(First Weekend in May)
3 Fun-Filled Days
Celebrating EVERYTHING COWBOY!
(Scroll to end of page for Performers’ Schedules — Available April 2020)
Performers — individuals, poets, and bands — are listed in alphabetical order.
The Look-A-Likes are at the end of the Celebrities page.
Multi-award winning poet Teresa Burleson’s poems are inspired by her personal experiences, her heritage, and the Western way of life. Her life is evident in her poetry as well as her ability to make people laugh and touch their lives.
With a clear, soft Texas drawl and a voice that Waddie Mitchell once declared was “like silk”, her poetry is beautiful, soulful and aimed straight for the western heart or the funny bone. Her poetry tells of drought, rain, faith, legacy, horses, calving, and all the joys and hazards in life.
She holds the position of Director for the Stockyards Museum, in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.
Kurt Corsair is a career cowboy and rancher. He is also a singer/songwriter who writes of his live experiences on large ranches all over the western U.S. He writes with both a classic country sound as well as real Americana folk. Cosair’s influences range from Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, Don Williams and Waylon Jennings to name a few. And to not leave out the great cowboy singers and songwriters like Marty Robbins, Don Edwards, and Ian Tyson. Generally, Kurt lives off the grid and continues the rugged life of a cowboy where he raised his two sons as a single dad. Look for more songs in the future. He isn’t done. www.KurtCorsair.com
Smokey Culver grew up in Pasadena and Southeast Texas. Whether sitting on his horse, riding his tractor, or driving his classic pickup truck, a cowboy poet instinctively pulls out his note-pad and pen, and starts scratching out lines about the humorous, unique, and strange events of his work days; ultimately realizing that these notes were the makings and foundation of what would become cowboy poetry. Gene Autry said the cowboy has a code, and Smokey tries to live up to that in his actions and words; you can read about it in his books!
He is a member of Academy of Western Artists and International Western Music Association. You can find Smokey’s work in Cowboy Poetry Press, Houston Count Courier, Habitat for Horses website, Bar D Ranch, Poolville Post (Poolville, Texas), and he presented at the Texas Independence Day Celebration at the Courthouse in Granbury, Texas. He was also published in Unbridled (Cowboy Poetry Press). Smokey was also a Finalist in the 2014 NFR Cowboy Poetry Contest in Las Vegas, and he was named the 2013 Poet of the Year at the Texas Independence Day Celebration at the Courthouse in Granbury, Texas.
Cow puncher, bronc buster, and horse trainer by day, singer/songwriter/recording artist Montana Fox does it all. Raised in Idaho, she now lives in Montpelier, originally part of the famous Oregon Trail. With a distinct singing voice that travels up and down the scales, she is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and want to dance! Fox is a traditional cowboy songwriter telling stories with a twist put to her music. Throw in a dash of yodeling, a bit of traditional country sweetness, combined with her wide range and you’ve got the recipe for a great concert. Just recently Montana returned from the 2019 “All Busted Up” tour through Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Idaho.
For Penny Gilley, it’s all about the fans. She treats her audiences like a second family. Maybe that’s part of growing up in a place like West Monroe, Louisiana, where her first audience were neighbors sitting in the pews at Southside Assembly of God. Penny, only 9, would sing, while mom, Barbara, played the piano and dad, James, played the guitar.
“People are starved for the music they grew up on and love.” “I remember when I was a kid, and Ernest Tubb would come through town, he’d take the time to talk to people,” she says. “It really made an impression on me and I promised myself that if I ever got a chance to perform, I’d do the same thing.”
Penny started singing professionally as a teenager in West Monroe, as the only female member of a gospel group known as “The Louisianans.” Her love of country music led her to perform at Opry shows all over the South including The Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport. That helped shape the kind of show she puts on today. Penny released several singles to radio, two of which went to #1 on the independent chart. Her popularity spread overseas with more #1s in Europe where her traditional sound led to performances at festivals in Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Penny has worked with many country stars including her idols Barbara Mandrell and Loretta Lynn. She has performed around the world but with all the glitz and glamour, Penny says that one of the blessings of her professional life has been the privilege of performing for soldiers overseas.
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf invited Penny to headline at the homecoming for Desert Storm soldiers at Oceanside, California in 1991. She performed for over 120,000 servicemen and women and their family and friends in the biggest military homecoming event ever held in the United States. Penny was so moved by the experience, she eagerly signed on to perform for troops around the world, logging over 300,000 air miles to entertain troops. She spent 10 years in South Korea performing for the troops, where she was honored as “Entertainer of the Year.”
Known as the “Sweetheart of Country Music”, this energetic, 5’2″ brown-eyed blonde explodes on a stage in dazzling wardrobe that’s become her trademark. Penny says performing for our troops is the most rewarding thing she’s ever done. “It touches your heart because you look in their eyes, they don’t complain about where they are and what they are doing,” she says. “They’re just so proud to be doing what they do.” Instead, they like to pull out pictures of their kids and family from their wallet and share it with her.
She now hosts her own weekly TV show The Penny Gilley Show, on RFD-TV. Penny headlined in Branson, Missouri for four years, but has recently moved to Texas to be closer to her daughters, Daniella, twins Jerilyn and Amanda, grandsons, Evan, Garrett, Jackson, Hudson and, finally a granddaughter, Bailey. Penny and her husband Mike now make their home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. www.pennygilley.com
Texas-bred musical powerhouse, Kristyn Harris,is noted for her shimmering vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style, unique songwriting, award winning yodel, and captivating stage presence. At 25 years, she is the youngest person in history to be awarded the International International Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). She is also a 4-time recipient of the IWMA Female Performer of the Year (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019), and was named the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Awards Western Swing Female Artist of the Year and the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association’s 2017 Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Her singing has been praised as “timeless” with “the warmth and power of Texas sunshine”. Most recently you might have seen Kristyn featured on ABC’s American Idol in 2018.
Though not raised in a musical household, Kristyn began singing and playing at age 14 when she felt strongly inspired to pick up a guitar – and it has rarely left her hands since. Discovering an instant passion, she launched into a headlong pursuit of the music that grabbed her and caused her to start playing; primarily the vintage arrangements, captivating chord structures, ranching themes and uplifting melodies that cornerstone western swing and western/cowboy music (later, throwing in tidbits of country, 1940s big band, gypsy jazz, and traditional folk song influences to her music, and building a gospel repertoire). Somewhere along the way it became her career path.
Songs of the western lifestyle have also gone hand in hand with her passion for land, livestock, and horses. Along with training her own horses, Kristyn has ventured into the beef cattle business, and has pursued her dream to become a professional trick rider – aka, gymnastics on a galloping horse – as a side hobby. These rural facets of her life commonly seep their way into her songs and shows. You can still find her combining these passions, too, when she rides into rodeo arenas on her once-wild mustang to sing the Star Spangled Banner.
In June of 2015 Kristyn released her 3rd solo album, “Down the Trail”, which went on to be named the IWMA Western Album of the Year a few months later, as well as the Rural Roots Music Commission Pure Country & Western CD of the Year, and charted #1 on the western music DJ charts for Fall 2015. The same year, she became the Cowtown Society of Western Swing Rising Star of the Year. She has received the 2013 Cowboy Swing Album of the Year for “Let Me Ride”, the 2012 Crescendo (Rising Star) Award and 2012 Female Yodeler of the Year from the International Western Music Association. National television appearances, in addition to American Idol, include RFD-TV’s The Penny Gilley Show, The Shotgun Red Variety Show, and Nickelodeon’s popular game show, Figure It Out. She has been featured in multiple western documentaries, including a film that aired throughout 4 European countries in 2014.
Kristyn is packaged with an energetic and genuine style that makes her love of what she does evident and contagious. Keeping a heavy and widespread tour schedule – including her 5th European tour in 2020 — she frequently performs as a solo act and with larger ensembles.
Red Steagall says about Kristyn: “Kristyn Harris is one of the greatest talents that I have ever heard. Her heart is as big as Texas and it shows when she performs. She has a great career in store for her. I’m so proud that she’s my friend.” ABC News in Dallas called her “a rising star that has authenticity down to an art.”
And, the Arizona Cowboy Gathering put it best:
“This bundle of energy and talent is ‘the rage’ on stage from the east coast to the west and if you can stay seated when she finishes her performance you’re prob’ly ’bout ready for the grave!!”
Poet, Emcee, and Western Actor, Helton brings the music, history and romance of the West to life.
Born into a musical family (his mother, Judy Beaver, was a regular on the Big “D” Jamboree, and Country Picnic TV and radio shows) Buck has been performing since the age of five. He is featured regularly on Love of the West, and can often be seen on the Texas Country Gospel Hour shown worldwide on Gospel Music Television, He tours widely throughout Texas and Oklahoma, and has been invited to tour Europe with the USO. His music can be heard on radio stations throughout North America, and Europe. Know as the ‘Big Man’ Buck has ten albums. In addition to his other activities, Mr. Helton is in wide demand as a voiceover artist, having recorded over 1,500 Radio and TV Commercials.
Be sure and stop by Buck’s Cowboy Music club on Yahoo! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cowboymusic.
A lifetime resident of Sherman/Denison, Texas, Billy Holcomb has been a Gene Autry fan since he was four years old and he still has the autograph to prove it! He has become one of the foremost collectors of cowboy movies memorabilia. He can name ALL of the horses as well as ALL of the performers. He has an incredible database, built with love starting at age ten and still going. He wrote “Theater Row: Movie Palaces of Denison, Texas” in 1999.
Since the mid-60s, Billy has been one of the foremost Gospel artists. He’s worn just about every kind of hat there is: band leader, singer, songwriter, musician, disc jockey, author, businessman, you name it, Holcomb’s done it. Billy is a former president and co-founder of the National Gospel Music Association and founded the Texoma Music Association in 1977. Both Billy & The Bordertown Music Band and the Texoma Music Association may be found on Facebook.
Born at the break of the 1960s in Manzanola, Colorado, Daryl was raised in the cattle country of southeastern Colorado smack in the Comanche National Grasslands. Hours and hours and miles of miles of grass makes one ponder some. But first Daryl did his share of rodeoing. As he worked the circuit as a rodeo bullfighter, he turned to Cowboy Poetry. Writing poems about the cowboys he met along the way he found they liked it, so he kept it up. His deep affinity for the history of the cowboy and the pride in his country inspire a lot of his work.
Knight participated in the 150th anniversary celebration of the Chisholm Trail as a performer at the Chisholm Trail Cowboy of Poetry Gathering held in Duncan, Oklahoma. He also performed at previous Cowboy Way Jubilees, we’re proud to have him back! Currently Daryl lives in Gravette, AR.
Roy Madden is a native Oklahoman who enjoys studying the old west, playing the guitar, singing/writing cowboy songs and sharing cowboy humor through poetry. Roy says, “he just likes living the “cowboy way” and having fun with life.” He’s preformed at cowboy gatherings in Texas, California, Wyoming, and Oklahoma.
He says “his greatest honor was performing a ballad he had written for the late great 16-time world champion cowboy, Jim Shoulders, before his death in June of 2007.” In addition to entertainment, Roy has worked as a stuntman, wrangler, and animal trainer for TV commercials and films. When it comes to rodeo, Roy says, “ he has worn out a lot of trucks and had the honor of riding some great roping horses while following the rodeo road.” He is a published author of several equine training articles; he has conducted communication skill demonstrations to equine oriented organizations and corporations seeking team building!
He currently serves as the Equine Program Director for the Tiger Mountain Recovery Center, manages his ranch, and serves as the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, in Henryetta, Oklahoma.
Born in Haskell, Texas and now living in Olney, Texas, Stan Mahler has cowboy’d a little and still raises a few cows with his Dad. He has performed his music from the Big Bend country of Southern Texas to all of the corners of Texas and New Mexico. Stan has shared the stage with western artists like Leon Rausch, Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell, R. W. Hampton, Dan Roberts, Jeff Gore, and let’s not forget Wrangler Roger Banks and the Pards from San Angelo at great events such as the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration in Lubbock, Texas. Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Stan is also a member of the Western Music Association, Academy of Western Music, and the Cowtown Opry located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas.
Stan’s powerful tenor voice and yodeling talent makes him a sure fire hit with every audience as he sings about the history and lifestyle of the West. His most recent CD, called Keeping the Western Way has been met with rave reviews.
Stan Mahler, 7229 FM 210, Olney,Texas 76374 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 940-564-0082
Bobby Marquez has a magnetic smile and refreshing tongue-in-cheek, but heartfelt, honky-tonk style that stirs an energy with audiences singing and dancing along. The Texas-born singer/songwriter is reaching crowds far and wide on radio, national television appearances and tours across the U.S., Australia and Ireland. His 2018 album “The Cowboy Way” earned Grammy consideration, along with CMA of Texas and Academy of Western Artist Awards. It is the follow-up to his self-titled album which produced top ten Texas Music Chart and Music Row Chart hits.
Bobby Marquez has been seen on national television shows, Larry’s Country Diner, The Penny Gilley Show, Better Nashville, Cheyenne Country, Studio 23 Nashville and Country Fix. His music is heard worldwide on radio. Satellite listeners can tune-in to Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius to hear Marquez’s music as well.
Marquez’s songwriting has been recorded by everyone from Alan Jackson and Ty Herndon to George Strait, Johnny Rodriguez and Rhonda Vincent. Bobby has shared the stage with Ray Price, Mel Tillis, Johnny Rodriguez, Martina McBride, David Ball, Janie Fricke, Johnny Lee and Lonestar… just to name a few.
Bobby is also the host and founder of the annual St. Jude Children’s Hospital benefit, Country With Heart. For more information, fans can follow Bobby at www.bobbymarquez.com or www.facebook.com/bobbymarquezmusic.
Caleb’s musical interests/talents include singing country and gospel music, playing acoustic guitar, harmonica, ukulele, and concertina accordion. He is accompanying veteran cowboy singer Gary S. Pratt at the 2020 Cowboy Way Jubilee.
Caleb Martin began acting on stage in 2014, and quickly discovered that acting was one of his passions. After his AMTC SHINE graduation in 2015, Caleb began booking small film roles, while also working crew jobs on film sets. Fast forward to 2018, Caleb is still just as passionate about acting, is now SAG-AFTRA Eligible, and has 18 film credits to date. He is very thankful to have been cast as Michael Campbell in Chickasaw Rancher, one of his biggest film roles yet. Along with being a versatile actor, Caleb is also a professional horseman, nationally ranked rodeo Team Roper, and horse stuntman. He also has tactical and fire arms training and is experienced in mounted shooting and archery.
Martin & Murray
Timothy Martin of “Martin and Murray” (Comanche, Texas) reflects the lifestyle, values and culture of the Cowboy life in North Central Texas which permeate his music. He also has a strong gospel/bluegrass influence from growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Timothy’s first professional work was singing second tenor in the original Christian Music Hall of Fame group “Acappella” out of Paris, Tennessee. Timothy combines his love for music with his work as a hospice chaplain by singing for many of his patients and families and currently plays 17 nursing homes every month – from Baird to Ranger and San Saba to Coleman.
Glenn Murray was born and raised in Wyoming with a passion for horses and the western way of life. He started participating in rodeos at an early age and has competed in every event but bareback bronc riding quickly became his favorite. He purchased his first stallion at age 18 and grew his horse herd to over 100 head at one time. Glenn now raises performance and ranch quarter horses in Central Texas.
When Glenn retired from participating in rodeos he began announcing rodeos and horse shows and currently holds his judges card. He has performed as an individual and in numerous bands since 1996 from Wyoming to Texas and at the National Cowboy Symposium.
Glenn and Timothy Martin started Martin & Murray three years ago, specializing in western music and story telling.
Devon Dawson, aka “Miss Devon” of Fort Worth, Texas, is a top entertainer in western music, and has been recognized by the Academy of Western Artist “Female Performer of the Year 2009”.
Noted for her very rhythmic vintage ‘sock rhythm’ guitar style, and warm swing time cowgirl vocals which bring to mind Dale Evans, Rosalie Allen, and Patsy Montana, her lively persona intrigues and engages both kids and adults in her audience. She holds a Grammy certificate for her participation in the Disney CD Woody’s Roundup featuring Riders in the Sky, as the singing voice of Toy Story 2’s “Jessie the Cowgirl”. Devon has performed in and out of that character “coast to coast”, and all across the American West, including at the renowned Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California.
Around her home stompin’ grounds, she makes time to mentor youth performers of western music, and has made many personal appearances with Radio Disney, Imagination Celebration, libraries, schools, public festivals and private events. She has appeared on stage at the Bass Hall with Riders In The Sky and Michael Martin Murphy, and has performed several dances with the legendary western swing group, “The Texas Playboys”. She is also frequently seen on Encore’s The Western Channel, and RFD-TV.
Her duo with “Outlaw Jessie Del” Robertson, known as “Miss Devon and the Outlaw”, was given the prestigious 2013 ‘New Horizons’ Wrangler Award from the National Western Heritage Museum. Their debut cd release, Where in the Dickens R U?, has achieved the Western Music Association “TOP 10’ DJ list in the summer of 2014, the listing for popular airplay of cowboy & western swing music styles. Jessie’s wide-ranging tenor harmonizes beautifully with Devon.
Mike Moutoux is a cowboy-singer-songwriter-cowboy poet from Silver City, New Mexico. Also known as “New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy”, he specializes in turning ranch work into cowboy songs and cowboy poetry that give listeners a rare look into the life of a working cowboy. “I’ve helped to pull calves that could not be delivered normally and watched them take their first breath; laid on the ground in the mud and blood doctoring cows; been chased by cows, kicked by cows, fallen off a horse or two, and just generally collected too many fond memories to remember.” His work has taken him high into the Pecos Wilderness in northern New Mexico; to the rolling hills and arroyos of southwest New Mexico; and to the flat mesquite plains near Carlsbad. His work has been seen in a number of publications such as Western Horseman and he’s entertained folks from all over the planet.
He mixes poetry with songs, mostly his own, but always includes some classics the audience is sure to recognize. There will be wild rides, cattle drives, and endless big blue skies all wrapped up in poetry and song. With his smooth voice, authentic material, and a wonderful sense of humor, it doesn’t take long for an audience to appreciate what enchanting means: captivating and charming.
Known as the Hollywood Cowgirl Nikki Pelley is a versatile entertainer. From appearances as Gail Davis, Patsy Cline, or Minnie Pearl to costume designer, Nikki can do it! Singer, songwriter, actress, stuntwoman, storyteller, are some of her many titles.
Pelley designed costumes for Western Religion, Hickok, and Alien Nation, among her many movie credits as designer and/or wardrobe mistress. She has appeared in dozens of movies and television commercials. And if you need an event organized, she can do that too.
Full of energy and always professional, she can be reached through her website https://nikkipelley.com/.
A real cowgirl, Dawn Anita was raised on a ranch in southern Oklahoma, and she and her husband currently live on a ranch near Velma, Oklahoma, where she lived as a child. She would have ridden her horse to school had it not been too many hoof beats from home. She is equally at home on horseback or on the stage singing or reciting her cowboy poetry. She started her music career at the early age of 7 when her family held Saturday night “music fests,” and she could hardly wait her turn to get up and sing.
Early in Dawn’s career she sang with the famed Texas Playboys and performed with artists like Red Steagall, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Johnny Russell, Willie Nelson and Tanya Tucker. She has performed throughout the US, Canada and the Carribean. Ms. Plumlee has also performed at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and she feels western music and tales about the cowboy way of life will live on forever. Dawn Anita currently holds the title of Ms. Senior Oklahoma of America, and was the “Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year” at the Oklahoma Opry in 1987. She has also won many awards for her singing and song writing. A published author, Dawn Anita’s memoirs entitled “One More Last Chance” is a gripping tale of she and her husband’s struggles in the music business and their ride on horseback from Oklahoma to Nashville. After 24 rain-soaked days, she stepped on stage to sing at Fan Fair. She recently released a western album entitled “Down on Wildhorse Creek,” which was named “The Pick of the Quarter” in the Winter 2018 edition of the Western Way. She also released a traditional country album entitled “The Dawn of Old Country” and both albums are receiving great air play throughout the US and overseas.
To say Donnie Poindexter is a true cowboy is a bit of an understatement. A fifth generation Oklahoman, he grew up about a mile from where he currently lives. Family several generations back married into Cherokee families and homesteaded more than a decade before either of the famous Oklahoma Land Rushes.
Poindexter’s is a family that has always worked cattle — roping, branding, tagging — Donnie and his four brothers at one time or another have owned cattle. And they all still have horses riding every day on land that will be inherited by what is now the eighth generation of Poindexters.
Cowboys and music have simply always gone together. Donnie’s dad would awaken the boys on Saturday morning by strumming out old country songs and the occasional cowboy song on his guitar. Inspired by Marty Robbins and a friend, Ronnie Turner, Donnie took up the guitar discovering he has ‘some talent.’ He played the bar and honkytonk circuit then with joined his all-family bluegrass band “Poindexter Family Bluegrass.” They performed together for 25 years!
But the songs of the cowboy spoke to Donnie who strives to leave enough blanks in his song writing for the listener’s imagination to fill them in. The National Traditional Country Music Association’s Rural Roots Music Commission named Poindexter’s album, Those Cowboys of Old as the Old Time Western CD of the Year for 2019. In addition to the 2019 CD of the Year, Donnie won the 2018 Working Cowboy Song of the Year Award presented by the International Western Music Association (IWMA) as well.
Poindexter is the president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the IWMA, not an easy job. But he has a lot of administration experience. He was the local vocational carpentry instructor and later became the Buildings and Grounds Director for Sallisaw Public Schools.
But music was, is, and always will be his avocation. “When a performance goes right, well, there’s just nothing like it,” Donnie explained. He is a consummate writer, a true cowboy poet.
Donnie remarked, “I can’t remember exactly who said this but, ‘there’s tens of dollars to be made in cowboy music.” So if you need a song written, or just love Donnie Poindexter’s music, let him know. He’s on Facebook or his website is www.DonniePoindexter.com; and email is email@example.com. Downloads of his music are available on Amazon.com, CDBaby, iTunes, and in the trunk of his car!
A working cowboy since the age of 18, Gary has been involved in breeding and training quarter horses, paints, and appaloosas on his ranch near Madill, Oklahoma since 1975.
He is a member of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Touring Program and through this program presents workshops and concerts across the state.
In addition to his numerous performances across the Midwest, Gary has appeared in two RFD-TV series, Best of America by Horseback and Extreme Cowboy Race. He has also appeared in several television commercials along with two films, The Black Marshall and Trail End, for which he composed the title song.
An award-winning singer/songwriter who draws upon his military and ranching experience, Pratt offers original and traditional cowboy and western music performances for audiences of all ages.
Pratt has produced four studio albums, including his 2011 album, Lomax. He is currently working on the title track for an upcoming full-length feature film. Pratt’s achievements include the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s 2008 Wrangler Award and Outstanding New Artist Award. A touring member of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Pratt is sponsored by Purina Mills, Twisted X Boots and Alvarez Guitars. His website is www.GarySPratt.com.
is an Academy of Western Artists (AWA) nominated singer. He appears in millions of households each week as the co-host of Cheyenne Country TV program. The family friendly music and video show airs across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Known as the “Singing Sierran”, Price sings and writes of the American West — the life he loves at the foothills of Yosemite.
“Spirit of Yosemite” was the first of Rich’s albums. “Cowboy Songs”, also released by Adona Recordso of Nashville came next. His third album released in early 2017 is titled “Western Songs”. All three albums contain Price’s songwriting, and have been recorded with Country Music Hall of Fame members Harold Bradley and Charlie McCoy; Musicians Hall of Fame member, Jimmy Capps; Joey Miskulin of Riders In The Sky and several other famous performers.
Rich will appear in the upcoming film, The Happy Worker, meanwhile, his music is listed on the Hot Disc Top 40 chart and heard worldwide. Notable performances include China, Nashville Cowboy Church and the Academy of Western Artisits’ Will Rogers’ Awards Show in Fort Worth. Price proudly records with Nashville’s “A-Team session musicians. His website is www.RichPriceTheSingingSierran.com where you may find his contact information as well.
Stephen Pride was born in Marks, Mississippi and is the younger brother of country music legend Charley Pride.Like most of his family, Stephen Pride was musically inclined and grew up singing in the choir in church and at school. When he left college, Stephen Pride performed at state fairs in the Mississippi and Louisiana area, thus starting his career in the country music field.
In 1980, Stephen Pride moved to Dallas, married Pam (the love of his life) in 1982 and started his family. Pride also gained steady employment while pursuing his music career. Texas soon became his home and he began performing in the area part-time while dedicating himself to his family.
Stephen also performed at well-known venues in Texas, including The Crystal Chandelier in Dallas, Tommy Allsup’s Saloon in Dallas, Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, Gilley’s in Houston and The Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas; Stephen Pride also became the opening act for Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 – Sunday 25 October 1992), Desert Rose Band (Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson), Louise Mandrell, Charlie Daniels and Willie Nelson.
In 1989, Charley Pride recorded Stephen Pride’s “I Made Love to You in My Mind” (co-written with D. Hutchins) and included the track on ‘Moody Woman’ (16th Avenue Records, 1989). In the mid-1990s, Stephen Pride saw the release of a CD single, ‘One Side of the Bed’, on Ray Pennington’s Step One Records, the same label which Gene Watson recorded for between 1993 and 1997. 1994, Stephen Pride had an unexpected performance at The Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. During the middle of Charley Pride‘s performance, Stephen Pride was asked by his brother to come on stage and perform. Stephen Pride had only come to enjoy the show. However, after his performance of Travis Tritt’s ‘Help Me Hold On’, Stephen Pride was given a standing ovation from the crowd and had an excellent write-up in the newspaper the following day. The combination of Stephen Pride’s vocal range and the haunting ‘Pride’ timbre made for a soulful treat that was hard to beat. In 2004, Stephen Pride saw the release of his first full album of material; ‘Pride on The Wild Side’ (Starplex Records, 2004) was released on Starplex Records.
John Clayton Read was born on the edge of the prairie, Loveland in Larimer County, Colorado. Those foothills on the eastern side of the Rockies got him singing early. He has never stopped singing. He was taken by his singing parents from the western mountains to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, to the mountains of Tennessee and then, to the prairie of Texas, Southwest of Fort Worth. Read grew up singing in church, at school and at every family gathering. The whole extended family are performers.
John Clayton received a guitar for Christmas when he was in the sixth grad. It was love at first sight. He quickly taught himself to play and has never looked back. After listening to, and singing every type music, Read followed a passion for the songs that everyday folks sing. While traveling with groups performing other genres, Clayton collected all the Cowboy and Western Songs that he could find. He insists that the friends he has made singing at events for Fort Worth Sister Cities International, have been the most memorable part of his life as an entertainer. John Clayton Read continues to collect songs, folk instruments, and great memories. From his horse farm out on the Texas prairie near Lone Willow, John Clayton says, “I still “’leave out’ quite often to ‘go sing’. Sharing stories in song is still my passion, That, and horses.”
After a long career of teaching high school English and humanities, Francine Roark Robison took retirement seriously by trading in a high school classroom to go on the road with Cowboy Poetry. However, retirement didn’t last long, and she is now an adjunct teacher at Oklahoma Baptist University. She has taught in Oklahoma as well as summer sessions in Mexico and China.
Francine’s background includes a farmer dad and a schoolmarm mom. She writes from personal experience or from family stories passed down from her parents, with most of the settings in southern Oklahoma and the Arbuckle Mountains. Farm life included a horse, a collie dog, and numerous cats. She didn’t walk five miles in the snow to school, but she did walk down to the cattle guard to catch the school bus, carrying her homework and Roy Rogers lunch box.
She has performed at several gatherings, including the Oklahoma and Texas State Fairs; the Red Steagall Gathering in Ft. Worth; Cowboys, Heroes, and Friends in Branson; the Chisholm Trail Festival in Yukon; the Poetry Society of Tennessee in Memphis; the Farm and Ranch Heritage Gathering in Las Cruces; Festival of the West in Scottsdale; Echoes of the Trail in Ft. Scott; National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City; Western Heritage Classic in Abilene, Texas; Bookfest 2000 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, and many others, as well as a couple of pig roasts.
Francine has been designated Oklahoma’s Cowboy Poet Laureate and is endorsed by West Quest. She has a book and CD of original poetry.
Hailey Sandoz is known for her exciting fiddling, charming personality, jazzy vocals and creative arranging, recording artist. She is comfortable in many genres including Celtic, Western Swing, Country, Bluegrass & Jazz, frequently requested to perform with respected musicians of the industry. Hailey was awarded 2017 International Western Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year, youngest in history to receive it! 2016 Academy of Western Artist Young Artist of the Year, 2015 International Western Music Association Crescendo Rising Star and Youth Harmony winner (with Kristyn Harris and Leah Sawyer), also has won numerous Celtic fiddling competitions. Her CD Fingerprints with Joseph Carmichael (band Óga), has been recognized by WMA and SCMA airing intentionally. Check out TruCountry live recorded shows on RFD TV 8th Season 2018, to see Hailey Sandoz performing with Grammy winner Bobby Flores (airs on Friday’s).
Ron Secoy lives in Central High, Oklahoma, not far from the famed Chisholm Trail. A physician assistant by profession, a soldier by history, an author by notoriety, a Christian cowboy poet by calling and a cowboy at heart.
Ron has written three volumes of Christian cowboy poetry, “Cowboy Psalms”; “The Cowboy, the Creation and the Creator” and “Cowboy at Heart/Tales from the Trail.”
A IWMA member of both Western Wordsmiths and Oklahoma chapters, he is active in promoting the cowboy music and poetry in his state. He has been a performer, emcee, and coordinator for the “Campfires, Cattle and Cowboys Gathering” at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center for the last three years.
Bob Terry is an actor and sought after TV personality. He is the host of several television shows including Western Theater, Cowboy Cliffhangers, and Tales From Tombstone. He has also appeared as a special guest on other TV shows, among these is the Carley Twisselman TV series This Old Horse. Bob along with his wife Johnie, starred in and hosted the Ride TV Christmas Special Christmas with Bob Terry. Additionally he is a talented performer, writing and performing western music.
Bob is CEO of Wild West Toys (www.wildwesttoys.com), an American toy manufacturing company featured in episodes of the Texas Country Reporter and How It’s Made TV shows. Bob is founder and President of Westerns On The Web Productions (www.WesternsontheWeb.com), providing thousands of hours of classic western films for free online viewing and producing original online western entertainment, such as the classic style western series Sundown and the mystery series Lost Treasures of the Old West.
Bob is very dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Classic American Western Films and the values these films project. With thousands of western films in his collection Bob provides TV networks and other venues with western movies and television show episodes. You may subscribe to his TheWesternsChannel.com streaming television to enjoy his collection of “Forsaken Westerns.” Note: TheWesternsChannel.com is sponsor of the “Forsaken Westerns Film Festival” held at the 2020 Cowboy Way Jubilee!
Bob and his wife Johnie live in North Texas in the log home they built. They have been married since 1988 and have three children and one granddaughter. They spend time together playing music at churches and western gatherings. Their hobbies include collecting old west antiques.
K.R. Wood, a native Texas singer, songwriter, historian and musician, plays 6 and 12 string acoustical guitars and, has received acclaim for his Fathers of Texas CD series. It is a collection of songs and narration about Texas’ storied history, which is considered a landmark in Texas music. His CD titled “Davy Crockett’s Fiddle Plays On” was recorded live in the Alamo with the Davy Crockett Fiddle from the Witte Museum, a unique honor. His repertoire includes the old traditional/western music, country, gospel, blues, bluegrass, and old time rock and roll.
K.R. is also an actor. His first acting role was in The Last Picture Show, followed by Texasville, Urban Cowboy, and more. Wood has worked on documentary and reality shows as well. For the 2017 Chisolm Trail 150th Anniversary, he created a western variety show called The Old Chisholm Trail. A family friendly show, it tells the story of the history of the Old Chisholm Trail through song, stories, poems and live action of a world champion trick roper, pistol twirler and bull whipper.
Camp Cookie (his alias), has traveled the great state of Texas bringing its history to life through songs and tales for almost 20 years. During this time he has racked up an impressive list of accolades and awards.
A part of the Education in Action Historical Educational Program for 10 years K.R. brings history to life for students throughout Texas. Children are encouraged to sing and dance along as Camp Cookie shares the stories of the Texas Revolution and a cowboy’s life through song, reciting, and chuck wagon grub. www.KRWoodProductions.com
Note all appearances are posted in good faith—health and work schedules permitting.
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