110 N. 8th Street
Gatesville, TX 76528
July 20, 2018:
Harvest Ranch Wranglers
Western swing is the music of Bob Wills, Johnny Gimble, and many other top bands. In 1980, Ricky Boen won the Texas State Fiddle Championship, and in 1983 at the age of 20, he won the title of World Champion Fiddle Player in Crockett, TX. Ricky became the Missouri State Champion in 2011. He has performed with entertainers such as Red Stegall, Asleep at the Wheel, Moe Bandy, and Mickey Gilley. He spent 5 years playing fiddle with Jody Nix and The West Texas Cowboys and another 5 years as a part time musician. In 2005, The Ricky Boen and Texas Mud Show opened in Branson, Missouri. This would fulfill a dream for both Ricky and his dad of performing in a western swing band. In 2006, Ricky was asked to join The Sons of the Pioneers. He was a member of this prestigious group for 8 years. At the end of his time with The Pioneers, Ricky felt God calling him to the ministry. He and his wife, Laurie, moved to Liberty Hill, TX. Darrell Boen plays rhythm guitar, electric bass, and sings lead and harmony. He called square dances and taught lessons all over the country for 16 years. Retiring from square dance calling, he played and supported Ricky in fiddle contests. Teresa Garner began playing the guitar at age 14. After many years of being inspired and mentored by some of the most talented bluegrass players around the country, Teresa formed her own band, Teresa Garner Bluegrass Band. There isn’t enough room on the poster and program to tell all of the accomplishments of Darrell, Teresa, and Ricky. Darrell and Ricky opened Harvest Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner Show in Liberty Hill, TX. You can read their many accomplishments on their website: http://www.harvestranchchuckwagon.com/wranglers/
After Show Comments
Allen Hurt and the Mountain Showmen
June 15, 2018
Our June 15, 2018 GCM Hall of Fame show featuring Allen Hurt & his Mountain Showmen was simply a fantastic, fun show full of good music, laughter, and good, natured humor. Two guitars were given away as door prizes to Emma Pausewang and Betty Brown. Logan Pausewang, Emma's older brother, accepted the prize for her. More pictures will be added later and on our website.
This was a special evening performance in tribute to the late Porter Wagoner and Ray Price. Many of their songs were performed. Allen’s band was made up of: Skip Pilgram, Bobby Fleming, Fred Speers, Al Mouledous, and Larry Light. When the audience stays 30 minutes beyond our normal 9:00pm stop time, you know they are enjoying the show.
Roger Vierse (our MC) threw some humor into the show by coming on stage wearing a coat adorned with sequins much like Allen’s traditional sequined coat. In one picture, you can see the shock on Allen’s face as he stares at Roger who is also wearing a red western hat.
We were happy to have an old friend and member of our GCM Hall of Fame, George Allison, accompany our band and sing a few songs during the show.
1. “Director’s Cup Award” to Allen Hurt and the Mountain Showmen. This refers to one of the songs Allen wrote called “Coffee Cup”. A “Cup Trophy” was presented as well as a framed certificate noting this award.
2. A framed “Special Guest Award” was presented to each band member: Skip Pilgram, Bobby Fleming, Fred Speers, Al Mouledous, and Larry Light.
Again, thanks to the GCM Hall of Fame house band and our technical staff for their part in producing the show. Our band members were Louie Lee (lead guitar), Matlyn Webb (keyboard/vocals), Roger Vierse (MC/guitar), George Allison (bass guitar/acoustic guitar/vocals), John Nickell (rhythm guitar/vocals), Mike Prosser (drums), and Lynn Webb (sound technician). Richard Adams, our staff photographer, provides pictures for our website.
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