Arizona Performers

43 Miles North

The name “43 Miles North” references the miles from Green Valley, AZ (where we all reside) to the Mexico border!  The band started in 2014 playing cowboy western music and singing 3 & 4 part harmony songs.  The background of our band members is diverse.  All members have played music for years, resulting in a precise sound and wonderful harmony vocals. Our music reflects the love of the west.

Johnny Bencomo

Johnny was born in Silver City, New Mexico in 1948 and raised in Las Cruces where he graduated from Mayfield High School. His first professional job was at the William Bonnie Saloon in Mesilla, New Mexico. In Tucson in 1971, he performed at night and worked odd jobs during the day, then in 1986 he performed at the Crystal Palace Saloon in Tombstone. He enjoys sharing stories of the old west and its people in his music.

Aspen Black

Aspen Black is a singer/songwriter, cowgirl poet, multi-instrumentalist, educator, author, artist, and nationally-awarded horse woman. Her CD, Eastern Western Cowgirl, won the 2015 Rural Roots Music Commission Female Country-Western CD of the Year, and her "mesmerizing" and "captivating" voice won her first place in the 2016 singing contest at the National Traditional Country Music Association Festival, LeMars, IA.

Brashear and McLaughlin

When National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Peter McLaughlin and multi-instrumentalist Chris Brashear joined forces in 1992, heads turned. Drawing from the unique stories and landscapes of the Southwest, as well as from their own life experiences, these two kindred musicians carve a unique place for themselves in the grand tradition of duet singing and in the larger world of Western acoustic music. They are former writers-in-residence at the Museum of Northern Arizona.  

Cimarron Sidekicks

Cimarron Sidekicks sing contemporary western songs and songs from the Silver Screen, TV and radio. With cowboy standards we all love, they bring back memories of the old west. Their cowboy poetry and audience sing-alongs, coupled with great vocal harmonies and foot-stompin’ instrumentals, are just good old-fashioned fun! The group have written original music and cowboy poetry, which they recite during performances.

Janice Deardorff

Janice Deardorff is an Arizona native, a cowgirl at heart. She fell in love with the West at five years old and grew up immersed in its songs. She began performing Western music by singing at cowboy cookouts. In 2015 Janice was nominated for the coveted Western Music Association Crescendo Award. She believes music is a gift from God to be given again to the listener. 

Due West Trio

Bio pending

Buck Helton

Buck Helton was born in Texas, and moved to Tucson with the purple mountains majesty and towering saguaros the backdrop for a John Ford movie where Buck rides and sings with John Wayne, Marty Robbins and Mr. Spock. Welcome to the heart of Buck's western world.

Jon Messenger

Arizona singer/songwriter Jon Messenger offers a hearty stew concocted from the influences of an eclectic musical background. Jon’s original tunes have been well received at festivals and gatherings throughout the West, reflecting Jon’s love of the myth, beauty, spirit and truth of the American West, past. Jon’s vocal and acoustic guitar stylings blend to bring his audiences a haunting and authentic portrait of cowboy life.

Lee Lee Robert

LeeLee Robert is best known for her "Cowgirl Jazz" style where she combines the subtle colors and textures of jazz and blues with the storytelling strengths of traditional Western music. Her most recent CD, “Wyoming: Jewel of the West” was voted Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. “Wyoming: Jewel of the West” was charted as the #1 most played song  as reported by Western DJ's to The Western Way Magazine in Summer of 2015.

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