Event List and Info
|The TwangFest - 3-day festival of Cowboy Music, Country Blues & Western Swing|
ANNOUNCING – LIVE AND IN PERSON:
Michael Martin Murphey
TwangFest Stage Schedule
Main Stage near Spa Resort Casino Saloon and Taste of the West Food Court
(Acts are subject to change)
Friday, March 25
11 am Gary Allegretto
With a singular combination of soul-deep dedication, striking good looks and a remarkably expressive vocal style, country singer-songwriter James Intveld is a formidable talent. A performer with a virtually lifelong resume, Intveld's been playing music since early childhood, a passion that's carried him from a start as a talent-show winning teenager to headlining international tours and sharing stages with some of country music's biggest stars. Recognized as one of Los Angeles' most reliable and gifted players, Intveld has an impressive track record as sideman with Harry Dean Stanton’s honky-tonk renegades The Repomen, lead guitarist for acclaimed roots-rock spearheads the Blasters and, on his own, as a solid attraction who routinely draws SRO crowds. As an actor, Intveld has made numerous film and television appearances and he’s worked both sides of the camera; notably, he provided vocals for Johnny Depp's title character in John Water's cult classic Cry Baby and his film career even extended to the director’s chair--he personally helmed the 2005 Western Miracle at Sage Creek starring David Carradine.
For Intveld, though, it’s all about music, a dedication that’s allowed him to develop an extraordinary repertoire of his own finely wrought originals and hundreds of classic pop, blues and country songs. Intveld’s devotion imparts an innate nobility to his performances, a rare quality that’s consistently reflected in his flawless performances and recordings. As featured on Intveld’s first-rate solo albums, 2001’s Somewhere Down The Road and the current Have Faith (which hit 29 on the Americana chart), his mix of hard country, gospel mysticism and blues informed, forceful rock & roll operates at a high level of communicative skill and exquisitely proficient musicianship. Whether delivering his wistful, sensitive ballad “Woman’s Touch” or the vintage Wynn Stewart hit “It’s Such a Pretty World Today,” Intveld’s involvement and knack for artful re-definition combine to create innovative and irresistible new stylings that are his alone.
Raised in Compton, California just a stones throw from the site of legendary LA country music television show Town Hall Party, Intveld got his first musical instrument--a drum kit--at age 5, graduated to guitar at 8, joined the guitar mass at the family’s church and by 10 formed his first band. Several years later, his father began driving him to country music shrine the Palomino, where Intveld promptly began winning the regular Monday talent competition with knock-out versions of Elvis Presley and Hank Williams Sr. hits. By 1980, Intveld, with equally gifted brother Ricky on drums, formed a kicking rockabilly band that spearheaded the burgeoning revival movement and quickly became a fixture at spots like Club Lingerie, The Roxy and Whisky a Go-Go. The band got noticed--teen idol Rick Nelson hired Intveld’s bassist and brother as his touring rhythm section, but after they perished in the infamous New Year’s Eve plane crash, Intveld was so shaken he quit playing altogether.
Fortunately, Intveld’s devotion to music prevailed .By the mid-1980’s he was back in full swing with a new band and an infamously dance floor packing residency at Pasadena's One West. The momentum steadily built, leading to the Cry Baby gig, supplying vocals for an Oldsmoblile commercial starring Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, his stint with Harry Dean Stanton (that band toured as far afield as Australia), a role in Sean Penn's directorial debut Indian Runner and signing up as the Blasters lead guitarist. Despite a heavy touring schedule and an increase in acting jobs, Intveld’s need to express himself never wavered; he had to break out on his own terms, quit the Blasters and cut his well received first album, James Intveld, issued in 1995 by Germany's Bear Family.
Along the way, Intveld's been spotted accompanying everyone from CMA Entertainer of the Year Freddie Hart to legendary comedian Steve Allen, written songs for rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson, directed an award winning short film based on a letter by James Dean (it took first place honors at the 2007 Silver Lake Film Festival) and ceaselessly mining new artistic territory. Dividing his time between touring and living in Nashville (where he recently made his Grand Ole Opry debut), Intveld's ardor and commitment are as constant and reliable as his always first-rate music.
Formerly from Nashville, Jann Browne has had several country hits in the '90s, including "Tell Me Why" and "You Ain't Down Home." She was a vocalist with Asleep At The Wheel and had one of her songs recorded by Dwight Yoakam, titled "Louisville."
The California Country Music Association selected Jann Browne as Entertainer of the Year two years in a row. In 1991, Browne was a nominee by the Academy of Country Music as Female Vocalist of the year. She brings a veteran honky tonk band to the stage and on Friday night, following the Natonal Anthem she and Matt barnes will sing together, Jann show you why she is the Sweetheart of the Palm Springs Rodeo! Watch for the band to kick off at 8:30 sharp on the TwangFest stage.
The Saddle Cats are a Western Swing pocket orchestra that is enlivening Cowboy and Western Music with infectious joy and high spirits. With a repertoire that draws from the rich tapestry of traditional American music, this four-piece ensemble embraces the worlds of swing, cowboy ballads, blues, Tin Pan Alley, honky-tonk, string band music, polka and just about any traditional style under the sun.
They have at their heart the suave, elegant artistry of Bobby Black, whose steel guitar poetics have inspired generations of musicians and fans. A revered figure in the music world whose roots go straight back to the honky-tonk era of Hank Williams and Lefty Frizell, Bobby was a key figure in the rediscovery of Western Swing in the 1960s and '70s.Richard Chon is the fiddle player who evokes memories of Bob Wills with his masterful sawing and his beautiful arrangements of the classic Western Swing tunes.
American Cowboy magazine recently stated, "Amazing. It’s the word that fits the harmonica playing of Gary Allegretto. This good-natured cowboy singer-songwriter blows you away with his talent on that mouth harp. You’ve never seen - or heard anything like it." Indeed, Gary is a 5-time Western Music Association award nominee including Outstanding Entertainer (2010) Outstanding Instrumentalist (2010, 2009) and best Collaboration/Compilation album (2010). He has been honored with a "Best of the West Award" and two Grammy Award considerations for his unique brand of song writing and music. Gary’s jaw-dropping performances have captivated audiences at many Western music shows and festivals and carried him to places all around the globe. He's been featured on soundtracks for major motion pictures and television and is endorsed by the world's top harmonica manufacturer. Extraordinary singer, songwriter, and guitar virtuoso, Ian Espinoza will join Gary creating a duo like you've never seen! In addition to his performance, Gary will be providing his unique and popular harmonica workshops at our festival ~ the opportunity to learn from one of the best! Check out his website at: http://www.myspace.com/harmonicowboy
GARY ALLEGRETTO WORKSHOP: LEARN TO PLAY HARMONICA INSTANTLY!
(Harmonica workshop at 3 pm on Rancho Deluxe stage in Renaissance Saturday the 26th)
"This harmonica wrangler is sure to impress the cowboy hat off your head!" ~True West Magazine
Cool cowgirl Juni Fisher from central San Joaquin Valley in California recorded her first Western release, "Tumbleweed Letters" in late 1999. Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival director Gary Brown heard her first album, and shared Juni's music with other promoters and artists, allowing Juni to shift her profession to the music she loved most. Juni released "Sideshow Romance" in the summer of 2004. Her third release, "Cowgirlography" featured a duet with Sons of the San Joaquin's Joe Hannah, and received rave reviews, multiple nominations and a WMA Song of the Year award.
Now Juni is featured in the new documentary, “Oh, You Cowgirl” produced by Shirley Morris, singing original songs about turn-of-the-previous-century wild west show cowgirl stars, and the female rodeo riders who often beat the pants off the male contestants.
Fisher is currently performing at venues like the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, the Heber City Cowboy Gathering, Monterey Cowboy Festival, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, the Colorado Cowboy Gathering, Spirit of the West Festival, Cochise Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Salinas and Big Bear Lake gatherings, radio shows, Folk Festivals, and many more venues. From her appearances, and by word of mouth, the bookings and the kudos keep rolling in, including the 2005 Academy of Western Artists Western Female Vocalist of the Year, the 2005 Western Music Association Crescendo Award winner, the 2006 WMA Female Vocalist of the Year, a 2007 WMA Song of the Year, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 2008 Wrangler Award (Gone For Colorado), the 2009 Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year, "GONE FOR COLORADO" Western Music Association 2009 Album of the Year.
She recently had a Number One Album on the Western Music Charts for Three Months- "Let 'er Go, Let 'er Buck, Let 'er Fly" See more of Juni at: http://www.junifisher.net
This is the band that brings you The Silver Screen Cowboy Project “Live” stage show – the show that’s catching on everywhere! The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers combine the talents of Audrey McLaughlin, Gale Rogers, Dawn Pett, Tom Boyer, and Marvin O'Dell.
Their fun-filled show of western swing and cowboy tunes delights audiences of all ages. They can give you songs about the old west, the contemporary west, and the west of the B-western movies. The multi award-winning harmonies provided by the gals don't come any sweeter, and the astounding guitar playing of Tom Boyer will leave the listener wanting more. The 2009 WMA Songwriter of the Year, Marvin O'Dell, captures the audience not only in the lyrical stories told in many original songs but also with his unique lead vocals.
The variety of talent and the passion for the music seen in The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers holds audiences spellbound from start to finish.
Be sure to see their stage schedule in the Mojave Room during the Gene Autry FilmFest where they will be peforming multiple multi-media shows featuring original compositions spotlighting the singing cowboy of days gone by.
A very low $10 admission fee will allow you to relax in comfort as they Rustlers spin vocal tales while treating you to a collage of images from the Silver Screen era.
See Gene Autry FilmFest site on menu at left for more details.
Michael Tcherkassky has become a very familiar face among those who enjoy Cowboy and Western music. His style and delivery of cowboy ballads easily conjure up visions of cowboys around the campfire, hot coffee and the aroma of wood smoke. Known by his moniker “Saddle Serenader”, Michael has performed throughout the West entertaining at many of the most popular gatherings. For more than a decade,Michael has been singing songs on horseback while greeting guests at the prestigious Santa Clarita Cowboy Gathering. A talented and polished performer, Michael brings a rare authenticity to any western event.
Naomi Bristow - The Yodelin’ Cowgirl
Naomi is 13 and hails from a small farm in Ontario, Canada. In the past year she has traveled across the countryside performing for thousands while being rewarded with kindness and admiration from folks of every age.
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