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Jim Jones Performs For Friend at Patriotic Gala in Scottsdale

Jim Jones was honored and surprised when friend Mike Rutherford of Rutherford Diversified Industries asked Jones to perform “Old Soldier” as his acceptance speech at the Patriotic Gala in Scottsdale. Rutherford Diversified Industries, based in Sierra Vista, AZ, received the esteemed Copper Eagle award during the ceremonies for their exceptional support to service men and women locally.

“Mike heard me perform “Old Soldier” at the Arizona Folklore Preserve and he approached me shortly thereafter with the request for me to perform it when he received this wonderful award,” Jones explains.

“Mike is one of the good guys – a successful businessman who gives back unselfishly and mostly anonymously to his community- so I was tremendously honored that he wanted to include me in the ceremony.  I’ll tell you what, the most difficult part of the whole thing was to get through the performance without choking up. Here I was singing this song to a room full of heroes and they were just so appreciative. It really makes you feel humble.”

“Old Soldier” is Jones’ tribute to the men and women who fight for the freedoms and rights of Americans. He wrote the song after a friend told him about his father, who had been a bonafide hero in World War II, commanding a battalion of soldiers and living through battle after battle. At the time, his friend’s father was in his late 80s and had difficulty even walking up the stairs.

“He described how hard it was for his father to allow himself to be taken care of and what a challenge it was for him, as the son, to do what needed to be done while being respectful of his father’s dignity,” Jones explains.  “As I began writing the song, memories of my own father crept into the story as well.  These folks are known as ‘the greatest generation’ and there aren’t that many of them left. I figured I’d better say thank you while I still had the chance.”

The Patriotic Gala, one of the most anticipated veteran’s events of the year in Scottsdale, attracts service men and women, active, former and retired, as well as business, civic and philanthropic leaders from around the state to honor leaders and patriots who have served the nation.

“Old Soldier” is on Jones’ new album, “Race with the Wind.” The album is available for download on iTunes and other online retailers as well as through Jones’ website, www.jimjonesmusic.com.

The Real West from The Old West – Playlist 4-22-15

The Real West from the Old West – AM 1230 KOTS

4-22-15 – Cowboy Poetry Week

The Real West – Rod Taylor

You’re The Cloud I’m On When I’m High – Brady Bowen/Greg Gibbs – Old Pictures In A New Frame

My Country’s Not For Sale – R.W. Hampton – This Cowboy

I’m In Deep Water – Ann J. Morton

Spirit Rider – Brenn Hill – Spirit Rider

Back In The Swing Of Things – Coby Carter – Legends

Calving Time – Jean Prescott – Traditions

Man In The Moon – Mike Puhallo – Bar-D Roundup

Take Back Your Old Love Letters – The Yarbroughs – Honky Honk Trifecta

Cowgirl Creed – Belinda Gail – Granite Mountain

San Antonio Rose – The Hanson Family – Rope That Rhythm

Cattle Rest Easy – Randy Huston – Cowboys And Girls

Right Or Wrong – Carolyn Martin – A Platter Of Brownies

Race With The Wind – Jim Jones – Race With The Wind

Interview – Randy Huston

Guardian Angel – Hannah Huston – Cowboys And Girls

Headin’ Out – Diane Tribitt – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 5

Swing Thing – Western Swing Authority – Now Playing

Mountain Home – Jim Wilson – Border Bravo

It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie – Mikki Daniel – Cowgirl Swing

Just Like Him – Tony Lundervold – From The Ranch To The Rodeo

My Window Faces The South – Kristyn Harris – Let Me Ride

Buckaroo Man – LeeLee Robert – Jewel Of The West

An Old Western Town – Randy Rieman – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 4

Fast Company – Bobby Flores – Fast Company

Seven Spanish Angels – Eddy Harrison – Trail Dust And Teardrops

Dev’lish Mary – Billy Mata – By Request

Last Taste Of Yesterday – Gene Burkhart – Last Taste Of Yesterday

Brand New Tune – Chuck Cusimano – The Collection Vol. 1

A Border Affair – The Bill Ganz Western Band – Ridin’ The Arizona Trail

Four Little Words – Jay Snider-Bar-D Roundup Vol. 7 

Blue Horizon – Sid Hausman & Washtub Jerry – Blue Horizon

Tiny’s Tempo – Rose Sinclair – Lone Star Landing

Gov. Susana Martinez proclaims “Cowboy Poetry Week” in the State of New Mexico

Proclomation 2015

RANDY HUSTON, HANNAH HUSTON RECEIVE WRANGLER AWARDS

RANDY HUSTON, HANNAH HUSTON RECEIVE WRANGLER AWARDS

Album “Cowboys & Girls” Named Outstanding Traditional Western Music Album; Hannah is Recognized with the New Horizon Award

Randy Huston and Hannah Huston received their first Wrangler Awards Saturday night from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Randy and Hannah received the award for Outstanding Traditional Western Music Album for “Cowboys & Girls.” Hannah also received the New Horizon Award from the organization.

Randy thanked the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, saying, “Eli Barsi said we would be nervous – she was right.” He went on to say, “We’ve been treated with kindness, respect and professionalism. We are thrilled. In addition to our music, we ranch in Northeast New Mexico, so the museum and all it does speaks directly to our hearts.”

After thanking “God for the gift of music,” Randy thanked his father, Darrel Huston, “for always having music in hour home.” He dedicated the award to his late mother, Geri Huston, “for nurturing our gift of music.”  He went on to thank all the folks who have an interest in and enjoy cowboy music.

This album is Hannah’s first time to record with her father, although she has been performing onstage with him since she was 10. In her acceptance speech for the New Horizon Award, the 17-year old college student said, “It is such a great honor to receive this award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. When I started singing with my dad at the age of 10, I never imagined winning one award, let alone two in one night.

“I would like to thank my dad for being my singing partner and my guitar player, and my mom, Julianne, for supporting me. I would like to thank my friends and family who helped make this possible and also everyone who helped put the album together. Thank you for this tremendous honor, I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Previous Wrangler award winners Michael Martin Murphey​ and Eli Barsi​ presented the awards to Randy and Hannah.  Of the album, Michael said it continues the tradition of great western music and noted that all songs were written or co-written by the award recipients. Eli added, “It is no surprise that the songs run the gamut from heartfelt tearjerkers to songs that will make you laugh and lighten your day – songs about family, friends, cows, horses, wrecks, God and family, God and country — all of which paint a picture of the western life and lifestyle.”

First presented in 1961, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage Awards were established to honor and encourage the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film, and television reflect the significant stories of the American West.

The awards program also recognizes inductees into the prestigious Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers as well as the recipient of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award, named in honor of the Museum’s founder. Each honoree receives a Wrangler, an impressive bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback.

The awards ceremony is streamed live at http://wranglernetwork.com/portfolio-view/national-cowboy-western-and-heritage-museum-western-heritage-awards/. For a complete list of winners, go to http://nationalcowboymuseum.org/awards-halls-of-fame/western-heritage-awards/western-heritage-awards-current-winners/.

Randy Huston Appreciates Garth’s Comment on Western Songs

Randy Huston Appreciates Garth’s Comment on Western Songs

Sixteen years ago Garth Brooks hit the country charts for the first time with his ode to rodeo cowboy and singer Chris LeDoux, “Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old.)” Garth says he will always include at least one western song on his albums because of the support he’s had from “the workin’ men and women in the cowboy hats that supported us and continue to support us.”

Cowboy and western singer Randy Huston, who met Brooks when he lived in Nashville and ran a publishing company out of Javelina Studio, says he is not surprised to hear what the singer has to say about western music.

“I had the chance to visit with Garth a few times when I was in Nashville, and it doesn’t surprise me to hear that he would make this statement,” Huston says. “He and I were both friends with Chris LeDoux, a guy who was absolutely a top notch person. I knew that Garth admires and values cowboys and the cowboy lifestyle, and I appreciated that. Not many folks who sing and perform mainstream music have much of a connection to the real cowboy, so whenever someone does, it impresses those of us that are still living the cowboy life.”

Huston had several opportunities to visit with Brooks in Nashville, and not surprising, the conversation always came around to LeDoux.

“I can’t remember where we ran in to each other, I think once was at a Gold album party for Chris, and another time at Javelina studio in Nashville. I do remember that each time I visited with him, the conversation would end up gravitating toward Chris, and how we appreciated having him as a friend.”

While the cowboy is a symbol recognized universally as American, Huston says there are people who don’t actually think there are cowboys who live and work the land in many parts of the U.S. today, just as their predecessors did more than 100 years ago.

“People don’t realize that the cowboy is alive and well, but we are still out there living the cowboy lifestyle,” Huston points out. “To borrow the title from a song written by Ed Bruce, Donnie Blanz, and Judith Bruce that Chris cut, ‘You Just Can’t See Him from the Road.’

“Those of us plying the cowboy trade day in and day out appreciate someone of Garth’s prominence giving us a nod.”

Garth’s new CD, “Man Against the Machine,” includes two western songs, “Rodeo and Juliet” and “Cowboys Forever.” Garth is nominated in the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award, with ceremonies

Randy, who is one of the “workin’ cowboys” Garth mentions, has a ranch in Cuervo, N.M. He just released his third CD of modern western tunes, “Cowboys & Girls,” which features his daughter Hannah.

This Saturday, April 18, Randy and Hannah will receive the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Outstanding Traditional Western Album award for their CD “Cowboys & Girls.”  In addition, Hannah will receive the New Horizon Award during the ceremonies, which will take place in Oklahoma City.

 

Playlist – The Real West from the Old West 4-15-15

The Real West – Rod Taylor

Men In Blue – Randy Huston – Cowboys And Cowgirls

Lights Of Old Santa Fe – The Hanson Family – Rope That Rhythm

Buckaroo Man – LeeLee Robert – Jewel Of The West

Sweet Georgia Brown – Carolyn Martin – A Platter Of Brownies

Where The Mustangs Can Run Free – Gene Burkhart – Last Taste Of Yesterday

He’s Playing – Jacy Yarbrough – Honky Tonk Trifecta

No Waitin’ On Someday – Ken Cook – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 9

Ridin’ The Pens – Doug Figgs – Partners

Miss Molly – Western Swing Authority – Now Playing

El Paso – R.W. Hampton – This Cowboy

Hubbin’ It – Stephanie Davis – Western Bling

Rustler’s Moon – Jim Jones – Race With The Wind

That’s What I Like About  A Country Song – Coby Carter – Legends

The Banker And The Insurance Man – Yvonne Hollenbeck – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 9

I’ve Just Got To Be A Cowgirl – Belinda Gail – Out Of The Chute

Lilly Dale – The Desperados – Lucky Seven

The Cowboy Way – Tony Lundervold – From The Ranch To The Rodeo

West Of Santa Rosa – Badger & The Belles – Badger & The Belles

For The Good Times – Eddy Harrison – Trail Dust And Teardrops

It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie – Mikki Daniel/Dave Alexander – Cowgirl Swing

Once We Were Kings – Dale Page – Once We Were Kings

Breakaway Runnaway – Brenn Hill – Ode To Selway

It’s All Your Fault – Hot Club Of Cowtown – What Makes Bob Holler

If Love Don’t Find Me – Brenda Libby – Chilled

Always Late – Billy Mata – By Request

The Long Haul – Bill Barwick – The Usual Suspects

It Makes No Difference Now – Mike Dart – Slippin’ Around

The Married Man – Steve Porter – Forgotten

Montana Stars – Ian Espinoza – Allegretto*Espinoza

House Of Blue Lights – Syd Hausman & Washtub Jerry – Blue Horizon

4-8-15 Playlist – The Real West from the Old West

The Real West from the Old West – AM 1230 KOTS

4-8-15

The Real West – Rod Taylor

Got In It For The Romance – Randy Huston – Cowboys And Cowgirls

Arizona Saturday Night – Open Range – Swingtime In The Rockies

Give Yourself To Love – Judy And Jennifer

It’s A Good Day – AATW/Leon Rausch – It’s A Good Day

Smoke Of The Brandin’ Fire – Jim Jones – Race With The Wind

Dance Time In Texas – Coby Carter – Legends

Cowboy Poetry In Motion – Paul Bliss – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 9

Listen – Juni Fisher – Listen…To The Horse

Corrine, Corrina – Billy Mata – By Request

The Dawn And The Dusk – Mary Kaye – The Dawn And The Dusk

Shoulda Grabbed Her A Cowboy – Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers – Too Hot To Handle

Angel In Levis – R.W. Hampton – This Cowboy

My Window Faces The South – Kristyn Harris – Let Me Ride

The Twister – Jay Snider – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 9

Educated Man – Tony Lundervold – From The Ranch To The Rodeo

Keep Knockin’ But You Can’t Come In – Carolyn Martin – A Platter Of Brownies

Heroes From The Past – The Yarbrough Band – Heroes From The Past

Blue Stem Grass – Bill Barwick – The Usual Suspects

I Guess I Had It Coming – Bobby Flores – Fast Company

Old Double Diamond – Ramblin’ Rangers – Ramblin’ On

Ranch Boss – Diane Tribitt – Out Of The Chute

It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie – Mikki Daniel – Cowgirl Swing

Dirt – Jared Rogerson – Dirt

Don’t Get Around Much – Hot Texas Swing Band – ‘Bout Time

Back To The Ranch – LeeLee Robert – Jewel Of The West

Baby That Sure Would Go Good – Stephanie Davis – Western Bling

Thanks For Today – Hannah Huston – Cowboys And Cowgirls

Ode To Rhymin’ – Doc Mehl – The Great Divide

Gotta Lotta Rhythm – Jennifer Epps – All I Need

That’s Why There’s Honky Tonks In Texas – Chuck Cusimano – The Collection Vol. 1

The Devil Went Down To Georgia – The Anslovers – The Anslovers

Jersey Bounce – Rose Sinclair

Playlist 4-1-15 The Real West from the Old West

The Real West from the Old West – AM 1230 KOTS

4-1-15

The Real West – Rod Taylor

San Antonio Rose – The Hanson Family – Rope That Rhythm

True Love Ways – Coby Carter – Legends

You Can’t Get There From Here – Jim Jones

Move It On Over – Sharyn Lee – Swingin’ On A Ridge

Wheatfields – Barry Ward – Distant Furrows

Sweet Georgia Brown – Carolyn Martin – A Platter Of Brownies

Hilda’s Bloomers – Sam DeLeeuw – Spreadin’ Sunshine

Wyoming: Jewel Of The West – LeeLee Robert – Jewel Of The West

It Makes No Difference Now – Mike Dart – Slippin’ Around

Shenandoah – Belinda Gail – Granite Mountain

You Can’t Make It Up – Rick & The Ramblers – Welcome To Our Vermont

Bright Lights & Country Music – Janice Maynard – I’ll Take My Chances

Give Yourself To Love – Judy and Jennifer

Grandpa’s Spurs – Ken Cook – Cowboys Are Like That

She Should Be Me – Mikki Daniel/Dave Alexander – Cowgirl Swing

Socios – Doug Figgs – Partners

Interview – Doug Figgs

Comanche – R.W. Hampton – This Cowboy

My Window Faces The South – Kristyn Harris – Let Me Ride

Frog Kissin’ – Eddy Harrison – Trail Dust And Teardrops

Alkali Ike’s Zippers – Ila-Jane Owen/Kiskaddon – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 9

Heroes From The Past – The Yarbrough Band – Heroes From The Past

The Gift – Ramblin’ Rangers – Ramblin’ On

Swingtime In The Rockies – Open Range – Swingtime In The Rockies

Young Cowboy – Tony Lundervold – From The Ranch To The Rodeo

It’s A Good Day – AATW/Leon Rausch – It’s A Good Day

Cowgirl At Heart – Janice Deardorff – Part Of The West

It Sorta Makes Sense – Virginia Bennett – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 9

Baby That Sure Would Go Good – Stephanie Davis – Western Bling

Mockingbird Yodel – Judy and Jennifer

Shuffleitis – Chuck Cusimano – The Collection Vol. 1

Rustler’s Moon – Jim Jones – Race With The Wind

Tiny’s Tempo – Rose Sinclair

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