International Western Music Association - Arizona Chapter

International Western Music Association - Arizona Chapter The International Western Music Association encourages & supports the preservation, performance & composition of music & poetry of The West.
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History of the IWMA In August 1988, a group of western music performers and fans met in Las Vegas, Nevada to organize an association and present a festival. They incorporated the Western Music Association as an Arizona non-profit corporation in 1989 and the organization has presented the International Western Music Festival every November since then. Since its inception, the IWMA has expanded to include several state and regional chapters, and it’s been among the forces that are responsible for the current popularity of western music around the world. The name was changed to the International Western Music Association in 2018.

History of the IWMA In August 1988, a group of western music performers and fans met in Las Vegas, Nevada to organize an association and present a festival. They incorporated the Western Music Association as an Arizona non-profit corporation in 1989 and the organization has presented the International Western Music Festival every November since then. Since its inception, the IWMA has expanded to include several state and regional chapters, and it’s been among the forces that are responsible for the current popularity of western music around the world. The name was changed to the International Western Music Association in 2018.

Mission: The International Western Music Association is an organization that encourages and supports the preservation, performance and composition of historic traditional and contemporary music and poetry of The West. The International Western Music Association and its chapters foster the professional growth of individual performing members. Our open membership policy encourages western music performers and fans to join and participate in the organization. The IWMA publishes the quarterly "Western Way", the only professional magazine dedicated to the promotion of western music, and our website, provides a central focus for western music performers and links to their individual websites. Inclusion on the website is one of the membership benefits for performing members. Our Educational Outreach Program was started because we view it as important to acquaint students with the musical heritage of the American West, from traditional trail songs, through the era of the movie cowboy, to contemporary western songwriting. In large part, the IWMA is responsible for the continuing popularity of western music. Articles on western music have appeared in national publications, including "Cowboys & Indians", "American Cowboy", "Cowboy" Magazine, "The Christian Science Monitor", and "Billboard", in many newspapers and regional publications in the United States and Canada, and in publications in Europe. Western music can be heard on dedicated radio programs and in folk and country radio formats in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and the number of new CD releases in the genre is growing every year. One of our most effective ways of expanding the visibility and enhancing the reputation of western music is through the annual IWMA Convention. Through performances, workshops, seminars and our answers to frequently asked questions, we educate the public about western music and help people understand and appreciate the contribution of western music to our culture.

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ARIZONA FOLKLORE PRESERVE UPDATE - All performances through July 5 have been canceled. We will be closed until the new s...
05/23/2020

ARIZONA FOLKLORE PRESERVE UPDATE - All performances through July 5 have been canceled. We will be closed until the new season hopefully begins on August 29 & 30 with Dolan Ellis. The situation will be closely monitored and we will keep you updated if there are any changes.
For updated information:
arizonafolklore.com
or our reservation number
520-378-6165
We hope to be back to open for the new
season on August 29 & 30!

Due to CoVid-19 The Arizona Folklore Preserve will be closed until mid-April.    They have stated:"Weekend shows at the ...
03/27/2020

Due to CoVid-19 The Arizona Folklore Preserve will be closed until mid-April. They have stated:
"Weekend shows at the Arizona Folklore Preserve will be canceled starting the weekend of March 21-22 through the weekend of April 18-19. We want to protect volunteers, guests and performers at the Folklore Preserve from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. If an “all clear” notice is declared before that time, it will be posted on the AFP website and announced in our reservation line message.
We appreciate your patronage of the AFP, and we hope to see you at a show in the future. " The schedule of performers can be found at https://arizonafolklore.com/events.php

Reservations for our shows are recommended.
To make reservations Call (520)378-616 https://arizonafolklore.com/

03/27/2020

Everyone remember this: you are not STUCK at home, you are SAFE at home.

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03/26/2020
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Hello! Juni Fisher, IWMA National Board of directors chair for social media here. Here we are, with all the working musicians in the country in the same boat. Many of you have day jobs and a paycheck that still comes in, and some of us who rely solely on playing gigs for a living are envious.

CDBaby, which is a DiscMakers partner, just posted some ideas to help. Here is a link. https://diymusician.cdbaby.com/musician-tips/covid-19-resources/

This will pass. Beef up your digital sales (no out of pocket cost to you!) and use social media to share music. Share your ideas and successes here, and on your own social media pages. No, I won't be giving you gig leads, nor will I be telling you to to start a GoFundMe to fill the gaps. Come on. Time for all of us to pull up our big girl and big boy pants and find ways to ride out this temporary storm.

The IWMA family is a strong one. Let's share ideas and look out for each other. We'll be stronger for it.

Arizona Folklore Preserve March  2020 Schedule56 E Folklore Trail, Hereford, AZ 85615  Call for RESERVATIONS  (520) 378-...
03/01/2020

Arizona Folklore Preserve March 2020 Schedule
56 E Folklore Trail, Hereford, AZ 85615 Call for RESERVATIONS (520) 378-6165
All performances are at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted
For more information about the performers go to https://arizonafolklore.com/events.php

March 1
Belinda Gail starts out the month with her second day of this weekend’s performance.

Belinda Gail is one of the most awarded female performers in Western Music. 7 time Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year ... 2 time Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist ... 3-time Group/Duo of the Year with Curly Musgrave and Album of the Year for "Red Rock Moon" Belinda is honored and humbled to be counted among the top female Western Music performers of this era. She has committed her full-time effort to this music for over 17 years and crisscrosses this country taking her special brand of Western Music to the masses. Her numerous awards are evidence of the level to which she has risen not only with Western Music fans but with her peers as well.

March 7 & 8
Juni Fisher

Born in the San Joaquin Valley of California, Juni Fisher spent her early years training horses, as well as working on cow-calf operations. She now tours the country full time, delighting audiences with her original songs, storytelling, and guitar playing. "Juni Fisher's luminous intensity ignites her writing and her performances ." says one journalist "At the heart of her unique and complex artistry is her ability to bring alive what become unforgettable characters and images, stunning stories that often carry a deep and compassionate reflection of the human spirit. Well-known cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell says "Juni Fisher is the best thing to happen to western music in a long time."

March 14 & 15
Dolan Ellis - Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for Dolan's show's this weekend is " Arizona’s Songs and Stories"

After more than 50 years as Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis has more songs and stories about Arizona than you can shake a stick at. His songs will take you to out-of-the-way and nearly forgotten places like Sunnyside, an abandoned mining town on the west side of the Huachucas. His stories will introduce you to Arizona characters like Tom Wiley and his little train that used to run from Ajo to Gila Bend and back again, or tough and stubborn Tonto Basin rancher George Cline. Illustrating Dolan’s shows are just a few of the thousands of professional-quality photos he’s taken in more than a million miles traveling around Arizona. And be sure to check out Dolan’s new page, “Songs & Stories with Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official Balladeer,” where you can learn more about The Balladeer and his adopted home, Arizona.

March 21 & 22
Hans Olson

Hans Olson is a veteran performing musician with over 40 years in the music business. He began his career as a lead singer in a Rock & Roll band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Hans had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.

March 28 & 29
Joni Harms

Joni Harms is an American country music singer-songwriter. Between 1990 and 2011, Harms released eleven studio albums plus her album Oregon to Ireland recorded live with The Sheerin Family Band in Moate, Ireland and released in 2014. She also charted two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Her highest-charting single, "I Need a Wife," peaked at No. 34 in 1989.

April 4 & 5
Wall-Eyed Moles

The Wall-Eyed Moles are Victor (Jeanne Cahill), Vance (Jerome Campbell), and Vivian (Jon Messenger). The band presents an eclectic blend of Americana with roots in Western, Western Swing, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, and Jazz. If they can play it, they will.

The Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Radio charts are here! 1/21/20 Feel free to share these to your own pages. Thank you...
01/21/2020

The Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Radio charts are here! 1/21/20 Feel free to share these to your own pages. Thank you Nancy Flagg and Marvin O'Dell, for compiling these.

International Western Music Association - Arizona Chapter's cover photo
01/21/2020

International Western Music Association - Arizona Chapter's cover photo

The January Radio Charts are here! Feel free to share these on your social media pages.
01/21/2020

The January Radio Charts are here! Feel free to share these on your social media pages.

Upcoming Performance Schedule for the Arizona Folklore Preserve - The Ronstadt Brothers finish out 2019 followed by the ...
12/28/2019

Upcoming Performance Schedule for the Arizona Folklore Preserve -

The Ronstadt Brothers finish out 2019 followed by the 2020 opening performance by THE COWBOY WAY in January.

All performances on SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS at 2 P.M. unless otherwise noted. Call: 520-378-6165 for Reservations

For more information about the performers, go to https://arizonafolklore.com/events.php

Dec. 28 and 29 - RONSTADT BROTHERS

Ronstadt Brothers continue a musical tradition passed from generation to generation in the Ronstadt family. Michael Gilbert and Peter Dalton, Ronstadt Brothers, represent five generations of the family’s musical traditions in North America. Along with multi-faceted drummer Aaron Emery, they present a new and fresh take on the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their family’s heritage while offering innovative original material to all ages discovering the treasure of roots music. An aural illustration of inception to creation, this musical journey will take you from the past to the present steeped in the Americana vein. Carrying forward a sound closely tied in its infancy to their aunt Linda and their father Michael, join the Ronstadt Brothers on their journey through the Post-Modern American West.

Jan. 4 and 5 - THE COWBOY WAY

The Cowboy Way - Jim Jones, Doug Figgs, and Mariam - is a trio of award-winning musicians from New Mexico. Their family-friendly shows feature tight harmonies, high energy, and smoking instrumentals. These prolific songwriters take you on the ride of a lifetime as they honor the traditional cowboy songs and bowl you over with a dynamic cover of a southern rock tune. The Cowboy Way presents professional, crowd-pleasing entertainment sure to fit right in with your festival, concert, educational or corporate event.

Jan. 11 and 12 - WALL-EYED MOLES

The Wall-Eyed Moles are Victor (Jeanne Cahill), Vance (Jerome Campbell), and Vivian (Jon Messenger). The band presents an eclectic blend of Americana with roots in Western, Western Swing, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, and Jazz. If they can play it they will, with heartfelt music and delivered with a gusto that never fails to please their audiences. Their love of music and the enthusiasm they bring to their performances are infectious and their skills and experience brought together manifest with a gift for storytelling with a broad musical pallet.

Jan. 18 and 19 - NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS

Jennifer Epps and Judy Coder are Notable Exceptions, the Western Music Association's 2015 Harmony Duo of the Year. These two originally met at annual gatherings of the Western Music Association in Albuquerque, NM. Judy was there with a cowgirl band from KS, and Jennifer was there with a cowgirl band from WA. They'd stay up until the wee hours, jamming and harmonizing with some of the best in Western music. In 2014 Judy was invited to tour Canada with Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band, performing alongside Jennifer and the band's founding member, Lauralee Northcott; she relocated from KS to WA a few months later to become the band's permanent rhythm guitar player. The duo formed shortly afterward. Nowadays, the duo spends most of the year on tour.

Jan. 25 and 26 - DOLAN ELLIS, Arizona's Official State Balladeer

Dolan Ellis has been Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966. He has traveled more than a million miles throughout the length and breadth of our state, getting to know the unique people and out-of-the-way places most of us never see, then writing songs about these people and places. Along the way, he has taken thousands of professional-quality photographs to illustrate his music. Come and hear just a few of the hundreds of ballads Dolan has written in his career as Arizona’s Balladeer "Arizona is more than a state...it's a state of mind".

Feb. 1 and 2 - LEX BROWNING - Mamma Coal and special guest Alvin Blaine

Lex Browning was born and raised in Maysville, Ky, a small town on the Ohio River where the Browning family has lived since 1820. As a child, he fell in love with the local bluegrass and country music being performed and at age 7 successfully begged enough to get a guitar for his birthday. He and his brother Christopher were performing on local radio stations by the time Lex was 9. By age 11 he had wheedled a banjo out of his grandmother and soon incorporated that into the family band. The family sang at home and at church and grade school and after hearing Bob Dylan and the Beatles Lex was writing his own songs.

The Arizona Folklore Preserve starts off November with more top Western talent. Get your reservations now by calling 520...
10/29/2019

The Arizona Folklore Preserve starts off November with more top Western talent. Get your reservations now by calling 520-378-6165 For more information on the entertainers, go to: https://arizonafolklore.com/events.php
All performances are at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays unless otherwise noted:

Nov. 2 & 3 KG and the RangerCowboy heroes and the Old West come to life when KG and The Ranger sing classic cowboy songs, yodel in harmony and spin a lariat! Known for their harmony singing and harmony yodeling, they bring a fresh new sound to the classic songs of the Hollywood cowboys. They were the Western Music Association "Harmony Yodeling Champions" in 2005, 2002 and 1999. In 2001 the Academy of Western Artists nominated them for "Rising Stars" and "Western Music Duo/group", and they were nominated for the WMA's 2002 "Crescendo"award. In 2007, KG was one of five finalists for the Academy of WesternArtist's Yodeler of the Year. In 2010 the WMA voted them "Outstanding Entertainer - Duo" of the year.

Nov. 9 & 10 - Jerry Hall and Trick Shot
Jerry Hall and Trick Shot have performed at Western music events in California, Wyoming, Arizona and Elko, Nevada. They’ve shared the stage with the likes of Baxter Black, RW Hampton and Waddie Mitchell. The band has opened for the Riders in the Sky, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and played alongside with Rex Allen, Jr., The Sons of the Pioneers and Sons of the San Joaquin

Nov. 16 & 17 Michael Grande
Michael Grande is a phenomenal guitarist, known for his five-finger picking technique, guitar flourishes, a soft gentle voice which can become deep and rough, depending on the song, and great rapport with his audiences. His repertoire includes: Western ballads, Flamenco, instrumentals, folk, pop, and devotional songs. Much of what he plays are his own compositions.

Nov. 23 & 24 Dolan Ellis - Arizona's Official State Balladeer
The theme for Dolan's show's this weekend is "Awesome America"

Nov. 20 & Dec. 1 Simple Gifts - The Sawyer Family
Four Sawyers, fabulous fiddles, tight harmony, great guitar, sizzling mandolin, and hot trumpet all combine to give life to this exciting group - Simple Gifts - The Sawyer Family Band. Fresh, new talent is intertwined with music that has crossed generations.

Here are the upcoming October Performances at THE ARIZONA FOLKLORE PRESERVE, Hereford, Arizona in the beautiful Ramsey C...
09/30/2019

Here are the upcoming October Performances at THE ARIZONA FOLKLORE PRESERVE, Hereford, Arizona in the beautiful Ramsey Canyon - just outside of Sierra Vista. You can be assured that the performers at the Preserve are top-notch and hand-picked. All performances are on Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted Go to the website for more information about each performer at https://arizonafolklore.com/events.php and mark your calendars!
Oct. 5-6 Juni Fisher
Oct. 12-13 Peter Dalton (P.D.) Ronstadt
Oct. 19-20 Dan McCorison with Maria McArthur
Oct. 26-27 Gary Allegretto
Nov. 2-3 KG and the Ranger
CALL for RESERVATIONS (520)378-6165 or online at https://arizonafolklore.com/reservations/

The Tanque Verde Guest Ranch Cowboy Music Festival kicks off at noon this Saturday, September 14, 2019, with performance...
09/11/2019
Cowboy Music Festival at the Tanque Verde Ranch

The Tanque Verde Guest Ranch Cowboy Music Festival
kicks off at noon this Saturday, September 14, 2019,
with performances by Dennis Knill, David Rychener, Bill Ganz, Cimarron Sidekicks, Mountain Saddle Band, Miss Devon and the Outlaw, and 43 Miles North Band.

The ranch, located at the east end of Speedway next to the Saguaro National Park in Tucson, is a beautiful venue for a music festival. The ranch manager has just informed us that he will give a $10 entry discount to Arizona chapter members for this event.

Members - Please contact John or Sherry below if you are interested in the discount, and Sherry will add your name to the list.

Check out the ranch's website below for more details about the schedule. https://www.tanqueverderanch.com/cowboy-music-festival-at-tanque-verde-ranch/

We hope to see you there for some good fun, good food, and good music!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 15, when we will have a chapter gathering at the Beatitudes in Phoenix, with a showcase for chapter member performers. More details to follow soon.

John Paulson, President [email protected]
Sherry Walker, Secretary [email protected]

Tanque Verde Ranch presents an all-new western experience for the traditional Cowboy, Cowgirls, and for all the Western souls –the Cowboy Music Festival.

Thank you to The Arizona Folklore Preserve for supporting Western Music.  The fall season is starting this weekend.  Tel...
08/27/2019

Thank you to The Arizona Folklore Preserve for supporting Western Music. The fall season is starting this weekend. Tell your friends, and make your reservations now.
Call 520-378-6165.
Here are the upcoming performers for September: All performances are on weekends at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

August 31 and Sept. 1 – Dolan Ellis -Arizona's Official State Balladeer, is back to open the season.

Sept. 7 and 8 - Hans Olson is a veteran performing musician with over 40 years in the music business. He began his career as a lead singer in a Rock & Roll band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Hans had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.

Sept. 14 & 15 - The Mule Boys - Scott Muhleman, the namesake of this duo, blows a mean harp. He's been bending notes and playing the blues since the sixties. LA, Waikiki in '68, Alaska, San Francisco, to Bisbee, Arizona. He came to Bisbee the first time while touring with DC Miner and Blues on the Move.

Sept. 21 & 22 - Copper Wren/Young MacDonald - The five-part acoustic band Copper Wren has been a long time in the making. Born in Tucson, Arizona, sisters Ava, Angel, and Alivea Addleman have sung together all their lives, visiting rest homes weekly, leading worship services at their church, and sharing beautiful three-part harmony arrangements with a multitude of people throughout the years.

Sept. 28 & 29 – The month closes with Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official State Balladeer

For more details about the performances, go to: https://arizonafolklore.com/events.php

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P. O. Box 648
Coppell, TX
75019

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Involvement in the IWMA The International Western Music Association represents what is good and wholesome in our society. We all remember Roy Rogers and the other singing cowboys, and we’ve heard about the Code of the West. The IWMA strives to remind folks of this legacy. There are two ways for you to become involved: as a member of the IWMA and as a sponsor. As a member, you may participate in or attend the annual Western Music Festival, where IWMA members represent the true cowboy image while providing exceptional family entertainment. As a member, you might also choose to become part of our Educational Outreach Program, which takes the heritage and the music of the American cowboy to students.

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Promoting The Music & Poetry of the American West for over 25 years! The International Western Music Association is an organization that encourages and supports the preservation, performance and composition of historic traditional and contemporary music and poetry of The West. Western Music is the folk music of the Western life style and vista. Some Western Music originates from roots in English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ballads, as well as musical influences from the European countries of immigrants who "went west" and some carries jazz and blues origins. While "Cowboy" music is an important part of the history of Western Music, the stories and lifestyles of the larger populations of Western culture are equally important: settlers, farmers, ranchers, horsemen and women, soldiers and the women who accompanied them into the west, miners, opportunists, gamblers, saloon keepers, school teachers, and other town folk who populated the great American west are all subjects of modern day Western Music.

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Please join us tomorrow (Sunday 6/7) for the NM Tech PAS Concert Series as Mariam, Clifton and Doug Figgs perform a concert for you! We will start 4:00 pm MDT and you can watch at [https://www.facebook.com/NMTPAS/](https://www.facebook.com/NMTPAS/?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARBKyoeu5Hf_-XqJCS7Eme-OhWmhsyh997NjvhAxa5R7lTwwD3GeH-vYozlVmLXOXCE_gkehwWMXjBiW&fref=mentions) or https://www.facebook.com/farrier.figgs and it will be on youtube at [youtube.com/channel/UCUFjO6rM3bZIV9XsBG4VxRw](https://youtube.com/channel/UCUFjO6rM3bZIV9XsBG4VxRw?fbclid=IwAR3IK4CTnkH7sU6BWx7nLjUaM6RCcv9imkgnGX0EaQdcSVT8o8ShEN6cztc) Thank you!
Riders in the Sky are coming to Tucson! Saturday, Feb 22. The show takes place at Hotel Congress-outdoor plaza. Doors at 4pm, show at 4:30pm. For more details go to www.ridersinthesky.com/tour
Hello my Compadres in the Great Southwest. I would like to visit Arizona during the month of February 2020. I will be traveling with a small travel trailer, my guitar, my u-bass, my bicycle, my fishing gear (small pontoon boat) and my dog, Sophia Jaksa Yarmek. I am looking for a place to park my rig for a few weeks and some opportunities to play some Western Music. I am particularly fond of the Tucson/Sierra Vista area but also Phoenix and, truth be told, just about any place in the southern part of the state. We are low-maintenance travelers. If anyone has a lead on a place where a Kansas Cowboy can hang his hat for a few weeks, I'd be much obliged. Gracias mi amigos. (And by the way, I'd like to take the opportunity to learn some Spanish so if there is an opportunity to get some tutoring that would be great.)
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I've met and enjoyed some of the fine WMA artists here - poets, songwriters and musicians. One of the many blessings I have enjoyed since moving to CO years ago. Hope to see many of you down the trail.
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The Arizona Chapter will hold its final meeting of the season at the Pony Express Restaurant at OldTucson (Studios) on Sunday, May 20, 2018, beginning at 1:30 PM. A workshop will be held featuring tying square or "horsetail" knots in neckscarves. Instructor will be Johnny Bencomo. We will have a jam session, followed by a business meeting.
Hi Arizona friends! Concerts coming up! Jan 28: House Concert, Sonoita, AZ 3:00 PM Hacienda De Sonoita B&B call Patty 520--904-1605 Jan 31: Private Event, Mesa AZ Feb 2: Saint Ann's Chapel, Tucson, AZ 6:30 PM Artist Donation 15 to 20.00 5800 E Santa Fee, Tucson AZ Bring a sweater or jacket [email protected] Feb 3: Ranch Concert, Florence, AZ Private for now, but email [email protected] Feb 4: Oracle Piano Society Concert Series, Oracle, CA
Watch 10 years of videos taken at the WMA from 2008-2017.
Juni Fisher is booking some tour dates in Arizona for late January/early February 2018...Would you like to have a fun, intimate concert right in your living room, grange hall, community center, or church? email her! [email protected]. Here's her website: www.junifisher.com