Pigeon Forge Saddle Up
Dec 09, 2014
Experience the cowboy way with Saddle Up!
For 15 years, cowboy enthusiasts have been visiting Pigeon Forge for the annual Saddle Up!, where attendees can enjoy country western concerts, storytelling, poetry and cowboy cuisine right off the chuck wagon.
The event returns Febuary 18-22, 2014 at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge with numerous popular entertainers.
They include Baxter Black, a cowboy poet who is also a former large animal veterinarian and “entertainer of the agricultural masses.” For more than 25 years, Black has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, sharing his witty observations. He has sold more than 1 million books and has a weekly column, radio program and TV program.
Wylie and the Wild West are also part of the line-up. Wylie Gustafson has spent more than 30 years writing, recording and performing and has been called “one of the few authentic voices of the West,” as well as “the coolest cowpoke around.” Gustafson and his band perform a blend of cowboy, swing folk and yodeling music worldwide.
Despite his successful music career, Gustafson still gets up every day to tend to livestock on Quarter House Ranch near Conrad, Montana.
Brenn Hill is a singer/songwriter who observes and narrates the American West. His material is life’s trials and tribulations. With nearly 20 years on the road, he is known as a dynamic solo performer who is often surrounded by some of the industry’s most talented instrumentalists.
Hill lives with his family in Hooper, Utah.
Chuck Pyle mixes “infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry,” quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys. Having performed for more than 40 years, reviewers nicknamed him “Zen Cowboy.” He took it to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense.
Jean and Gary Prescott are both singers and songwriters who live just south of Abilene, Texas. Jean has been nominated for Female Entertainer of the Year by the Western Music Association. Her latest CD, “Traditions,” has been nominated for Album of the Year.
Andy Nelson is a second generation farrier who has been named Male Poet of the Year and was awarded the Skinny Roland Humor Award by the Academy of Western Artists. He spent many years working as a hand on a southern Idaho ranch, caring for cattle and helping with the ranch’s hay operation. He raises horses and lives with his family in Pinedale, Wyoming.
Skip Gorman’s music is “simple, beautifully poignant music performed around campfires by cowboys and westward settlers in the 19th century.” He has a scholar’s knowledge of cowboy’s Celtic, Spanish and African-American roots, and experience working on a ranch in Wyoming. Gorman is a gifted singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist.
T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut-up-n-Playboys is a western band based in Nashville. Members included Wilburn, Bobby Black, Rick Bryceson, Eugene Jablonsky and Andrew Wilson. The group plays hillbilly swing music at concerts and dances throughout the United States.
Additional events of the weekend include a Buckaroo Roundup, cowboy dance, chuck wagon cook-off, special cowboy church service, storytelling workshops and history lessons.
Along with LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, the following locations will host activities during the weekend: Clabough’s Campground, Pottery House Café and Grille at Old Mill Square, Stages West and Mama’s Farmhouse.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.etouches.com/ehome/105813.
Are your boots and hat already packed? Give Heartland Rental Cabins a call at 1-888-711-0087 or visit online to reserve your cabin. We can’t wait to welcome you to town, “pardner!”
By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.