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NEWS RELEASE Western Music Association’s Top Artists Come Together for One Night in January First-ever event kicking off Western Music and Songwriters’ Series in Tooele, Utah to keep the cowboy lifestyle alive by benefitting the Little Buckaroos Rodeo Association
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 12, 2014 —The Western Music and Songwriters Series is bringing together for the first time, three of the Western Music Association’s top performing singers and songwriters on January 18, 2014, to perform at the Deseret Peak Complex Convention Center in Tooele, Utah, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Tickets are $12 if pre-ordered and $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Little Buckaroos Rodeo Association, a non-profit dedicated to keeping the love of rodeo alive.
The evening’s line up will include WMA’s Album of the Year and Female Vocalist Nominee, Trinity Seely, of Martin’s Cove, Wyoming; Academy of Western Artist’s Top Male Vocalist in 2009, Daron Little, who cowboys for a living fulltime on the Headquarters Division of the Silver Spur Ranches near Encampment, Wyoming; two-time Male Vocalist Nominee JC Needham and Sonja of Utah’s Western Desert, who make up The Buckaroo Balladeers; and special guest, ten-year-old cowboy poet, Thatch Elmer, son of cowboy poet, Brad Elmer and wife, Kim. Thatch started out reciting his dad’s poems and now writes and recites his own.
“I believe that the American cowboy is an international symbol of independence and grit, and our music reflects this,” stated Daron Little. “The music that I perform and the songs that I write are from experiences and memories of folks I have known from cowboying over the last 20 years.”
Trinity Seeley added, “The Western Music and Song Writer Series is a wonderful event that will give the audience a chance to take a closer look at the performers and an inside look into their music and poetry. It’s all about sharing a piece of the soul and sharing a little bit of the lifestyle that my family and I live and love.”
The event was inspired by a cowboy poet, Tyler Guy, who helps run a family ranch in Grantsville, Utah. He felt there was a need and an audience for a show that brought western music and poetry together in an intimate setting. Guy, who lives with his wife Sylvia in Tooele, will emcee the event and share some of his poetry. “Over the years of being involved in many cowboy gatherings across the Mid-West as a cowboy poet, it was the pure forms of talent that seem to draw people in, whether it be poetry or just an acoustic setting of music, they just really hit home with a lot of folks,” stated Guy. “The Western Music and Songwriters Series was designed to capture and preserve the heritage in that close setting.”
To purchase tickets or for further information about the performers, visit www.westernsong.net. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Little Buckaroos Rodeo Association, which teaches young people the correct and safe way to rodeo, promotes good sportsmanship and gives participants a fun and safe environment to learn and practice their rodeo skills.