After-hours at Cavalcade is always lots of fun! Tickets can be purchased from our authorized online reseller, at the Cavalcade office on the Pawhuska fairgrounds during the week of the rodeo, or by cash at the entrance gate.
The amazing line-up for this year is as follows:
- Tuesday – TBA
- Wednesday – Cody Johnson Band
- Thursday – TBA
- Friday – Jason Boland & The Stragglers
- Saturday – Casey Donahew Band
Founded in 2008 by C.J. Stayton and Dave Olberding, the band that became Riders Ford went through several members in the early stages trying to find the right mix of wildly-talented, hell-raising musicians. With the 2010 additions of bassist Clinton Trench, multi-instumentalist John Cross and drummer Shawn Garrison in 2011, the band found it’s final pieces.
Riders Ford spent 2009 playing the honky-tonks and festivals of central Oklahoma and writing material for their debut album. Their 4 song demo, “Done Me Wrongs & Party Songs” contained the bands first original songs “The Last Rose”, Wildfire in My Mind”, “Ain’t No Good for You”, and “She is the Night” and gave a rough preview of potential of this rockin’ red dirt group.
At the end of 2009, Riders Ford took time off during the holidays to record their first album. The band put the finishing touches on the album and released “We Rage On” in April, 2010. Riders Ford’s debut album shows a breadth and depth of songwriting that the fans of red dirt country demand. From the party anthems like “We Rage On”, and “Wormy’s Song”, to the wistful longing of “Oklahoma Borderline” to the blazing guitar riffs of “The Bottle”, Riders Ford has created an album that covers a myriad of emotions in a mere ten songs. With “We Rage On”, Riders Ford has created a unique sound that is deeply influenced by the songwriting of Steve Earle & Bruce Springsteen, the rocking guitars of Lynyrd Skynyrd & Cross Canadian Ragweed, and the layered musicality of Pat Green & the Randy Rogers Band. And the ukele of Tiny Tim.
The one shortcoming of the debut album is that while it is a great studio album, it does not equal the experience of a Riders Ford live show. Without the use of strobe lights, smoke, or mirrors the band manages to create an energetic experience simply by using great music and crowd interaction. In addition to their own original tunes, the band puts a unique red dirt spin on wide variety of music, from Waylon & Willie to the Violent Femmes & Neal Diamond. No other band can start a familiar standard like “Seminole Wind”, whip it into a wailing “Freebird”-like guitar jam, and bringing it back down to its normal two-stepping tempo all the while making it look effortless. If you haven’t seen Riders Ford live then you owe it to yourself to check them out when they come to Cavalcade this year!
Jason was born in Stillwater and raised in the small town of Ripley, located in central Oklahoma. Jason grew up spending most of his time in the woods hunting and fishing, which is still an addiction of his today. Then, as now, when the sun went down he would spend the rest of the night listening to the radio. His passion for music led him to where he is today,sharing stages with such artist as Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Randy Rogers Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney Larue, Jason Boland, Eli Young Band, Mark Chestnutt, Reckless Kelly, Charlieride,Lady Antabellum, Trent Thomlinson, Julie Roberts, Phil Vasser, Randy Owen, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Bleu Edmondson, Wade Bowen, Kevin Fowler, Heartland, The Great Divide, Travis Tritt, Terri Clark, Blake Shelton, Pat Green, Joe Nichols, Brandon Jenkins, Micky and the Motorcars, Earl Thomas Conley, Asleep at the wheel, David Frizzell, Emerson Drive, Ronnie Milsap, Chris Young, Darryl Worley, Lee Brice, Chuck Wicks, Bucky Covington, Lorrie Morgan, Jo Dee Messina, Keith Anderson, Sawyer Brown, Tracy Byrd, Steve Holy, Chris Cagle, Hot Apple Pie, Neal Mccoy, Ray Scott, Little Texas, Mel Tillis, Trick Pony, David Alan Coe and many more.
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- Jason Savory (Vocals,Acoustic guitar)
- Travis Woodson (Drums)
- Jason Stacy (Bass)
- Garrett Thurman (Guitars)
- Jeremy Chapman (Pedal Steel)
With their latest release, Moving On, The Casey Donahew Band are quickly
becoming one of the hottest names in Texas Country, drawing fans at home and
beyond. Capacity crowds are showing up this spring to see the Casey Donahew
Band’s dynamic live performances with over 1300 at the Grizzly Rose in Denver,
CO and Tumbleweeds in Stillwater, OK recently hosted 3000 fans for CDB. Their
first performance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo this February drew
an impressive 10,800 fans into the AT&T Center. SOLD OUT shows in 2010 include
Fort Worth’s legendary Billy Bob’s Texas with 5500 fans and 12000 at Lone Star
Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Casey Donahew Band owes their quickly expanding fan base to playing 200 dates
a year playing State Fairs, Rodeos, Dance Halls, Festivals, headlining and opening
for stellar acts like the Randy Roger’s Band and Kevin Fowler in front of huge
The “Donahew‐it” work ethic includes self‐releasing four CD’s in the past five
years on their Almost Country Label. Texas Music Magazine’s recent review calls
Moving On “a vibrant collection matching eternally restless anthems against
engaging narratives, rattles and rolls and rumbles like a youthful Robert Earl Keen
fronting Reckless Kelly. Lone star idealism links kindred spirits.” The CD charted on
Billboard Top 200 at #126, #3 Heatseeker and #28 on the Country Charts
(September 09) selling 14,000 copies in 5 months with single “Ramblin Kind”
topping the Texas Music chart at #1.
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
I bared it all on this record. I opened my heart, exposed my family’s tragedies, and when it was done, I had nothing else to give. HEARTWORN TRAGEDY is Bart Crow’s latest chapter in a story that bodes the finest quality of the human spirit; resilience. Slated for release on October 27, 2009 on Smith Entertainment Records, HEARTWORN TRAGEDY is a portrait of Bart Crow as he is now, after coming out the other side of a year that intended to knock him out in the first round. In the liner notes this record is dedicated to our soldiers and their families, an undaunted band of warriors with who Crow shares the fraternal blood. Yet, the inspiration that pervades this entire collection stems from his mother who bravely rushed the battle lines of her
own personal war and ended up the last one standing after the smoke finally cleared. These 10 superlative tracks plod a course through a landscape of heartbreak, fear, anger, faith, forgiveness, love, and the miracle of surrender. It is a testimony to the enduring soldier in us all and the innate wisdom that beckons us through another storm because we know the sun will shine again on another beautiful day.
HEARTWORN TRAGEDY was produced by Dexter Green who has become a most promising producer/composer/writer in the industry having worked with a slew of major label artists and one of the top commercial music houses in Nashville. His most recent writing and production credits can be found on Youth, the latest album from Atlanta’s Collective Soul. Green co-wrote
and produced the album’s biggest single, “Better Now,” which broke the Top 10 on the Billboard chart. Crow’s election of Green as producer proved yet another breakthrough to his evolving sound that is instantly recognizable on this third studio release. The strong friendship that became of their meeting earlier this year developed into the ideal artist/producer relationship, and
Green’s lack of familiarity with the Texas sound provided an unbiased infrastructure enabling the songs to come into their full individual identities. The title track breaks the seal coming in with a meaty bass line and stinging guitars. It’s the perfect intro into the quintessential Bart Crow flavor wearing ass-kickin’ boots and a grin. It continues on with the record’s first single “Saying Goodbye,” a song Crow describes as a “bobbing your head diddy that doesn’t play on your emotions .” And there are several other breaks in the storm with songs like “Traded It All For Love” and “Shadow Dancer,” a boy-meets-girl twist of fate jounced along in a jazzy wagon.” There are plenty of tunes on this record that wear emotional armor in an attempt to cordon off the sounds of heartache you know is sure to come, but in order to fully understand the brilliance of this record you have to “Surrender.” This song is a direct result of the Crow family struggle and stands as the final word that represents the sentiment of this record. After laying down his angst in “Broken,” a song that comes up like the start of an emotional eruption running towards the light of day, and sending out a prayer to his family in “Run With The Devil,” it is the poignant words “surrender, give up…just don’t let go” that Crow leaves us with; a courageous truth that makes HEARTWORN TRAGEDY a journey well worth taking.
HEARTWORN TRAGEDY is available at national retailers everywhere including Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Hastings.
The record is also be available online on iTunes and at http://www.lonestarmusic.com.
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