2015 Music Entertainers
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The Bar J Wranglers from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, deliver some of the purest harmony, best musicianship and funniest ranch humor ever seen on stage. As soon as the Bar J Wranglers take to the stage, listeners leave behind their busy life and settle into a time long ago – a time of the singing cowboy. Babe Humphrey As a general rule, the formation of any successful musical organization relies on leadership through authenticity. Babe Humphrey, Trailboss of the Bar J Wranglers, is the icon of the cowboy singer. He has been in the western music business over 40 years with stints on the Grand Ol’ Opry, TNN and hundreds of live performances all over the world. Babe is a master of 4-part harmony exuding a rich baritone and bass voice while acting as emcee and playing both lead and rhythm guitar. Scott Humphrey Babe’s oldest son, Scott Humphrey, has been in the group since 1986, adding to the group one of the truest tenor voices ever heard. Scott’s smooth voice and equally smooth rhythm guitar add a unique dimension to the group’s overall sound.
Bryan Humphrey Babe’s youngest son, has been in the group since 1989. Bryan’s commanding lead voice has been hailed as the best in the business by many, and his dynamic yodeling is unparalleled. Bryan also plays the “doghouse” bass and has proven himself a prolific western song composer. Tim Hodgson Babe’s “adopted” son, has also been with the group since 1989. Tim plays the fiddle and joined the group with many impressive credentials, including being 4-time Idaho State Champion Fiddler, 2-time U.S. Open Fiddler and 2-time National Men’s Champion Fiddler. Tim rounds out the vocals singing tenor and high baritone. Donnie Cook Donnie joined the group in 1999. His mastery of the flat-top guitar, steel guitar and banjo has added yet another layer to the Wrangler’s extensive musical repertoire. Danny Rodgers Danny recently joined the Bar J group moving to Jackson Hole from Chugwater, WY. He brings his smooth bass voice to the group to round out the vocal sound. Danny is excited to be joining the Wranglers so welcome him to the group! Play: Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Locations & Times
10/28 7:30 p.m. Wasatch High School Main Stage
10/29 11:00 a.m. Wasatch High School Main Stage
10/30 3 p.m. Cowboy Church
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The Heifer Belles began as friends getting together for some casual picking and singing. The result, a blend of back porch Americana, took them out of the living room into the world to perform their music. Juliet Gobert’s songwriting ranges from tongue-in-cheek to heartfelt to socially insightful—a gamut of women’s experiences in today’s world. Juliet leads on vocals and guitar, with a powerful and expressive voice. She has performed over the years with some of Northern California’s finest musicians. Kim Rogers, on pedal steel and harmony vocals, is also a long-time DJ at KVMR community radio. Karel Hendee, on standup bass, banjo and harmony vocals is also an accomplished textile artist. Their love of 3-part harmony brings extra richness to the songs. The Heifer Belles and their musical hijinks guarantee a knee-slapping, tear-jerking time.
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You’re going to love Home Free as they entertain audiences from around the globe with high energy peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.
Matthew “Austin” Brown was born in a small town in South Georgia. His friends call him Austin and so should you. As a child, when he wasn’t touring on the road with his father in the Southern Gospel music industry, he was at home on a peanut farm growing up in the country. In high school he uncovered a love of musicals born from a childhood filled with Disney movies and old movies like “Singin in the Rain” or “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” He went on to attend Oklahoma City University studying Music Theatre. Austin has always had a passion for a cappella music, sparked in his childhood being among so many great quartets on the road. So naturally he began arranging and organizing a cappella groups throughout his college years. Austin has performed professionally in Branson, Oklahoma City, as well as in Disney World with the seasoned and highly acclaimed group The Voices of Liberty. During this time he was also swept up by Royal Caribbean to travel the world and perform in their production casts as a featured entertainer, where he met the guys in Home Free. One thing lead to another, and here he is for your entertainment, and loving every minute of it!
For some it takes one experience to form an obsession. For Rob, that was his first musical performance his junior year in high school – “Man of La Mancha.” Ah yes, Park Center High School, Brooklyn Park, MN. That’s where it all began. Rob got hooked and has been addicted to singing and performing ever since. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth to study vocal performance. Though he was trained classically, Rob continued to be drawn to singing in a vocal jazz group and performing musical theater repertoire. So after graduating from UMD with a B.A. in Music (and a minor in Political Science for backup), Rob began singing in the a cappella group Four Shadow. When the group retired, Rob had about a second to breathe he was nabbed by Home Free to be one of their tenors. Outside of Home Free, Rob feeds his addiction by serving as a bartender at the famous Guthrie Theatre…. addiction to theatre and music that is!
You might recognize him from his stylish hairstyle – or lack thereof! And though baldness doesn’t run in the family, musical talent sure does. With a love for a capella in grade school, Chris grew up studying and experimenting with the complicated beauty of harmonization. High school wasn’t about to hold him back and at 16 he began his professional music career. Chris continued his studies at Gustavus Adolphus College and than Mankato State University where he graduated with a degree in music performance, with an emphasis in vocal and piano (did we mention he’s an amazing pianist too?) Since then, Chris has been teaching privately and traveling all over the world as the musical director and baritone for Home Free. His compositions and arrangements have won many awards and you may have heard a jingle or two of his on the radio or TV. Outside of Home Free, Chris is usually thinking about music – or video games. In fact, he actually used to work for Microsoft as a video game designer. But music was more enticing that getting paid to play video games all day. Go figure!
Tim grew up in Nederland, Texas with a penchant for songwriting and singing at an early age. In high school he performed and studied classical music extensively and although he studied at Lamar University for a couple of years as a predental major, his inner musician eventually took over. Tim left school and joined an a cappella group out of Minneapolis called Blue Jupiter where his first original song was debuted and recorded on the album Ear Candy. Tim also produced his own solo country album, check it out on iTunes
How does one become so amazingly talented at producing a vast array of rhythmic oscillations from the mere shallows of one’s throat and lips? Perhaps by perfecting the art of trumpeting first! Adam began playing the trumpet at a young age and went on to graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College with a music performance degree in trumpet. Those techniques naturally translated into the extraordinary beat-boxing skills he utilizes now as one of the Midwest’s best vocal percussionists. Adam carries first place vocal percussionist titles from both the Denver and Chicago National Harmony Sweepstakes, and uses this unique skills Home Free musical outreach and educational programs that includes an entire workshop dedicated to teaching the art of vocal percussion. Outside of Home Free, Adam still enjoys playing the trumpet with various bands on a weekly basis – and filling in on the bass guitar, drums and keys as needed. Yeah, this guy’s musical talent is pretty much limitless!
Location & Time
10/31 7:30 Wasatch High School Main Stage
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Billy Dean’s versatility as an entertainer, has garnered him over two decades of hits and numerous awards. Shortly after high school, a world wide talent search landed him in Nashville in the early 80’s, where he finished in the top ten. In 1988, Dean entered another talent show, and won his first episode of Ed McMahan’s Star Search and received national recognition and the attention of music executives. Dean’s debut album Young Man was released on Capital Records in 1990, along with his single “Only Here For a Little While” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts. Billy Dean’s music has sold millions world wide. 11 top ten singles and 5 number 1’s, expanded the handsome artist’s career, adding several acting credits to his name. Dean’s true gift comes through during his signature solo acoustic performances. Dean has a rare, unique ability, to take you on an emotional journey with just him and a guitar. The raw energy of his personality, sense of humor, musicianship, and vocals, leaves a lasting impression on audiences once they experience the quality of his music up close and personal.
Location & Times of Shows
10/30 4:00 p.m. Wasatch High School VIP Campfire Stage
10/31 3:00 p.m. Wasatch High School Main Stage
10/31 6:00 p.m. Soldier Hollow Buckaroo Buffet
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Music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage. Tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver’s music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today’s top performer of Denver’s vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim’s uncanny ability to mirror John’s voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when “Rocky Mountain High” “Sunshine” “Calypso” and “Annie’s Song” topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.
Location & Times of Shows
10/30 3:00 p.m. Wasatch High School Main Stage
10/31 4:00 p.m. Wasatch High School VIP Campfire Stage
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Riders in the Sky are truly exceptional. By definition, empirical data, and critical acclaim, they stand “hats & shoulders” above the rest of the purveyors of C & W-“Comedy and Western!” For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and re
vitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit. and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettees to live life “The Cowboy Way”
Locations & Times
10/30 11:00 a.m. Wasatch High School Main Stage
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Singer/Songwriter Brenn Hill doesn’t just sing about the American West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen. Born into the 6th generation of a family anchored to the Ogden Valley of Utah, Brenn and his music revisit the many stories that come from the land with a fresh, contemporary, and personal twist. Home for the Hills is Hooper, a rural community in Northern Utah where Brenn resides with his wife, three children, and a ranch filled with horses.
Staying invincible is an underlying message in Brenn’s music and the indomitable Western spirit transcends death in the songs of his most recent releases, Rodeo Heaven (March 2012) and his first collection of Christmas music, North Pole Rodeo (December 2012). Both recordings feature live performances by Brenn surrounded by renowned folk and bluegrass musicians, some of which have traveled and supported Brenn on the road throughout his career.
Clear messages of hope and love abound in the messages that Hill weaves into his words and melodies about life, the land, livestock, and the undying traditions and values that stand relentless against the urban storm of today’s West. His songs give authentic insight to the West that he and so many others call Heaven.
Dynamic and engaging as a performer, Hill strives to bring his message profoundly to the hearts of his audience. He tours relentlessly to spread his music and is offered in a variety of acoustic configurations from solo to full ensemble.
Location & Times
10/30 6:00 p.m. Old Town Hall Midway, Utah
10/31 12:00 p.m. Wasatch High School VIP Campfire Stage
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A fourth-generation Montanan, Stephanie is a frequent performer on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, and at cowboy poetry gatherings and festivals throughout the country. She has six titles on her label, Recluse Records. Th e latest CDs, “Western Bling” and “Western Bliss”, are both part of a series, with more to come. Also, a new all- original CD is in the works.
Location & Times
10/29 7:00 p.m. Wasatch High School Main Stage
10/30 6:00 p.m. Old Town Hall Concerts
10/31 2:00 p.m. Wasatch High School VIP Campfire Stage
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Chuck Pyle has won high praise from both fans and peers alike throughout an inspired performance career of over 40 years. When reviewers first gave him the ‘Zen Cowboy’ moniker, he decided to, as he says, ‘Always ride the horse in the direction it’s going,’ and took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense. He mixes infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys.
An accomplished songwriter, Chuck’s songs have been recorded by John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Suzy Bogguss. Country fans know him best for writing, “Cadillac Cowboy”, recorded by the late Chris LeDoux, and “Jaded Lover,” recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker.
Location & Times
10/30 7:30 p.m. Wasatch High School Main Stage
10/31 2:00 p.m. Wasatch High School VIP Campfire Stage
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Acclaimed as one of Western Music’s brightest hopes!
Carin Mari plays a style of music all her own.
She has won numerous awards including
North America Country Music Assoc., International
“2009 Entertainer of the Year” for Traditional Country.
She has a respect for the traditional western sound,
but strives to create her own refreshing sound
that appeals to the lovers of the traditional western music,
as well as those new to the genre.
Her music is a reflection of her values,
and love for the Western way of life!
Check out TRUE WEST (March 2012) magazine to read the review of Michael Martin Murphey’s – “Tall Grass Cool Water” and see what they say about Carin. You’ll also get to read about her views on some Western issues … not a bad picture of her either!