Promoting the Music and Poetry of the American West
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Diamond W Wranglers
Johnny Western and Rex Allen Jr. have lauded the Diamond W Wranglers as one of the finest Western Music groups in America. They make their home in Wichita, Kansas and have taken their brand across the globe.
The music they perform is a combination of traditional Western music that pays homage to Western greats like the Sons of the Pioneers, and their own Western originals. Winners of the Will Rogers Award for 2008 Western Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, the Wranglers have also been honored for their original music.
Known as the Prairie Rose Wranglers from 1999-2007, the Wranglers were the first musicians from the western hemisphere to perform cowboy music in China, as well as the first musicians to have a concert ON the Great Wall of China.They have performed to sellout crowds at Carnegie Hall TWICE, headlined 6 Cowboy Cruises in the Caribbean, and represented Kansas and Oklahoma on an official tourism marketing mission to Germany.To sample their music and find out more information, please visit their website.
or call 316-440-6444.
Time Changes Everything - "Cowboy True" - Diamond W Wranglers
Prairie Rose Rangers
Def.: Ranger – One who roams or ranges the countryside, especially in the American West; ie: a cowboy (or cowgirl.)
The Prairie Rose Rangers are the house band at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon. They have also played several major festivals, such as the PBR Festival in Pueblo CO, Michael Martin Murphey’s West Fest in Rifle CO and the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield KS. They have recorded and performed with Western Music Hall of Famers like Michael Martin Murphey, Rex Allen Jr and Johnny Western.
Orin Friesen -- Orin has performed at venues from San Francisco to Carnegie Hall and from Nashville to the Great Wall of China. He has sung and played on over 20 albums. Orin loves singing cowboy music, but loves the cowboy lifestyle even more. He has worked with cattle and horses his entire life, and still loves working the roundups. He’s a member of the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Kansas Bluegrass Hall of Fame and America’s Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame. His voice has been heard on the radio in Wichita since 1964. Orin is also the author of the regional best-selling book, Goat Glands to Ranch Hands: the KFDI Story.
Jesse Friesen -- Growing up on a ranch, it was only natural that Jesse would have “cowboyin’” in his blood. While other kids in his school were into pop and hip-hop, Jesse was teaching himself how to play guitar by listening to the Sons of the Pioneers. Now he not only plays acoustic guitar, but he also plays banjo, resonator guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, keyboards, bass and drums. Beside producing and performing on two albums by the Rangers, he has also released three solo projects. He now runs a professional recording studio outside of Wichita: Geneva Sky Studios.
Jenny Bowen Clayton is the fiddler in the Prairie Rose Rangers and her musical talents run deep. She grew up in a family of musicians and can also play mandolin, piano and guitar. When she’s not playing cowboy music with the Prairie Rose Rangers, Jenny can often be found performing with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Grand Opera, or her own ICTrio.
Ranger Stan Greer recently won the Kansas State Mandolin Championship. He also plays guitar and banjo, plus shares the lead vocals with Jesse Friesen. Stan has been playing music since childhood. For five years he performed at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri with his band, the Dubious Brothers. In the early '90s, Stan and Orin Friesen formed a cowboy band called the Home Rangers. This was the original band when the Prairie Rose began in 1999. Like Orin, Stan also hosts his own radio show of Bluegrass Music. He does most of the comedy in the band and has written two joke books. Ranger Stan likes to say, "When the Prairie Rose was looking for a new superstar cowboy singer, they were looking for somebody who was pretty good who would play for nothing. I'm the biggest good-for-nothing they could find."
The Rangers scored a hit when “Thank Heavens for Dale Evans,” from their debut album made it to #1 on the Western Music charts. They recently released their third album, Tales from the Trail.
To book the Prairie Rose Rangers for your event, contact Orin Friesen.
Ron Wilson, “Poet Lariat,” presents all-original cowboy poetry As seen on TV!
Ron Wilson grew up near Manhattan Kansas on the Lazy T Ranch where his family resides today. Ron was named Horizon Award winner by the Heartland Chapter of the Academy of Western Artists and was proclaimed by the Governor of Kansas as “Poet Lariat.” His cowboy poetry is featured regularly in the Grass & Grain newspaper, the Country Parson radio program on WIBW FM, and the Ag AM in Kansas television show. Ron chairs the annual Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest. He is the only cowboy poet in the history of Kansas to present a cowboy poem at a Governor’s inauguration. Ron was named an Ambassador for the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. His poetry is fun, family-friendly, patriotic, and most of the time, it even rhymes.
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Barry Ward’s songs come from his deep roots in the heart of rural America. As a 4th generation Kansas farmer and rancher, he writes of the men and women whose lives are entwined with the seasons, the land, and the will of God.
Traveling to 29 states and 3 foreign countries, Barry has shared his talent from Carnegie Hall in New York City to the jungles of Cameroon, Africa.
Barry is honored to be the 2013 Western Music Association Male Performer of the Year and the 2014 Male Vocalist of the Year with the Academy of Western Artists. His recording of the song “Eli Crow,” won the 2012 Song of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. He recently was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame and has twice won Western CD of the Year with the Rural Roots Commission.
Barry and his wife, Victoria, now live on a ranch in the Flint Hills of Eastern Kansas. Victoria manages Barry’s music career and their recording company, Flying W Productions.
Flying W Productions
2116MRDEureka, KS 67045
Phone: 303-243-1978 (cell)
Tallgrass Express String Band
This truly regional band celebrates ranch life on the tallgrass prairie, specializing in original music by rancher-songwriter Annie Wilson - named the “Flint Hills Balladeer” by the Kansas Dept of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.
Their music takes listeners to a world of stunning landscapes, western romance and humor, skilled cowboys and spunky cowgirls, runaway horses, Indian buffalo hunts, and lovely prairie walks among native birds and grasses. With lyrical harmonies and classic fiddle and mandolin solos, their concerts also include many beloved western standards.
The band has recorded four CDs, including nearly 50 original songs. Founded in 2004, they have delivered hundreds of performances to satisfied audiences.
"This group is remarkably talented, well-organized, and extremely personable" - Mary Honeyman, Director, Kaw Mission.
"Is a treasure of Kansas and the Flint Hills." - Bob Workman, founding Director, Flint Hills Discovery Center.
"Conveys life and love in our rural communities and families...articulates the Flint Hills ranching culture." - Marty White, Symphony in the Flint Hills.
Jeff Davidson of Eureka is a man of many hats. Jeff is a cowboy, musician, poet, historian, watershed specialist, rangeland plant identification expert, and a former Extension educator. Another hat which he wears is that of Past President of the Kansas Chapter of the Western Music Association. He has performed music for over 30 years, taking western music combined with Kansas history to communities throughout the state, from Kansas City to Elkhart and from St. Francis to Columbus.
He began his entertainment career as a square dance caller, and in 1985 became the entertainer for the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train and served in that capacity for 24 years.
A 2013 winner of the Kansas Cowboy Poetry contest, Davidson is a singer/songwriter and uses his original works as well as vintage songs of old to lead audiences through the history of the “winnin’ of the west” which shaped the economy, ideology and heroism of a young nation.
Del Shields, a true cowboy, is a western music recording artist, cowboy poet, and featured entertainer and co-host of Best of America by Horseback on RFD-TV.
He has traveled from coast to coast, entertaining various audiences across this great country.
Del is a member of the Academy of Western Artists and the Western Music Association. He has recorded four albums, half of which contain his original music. Del had a single that reached number two and two albums that reached number nine!
He has been highlighted in numerous publications, including Cascade Horse Magazine and Trail Rider Magazine.
Brad (Doc) Hamilton
God - Family – America - Freedom
4 Points West
The Cowboy Show
“Where Past Trails Meet Present”
Brad (Doc) Hamilton began his entertainment career singing Wings of a Dove for his grandfather at age 5. In 2005 Brad became the entertainment director of the Red Rock Guest Ranch and became a regular performer at the Ranch’s weekly show.
In 2006 Brad developed the 4 Points West Cowboy Show. “The Cowboy Show Where Past Trails Meet Present” The 4 Points of the show are God, Family, America and Freedom. 4 Points West believes in providing inspirational Cowboy/Western entertainment that any age and everyone in the family will enjoy. You will here renditions of patriotic, gospel and cowboy songs along with demonstrations of gun and rope spinning, vocal impersonations, card tricks and authentic cowboy poetry. We know that 4 Points West will captivate you with the spirit of the American West.
If you believe as we do in quality inspirational entertainment please allow 4 Points West to delight the guests at your next event. Events may include rodeos, cattle and horse auctions, Annual and Semi-Annual meetings, community celebrations, fundraisers, birthdays, anniversaries special occasions and the list keeps moving right on down the trail. Brad (Doc) Hamilton and 4 Points West have entertained at such events as the Jackson County, Kansas annual Soil Conversation meeting, The Kansas Association of Counties, Kansas County Commissioners Association annual meeting, Old West Cowboy Days in Ottawa, Kansas the Jewel County annual Thrashing Bee the annual Communication of the M:.W:. Grand Lodge of AF & AM of Kansas, USD 337 Royal Valley School District, Kansas Lodge # 393 AF & AM, the Hoyt Senior Citizens Association, Old Pioneer Days Mayetta, Kansas, The National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration at The Cross Roads Cowboy Church Williamstown, Kansas, The Twin Lakes Shrine Club, Carbondale, Kansas, The Louisville, Kansas Cowboy Church, Wellington, Kansas Chisholm Trail Wild West Days, Andover, Kansas St. Vincent’s De Paul over 40 club, Tri-County Manor, Horton, Kansas, The Rusty Rierson Radio Show, Better Horses Radio Show hosted by Ernie Rodina and The Big Read Celebration of True Grit Topeka, Public Library.
Whether ministering with widely diverse Christian fellowships such as stately cathedrals, mega-churches and country chapels, picking backstage at Nashville's Grand Ol' Opry, jamming in the family pubs of Ireland or performing in leading American university concert halls, multi-styled, award winning, Nashville recording guitarist Charles David Smart's real love for the Lord is shown completely through his music with passion and energy.
2014King Cat Christian Music Award Instrumentalist of the Year
2010 King Cat Christian Music Award Nominee (Best Instrumentalist)
2008 Film Composer: Baby Sophie and Friends
2008 Kansas City Christian Music Association Award Instrumentalist of the Year
2007 Kansas City Christian Music Association Award Instrumentalist of the Year
2005 Kansas Federation of Music Clubs' Musician of the Year,
Pro-Memberships: American Federation of Musicians, Kansas City Guitar Society, Kansas City Christian Music Association, Western Music Association, American Society of Composers and Producers (ASCAP)
M.A., Composition, Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro/Nashville), B.A, Composition/Musical Theatre, Ottawa University, Additional Studies (John Brown University, Independence Community College, Johnson County Community College, University of Oregon/Eugene)
Guitar Teachers: Bill Yellverton (MTSU), Mike David, John Koshing, Bill Hulse (private)
Composition/Arranging: Thom Hutchison (MTSU), Bill Kloster (OU), Dale Casteel (ICC)
After hearing a high school band perform The Peter Gunn Theme (Mancini) at an elementary school assembly with its driving, relentless guitar line, David began playing guitar at age 12 in the world filled with guitar groups (the Beatles to the Monkees). He joined his first garage band three months later and joined the American Federation of Musicians three years later.
David attended a very musical public school which encouraged significant performing opportunities. His high school vice-principal booked his very first road gig. A few years later, David caught the attention of other touring musicians which led to his first extended professional gig at the Tulsa Hilton Hotel Copa Club with the Los Angeles based singer: Karen Blackwood. As a 19 year old kid from small town, Kansas, David was surrounded my extraordinary musicians from New York, Boston and Las Vegas (all with major musical artists' performance credits). Immediately from there, he went on tour with international recognized musicians performing in major concert arenas nationwide. These include: GMA Dove Award recipients Phillips, Craig and Dean; First Call; NewSong; Larnel Harris; CMA Country Music Hall of Fame member Roy Clark; and jazz legends Pat Methany and Clark Terry.
David gained extensive music industry experience working almost 15 years in the Nashville fringe music community (overworked and underpaid) as a songwriter, guitar picker and music teacher prior to earning his graduate degree and relocating to Kansas City.
David has stayed open to musical growth and has enjoyed wide performance opportunities in many areas of pop, jazz, country and classical music (including a performance of Vivaldi's Guitar Concerto in D with the Evangel Temple Christian Center orchestra in Springfield, MO), summer's casual concert series with the Kansas City Guitar Society. Another musical highlight involves playing classical rock/blues tunes with his bass playing son, Michael, and the Kansas City based: 2nd Place Band.
As a composer/songwriter, David has premiered works with film/radio production, sanctuary choirs, children's groups, instrumental ensembles, and soloists. After teaching guitar for almost 20 years with MidAmerica Nazarene University, David still teaches privately and with Kansas City Kansas Community.
David's released CDs include: (available through CDBaby, iTunes, and other online sources)
Acoustic Christmas Cards
At Long Last Light
Acoustic Christmas Cards 2
Evening in the Lakewood
Return to the River
Life Stories (released summer 2014)
David plays Taylor, Gibson, and Yairi, guitars (Fender and Fishman amps exclusively) and uses D'Addario strings.
Roger Ringer is a retired firefighter/EMT, cowboy, farmer, and a poet, singer, and writer. As a longtime Vice President of the Western Music Association – Kansas Chapter he worked to advance the recognition of the Western genre and the artists, and still does so. Roger feels that working towards a higher level of professionalism to provide the fan an even better experience when attending a live Western Music event builds the general recognition of this great music form.
Roger originated the production KANSAS-HOME ON THE RANGE as a celebration of the Kansas Sesquicentennial in 2011. It became an educational celebration of the history of Kansas as well as a fun musical event. It was so well received that the second presentation became a focal point of the Kansas 150th Celebration in Wichita. The event was well attended and played host to Governor Brownback, Representative Mike Pompeo, and Mayor of Wichita Carl Brewer.
Roger is not scheduling stage performances due to health issues but is willing to assist any group or organization as proprietor of Wildfire Productions.
Roger has published one volume of Country and Cowboy poetry. COWBOYS, PLOWBOYS, & COUNTRY FOLK
And one CD, SONG OF WYOMING REVISITED
Roger also has an original song on the chapter CD, KANSAS COWBOY
Roger and his parents are proprietors of the Bunkhouse Bed and Breakfast near Medicine Lodge, Kansas… a favorite stop for WMA musicians to perform and recharge.
1374 NE GOLDENROD
MEDICINE LODGE, KS. 67104
Marshal Allen Bailey
Allen D. Bailey is the present-day Marshal of Dodge City, Kansas. He has been a singer / songwriter of traditional cowboy music for over 45 years and has been inducted into three western swing hall of fames. He is joined by the Silver Bullets: Blake McLemore on the bass and Brandon McLemore on the mandolin. They are all accomplished musicians and singers, and together, they project a sound that is pure western music at its best. Cowgirl Janey (Mrs. Marshal) jumps right in and sings her special brand of cowgirl music with her amazing crystal clear voice. Be sure and catch them when they come to your town. It will be an evening long remembered!
Ed is from Wellington, KS. He performs a mixture of original and traditional Western Music, including Chisholm Trail songs. He is accompanied on harp by Ron Hutchison, also from Wellington.