CANCELLED for 2021
October 7 to 10, 2021!
(Normally held the First Weekend in May)
3 Fun-Filled Days
Celebrating EVERYTHING COWBOY!
Many of our Performers were unable to appear at the 2021 Cowboy Way Jubilee contributing to our decision to cancel. We want everyone to be safe and healthy.
Performers — individuals, poets, and bands — are listed in alphabetical order.
The Look-A-Likes are at the end of the Celebrities page.
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
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.
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.
Cathy Jewell is a West Texas born and bred, singer, songwriter, radio personality, business woman, owner of KSSL Radio and mom. She began her musical journey born into a radio family, coming from a long line of broadcasters in the radio business. In fact, she began her own radio show as a disc jockey after school when Cathy was only 13 years old. Jewell played artists like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, and others, where she began to develop her own style of singing and writing music.
Cathy began performing at an early age. She enjoys singing as well as writing songs.
Some of her accomplishments and highlights include:
* 2020 CMA of Texas Artist of the Year
* 2019 AWA Pure Country Female Vocalist of the Year
* Top 5 Nominee 2015, 2017 and 2019 for AWA Pure Country Female of the Year and Song of the Year
* Top 10 finalist for the Bob Phillips’ Texas Country Reporter Talent Competition
* Opening act for Don Williams in 2006 and again in 2013
* Performed as a special guest with Marty Raybon of the group Shenandoah
* Performed in the theatre of the Norwegian Cruise Ship
* Sang National Anthem for the Lubbock Cotton Kings, Marty Raybon, Richie McDonald as well as many rodeos.
* Opening act for Deana Carter, The Kendall’s, and Bill Anderson in 2017
* Opening act for Johnny Lee in 2017 and T G Sheppard and Kathy Mattea in 2018
* Sang “Yellow Rose of Texas” with Johnny Lee in 2017 and “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” with David Frizzell in 2019. “Does He Love You” with Linda Davis in 2019 at The Cactus Theater.
* Opening act for Jody Nix
* Bill Mack gave her the song “Please Blue Moon” which was a top 5 AWA Pure Country Song of the Year in 2018
* Little David Wilkins endorsed Cathy to record his 70’s hit “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show”
* Ms. Jewell’s Radio Station has received the Radio Station of the Year from AMG (Artist Music Guild) in 2016, AWA (Academy of Western Artists) in 2017 and CMA of Texas in 2019.
* Guest appearance on the Penny Gilley show on RFD-TV in 2018
* 2016 Independent Music Network Discovery Artist of the Year and 2016 Independent Music Network Inspirational Song of the Year with “You & Me” (a song penned by Cathy Jewell).
* Jewell’s CD “Mirror Mirror” was nominated for Album of the Year in 2016 with the Academy of Western Artists.
* Latest album “Please Blue Moon” was released in 2019 and has been nominated for Pure Country Album of The Year from the Academy of Western Artists
* Cathy’s music is being played on radio stations across the United States as well as the U.K. including Scotland, Ireland and England.
* It is also being played on radio in Canada, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Germany and Holland.
* She has been featured several times on the Sounds Of Texas syndicated radio show with Tumbleweed Smith.
* Released have 3 albums: the first is self-titled, the second is “Mirror Mirror” and her newest album is entitied “Please Blue Moon”. She is currently working on a gospel CD projected to be finished very soon. All feature Cathy’s own originals as well as other country original songs and some country cover tunes.
Call for bookings at 806-778-7911 or 806-924-7787. Email address is email@example.com. Available solo or with a full band.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 a Texas-bred musician, following a less-trodden path among millennials. Her style is rooted in Western Swing, Jazz, Bluegrass, and Celtic music. This remarkable young artists captures the attention of audiences young and old through her dynamic performace and representation of Western Swing, “The Official Music of Texas.” Hailey is known for her exceptional fiddling, jazzy bocals, and creative arranging skills. While Western swing is her most fun wheelhouse, Hailey is at home playing Celtic, Country, and anything in between. For the past ten years, Hailey has traveled all across the world performing at festivals and concert halls in the United States and abroad, including the Caribbean Islands and Equiblues Festival in France. At age 18, Hailey was hired full-time with Grammy-Award winner, Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band. Since then, Hailey has also been recognized for her achievements being named the 2019 & 2017 International Western Music Association (IWMA) Instrumentalist of the Year, 2019 Cowtown Society of Western Music Rising Star of the Year, 2016 Academy of Western Artists’ Young Artist of the Year, and 2015 IWMA Crescendo Rising Star, as well as winning several fiddle competitions. This dynamite lady breaks the mold of tradition, offering America a new taste of its origins.
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.
The 2021 Cowboy Way Jubilee Performers Schedule will be available in August. It is subject to change based on availability and circumstances but is the best we know at this time.
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For more info or questions, email CowboyWayFest@gmail.com, or call or text Leslei Fisher, 580.768.5559