Cowboy Way MayFest
May 3, 4, 5, & 6, 2018!
(First Weekend in May)
3 Fun-Filled Days Celebrating EVERYTHING COWBOY!
(Performers — individual and bands — are listed in alphabetical order. The Look-A-Likes are at the end of the Celebrities page.)
The members of 3 Trails West are passionate about vintage Western Music. We’ve dug deep to uncover recordings that got left in the dust. Our journey has taken us down some old rutted swales, “Trails Less Traveled”, you might say. We hope our music sounds familiar in the way that only a good Cowboy song can; like putting on a favorite shirt, a little faded and frayed at the color, but more comfortable for the wear.
Started in central Kansas by brothers Roger Eilts and Leo Eilts, the band is currently based in the Kansas City area. 3 Trails West is best known for their complex vocalizations inspired by Sons of the Pioneers, and has performed coast to coast for different concert venues and local watering holes.
Roger Eilts plays rhythm guitar/lead and sings harmony vocals. Leo Eilts keeps the beat on the upright bass and sings harmony vocals. Marvin Gruenbaum keeps the music dancing with his fiddle. Jim Winters sings lead while playing guitar. Ken Lovernadds his amazing accordion while Bill Dye compliments the band playing steel guitar and guitar.
Robert Maxwell Case has been a modern journeyman solo entertainer all of his working life. He has appeared as the opening act in concert with dozens of headline acts, including Marty Robbins, Riders In The Sky, and Asleep At The Wheel. Robert and Susie met while performing in Branson, fell in love and married. In 2014 Susie began playing keyboard behind Robert’s guitar and vocals—the duo of A Little Farther West was born.
Based in the Tulsa metro, the band is active in the Oklahoma chapter of the national Western Music Association. A Little Farther West has appeared as opening act in concert with Michael Martin Murphey and has performed frequently at cowboy events in the Ardmore, OK area.
Gary Allegretto is an award-winning Western singer/songwriter/musician whose rare abilities on the harmonica are virtually one-of-a-kind. His jaw-dropping performances have captivated audiences at concerts and festivals all over the globe. American Cowboy Magazine calls him “Amazing. You’ve never seen or heard anything like him.” True West Magazine says “This harmonica wrangler is sure to impress the Cowboy hat off your head”. Indeed, Gary’s dazzling musicianship has earned him an Academy of Western Artists Award, a Best of the West Award, eight Western Music Association award nominations and two Grammy Award Nomination considerations. His songs have reached the #1 spot on the Western radio charts, and he has provided music to the soundtracks of TV and film including major motion pictures by Disney and Warner Brothers. Don’t miss your chance to witness the world’s top “Harmonicowboy”!
Gary will be attending the 2019 Cowboy Way Jubilee on Sunday, May 5, 2019 ONLY! Sign up for his Harmonica Workshop by clicking here.
Born January 17, 1942, Clyde Randall Boone is an actor and country music singer. He is most well known for appearing in recurring episodes of all three 90 minute western television shows that aired during the 1960s: Wagon Train, The Virginian, and Cimarron Strip.”
At age twenty, Boone co-starred in his first acting role as Vern Hodges in the 1962–1963 NBC comedy-drama It’s a Man’s World, based on the activities of four young men living on a houseboat on the Ohio River. After It’s a Man’s World, Boone’s career skyrocketed. He guest starred on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour thereafter came his three Wagon Train episodes. Boone also appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone. In 1963, Boone also joined The Virginian cast in its second season appearing in 46 episodes over three seasons as the singing cowboy Randy Benton, a romantic interest for a time for Betsy Garth, played by Roberta Shore. Boone composed original songs that were featured in the series. For example, in a season four episode, “The Inchworm’s Got No Wings At All”, he sang and played his song during the opening credits, and the song’s melody continued throughout the episode, adding dimension and continuity to the story.
While on The Virginian, he guest starred on David Janssen‘s ABC series The Fugitive. He also starred in the film Country Boy as Link Byrd, Jr., a country singer. After The Virginian, Boone guest starred on episodes of Combat!, Bonanza, and Hondo. From 1967 to 1968, Boone co-starred in the western series Cimarron Strip in the role of 25-year-old photographer Francis Wilde, who is also a part-time deputy to Marshal Jim Crown, portrayed by series star Stuart Whitman. Boone made several television appearances, including Emergency!, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and the cult movie Terminal Island in 1973. The following year, he appeared as Deputy Dickie Haycroft in the television movie Savages, and starred in Dr. Minx in 1975. His last role was as Farkas in the 1987 film The Wild Pair (also known as The Devil’s Odds), about a narcotics officer and an FBI agent.
Remember the saying “You’re only as old as you feel”? Well, this group of young ladies are feeling as young as they look. With the minimum age of this vivacious dance troop being 50 years young, they continue to show that “50 ain’t old” with their energy and talent.
They have been a hit at the regional events in the past and we expect this year to be no exception. This delightful group gives performances at no charge for a variety of charities and community functions.
Class Act Dancers have appeared in TV movies and been nominated for Volunteer Group of the Year in Dallas County, Texas. They have also appeared on Good Morning Texas regional tv show and have received numerous awards for their talent, showmanship, and their unending generosity.
Two sisters from the piney woods of east Texas, Hanah and Hailee write their own songs, and sing their own style of traditional country, blues, and pop. Known as the Texas Dynamic Duo, their passion for music and writing is easy to see—a guitar, pad and pen is with them wherever they go.Hanah is a petite dimple faced, redhead, with a big voice. She plays rhythm and finger picks on her favorite Taylor guitar while singing old country best, some current country, and, harmonizing with her sister Hailee. Hailee, known as the promoter, plays bass, ukulele and some acoustic working the audience with her many facial expressions, and fun personality. A blonde beauty, Hailee likes to sing blues, pop, and country with a resounding low pitch. Together, she and Hanah work the crowd, large or small, many times bringing them out of their seats with the beautiful harmony of sisters. Hanah & Hailee (and Scatter Proof Band), play a variety of country, old and new, blues, some 70’s 80’s rock, and pop, with a mix of their own. Always closing with a patriotic favorite. They leave the stage with the audience wanting more.
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 22 years, she is the youngest person in history to be awarded the Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year (2016) and only the second woman to have received this honor. In 2017, she was honored with the Ameripolitan Music Western Swing Female Award at the AMA started by Dale Watson in Austin, TX. She is also a 2-time recipient of the WMA Female Performer of the Year (2014, 2015). Her singing has been praised as “timeless” with “the warmth and power of Texas sunshine”.
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–primarily the vintage arrangements, captivating chord structures, ranching themes and uplifting melodies that cornerstone western swing and cowboy music (later, throwing in 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.
In June of 2015 Kristyn released her 3rd solo album, Down the Trail, which went on to be named the WMA 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 Western Music Association, as well as being named Western Female Performer of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists in 2013. National television appearances 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 four European countries in 2014. In 2016 and 2017 she toured Europe in concert sharing her unique cowboy music.
Watch the March 11, 2018 American Idol episode to see how she fares there!
Buck Helton was born in Texas, but moved to Tucson with purple mountains majesty and towering saguaros the backdrop for a John Ford movie where he likes to ride and sing with John Wayne, Marty Robbins and Mr. Spock. Helton is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, and disc jockey with a distinctive baritone.
A lifetime resident of Sherman/Denison, Texas, Billy Holcomb has been a Gene Autry fan since he was four years old and he still has the autograph to prove it! He has become one of the foremost collectors of cowboy movies memorabilia. He can name ALL of the horses as well as ALL of the performers. He has an incredible database, built with love starting at age ten and still going. He wrote the book, Theater Row: Movie Palaces of Denison, Texas in 1999.
Since the mid-60s, Billy has been one of the foremost Gospel artists. He’s worn just about every kind of hat there is: band leader, singer, songwriter, musician, disc jockey, author, businessman, you name it, Holcomb’s done it. Billy is a former president of the national Gospel Music Association and founded the Texoma Music Association in 1977. Both Billy and The Bordertown Music Band and the Texoma Music Association can be found on Facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/TEXOMAGMA
Discovering KG & The Ranger is like turning back the pages of time, as they transport you back to the days of dime matinees and Silver Screen heroes like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Sons of the Pioneers. They are known for their creative harmony arrangements plus amazing harmony yodeling. From familiar songs to rare gems, they give them all their own unique sound. Whether being funny or serious, nostalgic or original, they always put on a great show! Ranger Doug, founder of Riders In The Sky, said: “KG & The Ranger sing with charm and style, they yodel spectacularly, choose great material with unerring taste, and write fine new songs as well. Their growing and continuing success is well deserved.”
With over 27 years down the trail together, KG & The Ranger are proud to have shared the stage with many western music greats. They have turned their love of all things cowboy into an award-winning act and a full-time career. From a few shows a year when they first started out in 1989, now they do close to 100 every year. There is no doubt about their “mission” to keep these wonderful songs alive. Cowboys have always held a special place in the hearts and imagination of Americans, and the music that came from the early cowboy movies still resonates with audiences of all ages. KG & The Ranger will take you on an unforgettable musical ride through the sagebrush!
“KG & The Ranger have a sweet genuine quality” to their harmonies, and their CD Moonlight Trails “is like a late night session where everyone is playing for the pure joy of it” ~ Suze Spencer-Marshall (niece of Sons of the Pioneers’ founding member Tim Spencer)
Awards include 2010 “Outstanding Entertainer — Duo” ~ Western Music Association, 2011 Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees, and three-time Harmony Yodeling Champions.
A native Oklahoman Roy enjoys studying the old west, playing the guitar, singing/writing cowboy songs and sharing cowboy humor through poetry. He says, “I just likes living the “cowboy way” and having fun with life.” Madden has preformed at cowboy gatherings in Texas, California, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. “My greatest honor was performing a ballad I wrote for the late great l6-time world champion cowboy, Jim Shoulders, before his death in June of 2007″, says Roy. In addition to entertainment, Madden has worked as a stuntman, wrangler, and animal trainer for TV commercials and films. When it comes to rodeo, Roy says, “ I’ve 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. And Madden conducts communication skill demonstrations to equine oriented organizations and corporations seeking team building! Roy 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, Ok.
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.
A cowboy-singer-songwriter-cowboy poet from Silver City, New Mexico, Mike Moutoux is 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.
Moutoux 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.
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. For the last decade Gary has managed all Ranching Operations for the Chickasaw Nation. Pratt is a member of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Touring Program and through this program presents workshops and concerts across the state. Rancher, Veteran, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Gary Pratt does it all, genuinely.
In 2002 he entered the studio for the first time with a catalog of original cowboy songs and produced his first commercial album titled “The Family Ranch”. That same year; he was cast in his first film production as a riding outlaw in The Black Marshal; Hunt for Dozier. Since then Gary has worked on numerous films and commercials; along with producing 4 additional albums, of original and century old Cowboy Songs. 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 along with 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.
Gary has produced five studio albums, including his latest album, God Made the Sunset and his popular album, Lomax. He is currently working on the title track for an upcoming full-length feature film. His 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.
www.garyspratt.com or on Facebook
Francine Roark Robison has been designated Oklahoma’s Cowboy Poet Laureate (May 2000) and is endorsed by West Quest. She took her retirement from teaching high school English and humanities, seriously trading in her classroom to go on the road with Cowboy Poetry. However, retirement didn’t last long, as she is now an adjunct teacher at Oklahoma Baptist University teaching 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 for Ms. Robison 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.
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, are only a few of Francine Roark Robison’s public appearances. She has a book, The Quilt and Other Pieces, Original Stories and Poems by Oklahoma’s Cowboy Poet Laureate and CD of original poetry, Night of the Cowboy.
Starz Over Texas
The Starz Over Texas are a touch of ‘southern glitz puttin on the ritz’, senior ladies baton twirling group, who all hail from the same part of Dallas, Texas called “Oak Cliff”. Four out of five of these ladies went to the same high school and were members of the same twirling drill team of days long ago, spanning a 20 year time frame. These senior ladies reconnected over the past few years to form Starz Over Texas, where they enjoy performing and fulfilling their volunteer, community service to western and patriotic themes at every opportunity. Starz performers at this year’s festval are Deanna Venable, Charmaine Schultz and Sue Roberts. Deanna is a consummate performer of tap n twirl at the Dallas Senior Follies, and a proud repeat performer over the years locally. Charmaine Schultz and Sue Roberts round out this trio of cowgirls, who salute God and country with the flash of silver batons and Texas glitz. The Starz Over Texas are thrilled to perform at the 2018 Cowboy Way MayFest.
The three oldest of five Poindexter brothers, Jim, Bill, and Donnie have been cowboying and playing music most of their adult lives. All of the brothers have raised both horses and cattle. The oldest brother, Jim, still runs cattle on his ranch in Hiwassee, Arkansas and the four younger brothers still own and ride their horses. The band, Steeldust, is the product of over forty years of playing everything from rock, country, and bluegrass to western, or what the brothers refer to as “Cowboy Music”. Their music is heavily influenced by music legends such as Marty Robbins, Ian Tyson, Don Edwards, Tom Russell and Chris LeDoux. Their goal is to entertain and preserve the heritage of the “Great American Cowboy”. Donnie Poindexter is president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Western Music Association.
Bob and Johnie Terry
Bob and Johnie Terry are both native Texans born and raised in the Fort Worth area and love the western way of life. Bob grew up listening to western music and began playing guitar when he was seventeen years old after he found an old guitar in the rafters of an old barn. Bobs musical heroes were Johnny Horton, Sons of The Pioneers and last bust certainly not least Marty Robbins, Marty’s song The Masters Call was Bobs inspiration for learning guitar. Johnie Terry met Bob the summer of 1988 and not only fell in love with him but fell in love with his music as well and learned how to play guitar and later on discovered the stand up bass and started playing with Bob at western gatherings and cowboy churches
Bob and Johnie ,when not playing music make western toys made from the original molds that were made in the 1950’s, cowboy cap guns, western forts and cowboy and Indian figures to name a few. They have been featured on Texas Country Reporter and How it’s Made with their toys.
Bob and Johnie also have an online movie site titled Westerns On The Web. There you can view over 1,000 western movies for free and see wonderful interviews with some very special celebrities like Cheryl Rogers Barnette, James Drury, Robert Fuller , Alex Cord and James Hampton and many others. So if you love western movies ride on over to www.thewesternschannel.com. Bob and Johnie produce a western series titled Sundown that can also be viewed on Westerns on the Web that is written and directed by Bob. Sundown is a western produced in the fashion of the television westerns like Rifleman, Gunsmoke and Paladin just to name a few. Bob and Johnie live in Springtown Texas and love what they do. “When you do what you love you never work a day in your life”. We thank the Lord for what we do.
Note all appearances are posted in good faith–health and work schedules permitting.
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For more info or questions, email CowboyWayFest@gmail.com, or call or text Leslei Fisher, 580.768.5559