2019 Entertainment Schedule

Whether you are looking for the profound thoughts of a philosopher of the saddle or the skillful sawing of a fiddle, we have your music and entertainment options covered.  With three separate stages running every day and one big stage at night you will always be able to find first class entertainment.  If your dancing shoes need to show what they are made of, feel free to make use of our dance floors and open spaces.

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Thursday, October 10

Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys Under the Direction of Jason Roberts


Special Guest: Dave Alexander & The Big Texas Swing Band

RAY REED STAGE

7pm - Dave Alexander & The Big Texas Swing Band / Special Guests: Floyd Domino with Emily Gimble

8pm - Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys Under the Direction of Jason Roberts / Special Guest: Billy Mata


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Friday, October 11

Asleep at the Wheel


Special Guests: The Quebe Sisters; Coby Carter

RAY REED STAGE

10am - Belinda Gail

10:30am - Wendell Sollis

11:45am - Coby Carter

1pm - Jason Roberts

2:30pm - Jody Nix

4pm -Texas Playboy Tribute

7pm - The Quebe Sisters

8:15pm - Ray Benson’s Asleep at the Wheel / Special Guests: The Quebe Sisters

10pm - Coby Carter

 LARRY MCWHORTER STAGE

10am - Carin Mari

11am - Floyd Domino with Emily Gimble

12pm - Will Banister

1pm - Wendell Sollis

2:30pm - Neal McCowan

 TOMMY ALLSUP STAGE

9am - Roy Black

9:30am - Wendell Sollis/Ginny Mac

10am - Roy Black

10:30am - Coby Carter

11am - Sam Houston/Carin Mari

12pm - Roy Black

12:30pm - Jody Nix

1pm - Roy Black

1:30pm - Billy Mata

2pm - Roy Black

2:30pm - Will Banister

3pm - Sam Houston/Floyd Domino with Emily Gimble

4pm - Fireman Bob with Stacy Skaggs


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Saturday, October 12

Texas Jamm Band featuring Members of George Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band


Special Guests: Floyd Domino with Emily Gimble; Jody Nix & the Texas Playboys

RAY REED STAGE

10am - Carin Mari

10:30am  - Wendell Sollis   

11:45pm - Coby Carter

1pm - Floyd Domino with Emily Gimble

2:30pm - Jody Nix

4pm - Texas Playboy Tribute

7pm - Floyd Domino with Emily Gimble

8pm - Texas Jamm Band

10pm - Jody Nix

LARRY MCWHORTER STAGE

10am - Belinda Gail       

11am - Will Banister

12pm - Flying J Wranglers

1pm - Neal McCowan

2:30pm - Wendell Sollis

TOMMY ALLSUP STAGE

9am - Roy Black

9:30am - Cal Farley Kids Poetry

10am - Roy Black

10:30am - Coby Carter

11am - Sam Houston/Floyd Domino with Emily Gimble

12pm - Roy Black

12:30pm - Belinda Gail

1pm - Roy Black

1:30pm - Billy Mata

2pm - Roy Black

2:30pm - Wendell Sollis/Ginny Mac

3pm - Sam Houston/Carin Mari

4pm - Poetry Awards



SUNDAY, OCT 13, 2019

RAY REED STAGE

9am - Dave Alexander and Friends sing Gospel favorites

10:30am - Flying J Wranglers

12pm - Wendell Sollis

 

LARRY MCWHORTER STAGE

10am - Frank Potter & Friends  

11:45am - Belinda Gail       

12:30pm - Flying J Wranglers

TOMMY ALLSUP STAGE

9am-11am - Bob the Fireman with Stacy Skaggs

11am-2pm - Bonfire Band


MEET OUR 2019 ENTERTAINERS

Belinda Gail

Belinda Gail is America’s Western sweetheart. She began her music career in 1996 when she toured with the Sons Of San Joaquin. She has performed at Michael Martin Murphey's "West Fest" and tours the mid-west and western United States extensively and has also performed in other states. She has made appearances at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri with her own show and with Sonny Spencer. It has been her high energy and breathtaking performances that have earned her the Western Music Association's 2005 "Top Female Vocalist award" and "Female Performer of the Year" awards for an unprecedented four consecutive years. She has also received the Will Rogers Cowboy Award in 1999 and 2004 in the category of "Female Vocalist of the Year," presented by the Academy of Western Artists. As a professional western entertainer, Belinda continues to capture the attention of national venues. To learn more visit: https://belindagailsings.com

BILLY MATA

When you see that familiar Texas grin underneath the white hat, you’ll know that Billy Mata is on stage and ready to entertain hundreds of western swing music fans. Billy and his band have celebrated 35 years of making music by winning the 2016 Ameripolitan Western Swing Group of the year. He is a two-time Academy of Western Artists ‘Western Swing Vocalist of the Year’ and is a member of the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. Billy started his recording career in the 1970s singing Billboard chart top-40 songs, but eventually moved full time over to his passion western swing. He lives in San Antonio and tours with his band throughout the year performing over 100 annual shows.

COBY CARTER

A 24-year old native of Portales, NM, Coby graduated from ENMU with an Ag Business degree in 2017. Coby has been playing music since he was 6 and strives to keep to his roots with traditional country shuffles and western swing dance tunes. In 2013 he won the Rising Star Award from the Cowtown Society of Western Music. He is the 2014 and 2015 Academy of Western Artists Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year. He and his band were named Western Swing Duo/Group for 2015. Also, he was honored to be a top five finalist for Male Vocalist of the Year for the 2015 Ameripolitan Awards. Coby is honored to have been a part of the Lincoln County Cowboy symposium since he was 9 years old, making this his 13th year. Coby had the opportunity to record his first CD “Legends” with Grammy Award Winner Bobby Flores producing. The album was nominated for Western Swing Album of the Year, and Pure Country Album of the year for the 2014 AWAs. Coby released a new single in 2018. For a sample of the CD visit: www.cobycartermusic.com

DAVE ALEXANDER & THE BIG TEXAS SWING BAND

Named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, Dave brings his western swing sound to the stage. His leadership as music director for the Cowboy Symposium shines brightly both on stage and in spending the entire year preparing the list of performers that will entertain us all weekend. He is a four-time Grammy nominated singer and musician and has recorded with country greats such as George Strait, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Asleep at the Wheel just to name a few. Dave has been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame and has received the most Will Rogers Awards by any single artist. He has served as the music director for the Dallas Cowboys, Huston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the National Finals Rodeo. He produces a weekly syndicated western swing radio show heard on nearly fifty stations throughout the southwest. Dave's continues his love for Western Swing with his Big Texas Swing Band. As a former member of the Texas Playboys himself, Alexander combines the heritage and success of yesterday's great western swing music with the fever and excitement of his own compositions and today's hottest young musicians. To learn more visit: www.davealexander.com


EMILY GIMBLE

Emily Gimble grew up with music in her blood, singing and playing on-stage since she was seven years old. Piano beckoned Emily early on – in fact, the Austin Music Awards named her “Best Keyboards” of the city three times (2013, 2014, 2018) – as did another instrument, full of natural range and feeling: her voice. “A Case of the Gimbles,” the 2005 album she recorded with her father and grandfather, both musicians, showcased her vocals and launched Emily on a national family tour, playing folk festivals and charming audiences across the country. It wasn’t long before other musicians started to take notice of Emily, including Marshall Ford Band and Warren Hood and the Goods. In 2012, that band started touring nationally, then went on the road the next year with Hayes Carl as his backing band. In 2014, Emily joined the iconic, Grammy Award-winning country band, Asleep at the Wheel. She recorded her first album in 2015. Well-honed musical ears will appreciate a production that feels unfussy but pristine, vintage but clean. It’s the result of a musician who’s spent decades learning her craft, and a lifetime building her musical family.

FLOYD DOMINO

Floyd Domino is a two-time Grammy winner and a long-time entertainer at the Cowboy Symposium. Born a native of California, Domino was introduced to Western swing by way of the musicians who had migrated from Texas and Oklahoma in the 1930s and 1940s. Floyd’s close association with Western swing coincided with joining Asleep at the Wheel at the age of 19. After 7 years with Asleep at the Wheel, he is now an “AATW Alumnus” who still joins them for featured performances. He has played on twenty number one George Strait and Waylon Jennings hits as well as recorded and toured with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. He has won the Academy of Western Artists Western Swing Instrumentalist of the Year Award and is a member of the Northwest, Sacramento and Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.

FLYING J WRANGLERS

Flying J Wranglers are known as “World Famous” to the locals and tourists who have enjoyed their music and antics for more than 35 years in the old west town of Bonita City. The chuckwagon dinners and shows are a highlight to any Ruidoso summer vacation and the fun continues during the fall season when the group continues serving and playing on Saturday nights. The Flying J Wrangles have performed to over 750,000 guests through the years and have toured through much of the country including an appearance on the Grand ‘Ol Opry in Nashville. James and Cindy are joined by band members Roy Black, Corina Ripple, Tim McCasland and Greg Meeks. To learn more visit: https://flyingjranch.com/

FRANK POTTER & FRIENDS

Frank Potter is a Ruidoso original.  Frank and his friends will once again fill up a stage with western swing and a delightful mixture of Sunday morning music.

JASON ROBERTS

Grammy Award-winning, fiddle player Jason Roberts brings his signature style to the Jason Roberts Band. Building on a lifetime blessed by musical genes and work alongside Western Swing giants, Jason Roberts leads world-class talents as front man of the Jason Roberts Band. Having spent nearly 20 years with the world-famous band Asleep at the Wheel – Jason has soaked up the very best of Western Swing and brings his own signature style to this traditional American genre. Two Grammy Awards and four individual Hall of Fame inductions later, Jason and his band delight fans around the world. To learn more visit: https://jasonrobertsband.com/



JODY NIX AND THE TEXAS COWBOYS

Jody has been involved in western swing music for nearly all his life – he got his start at the age of 8, playing drums for his father Hoyle Nix’s band all over west Texas. He is a member of the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame, the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, and has played with practically every major country music star including Bob Willis, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, George Strait and so many more. When Jody Nix takes the stage, the dance floor immediately fills to the brim. That’s all you need to know about his smooth style and gracious attitude. Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys entertain with pure traditional western swing dance music that fans have grown to love and appreciate. A true Traditional Country Music and Western Swing artist, he has been in the business 57 years. He has played dances and shows all over Texas and parts of the southwest. Jody has 11 albums of his own to his credit, and was a guest artist on both of Asleep at the Wheel’s Tribute to Bob Wills albums. To learn more visit: http://www.jodynixmusic.com/biography.html

CARIN MARI

Inspired by the mountains of Colorado where she was born and raised, Carin Mari is a songwriter from the heart who is passionate about life, playing her own brand of music. After eighteen 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, Female Vocalist and Female Entertainer of the year for South Plains College, and eight Colorado Country Music Awards. Carin toured in the early nine years of her career with her two brothers as the band, “Carin Mari & Pony Express,” winning numerous awards and playing formidable venues. Together they released five albums that have received world-wide airplay. Although there have been many highlights in her career, being a guest artist on Michael Martin Murphey’s Album, “Tall Grass and Cool Water,” was an incredible honor. While still pursuing her own career, Carin is also thrilled to be the lead guitar player in, Michael Martin Murphey’s, Rio Grande Band. After recording her sixth album, “Miles Per Hour,” in August of 2015, Carin fell in love with the Nashville atmosphere and was inspired to return in 2017 to record her album, “Rambling Daughter.” Carin has since returned to Nashville and has released her brand-new album, “Queen of the Mountains.” This is Carin’s eighth album and her third professional project as a solo artist. To learn more visit: https://carinmarimusic.com/

NEAL MCCOWAN & TRACY TUBERVILLE A.K.A. “DOUBLE TROUBLE”

Neal McCowan/acoustic guitar teams up with Tracy Turberville on bass and vocals. This super band also showcases Gino DeSantis/fiddle and vocals, Richard “Punky” Potter Jr/drums, Craig Rivera/lead guitar, Phillip Telford/steel guitar and Chuck Back/steel guitar and vocals.

THE QUEBE SISTERS

With over fifteen years of touring to date, Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe front an innovative Progressive Western Swing band of archtop guitar, upright bass, fiddles and sibling harmony. They have delivered their authentic triple fiddle and three-part harmony sound to concert halls and festivals across 3 continents. The Dallas-based five-piece presents a unique Americana blend of Western Swing, Jazz-influenced Swing, Country, Texas-Style Fiddling, and Western music. The band’s stripped-down acoustic instrumentation breathes new life into seasoned sounds once found in Texas dance halls and honky-tonks. Innovation has led the sisters to channel the musical connection between danceability and emotiveness, combining old sounds with new feelings and old feelings with new sounds. It’s not nostalgia that drives the band as purveyors of Western Swing, but the aspiration to take the music back to its roots and sustain the spirit of Swing. To learn more visit: https://quebesisters.com/

WENDELL SOLLIS AND THE SIDEKICKS ALL-STAR BAND

Wendell Sollis, bandleader, is a veteran banjo player, performing since the ’70s. His shows include Six Flags, Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, and Quartz Mountain resort in Oklahoma. He has performed with The Texas Playboys, Texas Sand and now leads the Sidekicks All-Star Band. This 12-piece band is packed full of talent and will be ready to deliver of your favorite oldies bringing back memories of days gone by. Featuring swing, country, Cajun, and big band, they are Hall of Fame and nationally recognized musicians. 

WILL BANISTER AND THE MODERN-DAY RAMBLERS

Will Banister first gained attention when his “Turned Her On To Country” album gathered a rave review in the consumer monthly Country Music People, leading on to building business with the import dealers. Next the song enjoyed a four week stay at number one in the UK’s weekly Hot Disc charts, ensuring the singer a radio audience way beyond British shores. The Wembley visitor not only proved a winner with the country audience but also gained attention of the national media, with the Daily Telegraph’s Douglas McPherson concluding his Wembley review: “The most memorable moment [of the festival] found 23-year old Will Banister wowing the crowd with a sublimely straightforward Lovesick Blues. Sixty-three years after Hank Williams sang the same song, it was proof that country, like rock ‘n’ roll, will never die.” Since then, Will has released two more albums and worked six tours in the UK, and Europe, including one with Gene Watson. Will Banister and the Modern-Day Ramblers are quickly becoming a fan favorite in west TX, and the DFW area.