Tuesday, January 7, 2014


                             DANCE LIKE NOBODY IS WATCHING,
                                       AND LIVE LIKE IT'S HEAVEN ON EARTH.
                                                               Mark Twain

      One of the great things about Kansas is the number and quality of talented people that lives here and comes from here.  There is a project that the WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION - KANSAS chapter has been working on for a while that is finally ready.  It is called KANSAS COWBOY.  It is a double CD set of Kansas artists in Western Music, Western Swing, Cowboy Poetry, and Bluegrass.  Twenty artists and twenty nine tracks of mostly original pieces, some never recorded before.
      So on January 19 the chapter will host a CD debut party at the EMMA CHASE MUSIC HALL in downtown Cottonwood Falls.  It is free to the public.  There will be snacks and many of the artists to sing their songs from 3:30 pm until 5:30pm.
     This is also a great way to explore historic Kansas.  The Cottonwood Falls and Strong City area of the Flint hills.  Not all businesses will be open but Emma Chase Cafe will be and others may open for a while.  You will get to see the Flint Hills in it's winter clothes and with the leaves off you may see a lot of things you won't in the summer time.
      The production, engineering, and mastering of the CD's are by Jim Farrell of Jim Farrell Studios Towanda Kansas.  You may know him better as Jim from the Diamond W Wrangler's.  He has his roots in Nashville where he started working in the recording studios at age 16.  In a facility in downtown Towanda that is a work in progress Jim records for Rex Allen Jr. and Roy Rogers Jr. and many others.
      Artist featured on the project are from all corners of Kansas and a few who came back home to be a part of the project.
     FEATURED ARTISTS INCLUDE:  Marshall Allen Bailey of dodge City, Judy Coder of Topeka, Jeff Davidson of Eureka, Geff Dawson of Alma, Diamond W Wranglers of Wichita, Kerry Grohmbacher of New Orleans, Brad Hamilton of Topeka, Fred Hargrove of Monte Vista CO., Raleigh Lackey of Wichita, Ed LaValley of Wellington, Prairie Rose Rangers of Benton, Roger Ringer of Medicine Lodge, Del Schields of Humboldt, David Smart of Olathe, Tall Grass Express String Band of Elmdale, Three Trails West of Kansas City, Barry Ward of Elbert CO., Johnny Western of Mesa AZ., Ron Wilson of Manhattan, Annie Wilson of Elmdale, and Zerf of Manhattan.
      The CD set is for sale at the event.  It can also be ordered at www.kansaswma.com for $20 plus shipping.
      If you want to come up for the event it would be great if you would RSVP at www.emmachasecafe.com so we know how much snacks and drinks to provide.  Location of the Emma Chase Music Hall is 220 1/2 Broadway in Cottonwood Falls.  You can also call 620-273-6020.

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