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.
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.
ALLAN CHAPMAN & RODEO KATE
Allan is a three time Grammy nominee, winner of the American Song Festival, a Clio winner, nominated for the prestigious Song of the Year Award by the Academy of Western Artists and The Western Music Association and with songwriting credits going back thirty plus years for performers like The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rodgers, Diana Ross, George Jones, Sandy Posey and numerous international recording artists. Allan has been writing and producing music most of his adult life. He is a sixth generation Texan who grew up on a family ranching operation that dates back over 120 years. He received his Masters Degree from TCU in Ft. Worth and taught English at Oklahoma State University. At the urging of friends and other musicians he left teaching “to run away and join the music circus”, writing songs in Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles. In the late 1980’s, Allan returned to Texas to help run the family ranching operations and stayed. The subject matter for the western songs he writes now ranges from the experiences of today’s rural ranchers to the history of the Great American West. Allan is married to the fiddle instrumentalist extraordinaire – Rodeo Kate. Together they live in rural Wise County, Texas where they continue a ranching tradition.
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.
LAVERN “STRAW” BERRY
“Straw” Berry grew up in west central Oklahoma and became part of the third generation of Berry’s to work and live on the Botchlett Ranch raising sheep, cattle and (believe it or not) turkeys. Straw and his father work a small cow/calf and wheat operation in Washita County, Oklahoma and he starts a few colts. He has been writing and reciting Cowboy Poetry since about 2000. He and his wife Penny live in Cordell, Oklahoma where he is vice-president of the Washita County Historical Society. Straw has performed at numerous cowboy gatherings including the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Cowboy Symposium. He has a CD of original poetry titled “Red Hill Reflections”.
CARIN MARI
Carin Mari is inspired by the mountains of Colorado where she was born and raised. She is a songwriter from the heart who is passionate about playing her own brand of music. Country / Americana Music quickly became her passion in the summer of 2001 when dear friend and mentor Michael Martin Murphey suggested that Carin learn the song “I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”. Not a far stretch from her roots, this style of music fit her lifestyle perfectly since she was already an avid horseback rider with a love for the western way of life. After sixteen years of continued dedication, her talents as a guitarist / singer / songwriter have won her numerous awards, including 2009 Entertainer and Songwriter of the Year from the NACMA, Southwest Regional Winner for the Texaco Country Showdown, Female Vocalist / Female Entertainer of the Year at South Plans College, and runner-up in the 2010 Texaco Country Showdown National Final. For nine years, Carin and her two brothers performed coast-to-coast as the band “Carin Mari & Pony Express”, winning numerous awards and playing formidable venues. Together, they released five CD’s that received worldwide airplay. In January 2011, Carin felt her dreams coming true as she performed one of her original songs on stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as a competitor in the Texaco Country Showdown. There have been many highlights throughout her career, but being a guest artist on Michael Martin Murphey’s album “Tall Grass and Cool Water” was an incredible honor and has received great reviews as has their duet “Springtime in The Rockies”. Carin, who is now 25, graduated from South Plains College in 2012 with a degree in Commercial Music, majoring in voice and guitar. In August of 2014, she produced her sixth recording project “Miles Per Hour” and first album as a solo artist in Nashville, TN. Her new album “Rambling Daughter” was released early this year and many are saying this is Carin’s best project yet.
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.
STEPHEN KLATT
Stephen Klatt is a Texan. He is the fifth generation of his family to live 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 tears out of your heart and the next moment have you laughing so hard you’ll split your spandex.
MIKKI DANIEL
Mikki Daniel brings Texas fun to the stage wherever she performs! An Americana artist, she loves and lives the Western life she writes and sings about. Introduced by Michael Martin Murphy as the “future of Western music”, she won Western Music Associations 2017 Female Entertainer of the Year Award and the Academy of Western Artists 2017 Western Female Entertainer of the Year Award and has received nominations for the Ameripolitan Awards Western Swing Female Artist of the Year. Her CD “Cowgirl Swing” was top of the charts in 2015 for western swing DJ’s and won 2015 Western Swing Album of the Year from the Western Music Assication and the Rural Roots Commission. She made history as the youngest recipient of the Western Heritage Wrangler Award with her debut CD “Gotta Be A Cowgirl” which also remained in the top of the DJ charts in 2014. Mikki was honored to be awarded Western Music Association’s “Crescendo Award” (rising artist) and the Cowtown Society of Western Music Rising Star Award. She is known for her ability to spin a tale (as evidenced by her original songs on both her CD’s “Cowgirl Swing” and “Gotta Be a Cowgirl” and her book “Girls and Gunsmoke”), her strong rhythm guitar, and crystal-clear voice and yodel. Whether performing a swingy, fun, toe-tapping western swing or big band tune, or a soft, haunting rendition of a familiar old cowboy song, original or hym, you can’t help but love the personality, energy and engaging smile of this young entertainer.
 

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Mailing Address: PO Box 851, Seguin, TX 78156
Physical Address: 1865 Hwy 90 East, Seguin, TX 78155