Variety of music styles on fair’s free stage

by barbara anne greene

Acts from around the Big Horn Basin will be on the free stage this week at the Big Horn County Fair in Basin.

Sister act The Whitlocks from Cody are a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Sister’s Cammy and Abbey have been singing together since they were 3 and 4. They sing their own style of current county pop, oldies and original compositions. They perform Thursday at noon and 3:45 p.m.

From Lovell, Macy and Miranda May will bring their unique sister harmony playing a lot of good ole county music with some classic rock thrown in. The sisters have been playing together all their lives. They perform Thursday at 1:45 p.m.

Mason Werbelow, 13, of Emblem and Olivia Frost, 11, of Cowley,  are another local group that will be featured on the free stage at 1 p.m. Thursday. Werbelow is a young master on the guitar and typically plays backup while partner Olivia Frost provides the vocals for the duo. For this performance he will also sing while Frost plays background for him.

Real cowboy music fans will enjoy Leslie Keltner of Cody, who is on the stage at 2:45 p.m. Thursday. Keltner said that cowboy music is rooted in the West, cattle, horses, family, land and good old values. “You won’t find any drunks, fights, loosing your dog or your mama going to prison in this music,” she said. For good measure you’ll hear a little bit of honky-tonk. She will also be performing some original music.

Audiences will once again enjoy the bluegrass sounds of Prairie Grass out of Thermopolis featuring  Karen Hitchens, lead vocals; Jed Jacobsen, mandolin; Zieb Stetler, banjo and dobro; Joan Stetler, bass and harmony; Tori Anderson, vocals and mandolin; and Glenda Ramsey, lead guitar and vocals.  Prairie Grass performs at noon and 3 p.m. on Friday and 1:15 and 4:30 p.m.. on Saturday.

The Blues Trio of Solider Springs features a drum, bass and guitar. Lucas Kurbeck said their music is comparable to The Black Keys band but with rock and roll influence. They are a ministry of sound, saying “If you don’t like it, we can’t play it.”   They perform at 1 and 4 p.m. Friday.

The band Heaven Bound plays just the kind of music the name implies — gospel. Keyboards, violin, mandolin and guitars backup these heavenly voices.  Heaven Bound performs at 2 p.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

Ed Capen will be “hosting” an acoustical jam session at 11 a.m. Saturday. Everyone is invited to join in as they play bluegrass and country music. String instruments, harmonicas, jugs and combs are welcome.