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Here you can view the upcoming schedule and read a little about each artist. Most artists have links to their web page and links to audio or video of them performing.A Printable version of the current schedule is available by clicking here.
Saturday & Sunday
March 23
 & 
March 24
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Forever Young

Forever Young

Forever Young features Dale Young and Kip Calahan Young.
Dale Young is originally from Maryland.  He retired after 21 years with the Navy Seabees and started playing bass when he was 47.  After borrowing a bass guitar and amp from a friend he took a few lessons but is pretty much self-taught.  He also loves to write songs and sing.    
Kip Calahan Young is an award winning Western singer/songwriter. She has been playing music since graduating high school from Glenwood Springs, CO in 1981.  
She knew from an early age she wanted to perform. Traveling all over the United States and two tours of Japan has given her many years of experience on stage.  She has roots in traditional country & western music but was very successful on the "cowboy music" circuit as well.  
They offer a wide variety of classic country, cowboy songs, sing-alongs and traditional gospel music.  Their high energy show is fun for people of ALL ages.

 




Saturday & Sunday
March 30
 & 
March 31
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Alvin Blaine, Heather Hardy and Sabra Faulk

Alvin Blaine, Heather Hardy and Sabra Faulk

Alvin BlaineAlvin Blaine
When asked to submit a bio for the AFP, Alvin Blaine wrote the following:  “Alvin Blaine was born and he plays music.”  This is true, but Alvin’s musical expertise and experience is so much more than just one line.  Alvin was born in California and fell in love with music at an early age.  He has spent much of his career as a sideman, playing with such luminaries as Rex Allen Jr., Johnny Western, Lacy J. Dalton, Charlie Rich, and was a member of  Mickey Gilley’s All Stars Band in Las Vegas for three years.  He currently plays in several groups in Tucson including Log Train, Cadillac Mountain, and performs often with Heather “Little Mama” Hardy.  Alvin is proficient on 14 instruments, and has run sound for almost every Bluegrass band in the world for the past 20 years.  When not performing, his other loves are dogs and horses.

Heather Lil' Mama HardyHeather Lil' Mama Hardy
Heather Hardy has been playing the violin for 46 years. She was a student at the Manhattan School of Music under Raphael Bronstein , as  well as studying with well known Jazz violinist and Author, Julie Lyonn Lieberman

Now based out of Tucson Arizona , Heather  was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of fame in 2001 . And was just inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum  November 2016. This was certainly influenced by her 20 year collaboration with Sam Taylor, Jr. (“Legendary” blues artist who was inducted into AZ Blues hall of Fame in 2000 as well as  The LI Music Hall of Fame in 2006).  She spent a period of time performing with Allen Ginsberg , toured extensively throughout Europe and Canada  with The False Prophets punk band  . And was the “House” session violinist for Velvet Swan Studios in NYC for over 10 years …

To date  has played on the recordings of over 200 artists in blues, folk , jazz,  rock, bluegrass … you name it .
Heather is presently continuously throughout Tucson and AZ with her band and numerous other groups.
As well as a full career and a “NY” based “LIL' MAMA Band which she maintains in NYC . Approximately, every 3 months she tours throughout the metropolitan area and consistently does international touring as well .

Sabra FaulkSabra Faulk
Sabra Faulk is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter born and raised in Southeastern Arizona.  She had been a part of the Tucson musical family since 1983 when she moved from Willcox to Tucson pursuing her dream.  Sabra has played bass in many of the local bands throughout the years and fronted several of her own bands including the 2012 Tucson Folk Festival headliners “The Angel Band”.




Saturday & Sunday
April 06
 & 
April 07
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Jim Jones

Jim Jones

Jim is a native Texan, a student of the West and a life-long devotee of all things cowboy. His songwriting, guitar-picking and unique vocal style keep him in demand on the Western music circuit, folk music venues as well as at house concerts, coffeehouses, schools and libraries throughout the country. Jim has produced nine Western Americana albums and three highly acclaimed children’s character education videos. He is also a member of the award-winning trio, The Cowboy Way. The first Western novel in his Jared Delaney series, Rustler’s Moon, came out in 2009; the second, Colorado Moon, was released in 2011 and the third, Waning Moon, was published in 2013. His fourth novel, The Big Empty, was released by Five Star Publishing in 12/2016 and his fifth novel, The Lights of Cimarron, has been accepted for publication by Five Star, with a release date set for early 2019. His most recent album, “Headin’ Home,” came out in January, 2018. Jim lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Amongst his many awards are:
Western Music Association: 2017 Best Group of the Year, The Cowboy Way Trio
Western Writers of America: 2017 Spur Award- “Halfway Down the Devil’s Road,” Western Song of the Year
Western Heritage Wrangler Award: 2017 Best Traditional Western Album, “The Cowboy Way”
Academy of Western Artists: Western Song of the Year, “The Fires of Goliad”
Western Music Association: 2014  Male Performer of the Year





 




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Saturday & Sunday
April 13
 & 
April 14
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Don Armstrong

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Earl Edmonson

Don Armstrong

Don Armstrong has been hailed as a “Tucson legend” and “folk treasure.” The Arizona Daily Star referred to him as a “consummate songwriter,” while his songs have been recorded by artists nationwide and sung and enjoyed worldwide. Playing guitar and five string banjo, Don was part of the duo Don & Victoria Armstrong for 42 years before
Victoria’s passing in 2014. Together, they recorded ten albums. Don now records for The Ronstadt Record Company and his first solo album is due out in the fall of 2018. Don met Earl when he & Victoria were on the bill with Earl in a tribute concert to Earl’s uncle, Travis Edmonson (remember Bud & Travis?) in 2008, which was one of the last concerts that Travis attended. Recently, Don & Earl decided to bring his Uncle Travis’s legacy to life, by performing several of his songs, along with those that both Don & Earl have been known for over the years. Their recent performances together have packed concert venues and brought exuberant praise from the likes of The Kingston Trio, Limelighters & New Christy Minstrels, not to mention long time fans of both Don & Earl.




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Earl Edmonson

Earl Edmonson has been playing music since his early teenage years when he took up harmonica and guitar. Originally influenced and inspired by the diverse music scene of the 1960’s, Earl plays folk, blues, bluegrass, country and Americana music that features heartfelt and soaring vocal interpretations, harmonica, and fingerpicked, flatpicked, and slide guitar, with influences such as Doc Watson, Robert Johnson, Leo Kottke, Ry Cooder, Tim O’Brien, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, and Roy Bookbinder, among others. In addition to being an experienced solo performer, Earl has blended his talents with those of others in a variety of duos, trios, and bands. These include the trio Woodrose, an Arizona favorite during the 80’s, the Meighan-Edmonson-McLaughlin Band (Best Band at the 1991 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the same year that Earl won first place for Fingerpicked Guitar at Telluride), and for the last twenty-five years, the Titan Valley Warheads, winners of numerous awards including Best Band at Telluride (1988) and multiple Tammie awards for Best Bluegrass Band. As a member of these last two groups Earl has opened shows for groups such as Alison Krauss and Union Station, Ralph Stanley, Laurie Lewis and Grant Street, and the Subdudes. He has also backed up Tom Paxton on two Arizona tours on vocals, guitar, harmonica and mandolin. He has played numerous venues throughout Arizona and New Mexico, and performed solo at the 2002 Tucson Blues Festival to an enthusiastic audience. In addition to live performances Earl has recorded with a number of Tucson’s most notable artists, including Travis Edmonson, Stefan George, Lisa Otey, Gerry Glombecki, Way Out West, and The Titan Valley Warheads, as well as producing his own solo project, “Nightsounds”.
 





Saturday & Sunday
April 20
 & 
April 21
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis is Arizona's Official State Balladeer

Many of you may know that Dolan Ellis was first appointed as Arizona’s Official State Balladeer in 1966.  But have you ever wondered what an Official State Balladeer does, exactly? 

Dolan wondered that as well when he was first appointed, especially since he was the first ever Official State Balladeer in the entire nation.  So, as the first-ever Balladeer, he decided he would develop his own job description.  A large part of that job description involves traveling the highways, byways, back roads (and sometimes no roads) throughout the state, exploring little known places of his adopted home, and collecting stories, writing songs, and taking photos to share with his audiences.

This weekend’s performances will include original songs and stories from Dolan Ellis’ CD album, “Touch the Earth”.  All are songs of adventure and the human spirit that have been inspired from Dolan’s camping trips in the wilds of Arizona.  “The Old Homestead,” “Nature’s Children,” “Song of Wild Horses,” “Therapeutic 4-Wheel Drive,” and “I’m on an Arizona High” will be included in this show.

Dolan Ellis has been Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966. He has traveled more than a million miles throughout the length and breadth of our state, getting to know the unique people and out-of-the-way places most of us never see, then writing songs about these people and places. Along the way he has taken thousands of professional-quality photographs to illustrate his music. Come and hear just a few of the hundreds of ballads Dolan has written in his career as Arizona’s Balladeer "Arizona is more than a state...it's a state of mind".

Please consider donating to help save the Salt River wild horses. The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) is a non-profit organization 501(c)3, dedicated to monitor, study and protect the Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. We use all of our resources and connections to prevent harm from coming to the Salt River wild horses and ensure that they will be here for future generations to enjoy. ​There are links to donate on Dolan's website front page.
 
 

Click here for a YouTube video of Orphan of the Hills
Click here for a YouTube video of Dolan performing Magic Mountain

Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
April 27
 & 
April 28
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Nick McBlaine and Log Train

Nick McBlaine and Log Train

Peter McLaughlin is on stage once again, this time with friends and Tucson musicians Alvin Blaine and Nick Coventry. Alvin plays everything including banjo, slide guitar, harmonica, dobro, accordion, lap steel, mandolin, and pedal steel. He's also a great singer, a professional sound man for Old Blue Sound Company, and even builds his own guitars. Nick is a classically trained violinist. Based in California, he has also played throughout Europe. His specialty is the swinging style of Gypsy jazz violin. These three play lonesome old songs, new originals, fiddle tunes, traditional Folk and Country music, Bluegrass, Swing, and Americana, and they have fun with all of it.




Saturday & Sunday
May 04
 & 
May 05
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Michael Grande

Michael Grande

Michael Grandé is a phenomenal guitarist, known for his 5-finger picking technique, guitar flourishes, soft, gentle voice, and rapport with his audiences. His repertoire includes Western ballads, flamenco instrumentals and folk, pop and devotional songs. Much of what he plays are his own compositions. Michael Grandé grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and served in the Marines. In 1969 he played at Woodstock where he was invited to become a member of Richie Havens' band. In addition to Richie Havens, Grandé has performed around the world with many well-known artists, including Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, José Feliciano and Van Morrison, just to name a few. Several years ago he moved to Cochise County, Arizona, where he and his wife raise Arabian horses on a ranch near Tombstone.

Grandé has appeared at major performance venues all over the world. In the United States these include Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Central Park, Phoenix's Desert Sky Pavilion and Country Thunder, where he received three standing ovations from a crowd of 250,000.

Grandé's CD's are: "Hey Friend," "Small Things," "Especially For You"and "Forever." Violinist David Kaemmer, who has appeared with Grande at the Arizona Folklore Preserve, is one of the people who accompany Grandé on "Small Things" and "Especially For You." Other artists who perform with Grandé on "Small Things" are Mike Smith, pedal steel guitarist from the Gatlin Brothers, and Les Lumley, percussionist from the Miles Davis Band. In addition to Kaemmer and Smith, Tim West and P. deJardin join Grandé on "Especially for You." Hisnew CD "Forever" contains a mix of ballads and Grandé's virtuoso instrumentals.




Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
May 11
 & 
May 12
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Sue Harris

Sue Harris

Sue has spent her life gathering songs and stories from and about the West - - from classic country to more recently written western songs; authentic folksongs, cowboy songs, poems and folktales describing what life was like here not that long ago; and even the occasional Mexican folksong.

Her unique and personable vocal style can take the simplest of songs and breathe into them life and vitality.


 

Click here to go to her MySpace page to listen to some samples of her music.


Saturday & Sunday
May 18
 & 
May 19
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Belinda Gail

Belinda Gail

Belinda Gail is one of the most awarded female performers in Western Music. 7 time Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year ... 2 time Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist ... 3 time Group/Duo of the Year with Curly Musgrave and Album of the Year for "Red Rock Moon" Belinda is honored and humbled to be counted among the top female Western Music performers of this era. She has committed her full-time effort to this music for over 17 years and criss-crosses this country taking her special brand of Western Music to the masses. Her numerous awards are evidence of the level to which she has risen not only with Western Music fans, but with her peers as well.

Click here to her website where you can listen to samples of her music. Just select a CD.
Click here for a YouTube video of Belinda performing I've Just Got To Be A Cowgirl.

Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
May 25
 & 
May 26
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis is Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The Theme for Dolan's shows this weekend is "Songs and Stories of Arizona’s High Country"

The summer heat has hit and it's time to get to the high country. Come to the Arizona Folklore Preserve in beautiful Ramsey Canyon and cool down a bit. Come and hear Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official State Balladeer, as he transports you with his songs, stories, and large screen photography to even higher and cooler country in Arizona. Musically and photographically ride along the 7600 ft. elevation of "The Old Crook Trail", or camp among the cool Ponderosa Pines on the Mogollon Rim in his song, "I'm Home". Feel the cool breezes blow through your hair, as he sings "Shhh Says the Wind". It's a cool show!

Dolan Ellis has been Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966. He has traveled more than a million miles throughout the length and breadth of our state, getting to know the unique people and out-of-the-way places most of us never see, then writing songs about these people and places. Along the way he has taken thousands of professional-quality photographs to illustrate his music. Come and hear just a few of the hundreds of ballads Dolan has written in his career as Arizona’s Balladeer "Arizona is more than a state...it's a state of mind".

Please consider donating to help save the Salt River wild horses.  The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) is a non-profit organization 501(c)3, dedicated to monitor, study and protect the Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. We use all of our resources and connections to prevent harm from coming to the Salt River wild horses and ensure that they will be here for future generations to enjoy.
​There are links to donate on Dolan's website front page.

Click here for a YouTube video of Orphan of the Hills
Click here for a YouTube video of Dolan performing Magic Mountain

Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
June 01
 & 
June 02
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Juni Fisher

Juni Fisher

Born in the San Joaquin Valley of California, Juni Fisher spent her early years training horses, as well as working on cow-calf operations. She now tours the country full time, delighting audiences with her original songs, storytelling, and guitar playing. "Juni Fisher's luminous intensity ignites her writing and her performances ." says one journalist "At the heart of her unique and complex artistry is her ability to bring alive what become unforgettable characters and images, stunning stories that often carry a deep and compassionate reflection of the human spirit."Well known cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell says "Juni Fisher is the best thing to happen to western music in a long time."

Fisher's awards for excellence in music include the 2005 AWA Female Vocalist of the Year, 2005 WMA Crescendo award winner, 2006, 2009, and 2011 WMA Female Performer of the Year, 2007 and 2011 WMA Song of the Year, 2008 WMA songwriter of the Year, 2008 Western Heritage Wrangler Award Winner for Most Outstanding Western Album, 2009 WMA Album of the Year, 2011 WMA Female Performer of the Year, 2012 and 2017 True West Magazine Best Solo Musician,
and 2011 WMA Entertainer of the Year She competed in the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Celebrity Cow Horse Challenge in 2012, winning the Championship, and these days finds time between concerts to ride and show her
cow horse futurity prospect.

Click here for a video of Juni performing Chinaman Jack
Click here for a video of Juni performing Little Red Horse

Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
June 08
 & 
June 09
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

IWMA Youth Chapter Showcase

IWMA Youth Chapter Showcase

info coming soon




Saturday & Sunday
June 15
 & 
June 16
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

P.D. Ronstadt & Co.

P.D. Ronstadt & Co.

Peter Dalton Ronstadt, a fifth generation Ronstadt in Tucson, Son of late Michael J Ronstadt, nephew of Linda Ronstadt, and great grandson of Federico Jose Maria Ronstadt, aims to explore the musical heritage of his family while presenting new and original material. Along with his band of Tucsonans, ‘The Company’, Petie paints a musical picture of the American Southwest by presenting music from the region, music from Mexico, collected favorites, songs of his father, and new songs that draw inspiration from all the elements of his upbringing. With a lush tapestry of instruments along with unique arrangements, enjoy a moment in time while P.D. Ronstadt & The Company take you on a musical journey that will lift spirits and stir memories.




Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
June 22
 & 
June 23
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis is Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The Theme for Dolan's shows this weekend is "All Requests Show"

Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis, will take the stage on June 22 and 23 with an “all requests” show.  Request your favorite from Dolan’s extensive repertoire when you call to make your reservation, and he’ll do his best to fit your pick into the show. Perhaps your favorites are some of Dolan’s original humorous ballads, such as “Who’s Gonna Run the Truck Stop at Tuba City?” or “The Bombing of Naco, Arizona.”  Or possibly you’d like to hear “Geronimo” or “Keeper of the Town,” just two of the many historical ballads for which Dolan is famous.  Of course Dolan will not have the time in the show to honor all requests, so make your reservations and your special requests early. It’s “first come, first served!”

Dolan Ellis has been Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966. He has traveled more than a million miles throughout the length and breadth of our state, getting to know the unique people and out-of-the-way places most of us never see, then writing songs about these people and places. Along the way he has taken thousands of professional-quality photographs to illustrate his music. Come and hear just a few of the hundreds of ballads Dolan has written in his career as Arizona’s Balladeer "Arizona is more than a state...it's a state of mind".

Please consider donating to help save the Salt River wild horses.  The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) is a non-profit organization 501(c)3, dedicated to monitor, study and protect the Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. We use all of our resources and connections to prevent harm from coming to the Salt River wild horses and ensure that they will be here for future generations to enjoy.
​There are links to donate on Dolan's website front page.

Click here for a YouTube video of Orphan of the Hills
Click here for a YouTube video of Dolan performing Magic Mountain

Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
June 29
 & 
June 30
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger, and Michael Grande

Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger, and Michael Grande

Jean Prescott Jon Messenger Michael Grande
Jean Prescott  Jon Messenger Michael Grande

Please join us for a patriotic show featuring Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger & Michael Grande. We expect these shows to sell out so please make reservations if you plan on attending.

Jean Prescott
A multiple award winning singer/songwriter, Jean Prescott hangs her hat just a little bit south of Abilene, Texas, with her husband,
singer/songwriter Gary Prescott. Jean’s music has been referred to as “the spiritual essence of the west” and she shares her love of western
life through her songs about the real west of yesterday and today. 
Click here for a link to her CD's where you can listen to samples of their Music

Jon Messenger
Arizona singer/songwriter Jon Messenger brings to his audiences a hearty stew concocted from the influences of an eclectic musical background. Influenced by everything he’s heard, Jon’s original Folk and Western tunes have been well received by audiences at festivals and gatherings throughout the West, and these songs reflect Jon’s love of the myth and beauty and spirit and truth of the American West, past, present, and future.

Bringing a unique approach to today’s Cowboy and Western Music, Jon’s vocal and acoustic guitar stylings blend together to bring to all his audiences a haunting and authentic portrait of cowboy life, past and present. Interspersed with the fine Western Music are some wonderful selections of Cowboy Poetry, some by traditional authors, and some original poems from Jon’s pen.

Jon has written some of the most hauntingly beautiful songs of our time and has found a way to express insights into the livestock community that most people simply overlook. Jon’s songs have been recorded by a number of Western artists; the highest praise for a songwriter to have his peers want to record his songs. Those who have done so include: Jim Jones, Allan Chapman, Jean Prescott, Chelsea Beck, Mark Brooks, and Call Of The West, with whom he performs regularly (but that’s a whole different story…)

Jon’s voice has been described by one of his peers as the “best story-telling voice in contemporary western music.”. Rich, warm, and evocative of what ever feeling is in the heart of the tune. Another fan comments, “Nobody inhabits a song like Jon.”

A journey through the west. A night with the blues. Bluegrass Sunday mornings. The conscience of folk music in the traditions of the troubadours of old.

Jon Messenger is eagerly awaiting your call to come and share these tunes and tales with you.


Michael Grandé
Guitar virtuoso known for his 5-finger picking technique, guitar flourishes, soft, gentle voice, and rapport with his audiences. His repertoire includes Western ballads, flamenco instrumentals and folk, pop and devotional songs. Much of what he plays are his own compositions.