July 29, 2018.
All photos by Sheila Loney.
Ned LeDoux and Western Underground open for Toby Keith at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Night Show July 27. Appearing for the second time at CFD. Ned is son of the late and great Chris LeDoux. Chris was a rodeo cowboy who competed at CFD and also performed as a country and western musician multiple times. Western Underground started out as Chris LeDoux’s band.
Radio DJ and musician Bobby Jones and his band perform for the first time at Cheyenne Frontier Days opening for Toby Keith. July 27 2018.
Story by Sheila Loney
Cheyenne Frontier Nights weather did not disappoint again this year. The rain made its annual appearance before Charlie Daniels took to the stage and stayed for most of the night’s show. The crowd did not let the weather dampen their spirits.
Tracy Lawrence came out and the crowd was pumped from the beginning. He sang all of his greatest hits including “Texas Tornado”, “Alibis”, “Sticks and Stones” and “Time Marches On”. The excitement of the crowd could be felt as they sang along with him.
The 81 year old legend, Charlie Daniels, then took to the stage. The crowd did not wain in their excitement. He sang most of his greatest hits including, “Long Haired Country Boy”, “Simple Man” and “Legend of Wooley Swamp”. He dedicated his song “In America” to our military and first responders. He had his band take over with a rocking instrumental where the drummer had a long solo before he closed out the show with everyone’s favorite “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, I would have to say, this 81 year old still has the energy to put on one great show.
For photos of the night’s show, please click on the slideshows below.
For more information about Charlie’s and Tracy’s music and tour schedule please visit their websites at the following links.
Photos by, Karen Cotton and Sheila Loney
Photos and story by Sheila Loney.
Michael Ray christened Cheyenne Frontier Nights as the opening artist for Florida Georgia Line. I had the pleasure of photographing the county western singer and songwriter. Michael and his band are true showmen. His country music hits with a hint of rock music. His song, “Kiss You in the Morning” reached number 1 on Country Airplay.
Michael has teamed up with Zappos for Good. They have designed a one-of-a-kind sneaker. Proceeds from sales of the “Wrigley Cares Limited-Edition Puma Classic Suede” The money raised will help Ray’s charitable initiative, Wrigley Cares: Helping Animals in need.
To learn more about his tour dates and his Wrigley Cares initiative please visit his website.
Official Michael Ray website http://www.michaelraymusic.com/
A Q and A with Caleb Johnson of Fate Under Fire, a band based in Sacramento, California.
For more information about the band you can go to their website: https://www.fufmusic.com/
or go to their FaceBook page here: https://www.facebook.com/FateUnderFire/
Here’s their new music video for “RIVER”
Story by Karen Cotton
Q : How did you first become a member of Fate Under Fire ?
“That’s kind of a funny story, I originally became a member of Fate Under Fire by a simple email. I was a fan of the band before hand and I emailed the band asking if they needed a guitar player or knew of anyone who needed a guitar player. I got an email back saying they did not need a guitar player. The next day I got another email back saying the lead guitarist in the band had just left the band because he was getting married and didn’t want to tour anymore. One thing led to another and here I am.”
Q: What do you enjoy the most about playing music?
Q: What do you like about being a member of Fate Under Fire?
Q: Can you tell me about the newest song that was just released on February 15th, “River?”
Q: What is the band’s goal in 2018?
Q: How long have you been playing the guitar and how old are you now?
” I have been playing guitar for around 5-6 years now and I am 17.”
Q: What made you pick up a guitar in the first place?
“I’ve always wanted to play guitar, growing up as a kid I would play Guitar Hero all the time and I would mess around on a little guitar my parents bought from Target. But the two things that really pushed me into playing the guitar was my cousin and trying to impress a girl that I liked.”
Q: Do you help the band leader, David, songwrite?
Q: How would you describe the sound of Fate Under Fire ? What are the band’s influences?
“Fate Under Fire is a alternative rock/pop band. I think we sound similar to One Republic and Imagine Dragons.”