Tuesday, September 19, 2023

R.J. Vandygriff in Sharon Springs

 R.J. Vandygriff is an award winning singer/songwriter, playwright and actor not to mention a pretty darn good cowboy. Sponsored by the Western Plains Arts Association, Vandygriff will appear at 2 p.m. MDT (3 p.m. CDT), Sunday, Sept. 24 at Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs.
Admission is by WPAA season ticket or $10 adults, $5 students at the door.
This program is made possible through the generous support of area businesses and individual sponsors including a major gift by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Logan, Kan.
He’s at home on stage, in front of a camera or horseback in the big pasture.  Vandygriff grew up ridin’ horses and strumming an ol’ guitar, competed in saddlebronc and bareback as well as working as a rodeo clown and bullfighter. Whether he’s performing as a solo artist or starring in the highly acclaimed musical "The
Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet!" he has the talent to walk on a stage in front of any audience and connect with them.
Vandygriff worked or appeared in more than 100 episodes of the television series "Walker, Texas Ranger." He has appeared on stage with George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama, The Judds, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy. Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Andy Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Sons of the Pioneers, Red Steagall, and Michael Martin Murphy.Some performers sing the songs, but Vandygriff has lived them. He lives his life by the cowboy code on and off the stage. He earned his spurs and has the scars to prove it. "The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet!" is the most successful cowboy show touring.
For those who have attended past WPAA programs by Kevin and Heidi Cheng, the piano and violin duo will appear for the Fort Wallace Museum on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 pm MDT (7:30 pm CDT) in Fort Wallace Museum Main Room.

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