“The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet!”
R. J. Vandygriff is an award winning singer/ songwriter/ actor/ playwright and cowboy. He is as comfortable putting a colt under his first saddle as he is in the spotlight on a stage.
He grew up in Roxton, TX riding horses and strumming an old guitar.
As a young man he competed in high school, college, amateur and professional rodeo in the bareback and saddle bronc events as well as becoming a sought after rodeo clown and bullfighter. R.J. now makes his home on the family ranch in the panhandle of Texas.
“The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet!” is the longest running, most successful one man musical comedy ever written about the most fascinating character to ever ride across the pages of history, the American cowboy. Audiences from Portland to Paris, from Chicago to San Antonio all agree, this show is a “MUST SEE”. Rather than doing the show 250 times a year as he once did, R.J. now prefers to spend more time with his five grandchildren.
Baxter Black says, “The BEST one man show since Churchill swam the English Channel!”
The Academy of Western Artists named R.J. the outstanding Western Male Vocalist of the year 2013.
In 2014, he was inducted into the CMA Texas Hall of Fame.
2004 – Will Rogers Award for Excellence-Academy of Western Artists
2011 – Male Vocalist of Year Nominee-Western Music Association
2011 – Best Western Album of Year-Western Music Association
2012 – Wrangler Award-National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
2013 – Cowboy Keeper Award-National Day of the Cowboy
2013 – Western Male Vocalist of the Year-Academy of Western Artists
2014 – CMA Texas Hall of Fame Inductee
2015 – Best Western Cd Nominee–Western Music Association
2016 – Best Western Cd Nominee—Western Music Association
2016 – Living Hero of Western Swing-Cowtown Society of Western Music
2021- Western Entertainer of the Year-County Music Assoc. of Texas