Hey folks - it's a great show happening THIS FRIDAY (Jan. 19) at Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society (BGAS) at 7 PM. (It's at the Cowboy Church of Peyton, 15504 Bradshaw Rd. 80831. $10). Our Feature act will be "Allen & Jill" Kirkham from Custer SD, who were Cowboy Idol winners in 2015, and Academy of Western Artists (AWA) finalists in 2016 and 2015. Allen is a great singer-songwriter whose clear western voice and yodeling has been heard locally on KCEG-780 AM as well as national and international markets. He is a worship pastor and a retired Air Force and Army veteran with 34 years of service. Jill Kirkham adds some great bass, harmonica, vocals, and humor to their performances.
NOTE! This Buffalo Grass show will be the Colorado release party of their new CD, *Sunrise on the Prairie*, which they will gladly autograph for you. And their *Ghost Towns* traditional Western CD made the *Western Way* magazine, and was consistently in the Top 30 charts for Western DJs in 2015.
An opening act, *The Miner Pickers* consists of Suzie and Gary Solomon, who are acoustic multi-instrumentalists and great singers with a love for performing fun, thoughtful music and teaching square dances and Western history to classes of all ages. They live in the mountains above Idaho Springs CO
We've seen them before at Buffalo Grass, in a couple of different bands they have led. Most recently we saw them in the acoustic folk / bluegrass / Gospel band *BackCountry*, which often plays in the greater Denver area as well as festivals around Colorado and beyond. The band will be performing on the main stage at the Mid-Winter festival in Northglenn CO.
Suzie has been playing instruments and singing since her childhood, and is talented on guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, autoharp and mountain dulcimer, among others, and has a soulful and nuanced singing voice. Gary Solomon married Suzie in 2005, and came up to speed quickly on several instruments. He has a great 'backwoods' voice which goes so well with some of their traditional folk songs from Appalachia and elsewhere. He is also a 5th generation Colorado native (how often do you meet one of those?) and is very handy mechanically and at running sound boards and systems for bands. Suzie and Gary host the "Gospel Grass" music festival (it's free!) in Elizabeth CO on the first weekend in August. They hope you will come there this summer!
Our other opening act is a bluegrass/gospel group from up the road in Elbert territory. *E Bar C* is led by Gayle and John Gresham, who bring much of the Colorado West to their music. Gayle is a retired Elbert County librarian, a Colorado historian and contributor to Colorado Country Life magazine, and is currently writing a book about cattle rustling (this has got to be good!). Her historian's knowledge informs their songs and stories about the West. John is a retired Fire Chief for Elbert County and is a strong anchor for the band with his mandolin and steady voice.
E Bar C has appeared on our BGAS stage twice before (most recently in 2017 with the Yampa Valley Boys) and has a rich musical heritage. They are good friends with Barry Ward and Allen Kirkham (both have been repeat favorites at Buffalo Grass). Gayle and John also are former members of Allen's *Timberline* western gospel band. In 1995 Gayle and John started the E Bar C band. They are accompanied tonight by Rebecca Schroeder on vocals and Keven Pranger on bass. Both have been members of family bands.
E Bar C regularly plays at Elbert Christian Church (hence E-C). The band consists of John Gresham (mandolin), Gayle Gresham (guitar), Keven Pranger (bass), Dale Rosburg and Rebecca Schroeder. Audiences enjoy their 4-part harmonies and toe-tapping music, and we're glad to have them on our BGAS stage again!