PIGEON FORGE: Saddle Up

11th Annual Saddle Up!“Join us for Saddle Up!, a celebration of the American West and one of the featured events of Pigeon Forge Winterfest. This award-winning festival includes entertainment presented the cowboy way, including concerts by western musicians and cowboy poets—”

Wylie & the Wild West
The Quebe Sisters Band
Brenn Hill
Yvonne Hollenbeck
Chris Isaacs
Jean & Gary Prescott
Ray Doyle 

This will be a great event, full of family fun!

The Quebe SistersFebruary 24, 2011 6:00 P.M.
Start off the fun with a An Evening with The Quebe Sisters. “When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) raise their fiddles and play, audiences marvel. When the girls sing their vintage style three-part harmony, audiences are blown away. Add the extraordinary rhythm guitar of Joey McKenzie and the swinging upright bass of Drew Phelps and the Quebe Sisters Band becomes a force of nature. The QSB’s unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm. They perform a refreshing blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards, and Texas style fiddling.” Enjoy the concert with dinner at Mama’s Farmhouse Kitchen. Cost is $40 plus tax.

Wiley and the Wild West

Photo by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman

February 24, 2011 6:00 P.M.
That same evening there will be another concert with dinner. It is already sold out! If you’ve got tickets already, get ready for an Intimate Evening with Wylie & the Wild West Dinner/Concert at The Partridge & Pear Restaurant. “In this era of prepackaged superstars, of pale imitations of country music being pushed onto the public by faceless media giants, the music of Wylie & The Wild West is a beacon of truth and honest beauty. As one critic says, ‘Wylie Gustafson is the coolest cowpoke around. Forget everything you hate about modern country, this guy is old-school cool without being a tired period piece.’ Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman, and the original, world-famous Yahoo!® yodeler, Wylie Gustafson leads the musical outfit known as The Wild West.”

February 25, 2011 1:00 P.M.
Join us for the sounds of Gary & Jean Prescott, Ray Doyle, Chris Isaacs, and the Quebe Sisters Band! The concert will be at the Smith Family Theater. Tickets are $15 plus tax, or free for kids 17 yrs old and under. Come delight your ears with this musical sampling! To review the artists in this concert that haven’t already been featured…

Jean Prescott“A multiple award winning singer/songwriter, Jean Prescott hangs her hat just a little bit south of Abilene, Texas, with her husband, singer/songwriter Gary Prescott. Jean’s music has been referred to as “the spiritual essence of the west” and she shares her love of western life through her songs about the real west of yesterday and today.”

Ray Doyle“Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ray Doyle has contributed to more that a dozen CDs as a longtime member of the popular cowboy Western band Wylie & The Wild West. He has logged countless miles performing on five continents at venues ranging from the Grand Ole Opry to the Kennedy and Lincoln Centers. Ray has played at national folk festivals and cowboy poetry gatherings, at French rodeos and in Australian woodsheds.”

Chris Isaacs“A three-time winner of the Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers Award”, Chris Isaacs is a poet and storyteller who has lived the life that he writes about. He has seen life from a cowboy’s point of view for all of his 60-plus years, and his poems and stories are alive with the heart and humor of life from a cowboy’s point of view. He can usually find the funny side of any situation, and is considered by many to be one of the finest humorists in the country.”

February 25, 2011 4:00 P.M.
Another delightful concert, featuring a musical sampling of Yvonne Hollenbeck, Chris Isaacs, Brenn Hill, Wylie & the Wild West. The concert will be held at the Smith Family Theater. Tickets are $15 plus tax, or free for kids 17 yrs old and under. Allow us to feature the two artists listed here who have not already received that honor above!

Yvonne Hollenbeck“A multi-award winner in the world of cowboy poetry, Yvonne Hollenbeck performs throughout the United States, captivating audiences in her wake. She is one of the most published cowgirl poets in the West and is not only a popular banquet and civic entertainer, but also co-writes songs with many western entertainers… Yvonne’s poetry reflects everyday experiences that arise while sharing the range with Glen and their neighbors. However, a fleeting moment or simple event may also stir her pen to action. Mostly humorous in nature, her poems take a turn toward the serious side, especially the stories of her mother’s and grandmothers’ lives. From homesteading to the present, Yvonne often writes about women on the ranches of the Great Plains.”

Brenn Hill“Singer/Songwriter Brenn Hill doesn’t just sing about the American West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen. His most recent release, “Equine,” (2010) clearly defines what might be his most profound work to date, as well as a mirror of his growth as an artist over the last ten years. Its broad theme of horses, the cowboy’s working partner, is but a pathway into and through his own personal journey. No longer just the observer or narrator of our Western story, but its strongest interpreter, life’s trials and tribulations are also his raw material. Faith, trust and love are his guide.”

Western Marketplace
February 25, 2011 – 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. – free
February 26, 2011 – 10:00 A.M. – 9:30 P.M. – free
Takes place at the Belz Outlets

Chuck Wagon CookoffFebruary 26, 2011
Chuckwagon Cookoff
“Tickets will be for sale [at $10 a piece] on Feb 26th at Clabough’s Campground starting at 9 A.M. and will not be sold online.”
Event takes place at Clabough’s Campground.

February 26, 2011 3:00 P.M.
Come join us for another delightful concert, featuring a musical sampling of Gary & Jean Prescott, the Quebe Sisters Band, Brenn Hill, Wylie & the Wild West. The concert will be held at the Smith Family Theater. Tickets are $15 plus tax, or free for kids 17 yrs old and under.

Don't sit at home bored! Come to the Western Swing Dance!February 26, 2011 8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Get ready for some Western Swing Dancing, featuring Wylie & The Wild West! Join us at the Belz Outlets for all the fun! “Tickets [at $5 a piece] will be available for sale at all events and not sold online. 17 years of age and under are free.”

February 27, 2011
8:30 A.M.- Breakfast at Stages West- $5 at the door
10:00 A.M.- Cowboy Church at Stages West – free!

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