After-hours at Cavalcade is always lots of fun! Tickets can be purchased from our authorized online seller, at the Cavalcade office on the Pawhuska fairgrounds during the week of the rodeo, or by cash at the entrance gate. Tuesday street dance in downtown Pawhuska is free. Wednesday admission $10 all ages. Thursday through Saturday admission is $20 all ages.
The amazing line-up for 2017 is as follows:
- Tuesday – Mark Chamberlain & The Whiskey Poet Society
- Wednesday – Read Southall
- Thursday – Jon Wolfe
- Friday – Whiskey Myers
- Saturday – Jason Boland & The Stragglers
Mark Chamberlain and the Whiskey Poet Society was formed in 2012 with musicians from a variety of styles that produce music that is energetic, patriotic and powerful. They use a mix of red dirt, outlaw country and southern rock influences to provide a sound that is their own.
Mark Chamberlain and Whiskey Poet Society is a top of the line five piece band. Members include a former Kansas State fiddling champion, Ricky Yeubanks, and the steel/lead guitar, Dennis Blackburn, who was a band leader for Barbara Fairchild. The drummer is Brandi Chamberlain and on bass guitar, Rick Alumbaugh who brings his talent and experience from the Joplin and Kansas City area with various well known bands. Mark Chamberlain contributes to the music with strong and solid vocals and has recorded in Nashville. The bands debut album released in 2013.
The Whiskey Poet Society is YOUR country dance band!
Read Southall was born and raised in the heartland of America in Altus, Oklahoma. As he puts it, “God’s country.” Read brings a unique style to country music. His love for writing, playing, and singing gives him a distinctive sound apart from any others. Growing up listening to everything from Hank Williams to Creedence Clearwater Revival, led him to fall in love with the soulful stories behind these classics. The young artist used these influences to find his fit in the genre.
Read started performing in choirs and local bands at a young age and has always had a love for music. At age 22, he began performing locally as a solo artist. Overnight, he had what seemed to be an immediate fan base in his home state. With loyal friends and family at almost every show, the venues were usually packed. Read’s personality is irresistible and funny. His true appreciation of his fans is undeniable.
As he continued growing as an artist, Read began writing in between performances. Putting personal experiences to paper came naturally for him. “I really enjoy writing music simply because I believe I can connect with people, or maybe my words can say what that person has been trying to say. Words can’t describe the joy you feel when someone says your music has gotten them through something. That alone is a greater honor than any dollar compensation,” Read says.
Read wrote, recorded, and independently released his first solo album, “Six String Sorrow,” in July of 2015.
He felt his musical journey was not at its end. After long thought and preparation he then moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma to further pursue his career as a musician. He began his search for fellow musicians and friends and found himself within two weeks having put together the “Read Southall Band”
RSB released their debut single “Clean Slate” released 7/25/2015
The best introduction to Jon Wolfe is the basic yet not so simple fact that he’s a country singer and songwriter. Country music, as it was, is and always should be, with boots firmly standing on the bedrock of tradition and an eye focused on taking it into the future. And that, as any fan of true country knows, is no simple proposition. “At heart, it’s all about being a great singer and storyteller.”
Hence the other best introduction to Jon Wolfe is to hear him sing and share the stories in the songs he performs and writes. And to learn his life story — from small town Oklahoma to the bustling big city commodities trading floor to the dancehalls and honky-tonks of Texas and Oklahoma to Music Row, to give the highlights — and witness his faith in the power of music and determination to touch the hearts of others with something that means so much to him.
It’s world class country music from the American heartland, informed by the great singers that inspired Wolfe — like George Strait, Garth Brooks (a fellow Okie), Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam, to name a few — yet fired by his own contemporary energy and vision.
Wolfe’s music has been burning up the Texas Charts where he garnered six consecutive Top Ten singles(“Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now”), making Wolfe a “must see” act in the Texas touring scene.
It would be an understatement to say that a lot has happened since Whiskey Myers was last in the recording studio. Over two whirlwind years, the gritty Texas band hit #1 on the iTunes Country Chart with their breakout third album ‘Early Morning Shakes,’ earned raves everywhere from Rolling Stone to USA Today, and toured the US and UK relentlessly, slaying massive festival crowds and sharing stages with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, and more along the way. You’d be forgiven, then, for expecting things to work a little differently this time around when the band reunited with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb for their stellar new album, ‘Mud.’ But as it turns out, success doesn’t change a Southern gentleman, and they don’t come any more Southern than Whiskey Myers.
Fueled by larger-than-life performances honed tight from countless nights on the road, ‘Mud’ finds the band scaling new heights of songwriting and musicianship, with searing guitars, soulful vocals, and indelible hooks. While their approach to the music and humble, hard-working attitudes may not have altered, there have been developments in the Whiskey Myers world, most notably with the arrival of new faces. For the recording sessions, the band’s five founding members—Cody Cannon on lead vocals and guitar, Cody Tate and John Jeffers on guitars, Gary Brown on bass, and Jeff Hogg on drums—fleshed out their sound with the addition of fiddler/keyboard player Jon Knudson and percussionist Tony Kent, who are both now full-time members. “They bring a great energy, and I think it’s really helped our sound and makes the band more versatile,” explains Cannon. “There’s less room onstage now, but sometimes a family grows.”
A glance through Whiskey Myers’ lyrics will show you that Cannon is a man who chooses his words carefully, so it’s little surprise that he describes the band as a family. The tight-knit group’s roots stretch back decades into the red dirt of East Texas, where Cannon, Jeffers, and Tate first began playing together before rounding out their initial lineup with the addition Hogg and Brown (who is Cannon’s actual cousin). They built up a rabid local following on the strength of their 2008 debut album, ‘Road Of Life,’ and then notched their first #1 on the Texas Music Charts with their 2011 follow-up ‘Firewater.’ It was ‘Early Morning Shakes,’ though, that introduced the rest of the world to what Texas already knew. The album cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Chart, a remarkable feat for a fiercely independent band and a testament to their rigorous DIY work ethic and endless supply of passion and drive. Esquire called them “the real damn deal,” while Country Weekly said they combine “greasy Southern rock riffs with countrified songwriting and Texas grit for something wholly unique,” and Playboy dubbed them “the new bad boys of country music.”
Even in the face of their rapidly-growing profile and expanding lineup, the band found they were able to pick up exactly where they left off when they returned to the studio for ‘Mud.’
“We don’t want a high stress situation, and we don’t want to feel uncomfortable while we’re recording, because we want to make sure everybody can get into their creative mode,” explains Brown. “Dave has a laid back attitude as far as making music and that fits right in with the way we work. His ear is similar to ours and he has the same kind of vision for what the music should sound like.”
What the music sounds like is raw, visceral emotion: pride, faith, desire, defiance. The songs on ‘Mud’ are stories of ordinary men and women standing up for their families and honoring their roots. Home is sacred ground for Whiskey Myers, not just a plot of land, but rather the cornerstone of an identity worth dying for. Fiddle-led album opener “On The River” steps back to frontier times when the struggle for survival was a daily one, while the epic title track promises a home-foreclosing banker “Ain’t no man gonna take it away / Because it’s deep down in my blood / So step across the ol’ property line / And you’ll die right here in the mud.” “Frogman,” written with Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, follows a Southern man halfway around the world, as he risks his life to defend freedom and fight terror in the Middle East as a Navy Seal, and the Darrell Scott co-write “Trailer We Call Home” finds the beauty in simple things, concluding, “Times get tough but love is strong / Here in this trailer that we call home.”
“Where you come from and where you grew up influences your music a lot,” says Cannon. “As a band, we don’t go into the studio with any preconceived theme. You just sit down and you write and the songs come out naturally.”
As a result, Whiskey Myers’ music fits neatly into no genre. Sure, it’s heavily influenced by country music (“My first record was ‘The Pressure Is On’ / Ain’t it funny how your life can change with a song” Cannon sings on “Hank”), but the band credits everything from Alan Jackson and Waylon Jennings to Led Zeppelin and Nirvana as inspiration. “Some Of Your Love” channels old-school soul, while the bright, punchy horns of “Lightning Bugs And Rain” flirts with Rolling Stones swagger, and “Good Ole’ Days” captures a stripped-down, folky vibe, as the whole band sat in a circle singing together live. It all adds up to what Cannon perhaps describes best as “no frills, no bullshit rock and roll.” “The equipment we used on the recording process for this one was really important to the sound, too” he adds. “Dave has these amazing old amps and we recorded everything to tape for the first time. The piano was from, like, 1904 or something, and I don’t think it’s been tuned since. Little things like that make a big difference. It sounds authentic when you actually use the real, old gear.”
In the end, there may be no better word for Whiskey Myers than authentic. This music is in their blood, and it flows as naturally from them as a spring feeding a mountain creek. While a record this good is sure to send their (lone)star rising higher than ever before, you can rest assured that success still won’t be changing this band any time soon. They make music they’re proud of that celebrates where they come from and makes people feel good. As far as they’re concerned, that’s all the success anyone could ever ask for.
Country music swashbucklers JASON BOLAND AND THE STRAGGLERS’ hard‐hitting new live set HIGH IN THE ROCKIES: A LIVE ALBUM is an unconstrained collection of appealingly inventive Red Dirt country. Crackling with the raw outlaw voltage that has made them one of the fastest‐rising forces in contemporary country, the resolutely independent Texas‐based quintet’s execution and delivery is
uniformly impressive, and with material divided between Stragglers standards and fan favorites, the
album rises to a profound new elevation that is reflected in a most fitting choice of title. Whether
reveling in the Okie kickback groove of “Tulsa Time” or re‐defining the epic despair of Boland’s classic
“Bottle By My Bed,” their sound, characterized by ebullient musicianship and passionate vocals, links
country music’s past to its future with admirable expertise.
Constantly reaching out for fresh new sounds and attitudes, rippling with traces of such forebears as Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard and illuminated by luxurious employ of dobro, fiddle and mandolin, High In The Rockies is a perfect mix of the progressive and the traditional. Released via Boland’s own label, Proud Souls Entertainment, in conjunction with the Apex Nashville label and Thirty Tigers distribution, it was recorded on four consecutive nights at January 2010 performances in
Colorado and Wyoming, and the band displays authenticity at its most ardent‐‐stubborn, proud,
completely unfettered. Throughout, the freewheeling creative promise of the Red Dirt movement never
goes unheeded. It has been a hard‐earned escalation, one that comes after Boland was sidelined by
surgery to remove a polyp from his throat, a chilling incident which led not only Boland, but the entire
band‐‐Roger Ray on steel, lead guitar and dobro; fiddler Noah Jeffries; bassist Grant Tracy; and drummer
Brad Rice‐‐to confront a potentially devastating turn of events. Typically, they flipped the experience
from defeat to victory, instilling a renewed energy and drive which resulted in this extraordinary
“We’ve got totally a different perspective.” Boland said. “That was heavy, a paradigm shift, a sea
change. It was the one thing that could park us all. But I look back on it and I wouldn’t trade it for
anything. It made us all stop and re‐evaluate life, the band, touring, but we’re back at it hard, with a
new, very achievable goal: that the most important thing is we now make music that we truly feel, and I’m thankful for that.” As a result, Boland’s commanding vocals, at once
relaxed yet fraught with tension, pack the lyrics with a depth of forthright veracity, a rich psychic quality that the band’s full throttle jams easily match, and the urgency of the Stragglers’ innate, road‐seasoned dynamism and talent further heightens High In The Rockies’ already
Jason Boland & the Stragglers
Jason Boland & the Stragglers