LYNN ANDERSON could sing before she could talk, and could ride a horse before she could walk. It's been that way all of her life ... horses and music. Lynn likes it best when she can combine the two ... like singing the National Anthem at a gallop on the back of a good horse at the 100th Anniversary of the Fort Worth Livestock Show!
In 'Me and Billy,' New Mexico State Chautauqua troubadour Ramblin' Ralph tells of his days riding and fighting alongside Billy the Kid.
Doug is a singer/songwriter who is proud to be called a cowboy. He and his family make their home in Lemitar, New Mexico. Doug and his wife Cathy run a full-time farrier business, raise a few cows and horses, and day work at local ranches every chance they get. Doug is a member of the Western Music Association and has performed at gatherings and rodeos in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho. His three greatest loves are his family, fine horses, and good music.
Earl has been an active member of the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists for many years. He especially enjoys singing the old cowboy songs around the fires at the chuckwagon camps. Earl has been writing, singing songs and talking to people everywhere to encourage interest in preserving the historic sites and the songs of the cowboy days in the Old West. Earl's music is featured in three New Mexico museums and one in Texas.
New Mexico recording artist R.W. Hampton was been named 2004 Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association . A Western music industry leader for over a decade Hampton has eight albums and numerous industry awards to his credit. Hampton is considered by many to be one of America's few remaining authentic "singing cowboys". His life is guided by his faith, his love for his family, and his desire to share cowboy life with his audiences.
I grew up on Country Music, Western Music, Gospel Music and Folk Music. I began singing in a little country church and at age 14 I got my first guitar. My first performances were for my school classmates and parties. At 21, I was fronting for a dance band that played all over New Mexico, West Texas and Southern Arizona. At 23, I wrote my first song. I also build world class Jumbo Acoustic Guitars and inlay them with real turquoise.
Sid Hausman loves good horses and stories of the Wild West. When not writing cowboy tales and western lore, Sid performs at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Folk Festivals across the country. This troubadour has also performed four times at the Edinburgh International Folk Festival in Scotland and has written and illustrated three books for children. He is a strong and varied instrumentalist playing banjo, guitar, ukulele, harmonica and bones. Sid’s songs and stories reflect his experience with ranching in the rural environment of the southwest, as well as the influence of Native American and Hispanic culture on the history of the American West.
Jim is a native Texan, a student of the West and a life-long devotee to all things cowboy. His songwriting, guitar-picking and unique vocal style keep him in demand on the Western music circuit as well as at coffeehouses, schools and libraries throughout the West. He has produced seven Western albums, three children's character education videos and two Western novels. He was named AWA 2008 Male Western Vocalist of the Year and his song, "The Cowboys of New Mexico," received the New Mexico Music Award for the Best Western Song of 2009. His song, "King," which he co-wrote with his mother, received the Western Writers of America Spur Finalist Award for Best Western Song of 2010 and the song, "Smoke of the Brandin' Fire," which he co-wrote with Allan Chapman has been chosen as a finalist for the NM Music Awards 2011 Western Song of the Year. His first novel, Rustler's Moon, was a NM Book Awards finalist for Best Historical Novel and Best First Book. Jim lives in Corrales, NM with his wife, Ann and their three dogs, Waylon, Jessie and Colter. (Photo by Lori Faith Merritt)
Paul would prefer to write songs than perform them, but sometimes the hard realities of songwriting require performance. Given a pitch opportunity, or a cold beer, he can be pressed into service. Although he claims “there ain’t nothing like someone else doing ‘em.” He comes to western music from a songwriting background steeped in folk, bluegrass, and gospel. His songs have been published and recorded in Nashville. He has won numerous songwriting awards including being a finalist three times at the prestigious Chris Austin Contest (the Merlefest) in N.C. Paul has recently released a CD “Old New Mexico,” of which Rick Huff wrote in Western Way: “From the songs to the production choices, I love this collection.”
Born and raised in Harding County, NM, Pete is a composer and entertainer of upbeat Southwestern songs. He has performed his own original and unique brand of music throughout parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Pete has been invited and has participated in several festivals and showcases including the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium each year since 1991. Pete has written over 100 songs, some of which are included in his book, "Penning The Wild Ones."
Richard Martin grew up working on ranches in eastern New Mexico’s Canadian River area. He has been a competitive team roper for many years. He plays Americana folk music and many of his songs reflect the country way of life. He has loved and played music most of his life. He has played with many well known country bands in New Mexico and on the road. Richard has retired from Central New Mexico Community College and concentrates on writing and performing his songs as well as many other artists’ songs. Richard has recorded three CDs (Mail Box Money, Bringing Water To The Land and Morning Coffee) and played at the 2009 Durango Cowboy Gathering and performed at the Crossroads Poetry and Music Festival in Van Horn, Texas. He also played at the 2010 New Mexico Music Awards and the 2010 Western Music Association show. He lives in Embudo, New Mexico with his wife Edna who accompanies him from time to time. Richard enjoys hunting with his hawk, (he is a licensed falconer), and playing solo and duo gigs around the Southwest. Richard Martin is a winner of the 2010 NEW MEXICO MUSIC AWARDS.
Selected - 2012 Academy of Western Artists Western Music Male
Nominated - 2012 Academy of Western Artists Western Album
James Michael (Mike) is a singer, songwriter and entertainer. Mike grew up in a rodeo family and many of the Western songs her performs were learned from rodeo cowboys and cowgirls who played and sang to entertain themselves while camped at the rodeo grounds. Mike began performing at rodeos and county fairs as a teenager and has sung and played his guitar for audiences large and small all across the West. Currently, Mike schedules most of his performances in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. He performs at cowboy poetry and music gatherings, house concerts, museums, private parties and public events throughout the year. Mike has also written several Western songs including “Beyond The Divide” the title song on his new CD which was nominated by the Academy of Western Artists for 2012 Western Album. When he isn't traveling to perform, Mike spends his time in Las Cruces, New Mexico or at the family ranch in Southwestern Colorado.
Mike Moutoux is a cowboy-singer-songwriter from Silver City, New Mexico. 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 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. He has shared stages with all the western music greats and has been a friend to all as a radio DJ, festival emcee, and concert producer. “I want to put everyone in the audience as close to being in the saddle as words and music allow—and at the same time leave ‘em laughing,” he says. He plays a mix of 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.
Doug owns and lives on a very remote cattle ranch in the heart of New Mexico. He retired last year from a long teaching and Real Estate career but has owned the LIB ranch since 1988. Doug loves and respects the land and way of life he is now able to live full time. His descriptive, true-to-life, narrative style of writing draws you into his world and passion for ranch life. He began playing guitar and writing some very basic songs at age twelve but only began playing in public about four years ago. To date he has written several hundred songs and has released one album, which received some very favorable reviews from several sources, and has three more in production. Two of those albums are live and one is exclusively about New Mexico but all have a rare and rich sense of "ranch life" which he has become so closely associated with. You will find his work to be genuine and his performances smooth and sincere.
Railyard Reunion is made up of five experienced musicians who met at the Cowgirl BBQ Bluegrass jam hosted by Sharon Gilchrist. We played there together every Saturday for about three years. We decided to get together and form a formal band December 2009. We play regularly in venues in Santa Fe and Albuquerque including the Route 66 Casino as well as Evangelo’s, Cowgirl BBQ, Second Street Brewery, and the Zia Diner in Santa Fe. We’ve also played at the Wildlife West Music Festival, Santa Fe Bluegrass Festival, and Madrid Bluegrass Festival as well as at the Mineshaft Tavern itself. We also play regularly at O’Niell’s on Central in Albuquerque. We describe ourselves as “Bluegrass and Beyond” because, although we play lots of bluegrass, we mix it up with newgrass, some folk, country, western, and even some mellow rock music as well. When playing, we are very relaxed, upbeat, and joke around quite a bit to keep everyone interested. People who have seen us play, say we look like we are having so much fun playing, because we really are! Check out our website for photos, videos, and our performance schedule!
Rod Taylor, originally from Lubbock, Texas, left his home to pursue the cowboy life and has worked at Vermejo Park, TO, and UU Bar before the spending the last 30 years cowboying on the Philmont Ranch. He has been playing music even longer both as a solo artist and with regional bands including currently playing with the The Rifters. Rod has several albums and other music projects. Rod lives with his wife Patty on the Philmont Ranch near Cimarron, NM.
Beginning as a duo on the Williams – Grand Canyon Railway, the Tumbleweeds have since moved to New Mexico and formed a dance band playing the best of Western Swing and Honky Tonk. The blues influenced fiddling of Joe Carter, the rollicking steel guitar of John Feldman, and the solid rhythm section of Byron & Jordan Ripley and Jay Rosenblum will get you on your feet. With four singers, you’ll hear tight harmonies and a variety of singing styles that will delight you. The Tumbleweeds would love to bring their fun, danceable music to your party, restaurant or dance hall!
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