Gail Steiger, Gail Gardner Legacy Award Winner, hosts the 7th annual Cowboy Christmas Concert on Saturday December 10th featuring Western poet, singer, musician and author Nancy Elliott, Prescott’s acclaimed Generation youth band, and Ramblin’ Jack’s old tour manager, Garrick Rawlings.
Gail Steiger is a songwriter, filmmaker, and cowboy who has been the foreman of remote Spider Ranch in Yavapai County, Arizona since 1995. The grandson of revered cowboy poet, Gail Gardner, Gail's acclaimed Ranch Album film, released in 1988, is recognized as one of the best portrayals of modern cowboy and ranching life on film. Cowboy Magazine said Gail Steigner is "... like listening to Bob Dylan if Dylan had been a working cowboy.”
Upon hearing the pleasing and professional sounds of Prescott-born Generation, fans are often surprised to learn the members’ average age is 16-years-old. Generation plays a unique sound of indie-bluegrass that delights a wide array of folks from young to young at heart. Already well seasoned with over 4 years together, this little band packs a delightful punch, putting their own fresh twist on many time-tested tunes by music legends such as Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, as well as contemporary artists such as The Punch Brothers and the Decemberists.
Best known for an alluring vocal style with enrapturing music and lyrics, Nancy Elliott creates "songs inspired by real life and soaked through with color and passion,” then delivers them completely, no holds barred. Nancy's feeling for Southwestern Culture gets displayed in each concert she performs. It is a mix of historical and cultural stories along with contemporary experience. Jon Messenger, President of Western Music Association, said “Nancy Elliott’s music speaks the truth and the beauty of the American West.”
A Garrick Rawlings show is best described as Neil Young & Johnny Cash meet the MC5 while riding horseback through the desert and chasing Woody, Ramblin' Jack, Townes, Led Zeppelin, John Prine, Guy Clark and a mariachi band at some obscure, magnificent, raging campfire. A move to Los Angeles to play some rock-and-roll somehow turned into Rawlings becoming a folk legend and Grammy award winner. After serving as Ramblin' Jack Elliott's road manager, opener and sidekick for a couple years, Rawlings evolved into a singer/songwriter solo-artist in the process. Rawlings can be heard regularly in some of Prescott’s rowdier establishments.
The 7th annual “A Cowboy Christmas” Holiday Concert takes place at the Prescott Center for the Arts on Saturday December 10th. Tickets can be bought at the PCA Box office. The fun begins at 2pm.