Thursday, August 18, 2011

They Like Us! They Really Like Us!

We are just plumb tickled beyond belief to have been nominated by the American Academy of Western Artists for not one, not two, but three award categories: "Best Western Swing Band," Best Western Swing Song" and Best Western Swing Album." The award ceremony will be held next January in Ft. Worth. Here's hoping that we win!

Dancin' In The Streets - August 3, 2011 Downtown Salem

It was nice to be invited back this year to the annual Dancin' In The Streets celebration put on by Go Downtown Salem every year. Highlights of this year's gig was watching a man and a large dog two-steppin' to our music. Then there was the unidentified gentleman who has showed up more than once to our gigs to sway to the music (if you know what we mean).

Loren, Hank and Doc get ready for the gig

Loren tries out his new cherry flavored guitar picks

Smokey having fun plunkin' on his gee-tar

It's not every day that we get to play in the middle of the street


Good times at the Polk County Fair

The Oregon Valley Boys were honored to play at this year's Polk County Fair in Rickreall, Oregon. Lots of cattle, sheep and other varmints were on display throughout the fairgrounds (including us). We followed "Tribute to Patsy Cline" by Jeanne Coady and then Joe Shinkle and his band followed us. Lot's of fun and about as close as you can get to how rural county fairs were back in the day.

Swingin' on the Les Schwab stage.

Vicki greets some friends off stage

Oregon Valley girls Dawn and Robin cool off in the van

Hank goes incognito

Saturday, July 16, 2011

4th of July: Cascade Locks

We took our swinging fandango of a show up to Cascade Locks in the Columbia Gorge for their annual 4th of July celebration. Fortunately the weather treated us a lot better than it did for the statue unveiling we played at there a few months ago.

 Kids love Western Swing!
Smokey and the Man of Steel get their swing on before the gig.
 Robert Waterhouse sat in on fiddle...great playing Robert!
 The ladies of Western Swing

 Some of our biggest fans
 Loren gases up the steel...ready for another hot show!
 View from the stage...that's Washington in the background.
The boss lady "manning" the controls.

Drain, Oregon

June 24th we took the Oregon Valley Boys tour down to the town of Drain, Oregon for their monthly dance at the Civic Center there. We had a nice drive down there; the folks were super and the dance was a success. We had some great Mexican food while we were there at a nearby Mexican restaurant. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

February 3rd at the Dixie Creek Saloon in Tangent, Oregon

Another rip roaring, knee slappin' swingin' time at the Dixie. Thanks to all who showed up. Mildred won "best swing dancer" award once again. Congratulations!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Aumsville Tornado Benefit a Success

We were honored to perform "unplugged" at the "Little Opry In The Valley" benefit on January 15th for victims of the Aumsville tornado that struck on December 14. The benefit raised $10,139. Many thanks to Ken Cartwright for putting this all together.