Join Old Tucson and the Arizona Chapter of the Western Music Association (WMA) on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 for a celebration of western cowboy music! The festival will feature Western Music Association artists – a who’s who in western music – including the Sons of the Pioneers. The festival will pay homage to the musical heritage of the American West from traditional trail songs, through the era of the movie cowboy, to contemporary western songwriting.
New this year is a Western Art Show featuring one-of-a-kind handmade works of many local artists. Extraordinary examples of western acrylic paintings, photography, sculpture, wood carving, jewelry and more will be available for guests to browse and purchase at the festival. In addition to the magnificent displays of art, this outdoor art and fine craft show will also feature live artist demonstrations and will offer the opportunity for the public to interact with the original artists who created the work.
Join us Sunday morning at 10 am for Cowboy Church in the Grand Palace Hotel & Saloon for a celebration of the Lord with music, song, and prayer.
Throughout each day, in addition to Old Tucson’s signature shows and attractions, Western Music Association luminaries will perform on multiple stages. Scheduled artists include: The Sons of the Pioneers, The Bill Ganz Western Band, Miss Devon and The Outlaw, Jon Messenger, Bill Barwick, Keeter Stuart, Mountain Saddle Band, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Kristyn Harris, David Rychener and Call of the West!
Meet the pheonomenal artists scheduled to perform at the 2012 Cowboy Music Festival!
Sons of the Pioneers (Sunday only)
Old Tucson is honored to have the Sons of the Pioneers scheduled as featured artists during the Cowboy Music Festival. The band’s name is known by generations of country and western music fans and is synonymous with the American West and cowboys. These icons of western music have more than three thousand compositions to their credit including Bob Nolan’s Cool Water. They have appeared in 98 movies with such stars as John Wayne, Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, Charles Starret and Walt Disney, and forty-five films with Roy Rogers. The Sons of the Pioneers are an American institution and their 60 years of consecutive performances is a record in longevity. Their unique harmonies and style have become the standard by which all others are measured.
The Sons of the Pioneers, known the world over, have been inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institute labeled them, “National Treasures.” Their signature songs Cool Water and Tumbling Tumbleweeds have been inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame and the group has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beside these highly recognized achievements, their name is synonymous with the cowboy and the American West. Be sure to catch one of their three performances on Sunday, April 29!
The Bill Ganz Western Band
Since 1992, Bill and his band have been dedicated to keeping Western music alive in Tucson, where it was born. With their passion and dedication to the musical heritage of the Old West it is no wonder that this band has performed throughout Pima County at countless events and venues. You won’t want to miss these local favorites and the versatile talent of Ralph Gilmore’s drums and vocals, Rich Brennion’s steel guitar and Bill Ronstandt’s bass and vocals.
Carolyn Martin stands out amongst her peers with a voice, musical style and charismatic charm she exudes on stage. She has been described as “…a winning throwback to the days where emotion was measured and artful rather than loud and histrionic.” Her undeniable passion for music has been recognized by Western Music Association, which nominated her CD “Swing” for Western Swing Album of the Year. Carolyn is a 2011 Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame inductee. In 2008 and 2010 she earned the title, “Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists. Her latest project, “Cookin’ With Carolyn,” was nominated by WMA for Album of Year. All her accomplishments and recognitions speak to the consummate performer she is.
Miss Devon & The Outlaw
Top western performers Miss Devon and “Outlaw” Jessie Del Robertson connect with their audience like no other duo in the business. Their fun and unique performance with unparallel vocals, yodels and rhythms provide a memorable experience for audiences of all ages. Miss Devon has made frequent appearances on Encore’s, The Westerns Channel and RFD-TV. Her “swing time cowgirl” vocals have earned her a Grammy certificate for her participation as the singing cowgirl Jessie on the Walt Disney CD, Woody’s Roundup Featuring Riders in the Sky, a follow-up film inspired by Toy Story 2. Outlaw Jessie Del has a number of personalities to charm an audience. This quirky outlaw will astound you with his tenor-to-baritone vocals and get you kickin’ up your heels with his swingin’ saxophone.
Jon Messenger is a well-respected Arizona born singer/songwriter with an eclectic musical background and impressive list of credentials. Jon’s hauntingly beautiful songs embody his love of the Old West and the heart and soul of the American Cowboy. Jon is also a notable cowboy poet who paints a portrait of cowboy life, past and present.
Known for his slick, smooth, deep voice, Bill Barwick has earned an array of awards for his singing, songwriting, guitar work and his outstanding storytelling performance. He has been recognized by the Western Music Association (2009), the Academy of Western Artists(2005), and the Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Western Music as the “Male Vocalist of the Year” (2005). Bill is one of America’s premier, Western and Cowboy music entertainers who also has been a finalist for the WMA, “Entertainer of the Year” award for three consecutive years. He has been featured worldwide on Encore Westerns television channel. Bill’s recording albums feature the works of a great western performer and music that’s rooted in the West.
Keeter Stuart is a performer born with the love of Western music in his blood, literally. His great-uncle Stanley Davis Jones is a renowned performer who wrote the well-known hit, “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” Following in his great-uncles footsteps, Keeter is a notable western music performer with strong vocals, rhythm and guitars with a taste of the country-blues in his music. Keeter reflects his love of the craft in every song he sings.
Mountain Saddle Band
For a Taste of the Old West, saddle up and ride with the Mountain Saddle Band! Steve Taylor, Rusty Weiss, Stephen Harrington and Steve Taylor are committed to preserving cowboy heritage and celebrating a time in America when cowboys roamed the range. Their western music is laced with a light humor and interspersed with cowboy poetry and story tellin’ that will have you dreaming of the “good old days.”
The Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Since their formation in 2005, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds captured numerous awards including, Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award for “Western Music Group of the Year”, the Western Music Association Crescendo Award for “Most Promising Talent”, and Western Music Association “Best Traditional Album by a Duo or Group” for their newest album, “Blaze Across the West.” Tumbling Tumbleweeds are dedicated to keeping western music alive and paying homage to the era that gave us the “Singing Cowboys” such as Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. In fact, they were so inspired by one of the greatest cowboy bands of all time, The Sons of the Pioneers, that they named themselves after their hit song. The band also writes, performs and records their own original songs. Hailed for their uniquely energetic and astonishingly polished performance style, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds’ show is fun for all ages and packed with singing, humor, storytelling and plenty of boot stompin’ western antics!
At age 16, Kristyn Harris has already achieved Western Music Association’s 2011 “Janet McBride Yodeling Award”, appeared on RFD-TV, and debuted her first CD, “My Mustang, My Martin and Me” at the Western Music Association’s Showcase & Awards Show. Kristyn performs traditional and contemporary Cowboy Music and Western Swing and her musical style has been labeled as, “The Official Music of Texas.” Kristyn was greatly inspired by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. She’s been quoted as saying, “After watching them, I decided I’d better learn to play guitar if I was going to be a proper cowgirl.” And a proper cowgirl she’s become, with a flare for western music and a rare talent that audiences can’t get enough of. With her singing, yodeling and mean swing rhythm guitar she preserves our Western heritage and the music which inspired her.
David Rychener is a relative newcomer to the Western Music scene. Four years ago, David discovered his passion for western music at the Arizona Cowboy Symposium in Sonoita, AZ. He decided performing western music would be his next pursuit in life. To that end, he joined the WMA, bought tons of Western CD’s and found his mentor-to-be, Bill Ganz, who has been instrumental in shaping David’s musical career. Prior to his new passion, David had grown up playing and singing gospel, country and bluegrass. He now performs traditional as well as more modern western music in and around the Tucson area, and at his guest ranch in Aravaipa Canyon. His audiences enjoy his original music as well.
Call of the West
Jeanne and Jerome have been performing western music since 1991, and have been known as Call of the West since 1996. As members of the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists they have a deep appreciation for western music. Both are versatile entertainers possessed with a wide variety of musical styles such as, Pop, Rock N’ Roll and Western Swing interspersed with Cowboy Poetry and Classic Country.
DON’T MISS THIS VERY SPECIAL GATHERING OF GREAT WESTERN ARTISTS RIGHT HERE AT OLD TUCSON!