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PRESS RELEASE - November 9, 2010

Media Contact:

Aaron Lyles, Director of Finance, (406) 600-8231, ALyles@montanacowboyfame.com  

Red Steagall, Trent Willmon & Joanna Smith Live in Concert at Copper Spring Ranch to benefit the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Montana FFA Foundation


Bozeman – The legendary Red Steagall and Nashville recording artists Joanna Smith and Trent Willmon will perform a special concert Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at the Copper Spring Ranch in Bozeman, Mont. to benefit the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center and the Montana FFA Foundation. Steagall, Smith and Willmon will perform together in an intimate acoustic setting as a celebration of country music and our Western heritage.

“The opportunity to have Joanna, Red and Trent onstage together at the same time is a rare and incredible opportunity,” said Aaron Lyles of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center. “For lovers of country music and those who know and believe in the value of preserving and passing forward our Western way of life, December 3rd will be an evening you will not ever forget.” 

Red Steagall’s many accomplishments include the discovery of country music superstar Reba McEntire, writing over 200 songs, and great success in both the music and television entertainment industries. Whether performing on Hee Haw, serving as television anchor for the National Finals Rodeo or entertaining heads of state, Steagall brings an always humble and unique understanding of the Western way of life.

Nashville recording artist Trent Willmon may best be known for his hit songs “Beer Man,” “Dixie Rose Deluxe,” and “Home Sweet Holiday Inn,” but Trent is also is making his name as a respected Nashville songwriter. Having written recent hits for the likes of Brad Paisley, Montgomery Gentry, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Wade Hayes and Steel Magnolia, Willmon has positioned himself for a long career in the music industry. 

Columbia Records’ newest recording artist, Joanna Smith, is making a big splash on country radio with her recent debut release of “Gettin’ Married.” Also a songwriter, Smith’s song “Flying By” was recently recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus on his album Home At Last.  

Tickets are only $20 and are available at Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply on North Seventh Avenue in Bozeman. Youth 12 years of age and under will receive free admission to the event. If you can’t make the show, you can still support the cause by purchasing a “donated ticket.” Donated tickets will help send area FFA youth and advisors to the show.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7:00 p.m. Parking at Copper Spring Ranch is limited and will cost $5 per vehicle with valet parking available for $15. A free shuttle service will be provided from three Bozeman area locations: Old Chicago on N. 19th Ave, the Strand Union Building on the MSU Campus, and the Four Corners Town Pump location.

In addition to the concert, participants will have the opportunity to shop at this years “Cowboy Christmas Sale.” Vendors of Western apparel, tack and cowboy art will be on-site just in time to find that special gift for your cowboy, cowgirl or buckaroo. Concessions will also be available at the event.