PIGEON FORGE: 13th Annual Saddle Up!

Saddle Up Pigeon Forge“We’ve rounded up some fine talent for the 13th annual Saddle Up in Pigeon Forge! Come join us for all of the outstanding cowboy entertainment and activities. Our award-winning Stories & Strings returns for a second season, joining three other concerts, a chuck wagon cookoff, Cowboy Dance and Cowboy Church. ‘Capturing the Old West,’ a special photography exhibit and video presentation by award-winning photographer Ken Jenkins, is a new addition for 2013.”

This year’s preformers include:
Brenn Hill
Chris Isaacs
Waddie Mitchell
Quebe Sisters Band
Sourdough Slim
Dave Stamey
T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up-N-Playboys
Wylie & the Wild West

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

Wednesday, February 20 :: 10AM – 11AM
Dutch Oven Cornbread Sampling
Kent Rollins :: Old Mill Square :: free
“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.”

Wylie & the Wild WestThursday, February 21 :: 3:00PM
“Capturing the Old West”
Ken Jenkins :: Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge :: free
Video presentation and Western photography exhibit. “Ken Jenkins is a nationally known natural history photographer, writer, lecturer, and outdoor adventurer. For more than 30 years his photographs and articles have appeared in publications from National Geographic to Southern Living. Galleries across the country have exhibited his work including the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the Sarasota Arts Center in Florida.”

Intimate Evening Concerts
Wylie & the Wild West :: Partridge & Pear :: $54.88 (includes tax)
“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.'”
Quebe Sisters Band :: Mama’s Farmhouse :: $54.88 (includes tax)
“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.”

Friday, February 22 :: 11:00am
Chuck Wagon Sampling
Kent Rollins :: Smoky Mountain Guitars :: free
(See description under Cornbread Sampling for more information about Kent Rollins Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon)

Brenn Hill12:00pm (noon)
Stories & Strings Concert :: Smoky Mountain Guitars :: $16.46 (includes tax)
Concert Includes the Following Artists:
Bobby Black 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.”
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 cowboy¹s 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.”
Joey McKenzie- guitarist for the Quebe Sisters Band
Sourdough Slim
“One of the most original and beloved Western entertainers of our time, Sourdough Slim is a hoot to say the least. The moment this award winning Western showman steps into the spotlight, it’s apparent to everyone that they’re in for a rollicking good time. Ten gallon funny-man Sourdough Slim, transports us to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp and cowboy lore intermingle to produce grins galore.”
Dave Stamey
“Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been voted three times Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year  by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award  from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.”
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.”

Dave Stamey3:00PM
Saddle Up Concert :: Sponsored by the Inn at Christmas Place
Featured Artists Below :: Grand Majestic Theater :: $16.46 (includes tax)

  • Dave Stamey– See Description Above
  • 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.”
  • Brenn Hill– See Description Above
  • Sourdough Slim– See Description Above
  • T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up-N-Playboys– “T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys will make their debut at Saddle Up. Scot comes from a rich and colorful musical heritage and can play any instrument with strings. He’s put together a group of outstanding musicians that includes world- renowned steel guitarist Bobby Black. A deep passion for traditional western swing music will be evident when this band hits the stage.”

Saddle Up Concert :: Sponsored by Premier Media
Featured Artists Below :: Grand Majestic Theater :: $16.46 (includes tax)

  • Waddie Mitchell– “‘I can’t ever remember “finding” cowboy poetry,’ Waddie Mitchell says of the entertaining and enduring art of storytelling. ‘It was always there. The cowboys sure never called it poetry. I know I wouldn’t have liked it if they would have. Seems like an oxymoron, don’t it!?’ From his earliest days on the remote Nevada ranches where his father worked, Waddie was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining, the art of spinnin’ tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry, a Western tradition that is as rich as the lifestyle that gave birth to it. Within his stories, old in a voice that is timeless and familiar, are the common bonds we all share, moments both grand and commonplace, the humorous and the tragic, the life and death struggles and triumphs that we each recognize. And yet, Waddie presents his material with personal insights and the lessons learned during his life spent as a buckaroo.”
  • Chris Isaacs
  • Dave Stamey– See Description Above
  • Wylie Gustafson– See Description Above
  • Quebe Sisters Band– See Description Above

Quebe Sisters BandSaturday, February 23 :: 9:00am
Buckeroo Roundup :: Clabough’s Campground :: free
Entertaiment and cowboy-themed activities

12:00pm (noon)
Chuck Wagon Lunch :: Clabough’s Campground :: $10.00 (includes tax)

Saddle Up Concert :: Sponsored by Riverside Towers
Featured Artists Below :: Grand Majestic Theater :: $16.46 (includes tax)

Cowboy Dance
T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up-N-Playboys With Special Guest :: Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge :: $5.00 (includes tax)

Sunday, February 24 :: 8:30am – 10:30am
Chuckwagon Breakfast
Kent Rollins :: Stages West :: $5.00 (includes tax)

Cowboy Church :: Stages West :: free

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