October 2nd 2021 Concert!
The Bob Wills sound continues, as big and bright and brassy as ever. The newest Texas Playboys aggregation is led by two-time Grammy winner Roberts, hand-picked by both the Wills estate and Leon Rausch, whose nearly two decades in the famed western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel includes an eight-year stint actually playing Bob Wills in the Wheel's nationally touring musical-theatre production, A RIDE WITH BOB. And, like Bob's original band, this group of Playboys includes some of the best swing musicians both Oklahoma and Texas have to offer.
In 1996 Jody Nix was inducted into the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame in Sacramento, California. In May of 2009, Jody and the Texas Cowboys were inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame in San Marcos, Texas. In 2013 Jody was inducted into the Northwest Western Swing Music Society Hall Of Fame in Washington State. In May of 2016 Jody was honored by the Cowtown Society Of Western Music and received the Living Hero Of Western Swing Award, and in June 2016 Jody was inducted into the Cowboy Hall Of Fame at the Heritage Museum in Big Spring, Texas. Jody has worked with Bob Wills, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, George Strait, Moe Bandy, Red Steagall, Asleep At The Wheel, Johnny Bush, Frenchie Burke, Tony Booth, The Quebe Sisters, Steve Wariner, and many many others. The band works 100-115 dates a year, and consists of Jody Nix- Bandleader, fiddle and vocals, Robert Weeks- fiddle and vocals- Brandy Weeks – upright bass – Jim Loessberg – steel guitar – Terry Thompson – drums.
Texas-bred musical powerhouse, KRISTYN HARRIS (right), is noted for her shimmering vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style, unique songwriting, award winning yodel, and captivating stage presence. At 25 years, she is the youngest person in history to be awarded the International Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year, which she has received 4 years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). She is also a 4-time recipient of the IWMA Female Performer of the Year (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019), and was named the Ameripolitan Music Awards Western Swing Female Artist of the Year (2017) and the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association’s 2017 Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Her singing has been praised as "timeless" with "the warmth and power of Texas sunshine". Most recently you might have seen Kristyn featured on ABC’s American Idol, where she performed a traditional western yodeling song for the judges and was granted a ticket to Hollywood.
Hailey Sandoz (Left) is a Texas-bred musician, following a less-trodden path among millennials. Her music is rooted in western swing, cowboy, bluegrass, jazz, and Celtic music. This remarkable young performer captures the attention of audiences young and old through her dynamic performance and representation of Western Swing, “the official music of Texas.” Hailey is known for her exciting fiddling, charming personality, jazzy vocals, creative composing and arranging skills. Western swing is her most fun wheelhouse, but her multi-genre versatility is also being recognized in Country, Bluegrass & Jazz. Making her way around the world, Hailey performs nationally and internationally, on cruise ships, festivals abroad, such as Equiblues Festival in France and travels full-time with Grammy-Award Winner Bobby Flores and his Yellow Rose Band, besides appearing as a soloist with various artists. In addition, Hailey has appeared with Bobby Flores on two seasons of the RFDTV series, “TruCountry,” which airs every week. Hailey has also been recognize for her achievements by being awarded: the 2019 Cowtown Society of Western Music Rising Star of the Year, 2017 International Western Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year, being 18 years old, was the youngest person to have received this honor. She was also 2016 Academy of Western Artist Young Artist of the Year, 2015 International Western Music Association Crescendo Rising Star, 2015 International Western Music Association Youth Harmony winner, and numerous Celtic fiddling awards.
Throughout the years Hailey has had the privilege performing with notable artists such as Leon Rausch, Tommy Allsup, Dave Alexander, Dick Gimble & Liz Carroll, Justin Trevino, and had the honor of opening for Michael Martin Murphey (Winnsboro Cowboy Gathering & Heber Valley Cowboy Festival), Billy Dean (Heber Valley Cowboy Festival) and Crystal Gale (Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium-Dave Alexander).