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 – Dolly Shine
- Wednesday – Josh Ward
- Thursday – Cody Canada and the Departed/Charlie Robison
- Friday – Jason Boland & The Stragglers
- Saturday – Casey Donahew Band
Dolly Shine has been cutting their teeth in the Texas/Oklahoma Tour Market for three years and they are ready to bust loose. With their current debut full length album “Room to Breathe”, recorded with Award-Winning Producer Bart Rose at Fort Worth Sound, these Texas boys have found their sound and you are going to love it. “Spinning My Wheels” the first single off of “Room to Breathe” reached forty-two on the Texas Music Charts, along with being in the top five in Lubbock for over two months. The album itself made Lone Star Music’s coveted ‘Top 100’ list for 2013. January 2014 brings a new partnership with Vision Entertainment out of Nashville and a new single “Should’ve Known”. Already back in the studio working on their next record (expected release Spring 2014), Dolly Shine is on a roll. Their music brings just enough heart-ache and angst mixed in with one hell of a party, Dolly Shine will blow the doors off the bar. Their live performance will leave you singing their songs for weeks and begging for more. Zack McGinn’s lyrics are genuine and soul-soothing, mix that with Wes Hall’s fiddle & Mandolin and Josh Serrato penned guitar licks and you are left with a truly amazing musical experience. Early in their career, Dolly Shine has already shared the stage with not only legends like Robert Earl Keen and Chris Knight, but also some of the biggest bands currently touring including Reckless Kelly, The Departed, Stoney LaRue, Turnpike Troubadours and Six Market Blvd. Along with playing some of the best stages in the scene; Gruene Hall, Firehouse Saloon, Wormy Dog, The Blue Light & LJT’s Rhymes & Vines just to name a few. Prepare yourself for the next chapter in what would be a very long and bestselling book.
Country Music traditionalist Josh Ward has a unique, almost untouchable voice that grabs your attention. Just a few songs into a set and you will see just why Josh turns heads everywhere he performs. Josh Ward’s influences stretch back to some of the founding fathers of country music like Hank and Lefty, and to the outlaws like Waylon and Willie. Josh Ward’s live show leaves no one disappointed, and everyone asking for more!
A Houston native, Josh’s earliest musical exposure was to old gospel hymns he sang in church. As a teenager riding in the high school Rodeo Circuit he discovered the likes of Willie, Waylon, Merle, Jones and Strait. Those musical legends inspired him to pick up a guitar and start singing in the parking lots of his rodeo events. Encouraged by his reception at the rodeos, he put his first band together and began paying his dues at the local honky-tonks in 2003. Through tenacity and hard work Josh has grown into one of the most respected and appreciated musicians in the state. His honest and emotive delivery of every song compels audiences to feel his lyrics with him as he takes them on his musical journey. Fellow songwriter Mike Ethan Messick once said of Josh, “Josh Ward sings like Mike Tyson hits. Hard.”
Josh Ward is also an avid outdoorsman. When not on stage he spends many hours on the water or in the woods. He won the Oakley Big Bass Championship in March of 2011, and has placed first in many of the weekly bass tournaments on Lake Conroe. Josh is currently sponsored by W4 Outdoors, Falcon Rods, and Costa Del Mar Sunglasses.
Josh Ward released his 3rd album “Promises” in June 2012. The first single “Get Away” reached #18 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart – almost unheard of for a debut artist. Josh’s second single “Rainout Hangout” quickly moved up the Texas and Regional Radio charts – reaching Top 5 status. The third single “Sent Me You”, a ballad written by Scott Brown (Scooter Brown Band), gave Ward his very first Number 1 on both the Texas Regional Radio Report & The Texas Music Chart in April 2013. He followed with another #1 on his 4th single, “Promises” in Sept 2013. Josh’s most recent single, “Hard Whiskey” was released in November 2013 and reached #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and #3 on the Texas Music Chart.
Cody Canada was the lead singer/songwriter of the Oklahoma-based rock-country band Cross Canadian Ragweed from their inception in 1998 to their dissolution in 2010. In that time they sold over a million albums.
Cody Canada has returned to vintage Cross Canadian form, seizing the opportunity to take the lead of his four-piece band, The Departed, with a newly energized inspiration to get back to his roots. The time he spent pursuing new career paths with The Departed was a blessing, allowing him to develop a rejuvenated appreciation for Ragweed’s legendary body of work and the connections it made with fans.
Throughout his career, Charlie Robison has forged his own path within the country music world as well as the Lone Star music scene and popular music at large. He grew up in the small scenic town of Bandera in the Texas Hill country — known as “The Cowboy Capital of the World” — where his family has ranched the land for eight generations. Music wasn’t just a staple around the Robison household; from even before he could walk, Charlie would spend Saturday nights with his parents at The Cabaret, the local C&W dancehall in downtown Bandera. But the fare playing in the family home ran the gamut from rock’n’roll to singer-songwriters and much more. So it should come as no surprise that Charlie, his brother Bruce and sister Robyn Ludwyck all enjoy respected and critically acclaimed music careers as singers, songwriters and recording and performing artists.
While attending college at Southwest Texas State University — now known as Texas State University, and the alma mater of George Strait and many other musicians on the Lone Star scene — Robison found he wasn’t cut out for academics, and a long held desire to try his hand at making music came bubbling to the surface. He managed to persuade his brother Bruce to also drop out of college, and the two headed to Austin.
The brothers Robison soon both landed in the band Chaparral, which in the late 1980s was a seminal act that seduced young generations of Texas to hit the dance floor to two-step, waltz and more, arm in arm in the old-school style, to a new sounds and style within the greater realms of country. It was ground zero for what became a thriving Austin scene rich with emerging talent by the 1990s. Charlie began writing songs in earnest, and after a stint in the popular Austin roots rocking combo Two Hoots and A Holler as well as a collection of local talents know as The Millionaire Playboys, he struck out on his own as an artist.
His 1995 debut album, aptly titled Bandera and released on the tiny Austin Vireo Records label, was a potent opening salvo that included such Robison favorites as the rowdy nightlife celebration “Barlight” and “Red Letter Day.” After a brief deal with a Nashville major label that ended because of his refusal to be artistically boxed-in and packaged as the latest hunky hat act, he signed with Sony Music’s Lucky Dog label and released two studio albums (1998’s Life of the Party and 2001’s Step Right Up, which hit the Top 40 of the country album chart) as well as two live recordings: Unleashed Live with brother Bruce and labelmate Jack Ingram from a tour the three did together and his own 2003 Live album that showcased Robison’s dynamic and hard-charging performing style which has made him a Lone Star State favorite and a popular national country-rock attraction.
In what now may seem rather ironic, Robison’s 2004 Dualtone label debut, Good Times, found him celebrating wedded and domestic contentment as a husband and father (of son Gus and twins Juliana and Henry). It enjoyed the best record sales of his career, and the video for “El Cerrito Place” was a Top 10 hit at CMT.
Beautiful Day promises to build upon and expand Robison’s public impact even further. But even if his divorce was amicable, the experience still wasn’t an easy one for him, as the end of any profound love is bound to be. “When I was writing this record, I was going through the quintessential divorce thing of living in a one-bedroom apartment in downtown San Antonio across from the bus station,” Robison recalls. “When it’s over, it’s over.”
Beautiful Day captures the panoply of feelings one experiences with the break-up of a marriage. “It goes through the range from, man, this sucks worse than anything in the whole world to, man, I’m really pulling out of this and really feel good. I’d be up and write a redemptive song like ‘Beautiful Day’ or ‘Feelin’ Good.’ And then I’d write something like ‘If the Rain Don’t Come Today,’ where the guy in the song wants to go out and have fun tonight, and then it fades into the reality of where you’re at on ‘In the Middle of the Night.’ You’re by yourself and you don’t feel as good as you did earlier. But I still tried to give it that Sinatra twist where even if it feels lonely and bleak, a girl walks in at the end, and you think, well, maybe my life isn’t quite over yet.”
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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.
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Jason Boland & the Stragglers
Casey Donahew Band
2 Steps Back
Jason Boland & the Stragglers
Casey Donahew Band