Rita Ballou

Rita Ballou

On Air Personality, Social Media Manager


Blogger Rita Ballou took the Texas/Red Dirt Music Scene by storm in February 2010 with her controversial website RawhideandVelvet.com. Rita has been described as the “Perez Hilton of Texas Country music” and love her or hate her, she is always entertaining. Rita delivers a snarky, but fresh look on country music, celebrities, reality television and all things pop culture. Her website is now not only considered a guilty pleasure must-read for over 50,000 music fans a month, but one of the most respected sources for Texas/Red Dirt information in the genre.

Rita’s satirical essays can be found in Lone Star Music Magazine and her “Rita Rendezvous” columns are featured monthly in Best in Texas Magazine. Rita’s “All the Dirt in Red Dirt” news reports can be heard on all the Town Square Media radio stations throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Rita’s online recaps of the television shows CMT’s Texas Women, London Broadcasting’s Troubadour, Tx and MTV’s Big Tips Texas have allowed her to parlay her writing into on-camera work covering such events as the Country Music Awards and the CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, the Music Fest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the syndicated television show Lone Star Roads. She is also active in The Boot Campaign, an organization that helps raise awareness of the challenges that the military faces when they transition home from war. She currently blogs exclusives for Town Square Media’s Radio Texas, Live! 


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