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.
The amazing line-up for this year is as follows:
- Tuesday – Jason Savory
- Wednesday – 2 Steps Back
- Thursday – Josh Abbott Band
- Friday – Jason Boland & The Stragglers
- Saturday – Casey Donahew Band
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 Ypung 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 and many more.
“The crowds at his very intense and exciting performances continue to grow, and the fan base swells with folks enjoying some of the best lyrics in the business, while Jason seasons his talent with time. Jason Savory is truly creating his own fantastic destiny!”.Stan Moffat,PCLP.
2 Steps Back started taking root about 10 years ago in the tiny town of Lenapah, Oklahoma. In fact ‘town’ is probably too strong a word. We’re talking a couple of hundred people, a gas pump and a post office.
So what are the three music-loving brothers to do in a place where your high school is made up from four towns and the average graduating class has 40 people?
Well, Kyle, Jake and Wes Lowrey decided to form a band. In the nearby town of Delaware they found a like-minded musical soul mate named Dave Koscelny and 2 Steps Back was born.But naming a band and making a name for yourself are two different things. And good luck trying to survive as a band when your town is barely a speck on the map and most kids leave high school and go directly to work at the railroad or the refinery.
These kids obviously have some of that famous Oklahoma red dirt in their blood. They hung together over the years and started acting like a band, writing like a band and most importantly, playing like a band. They blended all they heard on the radio growing up, from the Wallflowers to Matchbox 20 to even Metallica.Kyle may just be in his mid-20s but like his brothers, he’s got an old soul point of view.
“Our folks were not musicians. But they did sing in the church and our dad rode bulls in the rodeo, so we got to travel around the state and soak up a lot of the sounds. Places like Tulsa and Bartlesville technically are not very far away, but they were like whole new worlds for us growing up.” They don’t like the term “boy band” but they also know that there’s currently no country band on the charts that includes four musicians that play their own instruments and write their own songs that also happen to be the same age as the fans they play for. And they’re proud of their county, pop, even hip hop hooks, just like artists such as Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, and Florida Georgia Line.
Whatever you want to call four young guys with good looks, charisma and solid musical chops, it’s easy to see that they may just be the perfect missing link in the country pop world.Their first single, “Off Romancing,” gave them a taste of what pop country success feels like, charting on Texas Regional radio while the guys opened in major venues for artists like the Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols, Gary Allan, and the Randy Rogers Band. But they know there’s a long way to go.
The guys write every day, with Kyle and Jake Lowrey doing the heavy lifting, yet they decide as a band what works and what does not.They went to Nashville recently and once they got past the culture shock, settled in and recorded four new songs with renowned producer Fred Mollin. who has worked and recorded with Jimmy Webb, Johnny Mathis, Billy Joel, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kris Kristofferson and many other legends.
The four songs they recorded in Music City are a mix of originals and even a song written by Grammy Award winning songwriter Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes). 2 Steps Back knows who they are and knows what they want. They play from the heart. They represent Oklahoma. And they’ve taken all that dust, dirt and wind from wide-open plains and whipped it into something special. They may come from a small town. But they play big music.
Weeks before its Valentine’s Day release on iTunes, the Josh Abbott Band’s “Touch” was already well on its way toward being one of the most talked-about songs in Texas music of 2012. Granted, the hot-streak momentum of Abbott’s career had a lot to do with that. In the wake of the breakout success of “Oh, Tonight” (which climbed to No. 44 on Billboard’s country chart) and the title track from 2010’s regional smash “She’s Like Texas,” created a stir that reached all the way to music executives in Nashville and New York City. That set up pretty much any track that the 31-year-old singer-songwriter picked to be the lead single from his band’s much-anticipated third album nicely, ensuring it was bound to garner a fair amount of attention. But from the very first time it was played in concert or over the airwaves, it was clear that “Touch” had a lot more going for it than just good timing. From the erotic tension and release of its slow-burning verses and soaring chorus to the dramatic crescendo of fiddle and guitars at the outro, it’s a song that captures every ounce of the passion, talent, and vision that’s propelled the Josh Abbott Band to the forefront of the Texas music scene in record time. And as the rest of Small Town Family Dream proves convincingly, they’re here to stay.
Truth is, that’s been pretty evident for a while now — even though the Josh Abbott Band has only been recording and touring for half a decade. Abbott didn’t even begin writing songs until around 2004, when he was still in grad school at Texas Tech in Lubbock. A diehard Texas country fan, he’d picked up guitar a few years earlier, mainly to strum along to his favorite Pat Green songs. He vividly recalls the epiphany he had at a concert one night at Lubbock’s Blue Light when the notion of writing and playing his own music — maybe even for a living — first took root.
“It happened to be the Randy Rogers Band playing that night, but it could have been Pat or Wade Bowen or Cory Morrow, any of those guys that I saw over the years,” Abbott explains. “I always had this fascination with what they were doing. I’d go to their concerts and there’d be hundreds if not thousands of college kids singing along.
That night at the Blue Light, I just remember watching the band and thinking, I want to do this…I think I can do this.”
“Maybe that was a little naïve at the time,” he admits with a laugh, “but the truth is, I guess I’ve always felt like if I’m going to do something, then I just can.” And so he did. Together with his banjo-playing fraternity brother, Austin Davis, Abbott began putting that confidence to the test at open mic nights. A year and a half later, fiddle player Preston Wait and drummer Edward Villanueva came onboard, and the fledgling Josh Abbott Band was off and running — slowly, at first, but not for long. “We didn’t record a demo until 2007, which was ‘Taste,’ and then we didn’t even get a booking agent and start touring outside of Lubbock until 2008,” says Abbott. “But after that, everything started happening so fast for us that we really weren’t ready for it at first. We’d start showing up at venues and there’d be a lot of people there, and we didn’t even have enough originals to play 90 minutes. And it was kind of a weird deal for us because there were a lot of bands on the scene that were a lot more tenured, and they went from not even knowing who we were to all of a sudden playing these co-bills with us within like a two-year span. I mean, we definitely paid our dues, but it all came together a lot faster than we’d anticipated. For that, we’re so grateful.”
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
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 crowds.
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.
2 Steps Back
Casey Donahew Band
2 Steps Back
Casey Donahew Band