Performers

R. W. HAMPTON
R. W. Hampton is one of the leading Western Entertainers in America today. His fans come from all walks of life. He’s loved by cowboys, cowgirls, ranch hands and rodeo stars, but also by people who have never seen a cow up close – or care to. R.W. is known for his patriotism, his family values and Christian beliefs. His voice and songs resonate with audiences worldwide. Blessed with a wonderfully rich baritone voice, R.W. has a quality of genuineness about him that resonates when he’s on stage, in person or just through the words of his songs. For R.W. has lived what he sings about, and the world of early mornings, hard work, rough horses, maverick cattle and new ranges fits him. After 22 years in the entertainment business, R. W. is still pure cowboy, singing about what he loves best. Along the way R.W. has performed all over the United States, Britain, Europe, Australia and Brazil. He has recorded 13 albums. His Austin to Boston album was the Number One most played Western album in the United Kingdom and included one song Driftin’ Again that topped Britain’s Hot Disc Country Chart for 8 weeks in a row. R.W. has been honored with induction into the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame and received numerous awards such as WMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Performer and their first Will Rogers Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Cowboy Culture plus many other highly acclaimed awards. Today R.W. lives with his wife Lisa and youngest children on their Clearview Ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains south of Cimarron, New Mexico.
CALVIN HAMPTON
Calvin Hampton is quickly becoming a sought after teen entertainer at cowboy gatherings. This rising young star is naturally musically inclined. He attended his first concert at less than 48 hours hold, hidden under the CD table, while mom produced the show and both Dad and Grandpa were on stage. He is the 6’2” tall, 16 year old son of R. W. and Lisa Hampton, both heavily involved in writing, singing and producing cowboy music. One of his brothers, Colter, writes and sings. His uncle is an author and playwright, and his grandfather is a cowboy poet. Raised on the family’s horse ranch in Northern New Mexico, Calvin Danner Hampton has grown up surrounded by stories of the West, riding horses, raising cattle and listening to some of the biggest names in Western music singing in his living room. Calvin also is working on song writing and learning the guitar. He recently filmed his first credited speaking role in a made for DVD western. This young entertainer represents great hope for the future of Western music.
TIN ROOF
Tin Roof is an acoustic three-piece band whose genre can best be described as eclectic. If it’s a great song with nice guitar parts and beautiful vocal harmonies, Tin Roof does it! Their rendition of songs the Sons of the Pioneers made famous years ago is sure to please everyone. In addition to songs of the American West and the Silver Screen, this versatile group’s repertoire includes songs made famous by Merle Haggard, Keith Urban, Dan Fogelberg, Simon and Garfunkle, and The Eagles. Tin Roof features Kirk Herbold (lead vocals / guitar), John Masterson (backing vocals / lead guitar) and Danielle Grove (lead vocals / backing vocals). Kirk, John and Danielle each hold, or have held, professional or academic posts at Texas Lutheran University.
JIM JONES
Jim Jones is a Western folk artist who tells it like it was, is and will be in the great American West. A native Texan and student of the West, he lives, sings and writes about all things Western. He’s performed in honky-tonks and churches, schools and Irish pubs, campfires and high teas. Jim’s singing, songwriting, hot guitar-picking and winning personality keeps him in demand on the Western and folk music circuit throughout the country. In 2013, Jim received the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Western Song of the Year for Texas is Burnin. He has recorded 8 albums and written 3 Western historical fiction novels. Jim’s award-winning books, the Jared Delaney trilogy – Rustler’s Moon, Colorado Moon and Waning Moon — are set in northern New Mexico. His books have educated, informed and entertained readers around the world. Recently, he received the Western Music Association’s Will Rogers Award in the Western Music Song category for The Fires of Goliad. Jim lives in Albuquerque with his wife and two dogs, Jessie and Colter.
JILL JONES
Jill Jones is a popular performer at cowboy gatherings across the nation. She has appeared with Willie Nelson on TNN’s Legends of Country Music and been featured on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion and Texas Country Reporter. Jill won the 1994 Western Music Association’s Grand National Yodeling Championship and the 1998 Academy of Western Artists Yodeling Award. She has several recordings of western music and tours the nation with Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel in A Ride With Bob, a play about the life and music of Bob Wills. Jill lives in Wimberley, Texas.
HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN
Hot Club of Cowtown has a dedicated worldwide following and has opened shows and toured with such greats as Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. This highly acclaimed, multi-award winning band has toured extensively throughout the world for the U.S. State Department as musical ambassadors to such countries as Azerbaijan, Armenia, the Republic of Georgia and the Sultanate of Oman. Their star continues to rise as the band’s reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become their global brand. Hot Club’s “down-home melodies” combined with seemingly disparate styles has its own magical effect at that crossroads where western swing meets jazz and chases the blues away. Their music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time. Inspired by the sound and style of Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys, the trio’s new CD What Makes Bob Holler is a tribute to Bob Wills. And, in the realm of western swing, the fiddle is king. And on stage, fiddler Elana James is queen. Whether she is singing a Bob Wills gem or sawing through her bow hairs on Orange Blossom Special, James is the focal point of the band, both musically and visually. This Austin-based western swing / jazz trio is composed of Elana James on fiddle, Whit Smith on guitar and Jake Erwin on upright bass.
MIKE BLAKELY
Mike Blakely is an award winning singer / songwriter / novelist. He has had 18 books published, released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S. and made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, John Arthur Martinez, Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush and others. His last two books were co-writes, one with Willie Nelson, the other with Kenny Rogers. A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UT Austin. Mike is a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for best western novel of the year (Summer of Pearls) and once for best western song of the year (The Last Wild White Buffalo). Mike grew up ranching and training horses and currently lives near Fredericksburg, Texas.
PIPP GILLETTE
Pipp Gillette lives and works on the family ranch near Lovelady, Texas where his grandfather started raising cattle and cotton in 1912. His Camp Street Café in Crockett, Texas is a live music venue featuring performers from around the world. Pipp plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica and bones. He doesn’t limit himself to that genre, however. He is passionate about Houston County’s rich musical history, including the history of Blues on Camp Street in Crockett. Pipp and his late brother, Guy Gillette, recorded 8 albums of cowboy music and were recipients of the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Best Traditional Album of 2010. They also received the 2012 Wrangler Award for Best Outstanding Original Western Composition for their performance of the Waddie Mitchell song Trade Off. Pipp’s newest CD Singing Songs by Waddie and Pipp received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Album of 2016.
ROCKY KING BAND
Rocky King Band features twin fiddles, steel guitar and some of the best musicians in Texas. If you are a fan of traditional country music and western swing, not to mention a night of good old fashioned boot scootin’, you won’t want to miss our Saturday Night Dance with the Rocky King Band. Fronted by fiddler Rocky King of Seguin, they tour dance halls across Texas. The band consists of Rocky King on fiddle and vocals, Michael Polasek on drums, Duane Wavra on upright bass and vocals, Kenny Grohman on steel guitar, and Scott Moon on fiddle and vocals. You can dance all night long to their songs mostly from the 50’s through the 70’s, and you’ll hear a lot of twin fiddling and steel guitar featured in each song. Their musicianship is second to none.
STEPHEN KLATT
Stephen Klatt is a Texan. He is the fifth generation of his family on the same land in San Patricio County. His Texas roots run deep with his great-great grandfather’s purchase of Land Grant #99 from Stephen F. Austin in Brazoria County. Growing up in South Texas, Stephen developed a love of Texas history, traditions, and stories of the old west. Over the years, that love turned into recalling these adventures through storytelling, particularly in the form of Cowboy Poetry. Although not a writer, his recitation of these stories and poetry will touch your heart, painting a picture in your mind, that at one moment will be squeezing the tears out of your heart, and the next moment have you laughing so hard you’ll split your girdle.
 

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Email: southtexasgathering@gmail.com
Mailing Address: PO Box 851, Seguin, TX 78156
Physical Address: 1865 Hwy 90 East, Seguin, TX 78155