It’s that time of year again - Tim Johnson has put together another Cowboy Christmas Concert. The concert will be performed at 3 p.m. an 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church off Crane Valley Road (426).
This year’s Cowboy Christmas Band will include: Bobby Black on the steel guitar; Jimmy Collier on the banjo; guitarists Arnie Johnson and Melody (Johnson) Hues; Cliff Neufeld on the keyboard; Eddie Guzman on drums and harmonica; Kirk Moulin on the bass guitar; Rudy Helm on the synthesizer guitar; and Tim Johnson on the violin, guitar and mandolin.
These artists have numerous years of experience performing across the country.
Johnson played with the Sons of the San Joaquin — Jack, Joe, Lon and Bill Thornbury — as a fiddler, from 2000-2007. During this period, they performed to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall and collected many awards -- including being inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and being nominated the Western Music Associations (WMA) group of the year in 2007. Johnson received the WMA instrumentalist of the year award in 2007 upon the release of his solo fiddle album, “American Fiddler.”
Black is a world renowned master of the pedal steel and lap steel guitar, and he was inducted into The Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2004.
Over the years, he has performed with a number of musical artists including: Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Ray Price, Webb Pierce, Merle Travis, Rusty Draper, Jim Reeves, Joan Blackman (Elvis movies), Eddie and Hank Cochran (Cochran Brothers), Grand Ole Opry, The Wilburn Brothers Show, and Stolen Roses (Songs of the Grateful Dead).
Collier’s repertoire blends folk, blues, gospel, country and soul and has electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sesame Street to President Carter’s Inaugural Program. He was a staff entertainer for Dr. Martin Luther King and he was a crew member on Pete Seeger’s musical sloop Clearwater. He currently performs in Northern California, including workshops in the state university system, Stanford University, and various organizations. He also performs as an historical figure for events and business openings. His latest recording, “Everybody’s Somebody,” reflects his musical past as well as hope for the future.
There will be a maximum seating of 140 for each performance with pre-sold tickets for the Cowboy Christmas at a suggested donation of $20.
For tickets, mail checks to: Oakhurst Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst, CA, 93644.
Details: Oakhurst Lutheran, (559) 683-4673.
-- Oakhurst Lutheran Church