Traditional Cowboy Musicians The Gillette Brothers in Concert





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Western Folklife Center Presents Traditional Cowboy Musicians
The Gillette Brothers in Concert August 11

Elko, Nevada — Texas cowboy musicians The Gillette Brothers will perform in concert in Elko on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Western Folklife Center's G Three Bar Theater. The historic Pioneer Saloon begins serving cold drinks at 6:00 pm and doors open at 6:30 pm. Ticket prices for the show are $10.00; $8.00 for Western Folklife Center members, seniors and students. Tickets are available in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop at 501 Railroad Street.

Pipp and Guy Gillette are popular favorites at Elko’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and other major events and venues around the country. The revitalization of cowboy music and poetry allowed The Gillette Brothers to combine their life-long interest in the history of the West and its music with their own musical experience. Most recently they have been exploring the Celtic roots, country blues, minstrel and medicine show songs that influenced cowboy music. In an interview with Guy and Pipp Gillette on the Western Folklife Center's Blog, they commented: “These were among the popular musical influences of the original cowboy period and came together on the cattle trails when Irish/English/Scottish cowboys worked side-by-side with recently freed African American cowboys.” From their headquarters in Crockett, Texas, The Gillette Brothers run a live music venue, The Camp St. Cafe & Store, and operate their 100-year-old family ranch.

The Gillette Brothers have released six albums of traditional cowboy music interspersed with a few of their original songs. Their most recent CD features two songs written by Elko-area cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell. The Gillette Brothers were recipients of the 1998 and 2003 Will Rogers Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Contemporary Cowboy Music, and the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for the Best Traditional Western Album of 2010 from The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for their CD, Cowboys, Minstrels and Medicine Shows. To listen to three songs from The Gillette Brothers and read a recent interview with them, visit the Western Folklife Center Blog.

This concert is supported by the Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Union Pacific Foundation and local supporters Total Eyecare, Great Basin Ecology, Inc. and Red Lion Hotel & Casino. For more information, contact us at 775-738-7508.

The Western Folklife Center is dedicated to exploring, presenting and preserving the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage of the American West. We celebrate the wisdom, artistry and ingenuity of western folkways through exhibitions, educational programs, national radio and television programs, research and preservation projects, our website, and our premier event, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. We nurture connections among rural and ranching cultures globally, exploring universal themes in working traditions and artistic expression, which we believe are vital links to the past, present and future of the American West.

Photos available on request.