Monday, February 20, 2012


There is so much dictated to the listener of radio and entertainment that sometimes it is hard to really listen to what you deep down love and what you are told is what you love.  This is a problem myself and a lot of people have with the corporate world of music run out of Nashville, New York, and LA.  A business that was bought and paid for by the Japanese and Dutch years ago.  That is why so many top acts seem to sound alike, there is a formula that is followed.  Radio for the most part is also owned by corporate giants who work hand in hand with the 'suits'.

This Saturday night I had a real delema on music that I love and the lack of ability to be in more than spot.  I really love and respect both George Strait and Martina McBride.  They came to Wichita where they entertained 13,000 fans.  At the same time the Wichita Bluegrass Festival was going on in another part of town.  I wanted to be at both places, but!

I have a tremendous love and respect for my friends the Diamond W Wranglers.  They debuted their 12th CD, OUTLAWS AND LOVERS, at the Old Cowtown Museum's Visitor Center.  With a capacity of 150 there were people setting on the window ledges.  I had to be there!

The Diamond W Wranglers are tops in the Western Music field, which is often ignored by mainstream radio.  The talent and craft of this latest album brings out a unique combination of songs that have been recorded in many genre', as well as their own originals, that shows how many 'cowboy songs' are disguised as other types in many fields.

Outlaws and Lovers still pays tribute to the roots of western, but puts a great spin on other great songs proving that good music is good music.  And the originals songs prove how talented and versitile the Wranglers really are.  Jim Farrell, who owns his own recording studio, has sweated blood to make this a truly great album.  You will start hearing the songs palyed on BOB FM in Wichita and I am sure you will soon hear them on KLLS FM in Wichita also.

I believe that this CD is going to bridge the gap of Western into mainstream music and the stations that ignore them will be playing catch up!  Let your station know you want to hear the Wranglers.

Instead of waiting for the radio to catch up I would Google Diamond W Wranglers and get your own copy.  I would have loved to been with Martina and George and a lot of my neighbors that night, Martina is our hometown hero, but there will be times ahead.  Wish I could talk her into recording a Western album.

So there are real people out there that will delight you with their songs and talent.  There was so much in Wichita this weekend that you could not take advantage.  But it shows you that there is so much more than the radio gives you you should check out the 'real world' of music.

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