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Performers for our 18th Annual Show

Skip Gorman and the Waddie Pals
Skip brings to life the songs of the real West. With a scholar’s knowledge of the 19th century western world, Skip Gorman and the Waddie Pals show us the beauty and romantic side of true cowboy music


Connie Dover with Tom Sauber
Inspired by the traditional ballads of Ireland, England, and Scotland, Connie Dover brings a unique sense of history to the festival. She has a love for the beauty of the American West and its musical synergy with the land across the pond.


Peter Rowan
A Grammy award winner and six-time nominee, Peter Rowan is a musician’s musician. With an acclaimed career in bluegrass as well as western music, Peter brings soul to both genres.


Juni Fisher
Juni is among the nation’s top western music performers. She is an excellent songwriter, musician, and singer. In addition to her musical success, Juni is an accomplished bridal horsewoman with championships in both snaffle bit and bridal horse shows.


Janet Bailey
A singer, songwriter, United Nations police officer, and profound humanitarian, Janet Bailey comes to us from Wallowa County, Oregon.


Rich O’Brien
A member of the Western Swing Society’s Hall of Fame, Rich O’Brien is a true supporter of American cultural music. Having done commercial work for Southwest Airlines, WalMart, Dairy Queen, and even two guest performances at the White House, Rich O’Brien is a must-see master guitar player.


Rex Allen, Jr.
A Hollywood actor and singer songwriter, Rex Allen Jr. is a member of the Western Music Hall of Fame. He has also been named Entertainer of the Year by Country Music Magazine.


The Hanson Family
Winners of the 2014 Academy of Western Artists Duo/Group of the Year, the Hanson Family brings us the best of yodeling and western swing. Lisa, Theresa, and Daniel bring the stage to life with their energy, talent, and enthusiasm.


Don Edwards 
Six-time winner of the Wrangler Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, as well as the prestigious Founders’ Award, Don is a historian, author, musicologist, songwriter and a true American patriot. He was once described as the “the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today.”


R W Hampton
This sure ‘nuff’ cowboy, known as the “voice” of western music, is the recipient of three Wranger Awards and has been awarded the AWA’s Entertainer of the Year, Best Male Vocalist (three times), and Album of the Year. The WMA inducted him into their Hall of Fame, plus he received awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Male Performer.


Dave Stamey
Dave is one of the most-sought-out western performers today on the sawdust trail. True West in 2010 described Dave as the “Best Living Western Solo Musician.” This remarkable singer/songwriter is the four-times winner of the WMA Entertainer of the Year, five times winner of Male Performer of the Year and five-times winner of Songwriter of the Year. Dave has a solid following of fans here in Old Monterey.


Bruce Forman & COW BOP  
The San Francisco Chronicle has this to say about Cow Bop: “It’shot, jazzy and has a drawl.” Led by the legendary jazz guitarist Bruce Forman, Cow Bop performs for audiences all over the United States. The late Herb Jeffries said “Pinto Pammy is a wonderful vocalist and a star in her own right.” The Bruce Forman Trio has recorded 18 albums, four with Cow Bop. The famous guitarist Rich O’Brien said “Bruce is my hero!”


Karen Ross
The other part of the Ross family, is Jim’s witty wife Karen. Karen is a gifted poet and appreciates the classics. Karen is most known for her amazing recitation of Rinderfella, a comical parody on the Cinderella story, previously recited by the late Alice Hancock. Priceless!!  Karen is also a fine silversmith.


Jim Ross
A longtime favorite cowboy poet of the festival is Jim Ross. The former working cowboy from the Mt. Shasta area, recites the classic cowboy poems as well as his own compositions. One of the best of these is his Hot Shot Wars. If you’ve worked the chutes, you’ll have an appreciation of what might just happen if the boss is not around. Jim’s a keeper!


Ross Knox
A “real deal” cowboy poet, Ross Knox grew up on a cow-calf operation in Prineville, Oregon. Currently, Ross works as a government packer in Yosemite National Forest.


Joel Nelson
Coming to us from his Corriente cattle ranch in the great state of Texas, Joel Nelson has “been there and done that” in the cowboy world.  A Vietnam War veteran, Joel has worked as a custom saddle maker and horse trainer across the nation from Texas to Hawaii.


Randy Rieman
With a lifetime spent in the saddle. Randy has started thousands of colts for ranches from Montana to Hawaii including nine years on the famed Parker Ranch. The San Francisco Chronicle calls him “the hypnotic master of cowboy poetry.”


Hot Club of Cowtown
Comprised of fiddle, guitar and bass, The Hot Club of Cowtown is much more than just a band who performs cowboy songs. You won’t want to miss their Django-esque jazz and western swing creations.


Mike Beck
Monterey’s own Mike Beck now spends his time traveling around the world sharing his musical and horse training expertise. The Western Horseman recently compiled a list of “The 13 Best Cowboy Songs” and two of Mike’s singles were included. With first-hand experience on some of the world’s largest ranches, Mike is a real “singing cowboy.”


Whit Smith
Providing the guitar and lyrics to swinging Hot Club of Cowtown, Whit’s upbeat guitar sound can make any attendee clap their hands and stomp their feet.




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