Congratulations go out to our 3rd place winner, Laurie Faulkner Bahe, with her winning chili "Best in the West Smoked Brisket Chili". Laurie was our 2017 Best in the West Chili Grand Champion with this delicious dish. Competition was really tough but thank you again Laurie Faulkner Bahe for participating again. Another note: Laurie's daughter Cassie entered the most popular chili - Elk Chili! No wonder it went so fast - it was delicious! — with Laurie Faulkner Bahe.
Sixth Annual Western Music Songwriters Series to Round Up Community for a Star-Studded Show and Chili Cook Off on Jan. 26
Free Western Music Youth Showcase to precede the main event on Jan. 25
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 7, 2019 — Western music fans from near and far are invited to gather at the Deseret Peak Complex Convention Center in Tooele, Utah for the Sixth Annual Western Music Songwriters Series on Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The event will showcase prominent Western singer-songwriters Dave Stamey and Trinity Seely, who carry on the tradition of crystalline cowhand crooning. Tickets can be purchased at www.Westernsong.net and all proceeds support the Junior Bit and Spur Riding Club.
The Western Music Songwriters Series will also feature the Best of the West Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Bit and Spur Riding Club. Aspiring chili cooks can find more information and register to enter the Chili Cook-off at the Bit and Spur website. Judging will take place at 3 p.m. to select the top three winners. The chili will be available for purchase at the arena concessions stands during the show. Proceeds will also benefit the Junior Bit and Spur Riding Club.
A special free event for families has been added to the festivities this year on Jan. 25. The 2019 Western Music Youth Showcase will feature performances by phenomenal burgeoning youth talent including 12-year-old Western guitarist Vanessa Carpenter and 14-year-old cowboy poet Colton Blankman. Fourteen-year-old Thatch Elmer, son of cowboy poet Brad Elmer, will be hosting the event and performances will begin at 8 p.m. at Bonneville Brewery, 1641 North Main Street in Tooele. Come early, seating is limited.
Western Songwriters Series tickets are on sale now for $15 general admission bleacher seats or group tables for six for $100. Following the main event, special guest artists Dave and Jenny Anderson will host an afterparty at Bonneville Brewery in Tooele.
The Bit N Spur and Western Music Songwriters Series is proud to show off this buckle, which will be presented to the winner of the Chili Cook-Off.
The Western Music Songwriters Series was inspired by Tyler Guy, a cowboy poet, who will emcee the event on Jan. 25. With a rich history of ranch handing and cattle farming, Guy is no slouch when it comes to cowboy-inspired writing; he was a Silver Buckle Award finalist in Texas and has shared his poetry across the Intermountain West. Guy still spends part of his time helping out at his family’s ranch in Grantsville, Utah — “enough work to still call myself a cowboy,” Guy says.
With his passion for the poetic side of the cowboy life, Guy saw an opportunity to bring the cowboy songwriting and poetry community together, and the Western Music Songwriters Series was born. In its sixth year, the event — and the community behind it — is “something to be proud of," he says.
“It’s extremely heartening to see how this event brings people in. People that you wouldn’t even know listen to cowboy music are coming in to enjoy the event,” Guy says. “And they really love it — they come up to me afterwards to tell me. There’s something about this music and the cowboy lifestyle that just grips you. People love it because it’s real.”
The Songwriters Series’ featured artists carry and celebrate cowboy culture with their tunes. A Western Music Association seven-time Entertainer of the Year, seven-time Male Performer of the Year, and five-time Songwriter of the Year, Dave Stamey has many accolades — and a lot of experience as a cowboy, a mule packer and a dude wrangler — under his belt. Stamey was also named Best Living Western Solo Musician for four consecutive years by True West Magazine and is a recipient of the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists.
“It’s an honor, and most importantly, a lot of fun to be part of the showcase,” Stamey says. “It’s an affirmation to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Inspired by the trails traveled in an adventurous ranch life, Trinity Seely is a renowned artist with numerous awards to her name. Seely was named a True West Magazine Favorite Western Artist in 2012, is a multiple Western Music Association Crescendo Award nominee and received both Female Western Singer and Western Album of the Year Awards from the Academy of Western Artists. Seely has received numerous awards and nominations for her songs, and her song “Cowboy’s Wage” was archived into the Cowboy Hall of Fame museum in Oklahoma City. Seely lives with her husband and children on a working cattle ranch in Cascade, Montana, from which she continues to draw inspiration.
“I love this event,” Seely says of the Songwriters Series. “It’s an opportunity to truly celebrate and share the lifestyle that I — and so many others — hold so dear. We’re really going to have a great time this year.”