Our Historic Dance Hall
Our Dance Hall has the 1923 pier and beam construction complete with smooth beautiful, hardwood floors and an open rafter ceiling. This makes this venue perfect for good country dancing and great acoustics for listening to our fine artists. Plenty of room to invite your partner and two-step your boots off. The Fayette County Fair Association will also be selling good cold beer, fresh grilled hamburgers and setups for folks wanting to bring their own bottle.
Artists & Entertainment
The Best Little Cowboy Gathering In Texas is proud to have these exceptional entertainers join us in what will be our 7th Annual Gathering. Bring those dancing boots! *Artist & Entertainment lineup subject to change.
With careers each spanning over 40 years, The Survivors are a unique trio who play fine traditional country music. Joining together Curtis Potter, Tony Booth and Darrell McCall, these fine musicians will perform in our beautiful dance hall to help kickoff the Gathering!
Raised on traditional country music such as George Jones and Ray Price, Jeff Woolsey sang his first song on stage at the age of 4 to the tune of Charley Pride’s, “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone”. His positive attitude is reflected in his music and is sure to please any audience. Jeff Woolsey & The Dancehall Kings are sure to keep you on the dance floor!
Billy Mata is a veteran of over 40 years in the San Antonio music scene and is celebrating more than a quarter of a Century making music with his own band, The Texas Tradition. Two-time Academy Of Western Artists Western Swing Vocalist of the Year and winner of the Academy's Entertainer Of The Year award, Billy Mata delivers authentic western swing and true traditional country music through a 9 piece, Bob Wills/Asleep at the Wheel style orchestra featuring Grammy winner Floyd Domino and famous saxophone player Del Puschert.
Friday night we'll have the treat of hearing both Jake and Tommy Hooker playing out in the dance hall. These boys were born and raised with country music continuing a family tradition of playing good country western music. These two have a large devoted following. The obvious choice for the Friday night Cowgirl Ball, sponsored in part by Coors.
This year we welcome back a fan favorite and past entertainer here at the gathering, Jody Nix. A true Traditional Country Music and Western Swing artist, he has been in the business 50 years. He has played dances and shows all over Texas and parts of the southwest. He leads one of the finest dance bands in Texas, they fill the floor on every song. If you listen to XM radio you will hear Jody and the Texas Cowboys on Willie's Place XM 13 where they are in heavy rotation. This has brought attention world wide for the band.
KR Wood is the only performer who has been invited to The Gathering all 7 years! Along with his band, Ginger Evans and Robert Herridge, they perform a set of old traditional cowboy songs that bring the Texas past to life. Noted singer, songwriter, guitarist and historian, KR Wood not only sings real deal country music but also breathes life to Texas history.
Mikki Daniel is a true cowgirl. Her young resume includes the abilities of a natural singer, musician and songwriter. She discovered her true calling of playing and singing Western Music when she fell in love with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry movies (she even owns a golden palomino named Trigger!) To hone her passion even more, Janet McBride the ‘Yodeling Queen’ was asked to guide Miss Mikki into the fascinating world of the American cowboy-style yodeling. After that, it wasn’t long before Mikki began delighting audiences at the Cowtown Opry in the Fort Worth Stockyards, The National Cowboy Symposium, Durango Cowboy Gathering, State Fair of Texas, Fort Worth Stock Show, other festivals, oprys, churches, chuck wagon dinners, retirement centers, schools, weddings, and private parties. You can’t help but love the personality, charm and engaging smile of this young entertainer!
This girl's having the time of her life entertaining audiences with her genuine love for the music... and she is just getting started. Hailey's love of Western and Texas culture is a mainstay in her life. It is destined to take her places in the western music scene. In 2013, she guest performed with the hot Western Swing band Shoot Low Sheriff, at the City of Allen Public Library Performance Hall. And in In August 2013, Hailey combined her energetic, stylistic fiddling with Western singer/songwriter sensation Mikki Daniel forming “Texas Wildfire”. The future looks bright with opportunities in Western Swing, Bluegrass, Celtic, Country and Gospel music constantly knocking at the door. Hailey has received accolades from noteworthy Dave Alexander, Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers (River Dance), Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy and Jason Roberts. She rocks that fiddle, dazzles and delights audiences everywhere!
Hailey and Mikki are bringing Western Swing to audiences locally and throughout the Southwest. Dedication to excellence, coupled with their own genuine talents, has opened opportunities for this exciting duo. Noteworthy performances include the 2013 State Fair of Texas and 2013 Western Music Association Convention in New Mexico. Between the two of them, they will knock the socks off your booted feet! A toe-tappin', big-grinnin', good-dancin', EXPLODING FUN time with this dynamic duo, Texas Wildfire!
Heybale! has been holding down Sunday nights at the Continental Club in Austin ever since. In the current band incarnation, Tom is playing drums, Redd holds court on guitar, Earl pounds out the piano, Kevin Smith plays bass, and Dallas Wayne plays rhythm guitar. With a constant stable of the town’s very best players, the sounds coming from the stage on any Sunday night bring in dancers, hipsters, late nighters and off-duty musicians. Come on out and kick up your heels; you won't regret it.
Shoot Low Sheriff is an authentic Western Swing band based in Dallas, Texas. Inspired by the classic Western Swing bands, our music combines strings, horns and piano to recapture the sounds that swept Southern dancehalls in the thirties and forties. Shoot Low Sheriff makes the music fresh and exciting with an energy not usually associated with older music styles. If you grew up in the Southwest, the sounds of Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, The Light Crust Doughboys and Milton Brown are in your DNA, whether you've consciously listened to the music or not. Audiences young and old find themselves smiling and singing along to classic songs from the Western Swing songbook like "Take Me Back To Tulsa", "San Antonio Rose" and "Beaumont Rag" along with hot jazz classics like "Minnie the Moocher" and "After You've Gone." Shoot Low Sheriff also boasts a collection of original tunes destined to be future classics. Come see what Texas is all about.
Growing up in small town Texas, Rance Norton has always had a love for traditional country music. At an early age, while his peers were listening to the new fad in popular music, Norton was listening to the likes of Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Faron Young, and Darrell McCall; just to name a few. Norton has opened for numerous Country Music legends including: Johnny Bush, Darrell and Mona McCall, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Johnny Rodriguez, Dottsy, Jim Ed Brown, Little Jimmy Dickens, Junior Brown, Bill Anderson, Connie Smith, Jeannie Sealy, Jean Sheppard, Leona Williams, Jack Greene, Johnny Lee, and many more. Rance Norton and the Cadillac Cowboys travel each weekend around the great state of Texas performing at various dancehalls and festivals helping to keep the traditional honky-tonk country sound of Texas music alive.
Jason’s professional music career started early and by age 15, he had played with Western Swing legends like Johnny Gimble, Leon Rausch, Bobby Boatwright, Herb Remington, Buck Roberts (his grandfather and a fellow Hall of Famer), and others members of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys. Before forming the Jason Roberts Band, Roberts joined Asleep at the Wheel in 1994 and has toured with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, and Van Morrison. Roberts has logged hundreds of thousands of miles, performing everywhere from the White House and The David Letterman Show to the Kennedy Center and Bob Wills’ hometown of Turkey, Texas.
Singer Carolyn Martin has been described as “… a winning throwback to the days where emotion was measured and artful rather than loud and histrionic.” From European concert halls to intimate venues at home in Nashville, fans have come to know Carolyn as a vocalist with a unique sense of musical style, a charismatic stage presence and a voice that exudes passion and experience – the soulful elegance that is the very essence of music. Carolyn's music draws inspiration not only from the classic western swing groups of the 1930s through the 1950s, but also from the big band swing era, broadway show tunes, and southern blues. Her CD "Cookin' With Carolyn" was named the 2011 Best Western Swing Album by the Western Music Association while her prior project, "Swing" was named as one of the top Swing CD's of the year in 2009. Carolyn was recently named the 2010 Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, what nominated by the Western Music Association for 4 awards in 2010 (including, Album of the year and Female Vocalist of the Year) and was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame in 2011.
Although Amber is certainly in the family business, she is breaking ground in modern country music. Amber has made a name for herself with top critics, radio and fans alike as the top female vocalist in music dedicated to country music tradition. But her star is rising in a direction of country music originality – writing songs that echo the themes and melodies of country music roots, while expressing the heart of a young woman in a modern world. It’s just one piece of an accomplished career that has seen Amber recording with multi-platinum-selling Texas favorite Mark Chesnutt, released an album of duets with Justin Trevino and a live CD and DVD recorded at the historic Swiss Alp Hall.
Justin Trevino's emergence as one of the hottest country talents in Texas seems almost preordained. Born in Brownsville and raised in the Austin area, he teethed on some of country's greatest artists thanks to his father, an avid country fan and record collector. Justin plans to continue his efforts to help preserve traditional country music, both as an artist and record producer, as long as there’s an audience for it. His version of Chuck Cusimano's song "When She Does Me Right She Does You Wrong", was named "Song of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists. His music can be heard regularly on Willie's Roadhouse Sirius Channel 56/ XM Channel 56.
Joining us for a second year, The Lake Travis Fiddlers, a talented group of young musicians from Lake Travis ISD. They are sure to entertain by playing music such as San Antonio Rose, Faded Love, Cotton-Eyed Joe and much more. The group consists of violinists, guitarists, mandolin and horn players, an electric bassist, and a drummer.
Enjoy a legendary mix of artists coming together for The Jody Nix Fiddle Extravaganza! See a mix of legendary artists join together for a truly unique musical hour!
Tim Spice is a dutch oven chef and has been cooking in dutch ovens since his youth. A conversationalist who really enjoys sharing his skill and delicious food. Dutch Oven Demonstrations starting at 10 AM on Saturday.
Since he began his career as a “living historian” in 1986, JR "Jake" Edmondson has combined his dramatic talents and his historical knowledge to portray such historical figures as Sam Houston and James Bowie in hundreds of performances for classrooms, organizations, museums, historical sites, and in a half dozen documentary films for such venues as the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. In 2009, Edmondson introduced a more formal presentation—an hour-long, one-man theatrical biography of John Wayne’s life. That program has emerged as one of Edmondson’s most popular presentations.
On Sunday morning come and gather for a time of worship at the Cowboy Church Service hosted by Pastor Russ Weaver, Co-Host of the Cowboy Church program on RFD TV and Pastor of Shepherd’s Valley Cowboy Church located in Egan, Texas and Cowboy Gospel singer Kimmy Hudson. Russ was a Calf Roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association for 13 years and also started the Race Track Chaplaincy of Texas. Kimmy Hudson spent much of her singing career leading worship at Rodeo Church services for the PRCA, IRA and Junior Rodeo Circuits in California and Colorado. Most currently she was one of the worship leaders with Russ at Shepherd Valley Cowboy Church. Joining Russ and Kimmy will be the multi-talented western singers/musicians K.R. Wood, Mikki Daniel and Hailey Sandoz. Church starts at 10 AM.
Much more including Blacksmith Demonstrations, Children's Events, Andalusian Horse Demonstrations, Chuck Wagon Exhibits, Western Arts & Crafts Exhibits.