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Bill Ramsel-Songwriter-
BMI  Star Eagle Western Music

Bill Ramsel is a unique performer who reaches for new understanding and appreciation of history and our heritage. His songs are about the unique time in our history from 1800 to 1840. Called the “Mountain Man Era” after the men who populated the Rockies and the Eastern mountains, Ramsel’s music reflects the life and times of these men of legend. He highlights the period of great western expansion and the struggle for Texas independence.



 

 

 

 

 

Daughters of the Purple Sage
Specializing in songs of the Golden West, Daughters of the Purple Sage are internationally acclaimed for their smooth vocals and air-tight harmony. Named "Rising Star of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists, Daughters of the Purple Sage were nominated "Group of the Year" by the
Western Music Association. The popularity of the group's polished blend and nostalgic style continues to grow as audiences are delighted by The Daughters' own signature arrangements of such classics as Tumblin' Tumbleweeds and Shenandoah.

Daughters of the Purple Sage's music reflects an authenticity to an audience that is enjoyed by urban and rural listeners alike. The Daughters' three recordings, Songs of the Golden West, Out Wickenburg Way, and their new CD Back in the Saddle are carried with Dixiracks (Nashville, TN) and Bear Family (Europe) catalogs, where they have developed a strong following. The Daughters music is played on radio stations throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

Daughters of the Purple Sage are:

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Carolyn Baker, mandolin:
A born and bred Californian, Carolyn still rides the canyon trails every chance she gets. Carolyn sings alto and second soprano, plays piano, guitar and recorder as well as mandolin and is the yodeler of the trio. She credits her pianist mother, Mary Louise, and her barbershopper father, Earl, for the gift of harmony. Carolyn calls Los Angeles home.
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Audrey McLaughlin, guitar:
A native Arizonan, Audrey sings soprano and plays guitar. Audrey grew up on the music of Bob Wills and was influenced by the great swing and jazz music of the 40's and 50's. Also a fan of Django Reinhart, Audrey is developing a guitar repertoire in the gypsy jazz style, along with beloved standards. Audrey's favorite western swing composer is Bob Wills. Audrey lives in Phoenix with her family, Mimi and Brianna.
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Judy Murbach, bass:
Born in Michigan, Judy plays piano, violin, viola, bass, guitar and dulcimer. Now retired from a 35-year career as a school music teacher, Judy's activities include playing string bass in the Black Hills Symphony, New Horizons Concert Band and Jazz Band. She lives in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she joins husband Terry shooting six guns in the Black Hills.

Performance history; a few of The Daughters many performances include: World City; Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA), 2004-2006 Artists in Residence (Music Center Education Division, Los Angeles, CA), Ozark Fall Round Up (Branson, MO), EXPO 2000 (Hanover, Germany), Cowboys Heroes and Friends (Branson, MO), Canada's Cowboy Festival (Calgary, Alberta), National Cowboy Symposium (Lubbock, TX), National Western Music Association Festival (Tucson, AZ), National Festival of the West (Scottsdale, AZ), Golden Boot Awards (Los Angeles, CA), The Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Colorado Springs, CO), "Western Traditions" (Wickenburg, AZ), Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival (Santa Clarita, CA), Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, WY), Silver City Cowboy Jamboree (Silver City, NM), Arizona Cowboy Poet's Gathering (Prescott, AZ), Superstition Mountain Cowboy Gathering (Apache Junction, AZ), Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering (Sierra Vista, AZ), Merv Griffin's Wickenburg Inn (Wickenburg, AZ), Single Action Shooting Society Winter Range (Carefree, AZ), Las Caballeras Trail Ride (Catalina Island, CA).

 

Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers
Since the formation in 1996, the Sunset Pioneers have racked up quite a resume of shows. They have performed around the world. From Austria to Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada. They have opened for country music great Mel Tillis, shared the stage with Johnny Western, Marty Robbins son Ronnie, Melissa Gilbert, John Mitchum, Buck Taylor, and have appeared on countless TV and radio shows such as the Arizona Almanac and the Midwest Contry TV Show on RFD-TV. Recently they performed at the “Little House On The Prairie“ TV reunion and filmed with the BBC-TV for the TV series “Only in America“. The Sunset Pioneers are proud to be named Fender Artists, a title held by about 140 other in the entire world. They also have the honor to be the official town balladeers of the fastest growing city in the USA, Gilbert Arizona!

For Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers, the key to success is not so much in finding the most popular tune, or to see which way the winds of the music market are blowing. No, it is much deeper than that. It is in cultivating the strong values embodied in the “Code Of The West”. It is in living each day with the simple principles of putting others before yourself, and putting God before others. It is in walking the walk, and talking the talk of a more genuine time, when the difference between right and wrong didn't seem so hard to figure out, and when the cowboy epitomized everything that was good, and free, and right.

Through the songs of that great era of the silver screen and the singing cowboy, the Sunset Pioneers hope to keep that great spirit of the west alive in the minds and hearts of children of all ages.

 

 

TOM HIATT and
The Sundown Riders

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