Riders In The Sky are truly exceptional. For more than 30 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 revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music,
Howard and David continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself — music that is now celebrating 40 years of success.The road that started on the pop music charts in the ‘70’s, took a winding turn into country music in the ‘80’s.
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.
A rich, burnished vocal blend, the Sons of the San Joaquin share a distinctive sound that has carried the Hannah family from local church and community gatherings to such farflung locales as Switzerland and Japan,
From his earliest days on the remote Nevada ranches where his father worked, Waddie was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining, the art of spinnin’ tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry, a Western tradition that is as rich as the lifestyle that gave birth to it. Within his stories, old in a voice that is timeless and familiar,
As a second-generation farrier, Andy Nelson has the experience and the talents and humor to bring authenticity and entertainment to an audience. Raised in Oakley, Idaho, Andy traveled the Great Basin of southern Idaho, northern Utah and northern Nevada with his father on farrier jobs.
Jeff, distant cousin of Kit Carson, lives high in the Wasatch Mountains. Those long nights alone with his mules has led Jeff to spoutin’ poetry and prose like a hot tin coffee pot on a blazin’ campfire. Jeff was born and raised in Utah and has lived in Heber City for the past 20 years with wife, 4 daughters, and several mules.
A performance by Sourdough Slim a.k.a. Rick Crowder is a hoot to say the least. This savvy performer with a seasoned gift for connecting with audiences transports us to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp intermingles with cowboy lore, producing grins galore.
Lon Hannah has sung over 25 years with his father and uncle of Sons of the San Joaquin. Dee Johnson, a five time California State Fiddle Champ, has performed with Buck Owens and plays in several central California bands. Dan is known as a composer in the film and video industry and has won four California ADDY Awards.
Chris Isaacs is a poet, humorist and storyteller who has lived the life that he tells about. His poems and stories are alive with the heart and humor of life from a cowboy’s point of view. He can usually find the funny side of any situation, and is considered by many to be one of the finest humorists in the industry. Chris has been published in numerous magazines and has three books of his work published.
Chris Petersen was born and raised in Morgan, Utah, a small mountain town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It was the same mountain valley where 5 generations of his ancestors had lived. In this mountain valley, Chris developed his love for the country way of life. Chris is authentic and lives the lifestyle he sings about.
Rollie is a BMI songwriter with over 76 in catalog 200+ songs to his credit. He has co-written with some of the top songwriters in Nashville, including Don Goodman (Angels Among Us), Royce Porter (Ocean Front Property), Anita Cox, Corey Baxter and Pat McGrath. He’s working on new CDs with recorded duets from Lynn Anderson, Becky Hobbs, and Johnny Western.
With their unique brand of lyrical storytelling, Americana/Country music and three-part harmonies, Joshua Creek has built a strong and loyal fan-base over the last 12 years while receiving praise from music press, radio and event organizers. The band has released six studio albums and one live DVD with reviewers often describing Jeff Hinton’s lead vocals as a cross between John Denver and James Taylor.
Drawing on her life being raised in rural areas of Idaho and then in Utah, Sam DeLeeuw is a four time Female Poet of the Year named by the Western Music Association. She writes of her experiences, the people she has met and the places she has been, and her vivid sense of humor also garnered her the Academy of Western Artist’s Humorist of the Year Award.
Tony and Carol Messerly make their home in Salem Utah. They are Many Strings and Co. Their music and songs are often referred to as vintage western with a twist of vaudvillian fun, sometimes quirky and rarely serious. They were among the top five finalists for the 2012 Western Duo of the year by the Academy of Western Artists as well as a 2013 nominee for Duo of the year by the Western Music Association.
David Anderson shares his love of music through performing with the Western Music Association. Traveling all over the Western United States he has shared his music at festivals, county fairs, assisted living centers, gatherings and much more.
R.P.’s material is inspired by his family and what’s going on at the ranch, giving his work an authenticity and down-to-earth quality that strikes a familiar chord with his audiences, regardless of their occupation. He has found that humor and a firm faith that God is in control are mighty important tools to have when life takes an unexpected turn.
Jake grew up (for the most part) in the Upper-Arkansas Valley of the Colorado Rockies. Much of his work is inspired by rural life, and his ranching and rodeo experiences, but he occasionally ventures out into the realms of philosophy and theology. He loves the process of putting a story together within rhythm and rhyme, as well as performing his work live for an audience. He considers himself incredibly blessed to be able to do what he loves.
Charley’s career has been gaining tremendous momentum as he has opened for many top 20 country headliners including LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner and many others.
He’s been seasoned with arena dirt, salted with horse sweat, and sweetened by branding fire smoke. He’s been wind-whipped, saturated with rain, covered with snow, and coated with dust. Paul Bliss has been recognized with honors ranging from the Academy of Western Artists Cowboy Poet of the Year, to the Cowboy Poets of Utah Pioneer Award, to a few National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo Championships.
Arizona singer/songwriter Jon Messenger brings to his audiences a hearty stew concocted from the influences of an eclectic musical background. Influenced by everything he’s heard, Jon’s original Folk and Western tunes have been well received by audiences at festivals and gatherings throughout the West, and these songs reflect Jon’s love of the myth and beauty and spirit and truth of the American West, past, present, and future.
From Park City to New York City, and from Jackson Hole to Germany, In Cahoots has entertained audiences with their brand of cowboy tunes and tales for more years than they care to remember! Pickin’ and grinnin’ through an acoustic dose of old standards mixed with a healthy helping of their own originals, In Cahoots will give you some of the best cowboy entertainment you’ve ever stomped your foot to.
Members of Cold Creek have come from the award winning bands Mckenzie Bridge, String Fever, and Gift Horse. Cold Creek has represented the state of Utah as the Utah Performing Arts Tour’s bluegrass band, performing in places as diverse as Blanding, Layton, Snow College and Salt Lake City.
Acclaimed as one of Western Music’s brightest hopes, Carin Mari is a songwriter from the heart with a deep passion for her music. She finds inspiration for her music from life at home in the mountains of Colorado where she was born and raised. Carin has always had a passion for music. Whether Carin is on stage with a big band or playing as a solo artist, she is a crowd pleaser with her soothing vocals and intricate guitar skills.
Eli Barsi is driven by her passion for music, committed to giving her best. Eli has been working as a professional musician for 31 years. A diverse artist that includes many different genres in her performances: Western Roots, Gospel, New Country, Bluegrass, Traditional Country and Folk, Eli is always uplifting with a mix of tasty standards and thought provoking originals featuring her ‘Carter Scratch’ style of playing lead acoustic and her exceptional yodeling.
Brenn Hill is a singer/songwriter who doesn’t just sing about the West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen. He is not just an observer or narrator of western lore, but one of its strongest interpreters. Brenn’s career spans twelve recordings of mostly self-penned music and over two decades on the road. Brenn is an artist who gives great insight into the West that he calls Heaven.
Since the year 2000, The Mountain Faith Band has performed their unique brand of Americana / Roots music to audiences from coast to coast at Fairs, Festivals, Colleges, Universities, Performing Arts Centers, Corporate Events, and Churches.
R.W. Hampton is one of the leading Western Entertainers in America today. His fans come from all walks of life. He’s loved by cowboys, cowgirls, ranch hands and rodeo stars, but also by people who have never seen a cow up close — or care to. R.W. is known for his patriotism, his family values and Christian beliefs.
Jeanne and Jerome have performed western music since 1991, and have been known as Call of the West since 1996. Over the years, they have developed a deep appreciation of the wonderful art form of western music — the classic songs of the western movies, and legendary western swing bands — as well as the new music being written by the great singer/ wongwriters of today.
(aka Krazy Ani) is an all around talented musician, cowgirl poet, and wild west performer from Midway, Utah. You’ll see her robbing the Cowboy Express Train with rope tricks, gun spinning, whip cracking, and singing. Her unique style adds flavor to classic western tunes that we all love. She is a cowgirl through and through, growing up on a dairy farm in Idaho and entertaining her entire life.
John Wayne Schulz was born on September 29, 1987, in Columbus, Montana. He hails from Karnes City, TX, where he grew up on an 800-acre ranch working cattle. To John, being an authentic cowboy is “not so much how you dress…it’s more about who you are inside. John Wayne first appeared on American Idol on February 2, 2011. When asked what brought him to Idol auditions, he said, “just fulfillin’ a promise” – to Momma!
Molly in the Mineshaft was founded in 2014 and is based out of Provo, Utah. They met while attending college. They play a fusion of styles including contemporary folk, bluegrass, jazz, celtic, and rock, revealing the band’s wide range of influences.
The Heber Valley Orchestra started in 2014 in response to the desires of musicians in the valley. 40 members hail from Heber City and surrounding communities-from Midway to Park City.