubs and dancehalls throughout Central Texas.

Branded Heart's primary focus has always been on playing good music that you can dance to.  One compliment we often hear is: "You guys are so versatile!!"  We say, "Thanks!" and wonder "don't other bands play traditional country, Top 40 Country, Pop, Rock and even . . . Hip Hop in their show?!"  We actually know that they don't, but our goal is to play something for "everyone" who comes out to hear us.

Click on our Contact Info page to book us for your event.  Click on our Schedule page to see the next time we're playing in your area.  Don't forget to bring your "DANCIN' SHOES" (BOOTS . . . that is)!!






Founder, Drummer, Vocals

Robby founded Branded Heart in Gatesville back in the late 80's. He plays drums, sings and tries to keep us organized. (Not always an easy task!)



Lead Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals

Donnie makes his home in Waco and previously fronted his own band, Straight From The Heart. Being a multi-instrumentalist who plays lead guitar, keyboards, harmonica and sings makes him a tremendous asset to any band. In fact, there's not many musical instruments he hasn't tried to play at one time or another.

He's also one of the most "easy going" guys you'll ever meet.




Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals

Michael calls Temple home. He sang all his life, but was 27-years old before he got up the nerve to answer an ad for a "rhythm-guitar player with vocals" with a group called Caren Thetford & Branded Heart.

After stints with Reckless, Big Sky and Two Rivers, he found his way back to a new and improved incarnation of Branded Heart.






Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals


Originally from Rogers, Russell now lives in Morgans Point.  He is a veteran of the Central-Texas Country Music scene, singing and playing both lead and bass guitar in several local groups over the years, including Silver City and The Mark Richey Band

In addition to his considerable musical talents, Russell acts as the band's sound engineer and electronics "guru" as the need arises . . . and it usually arises at the "worst possible moment"!

Branded Heart is fortunate to have such valuable contributor on the team.





Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar


Our newest member, Mark, played with The Horizons and other area groups from the mid-'70's through the early '80's. Originally from Cameron, he now resides in Temple, where he has played with his church's praise team for the last several years.  Realizing that he missed playing country music, Mark accepted an offer to add that "steel guitar sound" to Branded Heart.

In addition to being a talented musician, Mark knows more about guitars and amps than most music store employees.  If you want to know something about your grandpa's old guitar under the bed, just ask him.  He probably used to own the same model!