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One of the finest Western Music groups in the country makes their home in Kansas. The Diamond W (formerly the Prairie Rose Wranglers) have taken their brand across the globe.
This is music that every age enjoys. From the oldest ballads like "Streets of Laredo" to the thundering "Ghost Riders in the Sky", the Diamond W bring people to their feet with their inspiring harmonies, quirky humor, and galloping guitars.
The music they perform is a combination of traditional Western music that pays homage to Western greats like the Sons of the Pioneers and their own Western originals. They love western movie themes, and turning modern country songs into haunting cowboy ballads. They can sing Cowboy songs in Chinese, and even claim "doo wop" is a part of our Western heritage!
Winners of the Will Rogers Award for 2008 Western Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, the Diamond W have also been honored for their original music. "Trail Dust", penned by group arranger Jim Farrell, topped the Western Music charts for weeks. Rolling Kansas Plains, Montana Anna and Cabezon have become fan favorites.
The Diamond W bring back childhood memories for the older folks, and make new memories for the kids. Throughout the year they make their musical home at the Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas - an authentic Western town of the 1870's. There they appear at the Empire House Theater and entertain thousands of people a year.
Hundreds of loyal Kansas fans have followed them from Carnegie Hall to the Great Wall of China, from Nashville and Branson to the Caribbean. Known as the Prairie Rose Wranglers from 1999-2007, they were the first musicians from the western hemisphere to perform cowboy music in China, as well as the first musicians to have a concert ON the Great Wall of China.
In 2003 and 2004, the Diamond W led a troupe of Western entertainers to Carnegie Hall in New York City, to sellout crowds. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed them Official Musical Ambassadors for Kansas. Since then they have headlined 5 Cowboy Cruises in the Caribbean, and performed in Nashville and in Branson, as well as making regular visits to venues around Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Colorado.
In 2010, the Diamond W were honored to represent Kansas and Oklahoma on an official tourism marketing mission to Germany. They entertained travel agents and journalists at a special event in Munich, and serenaded thousands of Europeans attending Americana 2010 in Augsburg.
The Diamond W is STU STUART, JIM FARRELL, STEVE CRAWFORD, and CHIP WORTHINGTON.
Lead vocals, lead acoustic
and electric guitar,
"The best Cowboy show
in the Midwest"...
Rex Allen, Jr.
Lead & Harmony vocals,
Acoustic and upright bass
Lead & Harmony vocals
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