PIGEON FORGE: Saddle Up 2012

Saddle Up Pigeon Forge, TN“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—”

R.W. Hampton
Stephanie Davis
Saddle Cats
Cowboy Celtic
Kent Rollins
Ray Doyle
Andy Nelson
Chuck Pyle

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

Wednesday, February 22 :: 10AM – noon
Dutch Oven Cornbread Sampling at the Old Mill Square, featuring Kent Rollins. “With a restored 1876 Studebaker wagon, Kent and his wife, Shannon, travel across the country catering for weddings, corporate events and heritage festivals while preserving a part of America’s history. Kent’s Dutch oven talents are uncontested as he is named the Official Chuck Wagon Cook of Oklahoma, by its Governor. He also won the Lubbock, Texas Chuck Wagon Cook Off and the Will Rogers Award for Chuck Wagon of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Don’t be surprised if Kent gets a chuckle out of you because his poetry and storytelling talents have earned him prestigious recognition including, The Skinny Roland Humor Award for Best Humorist and Storyteller and was nominated three times for Best Storyteller, all by the Academy of Western Artists.”

R.W. Hampton, perfomer, "Saddle Up" Pigeon Forge, TNThursday, February 23 :: 6:00PM
Intimate Evening Concerts
R.W. Hampton :: Partridge & Pear :: $50
“R.W. Hampton is one of the leading Western Entertainers in America today. His fans come from all walks of life. He’s loved by cowboys, cowgirls, ranch hands and rodeo stars, but also by people who have never seen a cow up close – or cared to. R.W. is known for his patriotism, his family values and Christian beliefs. His voice and songs resonate with audiences worldwide. He is today’s voice of Cowboy Music.”
Stephanie Davis :: Mama’s Farmhouse :: $40
“Stephanie Davis is passionate about great writing, especially great songwriting. ‘It’s a mysterious blend,’ the unassuming singer-songwriter says of her trade, ‘part magic, part craft, and part keeping your butt in the chair. Songwriting is hands-down the most aggravating, exhilarating, enlightening, challenging, and exasperating thing I have ever done… and that’s probably why I am so crazy about it.'”

Friday, February 24 :: 10:00am
“Stories & Strings” : Smoky Mountain Guitar Shop : Featuring the following artists:
Bobby Black & Richard Chon of the Saddle Cats
“The Saddle Cats are a Western Swing pocket orchestra that is enlivening Cowboy and Western Music with infectious joy and high spirits. With a repertoire that draws from the rich tapestry of traditional American music, this four-piece ensemble embraces the worlds of swing, cowboy ballads, blues, Tin Pan Alley, honky-tonk, string band music, polka and just about any traditional style under the sun.”
Stephanie Davis
(See earlier paragraph for more info on Stephanie Davis.)
Ray Doyle
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.”
T. Scot Wilburn
“Musician T. Scot Wilburn comes from generations of musicians. Most notably, his father and uncle were a part of the popular 1950s Montana band, the Snake River Outlaws.”
Cowboy Celtic, performer, "Saddle Up" Pigeon Forge, TNDavid Wilkie & Keri Lynn Zwicker of Cowboy Celtic
“The music of David Wilkie and Cowboy Celtic has been called a ‘beautiful evocation of just how much Celtic music inspired the melodies played around the campfires in the wild, Wild West.’ Over the last ten years, David Wilkie has devoted much of his time to one of his favourite passions –the seeking out of “Stories & Strings” : $15 includes Chuckwagon sampling
3PM Concert – Tennessee Shindig Theatre: $15 featuring:

  • Andy Nelson
  • Carl Farley Youth Performer
  • Kent Rollins
  • R..W. Hampton
  • Stephanie Davis
  • Saddle Cats

7PM Concert – Tennessee Shindig Theatre: $15 featuring:

  • Andy Nelson
  • Ray Doyle
  • Cowboy Celtic
  • Chuck Pyle
  • Saddle Cats

Saturday, February 25 :: 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Buckaroo Round Up! :: Clabough’s Campground
Tickets for the Chuckwagon Cookoff Lunch are $10, and mechanical bull rides and other activities for the whole family are free. Starting at 10:30AM there will be free entertainment in the food tent, including the following performers and an open mic for cowboy poets.
Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson, performer, "Saddle Up" Pigeon Forge, TN“As a second-generation farrier, Andy Nelson has the experience and the talents and humor to bring authenticity and entertainment to an audience. Raised in Oakley, Idaho, Andy traveled the Great Basin of southern Idaho, northern Utah and northern Nevada with his father on farrier jobs, from the time he was a child until he went off to college. In 2006, Andy Nelson was named the Western Music Association’s “Male Poet of the Year” and was recently awarded the 2009 “Skinny Roland Humor Award” from the Academy of Western Artists. He performs frequently throughout the U.S. and has been a featured performer at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, the Heber City Cowboy Poetry and Buckaroo Fair, the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and other gatherings.”
Cal Farley Youth Performer
Ray Doyle– (See earlier paragraph for more information on Ray Doyle)
Chuck Pyle
Chuck Pyle, performer, "Saddle Up" Pigeon Forge, TN“Chuck Pyle has won high praise from both fans and peers alike throughout an inspired performance career of over 40 years. When reviewers first gave him the “Zen Cowboy” moniker, he decided to, as he says, “Always ride the horse in the direction it’s going,” and took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense. He mixes infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys.”

Stephanie Davis, performer, Saddle Up Pigeon Forge, TNSaturday, February 25, 2012, be sure to shine up those Cowboy Boots and dosie dough on over to the Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge Ballroom. There, you can take part in the “Cowboy Dance” featuring Stephanie Davis and the Roadrunners, as well as other special guests. Admission is $5

Sunday, February 26, 212, 8:30 AM Get the day started right with a Chuckwagon Breakfast at Stages West! $5

Sunday at 10 A.M., also enjoy Cowboy Church featuring:

  • R.W. Hampton
  • Andy Nelson
  • Cal Farley’s Performer
  • And Many Others

With so many exciting events to enjoy, bring the entire family for 4 days full of western music, stories, poetry, food and fun. “Saddle Up” and plan a trip to the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Stay with ERA and enjoy extra special savings for the “Saddle Up” festival. We have many great cabins to choose from, and the savings are amazing! So, if you are looking for a place to kick up your boots after a long day, we have a perfect selection of cabins for you, partner! Use the following coupon for buy 2 nights and get 2 nights free. Corral your kids, and call ERA to reserve your cabin today!

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