Cowboy Jim Garling

Monday, September 25, 2006

Western Heritage Weekend, Tom Mix Festival

The town of Dewey, Oklahoma, put on a fine western celebration this weekend featuring a
parade, western music entertainers, look-a-likes (Pawnee Bill, Tom Mix, etc.), trick ropers, and a gunfight reenactment. It was truly a fun-filled day.

KG & the Ranger are western entertainers that I first met at the Gene Autry Oklahoma Film & Music Festival. They were part of the parade and later entertained the crowd with their western music, yodeling, and harmony singing. In the parade KG drove a unique, one-passenger covered wagon pulled by an armadillo—very unique and clever. The Ranger (standing very tall, indeed) walked alongside wagon displaying his unique trick rope-spinning with his lariat.

The music performances were done on a flatbed trailer in front of the turn-of-the-century hotel/museum and I’m sorry I don’t have the exact name for it. You can see a glimpse of it in the background of the picture of KG & the Ranger. The day could not have been more perfect. There was a pleasant breeze with clouds coming and going just enough to keep the temperature mild. Perfect for an outdoor performance. I also did a little impromptu concert at the Tom Mix Museum for the staff and museum goers.

Back in July my wife drove to Dewey to see the Tom Mix museum, and that’s where we learned about the Western Heritage Weekend and Tom Mix Festival. We certainly enjoyed the visit; it is an excellent museum. And so, hopefully, I’ll get invited back next year, and we’ll have an opportunity to visit the historic hotel and get educated about it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Cheyenne, Wyoming

The Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium in Wyoming is held annually on Labor Day weekend. It was held in the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This year I was fortunate enough to be on the program along with Dennis (on bass) and Sally Gilstrap. We formed the trio “Prairie Moon.” There were five different stages going at any given time. So it was a busy place. On Friday evening “Prairie Moon” was the “Featured Entertainment” for the evening show on the main stage. We felt extremely honored to be selected for that spot.

During the entire weekend I was also fortunate enough to be asked to play backup guitar with other entertainers. Chelsea Beck is a young up and coming entertainer. She has a dynamic, strong voice which allows her to do an outstanding job of yodeling and singing. She has been playing guitar for about a year and a half. We are excited that this young lady is embracing this style of western music, hopefully, encouraging others to do the same.

The picture shows Janet McBride, Chelsea Beck, and Jim Garling. In the background on bass is Dennis Gilstrap and Lowell Lydic is playing harmonica. Janet McBride is known in the western music industry as the “Yodeling Queen” having won many, many awards for her work. She is also a wonderful teacher and mentor for many outstanding talents. This picture shows her performing with Chelsea who she taught to yodel.
Our friend, Lowell, is also a special friend and encourager to me. He organizes the Cedar Depot Memorial Celebration which I mentioned in my earlier post.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

A Fine Trip

At the beginning of a recent trip to Cheyenne, Wyoming, my wife and I stopped overnight at the city of Cedar, Kansas, population 16. Now that seems like a small, insignificant location; however, every year on Memorial Day in May, the city throws a mighty fine festival called the Cedar Depot Memorial Celebration bringing in two to three hundred folks to enjoy fine country/western family entertainment.

Now, Cedar likes to party because they called a town party to celebrate us stopping overnight there. They posted notices in the surrounding towns about me performing there along with Jessica Rae, a talented young singer, at the Memorial Gazebo. The Cedar Connection, a newly formed band, made up of a quartet of town folks also performed songs from their recent CD. The residents of Cedar served up hotdogs with all the fixings, and we shared a large Black Diamond watermelon from Oklahoma. Approximately 40 or 50 people turned out to enjoy the fun.

I’ll post more about the trip in the days ahead.