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Artists & Entertainment

The Best Little Cowboy Gathering In Texas is proud to have these exceptional entertainers join us in what will be our 12th Annual Gathering. Bring those dancing boots! *Artist & Entertainment lineup subject to change.

Will Banister first gained attention when his Turned Her On To Country album gathered a rave review in the consumer monthly Country Music People, leading on to building business with the import dealers. Next the song Turned Her On To Country enjoyed a four week stay at number one in the UK's weekly Hot Disc charts, ensuring the singer a radio audience way beyond British shores. The Wembley visitor not only proved a winner with the country audience but also gained attention of the national media, with the Daily Telegraph's Douglas McPherson concluding his Wembley review: "The most memorable moment [of the festival] found 23 year old Will Banister wowing the crowd with a sublimely straightforward Lovesick Blues. Sixty-three years after Hank Williams sang the same song, it was proof that country, like rock 'n' roll, will never die." in 2017, Will Banister won two New Mexico Music Awards in the Categories, “Country Artist”, and “Country Song”, for the first release off his latest album, “What A Way To Live.

 

Coby Carter, was born in Lubbock, TX and has recently completed an Ag Business Degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. In 2013 he won the Rising Star Award from the Cowtown Society of Western Music. He is the 2014 and 2015 Academy of Western Artists Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year. He and his band were named Western Swing Duo/Group for 2015. Also, he was honored to be a top five finalist for Male Vocalist of the Year for the 2015 Ameripolitan Awards. Coby had the great opportunity to record his first CD "Legends" with Grammy Award Winner Bobby Flores producing, it featured duets with such greats as Bobby Flores, Jake Hooker, Leon Rausch, and Jody Nix. The album was nominated for Western Swing Album of the Year, and Pure Country Album of the year for the 2014 AWAs. 

Young country singer and songwriter Brady Honeycutt is a debut Traditional Country Music and Western Swing artist from the Lone Star State of Texas! Brady grew up listening to the tunes of George Strait, Bob Wills, Faron Young, Jody Nix and many others alike. At 5 years old, he performed live on stage with Western Swing Hall of Fame singer and fiddle player, Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys in Midland, Texas. Little did he know, one day he would be following the footsteps of those bigs names that helped establish his country roots.

Based out of south Texas, Brady provides some of the best honky-tonk and dancehall music as he travels from show-to-show. He is know for putting folks on the dance floor. His followers associate his sound and style of music to that of late Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, George Strait and Aaron Watson. The enjoyment of taking the stage, watching people dance and have a good time are highs Brady can't get enough of. He always makes a point to even stick around and mingle with the crowds who are there to enjoy good country music.

 

Jake Penrod has quickly earned a reputation as a master of honky tonk music, who not only sings and writes, but can also play just about any instrument you hand him. In 2013 he released an album of original material, titled "Closer to Me". The album showcases Jake Penrod's songwriting ability as well as musicianship across an array of different styles of honky tonk music. He wrote each song on the album and played every instrument in authentic honky tonk fashion, proving he knows his stuff when it comes to traditional country music, and earning the title of "King of Texas Twang".​

Jake is a country music traditionalist who believes moving forward doesn't necessarily mean leaving the past behind. "There were a lot of great ones before me," he says, "There's still a lot you can do with what they started. These new guys, they're creating something new and different, and that's great, but we can't forget where we came from. If country music is going to carry on, you have to keep the roots alive."

​Decked out in a suit and tie, and crowned with his signature Stetson, the six-foot Texan even looks like a flashback to country music's heyday. He gives credit to fellow Texan Ernest Tubb for inspiring his style. "He always looked like a million bucks. His band always looked great too."​

Jake is currently in the studio working on a brand new album set to be released early 2019.

This nine piece, Fort Bend County TX based band has roots that go back to the early days of rock 'n roll and also launched the career of 5-time Grammy award winner B.J. Thomas. They had several #1 hits on Houston's KILT top 40 Survey in the early 60's ("Lazy Man", "I Know It's Wrong", "I've Got a Feeling", "Billie and Sue"), recorded the still popular (and still played nightly at the Garner dance pavilion) "Garner State Park", and, of course, recorded the #8 song in the nation in 1966 - "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - just prior to B.J. beginning his solo career.
The band (which began in 1959 in a garage in Rosenberg) continued to perform until disbanding in 1980. Then in 1992 the original members (minus B.J., though he joined them in a reunion concert in 1993) reunited and began our Bring Back The Times reunion tour which continues to delight "Baby Boomers" to date. They perform hits from the 50's and 60's (including their own) and transport our audiences back to the days of '57 Chevies, Prince's hamburgers, sock hops (they played at a bunch of them), junior-senior proms (ask Shara Fryer - they played at hers), the KILT Back to School Concerts at Sam Houston Coliseum (three years running), the Larry Kane Show, and the annual Larry Kane Caravan of Stars that performed at Garner State Park every July 4th (ditto on both those).

Since their reunion in 1992 they have appeared on "Alvin at Night" and "Good Morning Houston"; made a guest appearance at the “Lovin’ Feelings Concert” in 1993; have been featured in the Houston Chronicle (and in a host of local papers in small towns within 100 miles of Houston -- Rosenberg, Wharton, El Campo, Bay City, Eagle Lake, Hallettsville, Schulenburg, Weimar, Columbus, Shiner, La Grange, Victoria, Angleton, etc.); have been featured on Oldies 94.5; are featured on the front cover of the 1995 Richmond-Rosenberg Yellow Pages; are listed as “One of the most fascinating things about Fort Bend County” in the February 2013 edition of FORT BEND FOCUS magazine; and are now back to doing some performances each year with B.J. Thomas. The TRIUMPHS continue to delight fans (old and young alike) at county fairs, class reunions, benefits, corporate gatherings, and at old dance halls (some of which are the same old historic Texas dance halls of those early years) along the “reunion tour trail.”

Their music menu for the evening will range from Elvis to the Eagles, Wilson Pickett to Chicago, the Beatles to Bobby Bland, Al Green to Lynyrd Skynrd, George Strait to Pink Floyd, and maybe even a polka or two. They have a true understanding of all the nostalgia behind their music because they were an important part of the era that launched Old Tyme Rock 'N Roll. So come and check out some of their performances and rekindle some fond memories that will take will take you back to the best days of your life.

 

Jeff Woolsey Jeff Woolsey & The Dancehall Kings

Raised on traditional country music such as George Jones and Ray Price, Jeff Woolsey sang his first song on stage at the age of 4 to the tune of Charley Pride’s, “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone”. His positive attitude is reflected in his music and is sure to please any audience. Jeff Woolsey & The Dancehall Kings are sure to keep you on the dance floor!

 

Billy Mata Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition

Billy Mata is a veteran of over 40 years in the San Antonio music scene and is celebrating more than a quarter of a Century making music with his own band, The Texas Tradition. Two-time Academy Of Western Artists Western Swing Vocalist of the Year and winner of the Academy's Entertainer Of The Year award, Billy Mata delivers authentic western swing and true traditional country music through a 9 piece, Bob Wills/Asleep at the Wheel style orchestra.

 

Jake Hooker Jake Hooker & The Outsiders With Jake Hooker Tommy Hooker

It's always a treat to hear both Jake and Tommy Hooker playing out in the dance hall. These boys were born and raised with country music continuing a family tradition of playing good country western music. These two have a large devoted following. The obvious choice for the Friday night Cowgirl Ball, sponsored in part by Coors.

 

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A true fan favorite here at the gathering, Jody Nix. A true Traditional Country Music and Western Swing artist, he has been in the business 50 years. He has played dances and shows all over Texas and parts of the southwest. He leads one of the finest dance bands in Texas, they fill the floor on every song. If you listen to XM radio you will hear Jody and the Texas Cowboys on Willie's Place XM 13 where they are in heavy rotation. This has brought attention world wide for the band.

Rocky King Band Rocky King Band

Playing traditional country and western swing music, The Rocky King Band makes country music king. Rocky King was exposed to music greats at an early age and has continued the tradition. Joined by Michael Polasek on drums, Scott Moon on fiddle, Kenny Grohman on steel guitar and Duane Wavra on bass, this group is sure to get you dancing!

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Justin Trevino's emergence as one of the hottest country talents in Texas seems almost preordained. Born in Brownsville and raised in the Austin area, he teethed on some of country's greatest artists thanks to his father, an avid country fan and record collector. Justin plans to continue his efforts to help preserve traditional country music, both as an artist and record producer, as long as there’s an audience for it. His version of Chuck Cusimano's song "When She Does Me Right She Does You Wrong", was named "Song of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists. His music can be heard regularly on Willie's Roadhouse Sirius Channel 56/ XM Channel 56.

 

Lake Travis Fiddlers

The Lake Travis Fiddlers, a talented group of young musicians from Lake Travis ISD, will join us again this year. They are sure to entertain by playing music such as San Antonio Rose, Faded Love, Cotton-Eyed Joe and much more. The group is a gathering of young talent that we want to encourage and we always enjoy having at The Gathering!

fiddle extravaganza

Jody Nix Fiddle Extravaganza

Enjoy a legendary mix of artists coming together for The Jody Nix Fiddle Extravaganza! See a mix of talented artists join together for a truly unique musical time!

 

dutch ovens

Dutch Oven Demonstrations

Tim Spice is a dutch oven chef and has been cooking in dutch ovens since his youth. A conversationalist who really enjoys sharing his skill and delicious food. This year Tim will be putting on a cooking class on Friday.

Much more including Children's Events, Horse Demonstrations, Chuck Wagon Exhibits, Western Arts & Crafts Exhibits.

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