Some of you might come to Saddle Up! for the great food, or maybe it’s just a chance for you to get out of your house with all your western duds on. Whatever the reason, the performers that Saddle Up! has lined up this year are some of the best in recent memory. Their musical talents rival some of the best in the country/western genre. You’ll hear stories, some of the finest fiddlin’ around and yodeling that will have you spinning around in your seat.
The all-star lineup of Saddle Up! performers includes Brenn Hill, Chris Isaacs, Waddie Mitchell, The Quebe Sisters Band, Dave Stamey, Sourdough Slim, T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys, and Wylie & the Wild West. If their names don’t already have you guessing what type of performance they’ll give, well we can’t help ya. Come out to this year’s Saddle Up! festival in Pigeon Forge and see for yourself.
As for this year’s slate of performers, here’s a quick synopsis of each:
Western music that been passed down through the generations. Raised in Utah, Brenn and his music celebrate the land he grew up against, his story, and that of countless other musicians who fell in love with the promise of the West. His music paints a picture of love and faith. Hill is a rising star in his profession and he puts on a show you won’t forget.
Come listen to the stories and poetry of Chris Isaacs. You’ll laugh and enjoy his point of view from a cowboy’s perspective. It’s a wonderful show that will leave you laughing out loud and applauding for more. Chris has won the Album of the Year and the Will Rogers Medallion Award of Excellence from the Academy of Western Artists, and his work has been published in numerous magazines.
Waddie Mitchell can spin a tale, whether in rhyme or not, that can be considered modern day cowboy poetry. In 1984, he helped organize the internationally recognized Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Waddie has performed at venues around the world, appeared on numerous television shows and from the stage at Carnegie Hall.
Quebe Sisters Band
The Quebe Sisters Band’s blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and Texas-style fiddling is as unique as there is these days. They’ve performed at the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center and the Ryman Auditorium, among other prestigious venues, and wowed crowds at each. Their performances with Ricky Skaggs, Merle Haggard and other music legends have made them a quite an act to contend with. You don’t want to miss this performance. They’re sure to bring out a lively crowd.
Sourdough Slim is a veritable one-man western extravaganza, crooning western classics, playing accordion, guitar and harmonica, dancing a jig, twirling a lariat, dishing out hilarious comedic sketches and letting loose with award-winning yippie-ti-yi-yodeling. A favorite at cowboy gatherings and world-renowned music halls, Slim’s act draws crowds from every walk of life.
Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer and a dude wrangler, and now he’s one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. Dave Stamey has delighted audiences in 14 states and numerous locales and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.
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.
Wylie & the Wild West
Wylie Gustafson describes the Wild West as a “good-time, cowboy band that hates to be boring.” This high-energy group has performed around the world and stateside, appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “A Prairie Home Companion,” and his voice has been heard in millions of homes as the prominent yodel of the Yahoo! ad campaign.