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Cowboy Way MayFest
May 3, 4, 5, & 6, 2018!

(First Weekend in May)

 

3 Fun-Filled Days Celebrating EVERYTHING  COWBOY!

 

Performers Include:

(Performers — individual and bands — are listed in alphabetical order. The Virginian Cast Members are shown in red below. The Look-A-Likes are at the end of the page.)

3 Trails West

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.

www.3TrailsWest.com

A Little Farther West

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.

 Randy Boone

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.

He won the Bronze Wrangler award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1966 for his acting in the episode titled “The Horse Fighter”.

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.

John Buttram

The nephew of Pat Buttram, well-known actor and side kick to Gene Autry, John Buttram has made a name for himself as he carries on his Uncle’s legacy. John has emceed the Gathering of the Guns festival for many years, starting out with them in Olive Branch, Mississippi and trailing along when the event moved to Tunica. Mississippi.

Buttram is proud of the way he can imitate his Uncle Pat;s voice to the letter and is a comedian in his own right. He has been asked to be the voice in two films: Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (TV Movie documentary) in 2007.  And John’s voice can be heard in The Trail of Tears:Cherokee Legacy in 2006.
Come visit with John and listen to the tales he can tell about his Uncle Pat.

Joe Cannon

Joe Cannon was born Jean Peloquin. He was discovered on the backlot at Universal Studios in 1967 when he sang his way onto The Virginian TV series with a song he wrote for his dad called “Mr Painter Paint My Dad”. He was a regular on the show and wrote several songs for the show until the series went off the air in 1969.

He appeared on the Grand Old Opry in Nashville and later he was managed by OMAC artists (Buck Owens) in Bakersfield. In 1971 Jean became Joe Cannon when he recorded for Lee Hazlewood. Joe lived with Lee in Sweden while Lee put the finishing touches on a movie he produced called Smoke where Joe’s album was the soundtrack for the movie. Joe returned to the Bay Area where he became a big draw and well known performer at the Tarr and Feathers and also performed a dozen national anthems for the 49ers professional football games. Joe is a favorite on the well known Portola and Rancheros Rides in California as well as currently being engaged for parties at yacht clubs, casinos and other venues.

Eventually Joe found his way to Sun Valley, ID and became a fixture on the après-ski circuit in the valley for about 20 years with his quick wit, thousand song repertoire, and impersonations. His reputation as a great entertainer continues to today. Joe continues to pack the house in Sun Valley and wherever he goes.

Gary Clarke

Beginning his screen career with the 1958 film Dragstrip Riot, Clarke recalls that agent Byron Griffith, who had seen him perform in Glendale, arranged for an audition that eventually led to his filling the lead role. He went on to work in other films, including How to Make a Monster, and Missile to the Moon (both 1958), Date Bait (1960), and Passion Street, U.S.A. (1964). He has said he was a contract player at Universal Pictures. In the 1960-1961 season, he appeared as Dick Hamilton in the single-season NBC television series Michael Shayne, based on the fictional private detective character created by Brett Halliday, opposite Richard Denning as the title character.[3] Afterward, he appeared as Tad Kimball, a friend of the character Jess Harper, played by Robert Fuller, in the episode “The Fatal Step” of the NBC Western series Laramie.

Clarke played Steve Hill in the cast of the long-running TV Western series The Virginian, remaining on the show from 1962 to 1964. His last series as a cast-member was the 1967 ABC Western Hondo, playing Captain Richards.

Clarke said in an interview that his friend and co-star Steve Ihnat and he wrote the screenplay for director Ted V. Mikels‘ film Strike Me Deadly (1963),  though the film’s credits list only Ihnat and Mikels. Later that decade, Clarke under his birth name, Clarke L’Amoreaux, wrote several scripts for the NBC espionage sitcom Get Smart, which introduced the running character Hymie the Robot.  

In the 1980s and 1990s, he wrote and produced television public-service announcements including Youth at Risk, narrated nonfiction short films including Promoting Healthy Behavior, and appeared in TV series including Dynasty and The Young Riders, in which he had a four-episode recurring role. His films in the 2010s include The Paperboy (2012) and Parkland (2013).

In 2014, the production company L’Amoreaux/Bartlett/Race/Thomas sought actors for an independent TV pilot, Bandits and Tadpoles, written by Bartlett and Thomas and directed by Clarke, about a young boy whose daydreams put him in the American Old West of the Owen Wister novel The Virginian. It filmed June 26–30, 2014, near Austin, Texas, under the title Billy and the Bandit, with a cast including James Drury and Roberta Shore, from Clarke’s old series The Virginian; eleven-year-old Jordan Elsass as Billy; Ava L’Amoreaux and Donny Boaz as his parents; and Buck Taylor as a ranch foreman.

Class Act Dancers

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.

Hanah and Hailee

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.

website www.hanahnhailee.com

 

 

Kristyn Harris 

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 ShowThe 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!

www.KristynHarris.com

Billy Holcomb

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

 

 

 

KG and The Ranger

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.

www.kgandtheranger.com

 Roy Madden

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.

 

 

Martin & Murray

Timothy Martin of “Martin and Murray” (Comanche, Texas) reflects the lifestyle, values and culture of the Cowboy life in North Central Texas which permeate his music. He also has a strong gospel/bluegrass influence from growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Timothy’s first professional work was singing second tenor in the original Christian Music Hall of Fame group “Acappella” out of Paris, Tennessee. Timothy combines his love for music with his work as a hospice chaplain by singing for many of his patients and families and currently plays 17 nursing homes every month – from Baird to Ranger and San Saba to Coleman.

Glenn Murray was born and raised in Wyoming with a passion for horses and the western way of life. He started participating in rodeos at an early age and has competed in every event but bareback bronc riding quickly became his favorite. He purchased his first stallion at age 18 and grew his horse herd to over 100 head at one time. Glenn now raises performance and ranch quarter horses in Central Texas.

When Glenn retired from participating in rodeos he began announcing rodeos and horse shows and currently holds his judges card.

Glenn has performed as an individual and in numerous bands since 1996 from Wyoming to Texas and at the National Cowboy Symposium. Glenn and Timothy Martin started Martin & Murray three years ago, specializing in western music and story telling.

Miss Devon and The Outlaw

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.

www.MissDevonAndTheOutlaw.com

Mike Moutoux

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.

www.mikemoutoux.com

Dawn Anita PlumleeDawn Anita Plumlee

A real cowgirl, DAWN ANITA was raised on a ranch in southern Oklahoma, and she and her husband currently live on a ranch near Velma, Oklahoma, where she lived as a child. She would have ridden her horse to school had it not been too many hoof beats from home. She is equally at home on horseback or on the stage singing or reciting her cowboy poetry. She started her music career at the early age of 7 when her family held Saturday night “music fests,” and she could hardly wait her turn to get up and sing. Early in her career she sang with the famed Texas Playboys and performed with artists like Red Steagall, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Johnny Russell, Willie Nelson and Tanya Tucker. She has performed throughout the US, Canada and the Carribean. She has also performed at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and she feels western music and tales about the cowboy way of life will live on forever. Dawn Anita currently holds the title of Ms Senior Oklahoma of America, and was the “Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year” at the Oklahoma Opry in 1987. She has also won many awards for her singing and song writing. A published author, Dawn Anita’s memoirs entitled “One More Last Chance” is a gripping tale of she and her husband’s struggles in the music business and their ride on horseback from Oklahoma to Nashville. After 24 rain-soaked days, she stepped on stage to sing at Fan Fair. She recently released a western album entitled “Down on Wildhorse Creek,” which was named “The Pick of the Quarter” in the Winter 2018 edition of the Western Way. She also released a traditional country album entitled “The Dawn of Old Country” and both albums are receiving great air play throughout the US and overseas.

Billy Payne

Billy Payne, Maverick Hillbilly

When Billy Payne was in the first grade, he had a life-changing experience: his parents gave him a copy of Johnny Cash at San Quentin. Growing up in beautiful West Virginia – where he was born and still lives – Billy was influenced by country music most of his life, often listening in as his uncles and cousins played and sang at family get-togethers. “I loved music, and I just loved to sit and listen to them sing,” he says.

Making music was really the only thing Billy ever wanted to do and the only thing professional job he’s ever had. Billy’s dreams started coming true when he began playing music on a semi-pro level in 1990. In 1995, he met Waylon Jennings. Billy had carved a statue of Jennings and presented it to his idol. Billy says. “He was in awe of that, and he and I became instant buddies.”

In 1998 Payne won Star Search. With the recognition from Star Search came the record labels. Billy recorded his first album, No Limit on Love, and had two top 10 independent country songs from it. Additionally, his music started gaining popularity overseas playing in New Zealand, Great Britain and Australia, all over the UK, even Spain.

In 2007, Waylon Jennings’ band, the Waylors – aka Waymore’s Outlwas—asked Payne to join them in Nashville for a tribute show to the Outlaws. After that, Billy started recording with the band in the studio and toured with them briefly as a guest on their road show.

In October 2014, Billy was inducted into the world famous Wheeling Jamboree as an artist member. It is the second oldest country music broadcast in the United States after the Grand Ole Opry. In October 2017 following his new CD release “Maverick Hillbilly” three nominations from the Academy of Western Artist again in the same categories.

Billy’s latest album, Maverick Hillbilly, was released in the fall of 2017 and includes such songs as “I Wanna be a Hillbilly,” “Takin’ the Country Back” and “What a Way to Go.”

website www.billypayneoutlawcountry.com
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/billypayne001
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/billypaynecountrymusic
Twitter https://twitter.com/BillyPayneMusic

Gary S. Pratt

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

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

www.cowboypoetry.com/frr.htm

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.

Steeldust

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.westernschannel.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.

Bob Terry, Master of Ceremonies

Bob Terry is an actor and sought after TV personality. He is the host of several television shows including Western Theater, Cowboy Cliffhangers, and Tales From Tombstone. He has also appeared as a special guest on other TV shows, among these is the Carley Twisselman TV series This Old Horse. Bob along with his wife Johnie, starred in and hosted the Ride TV Christmas Special Christmas with Bob Terry. Additionally he is a talented performer, writing and performing western music.

Bob is CEO of Wild West Toys, an American toy manufacturing company featured in episodes of the Texas Country Reporter and How It’s Made TV shows. Bob is founder and President of Westerns On The Web Productions, providing thousands of hours of classic western films for free online viewing and producing original online western entertainment, such as the classic style western series Sundown and the mystery series Lost Treasures of the Old West. www.WesternsChannel.com a subscription channel dedicated to Westerns, is Bob’s most recent endeavor.

Bob is very dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Classic American Western Films and the values these films project. With thousands of western films in his collection Bob provides TV networks and other venues with western movies and television show episodes.

Bob and his wife Johnie live in North Texas in the log home they built. They have been married since 1988 and have 3 children and 1 granddaughter. Together they play music at churches and western gatherings. Their hobbies include collecting old west antiques.

Look-A-Likes

Alan Bye — “Gabby Hayes”

Alan Bye of Seward, Nebraska enjoys playing the beloved western sidekick, Gabby Hayes, at film festivals and fairs. This year will be his twenty-third season of performing as Gabby. Bye performs in shootouts and skits, as well as solo. Alan was in the Army and the National Guard for 21 years including having served a year in Vietnam. He and his wife Karen have been married for 37 years — they have three children and six grandsons.

 

 

Mark Staggs — “Festus Hagen”

Mark Staggs has been doing comic celebrity impersonations since 1966. He started making people “laff” in the third grade impersonating Bill Cosby and John Wayne. “It only took me 40 years to git good,” says Mark, “Now I do over 100 voices and growing”. Mark currently travels the country doing Christian comedy and capturing the hearts of Gunsmoke fans with his wonderful Festus impersonation. He even took “Newley” by surprise “He’s scary”, quotes Buck Taylor when first introduced to Mark’s “Festus ” for the first time at The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo 2017.

 

 

 

 


 

Note all appearances are posted in good faith–health and work schedules permitting.

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