Cowboy Gathering headlines Friday concert

Western music celebration to take place in main barn at 7 p.m.

Cortez Journal/Jim Mimiaga

Todd King's love of Western music led him and his family to start a production company: Cowboy Gathering of the Four Corners. Enlargephoto

Cortez Journal/Jim Mimiaga Todd King's love of Western music led him and his family to start a production company: Cowboy Gathering of the Four Corners.

Montezuma County’s first Western music promoter will kick off their inaugural concert event during the Montezuma County Fair July 31-Aug. 2 on various stages.

The headline event will be on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. in the main barn, featuring national musicians and poets.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 8-14, and children 7 and under are free.

Top attractions

3 Trails West, a group steeped in cowboy tradition, singing songs about cattle drives, riding horses, pretty girls back home, and nature’s splendor.

Kristyn Harris, just 19 years old, is the 2014 Academy of Western Artists female performer of the year.

She is loved for her singing, songwriting, swing-rhythm guitar style and yodeling.

She was the Western Music Association’s female yodeler of the year in 2012.

Susie Knight will perform her cowboy songs and poetry about true life experiences. Inspired by rodeo legend Chris LeDoux, Knight’s style captures a woman’s perspective on rodeo, ranch life, remudas, and romance.

Also on stage will be Peggy Malone, “The little girl with the big voice,” a regular at Western music events across the country. Her award winning song “Singin’ A Cowboy Song” was featured on the PBS special A Night at the Rodeo.

Many more poets and singer-songwriters will perform throughout the day said promoter Todd King, including poets Yvonne Hollenbeck, Thatch Elmer, and Terry Nash, and singers Ken Stevens, Janice Deardorff, and Deb Bukala.

Free performances by headliners will be held at the Cortez Cultural Center amphitheater on Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to draw in more locals and tourists to the Friday night concert.

Peggy Malone, an award winning singer and songwriter, will be stopping in Mancos for a house concert Sunday afternoon. Enlargephoto

Peggy Malone, an award winning singer and songwriter, will be stopping in Mancos for a house concert Sunday afternoon.