Mark Monaco and the Strayhearts

Hard Driving Country Music from the Heart of Texas

Derek Badillo

  • Derek was voted Current Magazine's Best Guitarist two years in row
  • Derek was born in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
  • Derek's first instrument was violin and bass before picking up the guitar.
  • Dream car is a Jet Black Dodge Challenger
  • Derek prefers cheap whiskey before every show
  • Derek oversees a music program including Youth Band Camps at Turner Street Studios in San Antonio.
  • He learned guitar from his maternal grandfather and he comes from a highly musical family.
  • Favorite food is a medium-rare rib-eye steak.
  • He is a Spurs fanatic and basketball enthusiast
  • Derek has met three members of his favorite band, Kiss, including talking to Gene Simmons on local TV in San Antonio.