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January 2, 2014

Cowboy up with the MidLife Cowboys Band

They are back in the saddle again and tomorrow they’re headed to Norry for some toe-tapping, knee-slapping, home-on-the-range music crooned by a posse of cowpokes known around these parts as the MidLife Cowboys Band.

There won’t be any horses hitched out front of the Townside 2 Coffeehouse tomorrow or a lonesome tumbleweed tumbling down the sidewalk, and there certainly won’t be any country music because cowboys in these parts sing a different tune.

“People often tell us they have never heard a band like ours before and the reason for that is there are simply no other bands in the Valley like us,” said Gary Stoner, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the 10-gallon hat wearing MidLife Cowboys.

What makes these cowpokes stand out from the area’s other music makers, besides the weathered cowboy hats and boots, is their music.

Their sound brings to mind old black and white films of a harmonica-playing Roy Rogers crooning songs around the campfire that tell the tales of the wild west, of saddles and spurs, lassies and lassos.

And unless you want to get one of the cowboy’s gander up, never ever refer to their music as country.

“We don‘t play country music. Some people who never heard us perform automatically think cowboys means country music,” Stoner said. “We describe our music as cowboy classics with a toe-tapping, bluesy flair delivered with a wisp of humor and sprinkled with rare but perfectly executed mistakes.”

For their gig at the King Street, that also includes performances by Lux Bridge and Mike Sweigard, Stoner and his posse will round up a set list that includes such iconic tunes as “Don’t Fence Me In” to “Back In The Saddle Again” to “Spurs That Jingle Jangle Jingle.”

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