Formed in 1989 in Nashville, TN the band consists of Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocal), Dan Truman (keyboards), and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals).
A loyal American son from Texas, Michael Martin Murphey is best known for his chart-topping hits, “Wildfire,” Carolina In The Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, “Cowboy Logic,” and many more across his 35 albums released to date. read more
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.
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, told in a voice that is timeless and familiar…
Billy Dean is an American Troubadour who has mastered the art of singing, songwriting, and storytelling. His unique ability to morph into the characters in his songs while performing LIVE, brings the storyline to life with musical drama.
Andy Griggs often says his influences in music are like a pot of gumbo. Growing up in Monroe, LA, he was raised on Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggert, Waylon, Bill Monroe, hardcore blues, and hardcore rock’n roll, sprinkled with a touch of jazz. He often says, “there is no defining a style of song. As long as there’s soul, it has a place in music.” Andy moved to Nashville in 1995 after a childhood life of major mountains and valleys. Music was such a huge inspiration in his young life that it helped him grieve. And he did plenty of that. His father, the praise and worship leader at their church, died from a brain tumor when Andy was 11 years old. His brother Mason, his only sibling took the baton of music and ran with it. Throughout their teenage years, Mason was Andy’s hero. Mason died at the early age of 21 from heart complications that he had had since birth. Andy grabbed that same baton and he quotes, “when I jumped into the pool of music, I jumped into the deep end and never came out.”
A true renaissance man, Rory Feek is known as one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters, entrepreneurs and out-of-the-box thinkers. He is a world-class storyteller who crosses all creative mediums from music and film to books and digital media.
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. 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!
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.
An award-winning song writer, winning four “Wrangler Awards” given by the Westem Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, Jack Hannah has also been the Western Music Association’s “Song Writer of the Year” multiple times. His song writing has also been awarded by The Academy of Western Artlsts. Jack Hannah is also a member of the internationally acclaimed singing trio, The Sons of the San Joaquin, releasing 13 albums and performing across America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
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
Inspired by the mountains of Colorado, Carin Mari is a songwriter from the heart who is passionate about playing her own brand of music. Her talents as a guitarist/singer/songwriter have won her numerous awards. Her brand new album, “Rambling Daughter,” was released early this year, sharing heartfelt stories about living life as a young woman in the mountains and on the road.
R.P. Smith Rancher, Humorist and Cowboy Poet
R.P. Smith is a fourth generation rancher from central Nebraska, he comes from a waste-not, want-not culture, and cowboy poetry has given him a way to recycle some of the wrecks on the ranch into a user friendly product, bringing smiles to the faces of listeners in seventeen states and Canada, so far.
Excited for her return engagement to the Heber Valley Cowboy Festival, Erica has been a long-time fan and performer of classic country music. She garnered popular and critical acclaim with her portrayal of country music legend Patsy Cline in the musical “Always… Patsy Cline”
Remembering the good old days of Western Music and the silver screen cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Sons of the Pioneers, the High Country Cowboys present to you, their brand of this Classic Genre. Awards include: Western Music Associations “Yodeler of the Year,” the PCCAAs “Music Group of the Year” in 2017, and the WMAs “Best Traditional Album of the Year 2017.”
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.
“Newgrass” group Molly in the Mineshaft finds a perfect balance between celebrating the diverse musical heritage of bluegrass music and presenting it with a new twist. They’ll wow the audience with their upbeat take on traditional favorites from around the world, mixed with roots-inspired original compositions. Expect toe-tapping solos from remarkable players, including three-time national twin-fiddle champion from the Weiser, Idaho Fiddle Festival. Their purpose is to uplift, entertain, and inspire people of all ages through high-energy, diverse music. Members of the band have performed throughout North America and Europe, including the United States, Mexico, Croatia, France, Switzerland, and Spain. Their audiences range from Elementary school children to international dignitaries.
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.
“The Cowboy Way” trio is a New Mexico based Western music trio combining the talents of Jim Jones, Doug Figgs, and Mariam Funke. Both Jim and Doug are multiple award winning singer/songwriters each winning awards from the Western Music Association, the Academy of Western Artists, and the Western Writer’s Association, among others (Mariam co-writing on many of their songs).
Stacy grew up on a ranch in the beautiful small town of Tabiona, Utah, which is nestled in the south slope of the Uinta Mountains. She loves the small town country life and accredits her upbringing for her love of country western music. While growing up, she watched and listened to her grandpa sing old western songs and has loved them since. Some of her favorite artists are Jim Reeves, Johnny Horton, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and Marty Robbins, just to name a few.
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.
As a multi-award winning entertainer and singer/songwriter, Belinda Gail continues to leave audiences spellbound with her soaring voice, and captivating presence onstage. Drawing heavily on her ranching roots her music reflects not only the land she loves, but the values and beauty of a way of life she holds dear.
Hank Cramer is a national-touring cowboy singer from ranching country in eastern Washington. He is best known for his booming bass voice, smooth picking on a flat-top guitar, and a wry sense of humor. Hank is a historian as well as a musician. His passion is telling the stories of cowboys, miners, and pioneers through the songs they left behind, and a few more that we’ve written about them. He has recorded twenty-two CDs, several movie soundtracks, and performed an hour-long TV concert for National Public Broadcasting. In 2011 Hank earned the prestigious Humanities Washington Award, presented to one performer each year for excellence in the arts.
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.
Yvonne Hollenbeck performs her original poetry, captivating audiences in her wake. She is one of the most published cowgirl poets in the West and is not only a popular banquet and civic entertainer, but also co-writes songs with many western entertainers. Yvonne also pens a weekly column in the “Farmer-Rancher Exchange” and writes articles about life in rural America in various publications throughout the West.
Carter Junction is the husband and wife due of Clinton and Sarah Carter. The acoustic duo performs original and traditional songs in the Cowboy, Folk, and Celtic genres with Clinton Carter on vocals and guitar and Sarah on vocals, Celtic Harp, and Irish drum. Both are gifted vocalists, individually and in harmony, with Clinton singing bass and Sarah soprano.
Jake Riley grew up, for the most part, in the Upper Arkansas Valley of the Colorado mountains. He began roping and rodeoing as a kid, and was introduced to cowboy poetry as a young teenager. Jake has always loved rhyming, publishing some of his first cowboy poetry for a high school project. read more
Flyover Town is a husband and wife duo from Southwest Wyoming. Their music is multifaceted and can fit into many genres including country, folk, americana and outlaw.
Rolf’s cowboy poetry career began in 1981. Since then he has written over 200 cowboy poems. He has recited in Elko, Nevada several times as a featured poet, and at the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering in Prescott each year since its beginning. He has been featured at gatherings in Utah, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.
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’
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. They are under the direction of Heather Thaxton.