2006 Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo - Expo Center of Taylor County - Abilene, Texas - A Tribute to the Singing Cowboys

2006 Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo

Expo Center of Taylor County - Abilene, Texas

October 19-21, 2006



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Singers


Rex Allen, Jr.

Rex Allen, Jr.

One of the strokes of genius of the movie Me, Myself and Irene is the use of familiar - voiced Rex Allen Jr. as the movie's narrator. When Allen intones "Meet Charlie" at the start of the $40 million dollar film produced by the Farrelly Brothers, you expect him to introduce a mountain lion instead of the star, Jim Carrey. With the success of the Carrey film, Rex Allen Jr. moves his ever expanding career into yet another dimension. There are other narration projects in the works as well as several films. Blessed with a golden voice and a true dedication to his music and career, Rex Allen Jr. is the consummate actor, singer, songwriter and entertainer. He proves this at every concert and on every television show. This is why he continually gets invited back for repeat performances both on tour and as a regular on television.

Rex Allen, Jr. Website


Julie Ashley

Julie Ashley

Julie Ashley is the granddaughter of "King of the Cowboys," Roy Rogers and "Queen of the West," Dale Evans. She is committed to sharing the ideas held dear by her legendary grandparents through music and her endearing assortment of memories.

She, along with her two sisters, have performed on stage since they were little girls. The three sisters known as "The Rogers Legacy" have made several radio and network television appearances.

Julie appears at various western festivals around the country, offering her audience a loving tribute to two of America's most admired and enduring entertainers.


Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson

One of the top-ranked female vocalists in any genre, Lynn Anderson is often referred to as a singer's singer. Lynn's strong, husky vocals have garnered her more awards and accolades than many country artists combined, and an audience that spans both country and popular music. She is considered one of the finest entertainers in country music and is often called The Great Lady of Country Music.

Lynn Anderson Website


Ed Bruce

Ed Bruce

Ed was born on December 29, 1939 in Keiser, Arkansas. Early on, the family moved to Memphis and he claims Tennessee as his home. Ed started writing songs in his early teens and, in the late 1950's, he first recorded, as Edwin Bruce, on the famed Sun Records label while a senior in high school. His label-mates included Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich and Johnny Cash. Writing the B-side of Tommy Roe's million seller "Sheila" furnished funds and motivation for Ed to move to Nashville in 1962. A year later CMA Hall-of-Famer Charlie Louvin recorded "See The Big Man Cry". It earned Ed his first BMI award and Charlie credits the song with establishing him as a solo artist. In addition to performing and writing, Ed also has a very successful acting career. He appeared in the CBS mini-series "The Chisolms" with Robert Preston, the NBC movie "The Return of Frank and Jesse James" and, of course, was the co-star of "Bret Maverick" with James Garner. He appeared as Sgt. Daryl Kelso in the CBS Movie of the Week "Separated by Murder" and as Attorney Harlan Hayes in the pilot episode of "XXX's & OOO's", produced in Nashville. Other star turns include the pragmatic Sheriff Lloyd in the Steven Segal feature "Fire Down Below"; Thunder Malloy in the "Walker Texas Ranger" inspired "Son's of Thunder"; and Ed's favorite, the curmudgeonly rancher Mitch in Sundance Films "The Outfitters".

Ed Bruce Website


Kaley Caperton

Kaley Caperton

Kaley Caperton is 13 years old and lives on a ranch near Waco, Texas. Her love of singing, playing the guitar, and the keyboard have taken her places many just dream about. Kaley has sung for the Vice President of the United States and sings regularly for Baylor University, and has appeared with the Johnnie High Country Show in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Theater also has a place in her heart as she has been in 6 musicals, including the lead role in The Secret Garden and one of the “Bird Girls” trio in Suessical the Musical. Kaley has recently been working closely with some known songwriters in Nashville, who have been writing songs specifically for her. Kaley also has written with several of the writers, such as, Billy Austin, writer of “Leave the Pieces“, “99% Sure“, “Put Your Best Dress On“, and Dave Robbins, well-known for “The Bluest Eyes in Texas” and in the great country band, Blackhawk.

Kaley Caperton Website


Craig Carter

Craig Carter

Craig is the epitome of the classic country singer. With his natural goods looks and a voice that reaches your soul, Craig is well on his way to being one of country music's brightest stars. He demonstrates his universal appeal as he and his Spur of the Moment Band were so well received in Europe, he has had over thirty tours there. Craig has numerous film and television credits to his name including, Dancer, Texas, Dead Man's Walk, and The Alamo Thirteen Days to Glory.

Craig Carter Website


Craig Chambers

Craig Chambers

From the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in the East to the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in the West, Chambers has entertained at campfires and barbecues, conventions and trade shows, concerts, fairs, rodeos, and lots of dances! Performing solo, or with his acoustic Cowboy band, or with the hot Western Swing aggregation, Craig Chambers keeps on earning fans the World over, wherever people enjoy real Western entertainment.

Craig Chambers Website


Stan Corliss

Stan Corliss

Stan Corliss has been performing western music for nearly thirty years. His first album, "Westerner", was nominated for best album by the Academy of Western Artists. He produced and directed the video, "60 Years of Harmony" the last concert by Roy Rogers and a tribute to the sixtieth anniversary of the Sons of the Pioneers. Stan performs at western festivals and concerts throughout the entire nation. He has performed with Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Sons of the Pioneers, Riders in the Sky, Rex Allen, Sr. and Jr., Don Edwards, Clint Black, Dwight Yokum, Emmy Lou Harris, Mickey Gilley, and many, many others.


Devon Dawson

Devon Dawson

'Miss Devon' is a perky, red-headed rhythm guitarist/vocalist, noted for her very rhythmic vintage swing style. She has received top AWA and WMA nominations for instrumentalist and female performer. Finding a great deal of musical inspiration in the western songs of the ‘cowboy swing’ era, her singing, yodeling, and songwriting evoke comparisons to Dale Evans & Patsy Montana.

Devon Dawson Website


Ginny Mac

Ginny Mac

Ginny is gaining popularity for her vocal style and natural ability to entertain, and her musicianship and melodic improvisational skills are just as impressive. As a result of performing and winning the Guido Deiro Award at the 2002 Las Vegas International Accordian Convention, Ginny is a Scandalli Accordion artist and will travel overseas for promotional shows. Her debut album is a self-produced project that includes nine original songs. She enjoys playing all types of music.


Jess Meador

"Jazzin' Jess" Meador

Jess is a 14 year old Texas junior champion fiddler from rural Wise County, near Decatur, Texas. He began playing at the age of 7 with world champion fiddler and teacher Dale Morris. At the young age of 9, Jess won the prestigious title of Texas State Junior Fiddle Champion - the youngest to ever win this competition. During the next few years Jess began playing in Texas honky tonks and made regular appearances at the renowned Johnnie High Country Music Revue. Along with braggin' rights to many other fiddlin' competitions across Texas, Jess captured the titles to the 2005 Junior World Championship and the 2005 Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering fiddle competition. Recently Jess has played jobs including Six Flags Over Texas, the Texas State Fair, and Billy Bob's of Texas, and many shows with western performers such as Devon Dawson and Dan Roberts. A versatile fiddler, Jess' love of Bob Wills and Western Swing shines brightly in his music and always WOWS the crowd.


Johnny Western

Johnny Western

Johnny Western's career reads like A-Autry, B-Boone and C-Cash. Johnny signed on with his hero, Gene Autry, on the 4th of July, 1956 as Gene's featured singer and personal guitarist, when Johnny Bond left the show after 17 years. Johnny has appeared in 37 features and western TV series. After an acting appearance on the CBS-TV series, "Have Gun-Will Travel," Johnny wrote and sang the theme song, "The Ballad of Paladin." He wrote the song as a musical thank you card to star, Richard Boone, for the way Boone helped him on the show in all their scenes together. Johnny has been honored by the Western Music Hall of Fame.

Johnny Western Website


Mentor Williams

Mentor Williams

Mentor Williams is an Internationally Acclaimed Writer and Producer of hit songs. His compositions have earned dozens of gold and platinum awards for literally millions of sales by such outstanding artists as: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Michael Bolton, Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, George Jones, Alabama, and Randy Travis. Now living in beautiful Taos, New Mexico, Mentor finds inspiration for beautiful music by guiding special guests to the finest fly-fishing streams and mountain wilderness of the West. Mentor proudly wears his Team-Penning Buckle from the 2001 Round-Up for Autism and also competes in Cutting.


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