Jeff Gore began singing at age four and began cowboying at age ten. The two interests were joined together when at age fifteen he began writing his own songs and performing for audiences all across the country. Over the last thirty-seven years he has recorded seven albums of traditional and original cowboy and gospel music. He has won awards for his music from the Academy of Western Artists and the American Cowboy Culture Association. Jeff has played feature roles the movies "The Good Old Boys," and "Nail 32." He has produced and appeared in programs for The Outdoor Channel and RFDTV. Jeff's current project is producing, directing, and starring in a feature film, "Jingle in the Horses" based on his 2010 novel by the same name.
Don Cadden lives with his wife Pam Cook in the mountains south of Alpine, Texas. (Yep, mountains. At 5,300’,higher than Denver!) They run a few cows, and enjoy retirement. Since 1990, Don has performed his music and poetry at cowboy gatherings around the west. He received the Heritage Award in 2014, from the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering for his dedication to the western way of life. Born in Gonzales, Texas in 1946, Don grew up in the rural community of Del Valle. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University, served in the military, and spent most of his adult life in the Austin and Dripping Springs area. He also spent a lot of time in the brush country of South Texas around Cotulla, and in the Big Bend area of West Texas before finally settling there in 2007.
Gary Allegretto is the 2019 International Western Music Association (IWMA) Male Performer of the Year. Western Horseman Magazine raves; “Gary's music transcends genres, generations and cultural barriers, yet is so professional, engaging and core to the cowboy that listeners can’t help but want to ride along a while longer and discover something new in a song.” Not only is Gary the best harmonica player you will likely ever hear, he is a remarkable singer, songwriter, guitarist and a masterful entertainer. His talents have also earned an AWA Will Rogers Award, a Best of the West Award and the #1 spot on the Western music radio charts. His music is featured in major motion picture soundtracks. Gary’s engaging and often laugh-out-loud songs tell stories drawn from his rich and diverse life experience in the West (including ranch hand, forest firefighter as a USFS Hotshot, and bouncer in a couple of rough honky-tonks).
FREDDIE FULLER, also known as the “The Singing Cowboy,” is a singer, songwriter, musician and storyteller. For decades, Freddie has performed before thousands at various functions, from house concerts to larger venues such as the famous Broken Spoke. Freddie entertained the troops in Iraq at the request of the commanding General. He has played for hundreds of assisted living, nursing home, and independent living residents. Freddie is also a frequent performer for Swan Songs, a non-profit that brings the gift of song to people at the end of life. Freddie plays at many private parties and ranches, as well as special functions like the Salado Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser, an event he has played for the past fifteen years.
Songbird of the Prairie
A multiple award-winning singer/songwriter, Jean 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. Her critically acclaimed and heartfelt cowgirl persona along with a dozen CDs to her credit sum up the music of Jean Prescott!
Jean and her husband Gary, received the 2018 IWMA Album of the Year Award for their latest CD, “Satisfied Hearts” And, Jean and co-writer Darrell Arnold received Traditional Cowboy Song of the Year accolades for their song “The Pitchfork Grays”. Between the two of them, they garnered 9 top five nominations for 2018 IWMA Awards! Jean also received the 2018 Western Writers of America Spur Award for she and Darrell Arnold’s song “The Pitchfork Grays” and Jean received runner-up accolades for “The Ridge”.
Raised on the family ranch near Bryan, Texas, Gary grew up helping with the cow/calf operation and working in the family hay fields in the summertime. As an adult Gary worked cattle in the deep South Texas brush when he was not drilling oil wells, and now runs a cow/calf operation south of Abilene in West Central Texas.
Gary has three CDs to his credit. As a songwriter, Gary’s songs have been recorded by artists throughout the United States and Canada. His song “Fair Blows the Wind”, sung beautifully by his wife, Jean, received Song of the Year honors from the Academy of Western Artists. The song was then recorded by a recording artist from Ireland and numerous artists in the US.
Retiring from his “real” job in 2013, Gary now enjoys ranch life and cowboy music and spending more time with family and friends. In 2017 he recorded a new CD with his wife Jean. Each one chose their favorite songs for the project they called “Satisfied Hearts”. Several of the songs are among the top ten most played songs by western Music DJs, according to Western Way Magazine.
His pure and rugged cowboy voice lends itself to campfire or theater concerts and his songs stay true to the cowboy and western way of life that he loves.
Ol’ Jim Cathey is a native Texan and his young bride Stella is his number one fan. Listening to his Granddad, Papa Hop, tell stories about growing up in the Texas Panhandle in the late 1800s and early 1900s gave him his love for storytelling and he uses this material in his tales and poems. He won the Silver Buckle and the All-Around Championship Award at the 2012 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Kanab, Utah. He writes a weekly column for his local newspaper, the Marlin Democrat. Most of his work is in rhyme with a Texas western flair and a natural Texas twang, garnished with a love and
appreciation for God’s bounty.
Gary is an accomplished Cowboy poetry writer and reciter with who has been showcasing his poetry and harmonica skills since 2008. He has performed at many retirement centers and churches around the central Texas area and beyond. Some of his more notable performances include appearances at major Cowboy poetry gatherings around the Southwest including shows in Lubbock, Ft. Worth, and Alpine, Texas, Durango, Colorado, and Prescott, Arizona. Gary also won “The Best of the West” award as the top money winner at the 2017 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Abilene, KS.
Although Gary and his wife Donna are not cattle ranchers, they stay busy maintaining a modest herd of Boer goats in Lorena, Texas. His love of livestock and the Cowboy Way led him into sharing his thoughts on the lifestyle of the American cowboy through his poetry and old cowboy campfire harmonica tunes. Through his experiences and imagination he attempts to capture and share the Cowboy Way by making you smile or by touching your heart.