(SPEARFISH, SD – 05/04/16) The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center hosts three talented veteran Black Hills’ musicians in “Smokin’ Cowboy Concerto,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 20. Paul Larson, Kenny Putnam, and Boyd Bristow take the stage with cowboy tunes, western swing, and general good humor. Tickets are on sale now for $20 adults and $10 for youth (18 and under). Tickets are available at The Matthews’ art gallery during business hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Buy tickets online anytime at www.matthewsopera.com.
“This event is an appropriate concert to have at The Matthews,” comments Sian Young, executive director of The Matthews. “This building was built by the cowboys from the Matthews’ T7 Ranch. So this night of music continues the legacy of the cowboy tradition,” she continues.
Larson, Putnam, and Bristow are no strangers to the music scene in South Dakota.
Paul Larson makes his home in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota, just a bit outside the small community of Rochford. In March 2016, Larson received the coveted Golden Harmonica Award. Larson’s music remains true to authentic cowboy music. Known for his baritone voice and cowboy yodel, he was once introduced by an announcer as “…a man with the voice he’d hire to ride circles around a rangy herd of cows to keep them quiet through the evening.”
Larson is looking forward to being back onstage at The Matthews. “Besides playing beside two of the premier musicians in South Dakota, getting to perform at The Matthews in their beautiful theater and in front of their great audience, is fantastic,” says Paul Larson. “I can’t wait.”
Kenny Putnam has a long career as member of the Red Willow Band, A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas, as a Grammy nominee and winner, and as a member of the Roy Clark Show. Putnam toured internationally with Clark. He also appeared on the Tonight Show and many other programs and as a regular on Hee Haw.
“The show will be a relaxed evening of warm vocals and musical sparks,” comments Putnam.
Singer/songwriter, Boyd Bristow, is a long-time member of A South Dakota Acoustic Christmas. Bristow is a veteran musician that has played with many prestigious groups such as Blueberry Buckle, Poker Alice, Kenny Putnam and the Song Pilots, East of Westreville, and Vince Two Eagles. Besides being a star instrumentalist and composer, Boyd is a terrific singer and responsible for the recording and production on many CD recordings.
“There’s a wonderful trove of cowboy tunes out there and we will be doing quite a few of them–along with some western swing, ala Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Cowboy tunes have a rather poetic language which illustrates an era that is almost gone,” says Boyd Bristow. “The evening will be flowing with fiddle and guitar licks backing up Paul’s baritone vocals,” continues Boyd.
The next event for The Matthews is the children’s theater production of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” June 24-26. Tickets are for sale now. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit www.MatthewsOpera.com.
The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center is a non-profit organization located at 612 N. Main Street in Spearfish, South Dakota. To learn more about The Matthews either contact by phone, at 605.642.7973 or their website at www.MatthewsOpera.com.