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WMA Showcase And Awards Show 2012

My adventures at the WMA Showcase And Awards Show 2012 started with the opening luncheon and Baxter Black!  He was wonderful!  And what a trill to meet him!

Then the showcases started! Naomi Bristow was next! A very talented young lady with no place to go but up! At the opening luncheon I sat with Troy Bateson …(who was on stage later with Barry Ward)…and Mustang Mikki!  It was so much fun to get to know them.  Then I got to see them perform!  Mustang Mikki is a talented 16 year old who won the Youth Yoddler contest and the Best Of The Best.  Also Thursday afternoon I got to listen to Allan Chapman…Gency Brown…The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers…and John Bergstrom.

Friday morning found me at the DJ panel and that was one of the best I have been to.  It was fascinating to me to find out how diverse our shows really are.  What a kick!  It was an honor to be in the company of such a group!

After that, I’ve completely lost track of what happened when…but one of the highlights of the weekend was the main stage performances with Dave Stamey, Juni Fisher and R.W. Hampton!  It turned out to be a “roast” with incredible music!  Unbelievable entertainment!

As the weekend went along I heard my friend Jim Jones signing my favorite songs…Doug Muchmore great singer and father of one of my favorite NM Girl Staters…LeeLee Robert, talented lady whom I have loved getting the know the last 2 years…”V”…what a neat gal and great singer.  Looking forward to getting to know here better!  James Michael and Call of the WestJeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell…there’s a talented group of friends!  Buffalo Bill and Dr. JoHorse Crazy Cowgirl Band…Almeda Bradshaw…and of course there was Kristyn Harris singing by herself and accompanying various performers.

Another highlight of the weekend was the Youth Stage!  James Michael does a wonderful job with these young singers and musicians!  Of course had the kids not been incredibly talented when they arrived it would have been a different story…but they were!  The youth that you already know were of course Kristyn Harris and Mustang Mikki but they were joined on the Youth Stage by Leah and David Sawyer, both gifted singers and fiddlers (and I think they are 7 and 9).  And by singers Mandy Brown and Forrest Mackey.  There was also an unbelievable young lady there who played 9 string instruments and sang and I was so mesmerized by her performance that I forgot to write down her name or take pictures.  If anyone has that information please send it to me and I’ll add it.  It was a spectacular performance!  Thank you James Michael for donating your time to this project!!!

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The Awards Show Saturday night at the beautiful Kimo Theater couldn’t have been better!  It was so well organized by Lisa Hampton, the MCs did a great job and the entertainment was of course…award winning!  Congratulations to Dave Stamey, the man of the evening, who won Traditional Album of the Year for Twelve Mile Road, Songwriter of the Year, Male Performer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year!  Congratulations also to: Patty Clayton for Western Swing Album of the Year for Dancin’ In Denver; Rich O’Brien, Instrumentalist of the Year; Susie Knight for Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year for Western Wordsmith; Yvonne Hollenbeck for Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year for Christmas On The Range; Les Buffham, Male Poet of the Year; Sam DeLeeuw, Female Poet of the Year; Janet McBride, winner of the Curly Musgrave Award; Marvin O’Dell, DJ of the Year; Kristyn Harris, the Crescendo Award; Les Buffham and Mary Kaye, Song of the Year, No Wilder Place; Belinda Gail, Female Performer of the Year; Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers, Duo or Group of the Year; Mustang Mikki, Youth Yodeler and Best of the Best Yodeler; Miss Devon and the Outlaw, Duo Yodelers and The Sawyer Family, Trio Yodelers!

What a year for Western Music and Cowboy Poetry!!!  Thank you for letting me play a small roll in getting it out to the public!  See you in Albuquerque next year!!!

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The Real West from the Old West – Playlist 11-7-12

The Real West from the Old West – AM 1230 KOTS

11-7-12

The Real West – Rod Taylor

She’s Killing Me – Hot Club Of Cowtown – What Makes Bob Holler

Sweet Grass County Line – Dave Stamey – Twelve Mile Road

Alright, Okay, You Win – AATW/Leon Rausch – It’s A Good Day

Borrowed Time – Jim Jones – Borrowed Time

Oklahoma Stomp – Saddle Cats – Herdin’ Cats

It’s A Cowboy Thang – Terry Brown – It’s A Cowboy Thang

The Men Who Ride No More – Joel Nelson – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 4

I’m Satisfied With You – Carolyn Martin – Tennessee Local

These Oklahoma Hills – Brenda Libby – Chilled

Twin Fiddles Turn Me On – Jody Nix – Twin Fiddles Turn Me On

Cross The Brazos At Waco – Linda Lee Filener – Can’t Quit Ridin’

Eleven Eighteen Nadine Lane – Country Night Live – Words You Can Understand

One Cowboy Left – Jean Prescott – Tapestry Of The West

The Worst One To Buck – Andy Nelson – Bar-D Roundup Vol. 4

Across The Alley From The Alamo – Les Gilliam – Oklahoma-1955

America Needs The Cowboy – Randy Huston – There’s A Hole In Daddy’s Rope

Texas Blues – Stephanie Davis – Texas Bliss

Donnie Catch A Horse – RW Hampton – My Old Friends

Route 66 – Tony Smith – It’s A Swing Thing

Roughstring Rider – Ken Moore – Bringin’ The Wild Ones In

Croppie – Susie Knight – Leather Wings

I Reckon I’m A Texan – Billy Mata – This Is Tommy Duncan Vol. 2

Adobe Walls – Kevin Davis – Every Horse I Ever Rode

South Of The Border – Bobby Flores – Festival Favorites

Smoke Of The Brandin’ Fire – Jim Jones – Feels Like Home To Me

Miles And Miles Of Texas – Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers – Breakin’ Out

My Name Is Dalton – Bill Barwick – The Usual Suspects

The Brand – Dawn Nelson – Then He Made Cowgirl

Can’t Get Enough Of Texas – River Road Boys – Can’t Get Enough Of Texas

Train To Chama – Jim Jones – Borrowed Time

Beyond The Divide – James Michael

The reason I love this Western Music DJ job so much is all the wonderful folks I get to know.  Joe Baker introduced me to James Michael at the WMA Festival in Albuquerque in 2008.  He lives in Las Cruces, just 60 miles away so I get to take advantage of him occasionally with radio interviews, house concerts and such.  It’s fun!  And he is such a nice guy!  It’s such fun to make new friends!

James Michael’s new CD, “Borrowed Time” is wonderful!  The title song about an old mare that raised his kids is beautiful and brings back a lot of memories of Sonny, the old gelding that raised me. “Frank” is about a guy in his 50s that wanted to do something for his country after 9-11!  It’s an amazing story about an amazing man!  Most of the songs are written by a guy by the name of Mike Hosea…and he wrote them quite well!  LOL!  There is also a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney??? (Well know Western Music writers, no doubt!)  James does a wonderful job with “Rocky Raccoon!”  And also Jon Messenger’s “Old Peloncillos.”  That’s a great song Jon!  Of course part of the reason I love it so much is because I grew up in the Animas Valley and had a great view of the Peloncillos! Beautiful mountains!

Also on the CD are “Serenade Of The Bells” written by Twomey, Goodheart and Urbano, “Hour Before Dawn” by Buffham and Ley, “Blue Mountain” by Keller, “Moonshine Steer” by Gardner and “My Cathedral” by Pat Twitty.  That song brings memories of my dad.  His feelings exactly.   James is joined on the CD by musicians Call Of The WestJeanne Cahill (playing whatever she wants to and singing harmony)  and Jerome Campbell (lead and rhythm guitar and harmony vocals). Alison Reynolds (cello), Gordon Butler (violin) and Roy Garcia (steel guitar.)

James Michael spends most of his time at the WMA Showcase and Awards Show working with kids in the Junior WMA.  In 2011 I attended the Showcase where the kids presented their show and what a show it was!  Good for you James!!!  Check out the website http://jamesmichaelmusic.com to find out more about James Michael and to purchase this wonderful CD! You’ll be glad you did!!!

Reflections from the Western Music Assn. Showcase and Awards Show

I’m home and rested…finally!  It took a while! That was the most jam-packed three days I have spent in some time!  There were old friends to catch up with, new friends to make and lots of music and poetry to soak up!  One of the first familiar faces was Graham Lees, the DJ from Yorkshire in England!  It’s always a thrill to see Graham.  The first new face was Kristyn Harris.  I have been playing her CD on my show for a while and we have communicated via email but never face to face.  What an amazing young lady!  She’s sweet, friendly, energized, cute and oh-so-talented!!! It was a pleasure to get to meet her.  I’m looking forward to following her career!

This year I attended more showcases on the main stage.  Belinda Gail was amazing!  I know she’s been doing this for a while and has a reputation as a wonderful singer…but she held that audience in the palm of her hand.  Her songs and presentation were heartfelt.  She had other wonderful entertainers on with her…beautiful Mary Kaye and her great voice.  Mary Kaye and Belinda are so good together.  Diane Tribitt recited her poem, “Live Backwards.” Diane is a real deal poet.  She writes about her life experiences as a rancher…and just continues to get better.  The whole package was so good!  Belinda’s final song, “Shenendoah”…accapella…brought the entire audience to their feet.  No dry eyes leaving that performance (among the girls anyway).  It was a highlight.

The “Call of the West” performance was pretty incredible… as it always is.  Jeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell are such talented musicians!  I could listen to Jeanne sing forever.  What a voice she has!  Lynn Anderson did a wonderful job…she is always great to listen to!  Jon Messenger was at the top of his game!  He sounded so good!  I’ve never heard him sound better!  What a treat!  Thank you Jon, for writing “The Old Pelloncillos.”  I love that song!  Of course that’s one of many beautiful songs you have written!

And…about the time I think I know a lot of entertainers…I meet someone who has been around for a long time that I didn’t know.  I met Peggy Malone!  First, heard her jamming on Friday evening in the lobby.  I just heard a couple of songs so decided to attend a showcase and find out what she is really all about.  I did that. Oh my gosh…how in the world did God fit that wonderful voice and all the energy into one body???  It was such a pleasure to visit with her too.  What a wonderful lady!  Thank you Peggy Malone for being my new friend!  I look forward to the CDs.

Another new friend is Nancy Ruybal!  I heard her 3 or 4 times over the weekend and really enjoyed her songs.  Nancy has a wonderful voice!  And she writes beautiful stuff!  After the Awards ceremony Nancy, Diane Tribitt and I ran away to a room and devoured a pizza.  We had all be on the run all day and hadn’t eaten much.  It sure tasted good.  The conversation, though, was an education to me.  Having two talented writers discussing…how writers make things work…was fascinating.  I was smart enough to just keep my mouth shut and listen.  What a treat!

During the weekend it was such a pleasure to visit with Cimarron Sue and Nevada Slim, Rick Steinke and Linda Hausler “Open Range,” meet KT Potts, meet GT Hurley, meet Alan Chapman.  Good to see Jim Jones, Fred Hargrove, Judy Coder, Carolyn and Dave Martin, Rick Huff, Linda Lee Green, Marsha Short, Steve and Terri Taylor, Barbara Nelson, Marvin O’Dell, James Michael…I should never have started this.  I’ll never remember.  What I’m trying to say is…it was great seeing you!!!

Congratulations to all the winners!  Especially Juni Fisher!  What a night for you, Juni!  Original song, Outstanding Female and Entertainer of the Year!  What a haul!  Good for you!  Congratulations R. W. Hampton for being inducted into the Hall Of Fame!  What a champion we have for Western Music!  And he’s taking it all over the world.  Europe loves R. W. Hampton!  And who wouldn’t!  All you have to do is listen to him!  And besides that, he’s just a really nice guy!

All the awards were so well deserved!  I have posted them earlier so I won’t do it again but please know that you have my sincere “Congratulations!”  The one I am going to mention is Outstanding Book, “Colorado Moon”…when is the next one coming out, Jim???  I’m ready to read it!  LOL!

The only disappointment all weekend (except not getting to meet J Parson and Brenda Libby), was the lack of jam sessions.  They were there and I enjoyed several of them.   But when I first started attending the WMA event in 2007, there were jam sessions in every nook and corner.  And everybody was jamming til 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning.  This year, I understand, there were private jam sessions.  What a loss for those like me who are not musicians or singers and just want to listen and have new music for radio shows maybe… It was at the jam sessions that I felt like I got to know the musicians better.  You were more up close and personal. I’ll never forgot the first jam session that Carolyn Martin joined.  It was in the lobby…it was Carolyn’s first WMA event, I think.  There were many people there who did not know her.  She started singing and you could have heard a pin drop.  You could then hear whispers…who is that?…what a voice!  Now EVERYONE knows Carolyn Martin!  Why isn’t that good for the entertainers as well as the listeners?  Just sayin’…

I had a great time!  Thank you!  See you there next year!

Upcoming Western Music Events

This is a great time of year to be playing western music on the radio!  The Western Music Assn. recently published the list of nominations for all the awards to be given by the WMA at the Western Music Showcase and Awards Show in Albuquerque, NM, November 19th.  Since I have already given you that list I won’t go into details.  It’s here for you to read.  But…it sure makes putting a show together easy.  This Wednesday I will be featuring the nominees for Entertainer of the Year.  There is soooo much talent there!  You’ll enjoy it!  Then, of course, I’ll play other wonderful music as well, along with nominated poets!  By the time I finish this weeks show, if I have not played a nominated song, CD, singer or poet, it’s because I don’t have the CD.  And there aren’t many of those!  Hope you can drop in.  I’m on “The Real West from the Old West” AM-1230 KOTS in Deming, NM Wednesday morning from 10:00 til noon.  Then the show will be available on the net at http://demingradio.com.  For more information on the Western Music Assn. Showcase and Awards Show, log onto http://westernmusic.com.

Also coming up October 6 – 9th is the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso Downs, NM!

Appearing there will be:

LEON RAUSCH, TOMMY ALLSUP and THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS:
MEL TILLIS and THE STATESIDERS:
Justin Trevino
Darrell and Mona McCall
Byron Berline & Band
Brady Bowen & Band
*Wade Benson Landry & Band “Swingin’ Cajun Style”
(One of Branson’s most exciting performers. Cajun, swing & country at its best.)
*Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long & Band
(Some of the best pickin’ and singin’ you’ll ever hear and Little Roy is one of the funniest people on the planet.)
*The Saddle Cats
(Absolutely one of the very best young swing bands in America. They’re coming from the San Francisco Bay area.)
*Cole and Matt Reeves
(Cowboy Rock’n Roll. The music of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry & others that cowboys & cowgirls have been dancin’ to for more than fifty years.)
Wendell Sollis & The Sidekicks
Rollie Stevens & Band
Floyd Domino
Chuck Cusimano
Liz Talley
Pete Laumbach
The Flying J Wranglers
Bisquits O’Brien
Jimmy Burson & Lucy Dean Record
Will Banister
Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition with Floyd Domino & John Doyle
Coby Carter & Friends
Gil Prather
Heart of Texas Show: Justin Trevino, Darrell & Mona McCall, Tracy Pitcox & guests
Little Roy & Lizzy Show
Jody Nix
Wade Benson Landry
Jake Hooker
Matt & Cole Reeves
* indicates new performers at the Cowboy Symposium

For more information lot onto http://cowboysymposium.org  There you will find ticket information, maps, schedules and they will be updating the entertainer list.

Truly an honor

It is truly an honor to be nominated by the Western Music Association as Radio DJ/Radio Program of the Year for “The Real West from the Old West” on AM 1230 KOTS.  Thank you so much!  And to hear it first from my friend Diane Tribitt made it even more fun!  I love this job!  LOL!!

Columbia Chapter WMA

The Columbia Chapter of the Western Music Association is up and running…at a pretty good rate, it seems!  Their website is www.columbiawma.org and you can reach their Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf#!/pages/WMA-Columbia-Chapter/227636313934331.
Congratulations to you all!  Looks like you are all working and having fun!

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