Arizona Performers

Gary Kirkman

Gary Kirkman was raised in historic Tombstone, Arizona where he went to school. He's a working cowboy who has worked and managed ranches throughout much of the state. He currently makes his home at Taylor, AZ where he manages a northern Arizona ranch. When cowboys gather around the campfire in the evening after a day’s work, they share their experiences and stories with one another. Gary's tales and poetry reflect many of these and his own ranch experiences, and they depict a cowboy way of life by one who has lived it. Gary has performed at cowboy poetry gatherings throughout much of Arizona and southern Utah.

Dennis Knill

Dennis Knill "grew up in Colorado showing horses and breaking colts...I came of age in California engineering nuts and bolts" ( Lines from one of his original songs). He writes and performs contemporary and classic western folk songs.  Dennis joined the IWMA in 2010, and is a past Vice President of the Arizona Chapter.  He now resides in Apache Junction, AZ with his wife Carilyn, and he would be happy to share his music at your next western event!

Ashley Marie

Ashley Marie is a cowgirl who comes from a long line of ranching families.  Her great grandfather is an Arizona Hall of Fame pioneer rancher and her parents are also ranchers in Arizona.  She grew up riding, rodeoing and singing Western Music.  She received much of her music training from her family who also play and sing. Ashley married a cowboy who gives her inspiration and material for much of her music.  She is a good hand on the ranch and still helps her her parents gather and brand when she gets time. She writes and sings many of her own songs, and also performs the traditional cowboy standards.  Ashley's unique style of singing and yodeling has made her a favorite wherever she performs.

Carol Markstrom

Carol Markstrom was raised in Minnesota and has lived in North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Ontario, Canada. She now divides time between Arizona and West Virginia. Her songwriting reflects experiences in American Indian communities, and her research as a Professor at West Virginia University, is the basis for  her non-fiction works about American Indian culture and history. Carol loves to tell stories of significant people, places and events in songs. She has performed at Sagebrush Roundup in West Virginia, the Western Opry at Old Tucson, and many open stages. She's is a member of the International Western Music Association, Secretary of the IWMA East Coast Chapter and a member of the Western Writers of America. Photograph by Karyn Kuniyuki

Dan McCorison

Dan McCorison grew up in Colorado and began playing western swing and country music soon after college. He has recorded for MCA, Maranatha and Columbia records and has appeared on shows with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Flatt and Scruggs and Linda Ronstadt to name a few. In addition to shows all around the Western United States and Canada, he has performed in Europe and Japan. Currently, Dan is living in Arizona and performing as a solo artist as well as with award winning groups, The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers, and Journey West.

Mountain Saddle Band

"Trail dust, creaking saddles, fire red sunsets, campfires, the smell of worn leather, horses and star-filled nights are just a few of the things you will think of when you hear Mountain Saddle Band. Their sound will recall the days of the Old West in your hear. A unique blend of mostly old, some new, cowboy music, gospel music and cowboy poetry with a cowboy touch that will have you sswayin' in the saddle and yearin' for more." The Mountain Saddle Band hails from the White Mountains of Arizona near Show Low, long established cowboy country. They have been performing cowboy music for many years and have developed their own unique sound and are committed to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of the American Cowboy.

Marvin O'Dell

Marvin is a successful song writer whose original music has often been recorded by other performing artists. His Silver Screen Cowboy Project, preserved on a 2-CD set and consisting of songs recorded by 19 of today’s finest western musicians, was awarded the prestigious Western Music Association's President's Award in 2009. That same year, Marvin's highly requested song from that set, "Jesus & Roy," was awarded the WMA's Song of the Year, and Marvin was named Songwriter of the Year. This inspired Marvin to create a live stage show around the songs of this award-winning CD. He now tours with The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers, performing the Silver Screen Cowboy Project Show “Live” – a tribute to the B-western stars of the early movies.

The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers

The multi-award winning 2012 WMA and AWA Western Music Group of the Year is the band that brings the Silver Screen Cowboy Project "Live" stage show to festivals, theaters, and a variety of venues or can fill-the-bill for concert stage events. The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers combine the talents of Audrey McLaughlin, Gale Rogers, Dawn Pett, Dan McCorison and Marvin O'Dell. They sing about the Old West, the contemporary West, and the West of the B-Western movies, and their fun-filled show delights audiences of all ages. The award-winning harmonies of the gals leave the listener wanting more, while the WMA Songwriter of the Year and lead vocalist, Marvin O'Dell, captures the crowd with lyrical stories told in his original songs.

 

Rockin' M Wranglers

Jim and Jeanne Martin are a most enjoyable musical duo who perform the full range of cowboy and western music, from the traditional trail songs of the working cowboy, to the silver screen classics of the singing cowboy, and the contemporary western compositions about today's cowboys and an ever popular western lifestyle. Their voices blend in perfect harmony and their championship yodeling is stunning! Their entertainment is complete when they add their brand of family style of cowboy humor.

David Rychener

When David Rychener discovered his passion for western music at the Arizona Cowboy  Symposium in Sonoita, Arizona, he decided performing western music would be his next life pursuit. David moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1983 and in November 2013, he released his first CD, entitled More Cowboy than Country. By night, David plays his music;  by day, he administrates a contract to provide clinician training to the Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA).  On weekends,he rides his horses, writes music, entertains his Ranch guests and tends to his family. He grew up the oldest of ten children on a farm in northwest Ohio. He earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University and a Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary.

Gail Starr

Gail hails from Carefree, Arizona and has been singing far a long time on stages, at campfires and corporate events. Her life has been based on the western ways as she has traveled, worked with ranchers and helped bring the romance of the West to folks that just wanted an experience to remember.  The Cattle Drives, the Chuck Wagons, and the time on the trail have helped the past meet the present.  These experiences have given her the soul that is needed for an authentic western serenade.

Paula Williamson

As a singer and yodeler, Paula won the All-American Girl Pageant, toured Canada, performed at the Missouri and Iowa State Fairs and taped a national TV commercial for U S Cellular.  She won five national awards for her talent: two WMA, two Patsy Montana and one National Mid-Western Idol Search awards. In Branson, Missouri, she performed as a tribute artist to Patsy Cline in the “Hank and Patsy Revisited”, “Patsy and Friends”, the “John Wayne Show” and with Pretty Miss Norma Jean from Nashville at the Cowboy Church. She tours the country with husband, Ermal as the John Wayne impersonator.

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