Chuck Milner is a singer/songwriter from Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. He has been singing and playing cowboy music for 20 years.
He has been a featured performer at: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.; Smithsonian Institution Folk Life Festival, Washington D.C.; Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, Nevada; Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Albany, Texas; Lowell Folk Music Festival, Lowell, Massachusetts; NCHA Futurity Finals, Fort Worth, Texas; WRCA Ranch Rodeo Finals, Amarillo, Texas; Rafter S Roping, Cyril, Oklahoma; and many other events across the United States and Canada.
For the last 17 years he has been a featured performer at the Chuck Wagon Gathering, Cowboy Hall and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is a former Artist-in-Residence for the Oklahoma State Arts Council. He has also done work for the Mid-America Arts Council and the National Council for Traditional Arts.
He and wife Beth are raising their two children Hallie and Cody on Rush Creek near Reydon, Oklahoma. There they operate a cow/calf operation and raise a few horses. Hallie, 14, and Cody, 11, often help their dad with the music, Hallie playing the fiddle, Cody on the mandolin, as the Rush Creek Wranglers. In 2003 they received a Centennial Ranch Award for their Smoot-Hood Ranch in Greer County, having been owned and operated by Beth and her family since 1901.
In 2005 Chuck was honored with the Heritage Award from the Texas Cowboy Poetry Committee, Alpine, Texas.
Kevin Davis can be described with one word, Cowboy. Born and raised in southwest Oklahoma, he started day working for area cattlemen while still in high school. After graduating, he started competing in bareback riding and team roping events across the state. He went to work for Anderson Ranches in Empire, Oklahoma until 1995 when he became a firefighter. This worked out great because the schedule allowed him to day work more than ever. With his down time at the fire station he started playing the guitar and writing songs about his life as a cowboy. You can listen to the words of the songs he has written and know they come from the heart and that he knows what he is talking about. He has played shows with Merle Haggard, Red Steagall, Tracy Lawrence, Michael Martin Murphy, R.W. Hampton, and many others. He has performed at gatherings in Elko NV, Lubbock TX, Abilene TX, Amarillo TX, Oklahoma City OK, Nashville TN, and Las Vegas NV, just to name a few. Kevin still lives in the small town of Walters with his wife of 15 years ad their 2 children Zane, and Jolie.
“Texas Sand” will take you on a musical ride through Texas history. Join a group of young cowboys around a chuck wagon fire on the old Chisholm trail; experience the merriment of an old time Texas ranch dance; visit Turkey, Texas, the home of Bob Wills, and feel the exhilaration of western swing music. “Texas Sand” is the music of Texas.
Jackie Greene (Wimberley, Texas) not only plays the guitar but sings old time cowboy favorites such as Red River Valley where fans join in on the singing. He also loves entertaining folks with his wit and humor by reciting his favorite cowboy poems.
Valerie Greene (Wimberley, Texas) is a bonafied Texas fiddle player. She has won numerous contests throughout Texas and New Mexico and is most proud of winning the Bob Wills fiddle contest tow years in a row in Turkey, Texas. The highlight of her musical career was playing with Ray Price where she performed the lead solo part on Faded Love.
Vince Moss (Amarillo, Texas) has been performing for many years on the “doghouse” bass. His first true love is Western Swing, but he’s been known to play some bluegrass, country and folk music as well. When Vince is not entertaining the ladies on stage, he’s dancin’ with them on the dance floor.
Born on a ranch in Briscoe County, Jimmy Burson is at least a 6th generation rancher. He developed a love for music at an early age after his mother made him take piano lessons. While in high school, he started listening to cowboy music and western swing and at the same time learning to play the guitar and fiddle. After setting music aside for a few years, his interest rekindled just in time for the current resurgence of western music. His music has taken him on tours of Russia and Austria, in addition to engagements across the United States. He has performed for 12 years at the Great American Music Festival at Silver Dollar City, Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, National Cowboy Symposium, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Legends of Western Swing, along with many others.
In addition to the cattle business, Jimmy also served 10 years as the Briscoe County Judge. Also, he is the music director at First Baptist Church and has led music at revivals across Texas. His first two albums, “Texas in the Swing” and “Leanin’ on the Legends,” have been featured on radio stations across the U.S.A.
His home is on the family ranch at Silverton, Texas with Rhenda, his wife of 39 years.
Born in Brownwood, Texas Jeff Gore grew up wanting to be a cowboy. The desire to be a cowboy continued in his heart and at the age of ten he began working on a ranch. He graduated from college in 1986 and for twelve years he ministered in local churches and day worked on the ranch. Jeff continued singing and entertaining singing cowboy and gospel music, he began getting invited to cowboy poetry/music gatherings. Jeff has recorded six albums and was named Male Vocalist of the year by the Academy of Western Artist in 1997. The cowboys Jeff rides with respect him as a true hand. Jeff has been yodeling and singing cowboy songs most of his life. He sings songs that were written over a hundred years ago, as well as some contemporary songs he and his peers have written. His album titled “The Horseman’s Prayer” features an original poem of the same name, original songs, well-known traditionals and ample yodeling.
Jean Prescott, winner of Song of the Year for 2005, is one of our much-anticipated performers this year. Jean’s distinct voice and passion for preserving the cowboy way of life have set her apart from many other female performers in her time. Her work has also been recognized by the Texas legislature for its importance in helping conserve our culture’s rich history. Jean has also had the pleasure of being featured at events such as the National cowboy poetry gathering, the World Championship Ranch Rodeo Finals, and the Red Segall Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
If you’re looking for action Kevin Fitzpatrick is sure to show you a trick or two. Kevin provides trick roping, fancy roping and specialized mounts. Some of Kevin’s shows are patterned after the late and great Will Rogers. With his style, wit and ability he is sure to get the audience involved in the show. With his horse some of Kevin’s tricks include the butterfly, rollovers, the wedding ring, and the cowboy hopscotch; jump throughs and the favorite of all time, the Texas skip