Festivals & Events:
Diamond W. Wranglers
The well-known Western Music group, the Diamond W Wranglers, is returning to Southwest Colorado for the third time to perform in Montrose and Ouray. The show combines traditional western classics with Diamond W Wranglers’ originals and home-spun humor as they present “A Tribute to the American Cowboy”. Show schedules:
Montrose Pavilion on July 24 at 7:00 PM (Doors open 6:30 PM)
Tickets*: Murdoch’s Ranch & Home, Montrose Pavilion, tellurideticket.com,
John Ast at 970-325-7255/901-8455, or at the door
Ouray Wright Opera House on July 25 at 7:00 PM (Doors open 6:30 PM)
(Benefit for the Friends of the Wright Opera House)
Tickets*: Buckskin Booksellers, Ouray, Cimarron Books, Ridgway, tellurideticket.com, John Ast at 970-325-7255/901-8455, or at the door
Ouray Main St. Theater nightly, July 27-31 at 7:00 PM (Doors open 6:30 PM)
Tickets*: Buckskin Booksellers, Ouray, Cimarron Books, Ridgway tellurideticket.com, John Ast at 970-325-7255/901-8455, or at the door
There will be Special Guest Appearances by Paul Nystrom at the Pavilion in Montrose and Alice Billings at the shows in Ouray.
Winners of the 2008 Western Album of the Year award from the Academy of Western Artists, the Wranglers have been delighting audiences since 1999.
The music they perform is a combination of traditional Western music that pays homage to the Sons of the Pioneers and other Western greats, and their own Western originals, like “Deep In the Saddle”, which was the title song of their award-winning album.
Most of the year the Diamond W Wranglers make their musical home at the Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas - an authentic Western town of the 1870’s. There they operate the Diamond W Chuckwagon Supper, and entertain thousands of people a year with their stunning musical harmonies, great showmanship, and quirky humor.
Known as the Prairie Rose Wranglers from 1999-2007, the Wranglers have promoted Western Music across the globe. They were the first musicians from the western hemisphere to perform cowboy music in China, as well as the first musicians to have a concert ON the Great Wall of China.
In 2003 and 2004, the Wranglers led a troupe of Western entertainers to Carnegie Hall in New York City, to sellout crowds. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed them “Official Musical Ambassadors for Kansas”. They have headlined 3 Cowboy Cruises in the Caribbean, and have performed recently at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Their appearance on the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree (the 2nd longest-running radio show in America) generated more calls than the program had seen in years. In May, two busloads of people traveled to Branson with the Diamond W Wranglers, where they performed with Roy Rogers Jr. at Roy Rogers- Dale Evans Happy Trails Theater. The group also makes regular visits to popular venues around Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Colorado.
Although the group members have each played other genres of music in the past, Western Music is their passion. “It’s Cowboy Comfort,” says harmony specialist and the group’s arranger Jim Farrell. “The music is extremely nostalgic for baby boomers and seniors, but the kids like it too. It’s not uncommon for us to see three generations in our audience, and they’re all having a ball.”